Hamelin Bay Observation Deck

10 min to 15 min

800 m
circuit

↑ 11 m
↓ -12 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at the end of Hamelin Bay Road, Hamelin Bay, this walk takes you on a circuit past the Hamelin Bay Observation Deck via the Cape to Cape Track. Hamelin Bay is a serene coastal gem nestled right on the Cape to Cape Track, boasting beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and spectacular cliff walks. This short loop takes you around the top of the headland for panoramic views of the bay. Wooden stairs will take you from the beach to the western part of Hamelin Bay, where you can enjoy excellent views from the observation deck. Facilities include public toilets, a boat ramp and a kiosk. If you're walking along or near some of the limestone cliff areas, please be mindful of the dangers involved with doing so, and try to stick to the marked paths. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-34.2210327,115.0280476)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bussell Highway, 10
  • Turn on to Bushby Road then drive for 2.4 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Caves Road, 250 and drive for another 3.2 km
  • Continue onto Hamelin Bay Road and drive for another 2.3 km
  • Turn left onto Hamelin Bay Road and drive for another 360 m
  • Turn right onto Hamelin Bay Road and drive for another 35 m
  • Turn left onto Hamelin Bay Path and drive for another 100 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 30 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 8 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Hamelin Bay Road West, head towards the wooden stairs as you keep the ocean and the boat ramp to your right. Head up the said stairs, then veer slightly left as you join the Cape to Cape Track. Follow the said track as it takes you towards Hamelin Island to continue along the Hamelin Bay Observation Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 135 m back from the start).
Hamelin Bay Caravan Park (about 90 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 25 m back from the start).
After 60 m find the "Hamelin Bay" (50 m on your right).
Hamelin Bay
Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay is a pristine slice of paradise on the coast of Western Australia. The small settlement was once the shipping hub of the Karridale timber industry. Unfortunately, the storms and the open ocean currents destroyed many vessels. On July 22nd, 1900, a fierce storm lashed the coast of Western Australia, sinking five ships. Three of them were moored in Hamelin Bay, which led to the port being closed. Now, this bay is quite a popular spot for tourists with its exceptional beaches and many possible activities like diving and fishing. There is plenty of marine life to discover underwater, and adventurous divers can explore some fantastic shipwrecks off the coast. Fishing from the beaches of Hamelin Bay is quite widespread. Additionally, you can launch your boat from the ramp if you'd like to enjoy the open ocean. Hamelin Bay is perhaps best known for the abundance of stingrays that visit summertime. It's highly probable that you'll get a close-up view of these magnificent creatures if you do some snorkelling/diving. Although the stingrays are extremely friendly, please keep in mind that they are wild creatures and can attack if they feel threatened. If you don't feel comfortable snorkelling, the stingrays can also be seen when they head in close to shore to feed on the scraps left behind by fishermen.
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Hamelin Bay is a pristine slice of paradise on the coast of Western Australia. The small settlement was once the shipping hub of the Karridale timber industry. Unfortunately, the storms and the open ocean currents destroyed many vessels. On July 22nd, 1900, a fierce storm lashed the coast of Western Australia, sinking five ships. Three of them were moored in Hamelin Bay, which led to the port being closed. Now, this bay is quite a popular spot for tourists with its exceptional beaches and many possible activities like diving and fishing. There is plenty of marine life to discover underwater, and adventurous divers can explore some fantastic shipwrecks off the coast. Fishing from the beaches of Hamelin Bay is quite widespread. Additionally, you can launch your boat from the ramp if you'd like to enjoy the open ocean. Hamelin Bay is perhaps best known for the abundance of stingrays that visit summertime. It's highly probable that you'll get a close-up view of these magnificent creatures if you do some snorkelling/diving. Although the stingrays are extremely friendly, please keep in mind that they are wild creatures and can attack if they feel threatened. If you don't feel comfortable snorkelling, the stingrays can also be seen when they head in close to shore to feed on the scraps left behind by fishermen.

Turn left, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 235 m turn right.
After another 70 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 80 m find the "Hamelin Bay Observation Deck" (on your left).
Hamelin Bay Observation Deck
Hamelin Bay Observation Deck

Just a short walk along the Cape to Cape Track leads to the Hamelin Bay Observation Deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of the bay. The observation deck also features interpretive signage detailing the history and wildlife of the area.
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Just a short walk along the Cape to Cape Track leads to the Hamelin Bay Observation Deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of the bay. The observation deck also features interpretive signage detailing the history and wildlife of the area.

After another 70 m turn left, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 235 m continue straight, to head along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 20 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Hamelin Bay Observation Deck


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 800 m
Time 10 min to 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one -91 m back from the start.

Toilet: There is one -133 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-133 m[toilet]
Camp site
-91 mHamelin Bay Caravan Park
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