Burns Beach to Mullaloo Beach

3 h to 4 h


1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min
3 h to 4 h 30 min

13.7 km
return

↑ 147 m
↓ -147 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park opposite Burns Beach Cafe at the end of Ocean Parade, Burns Beach, this walk takes you past Iluka Foreshore Reserve and the Ocean Reef Boat Harbour, to Mullaloo Beach and back. From Burns Beach, a multi-use pathway takes you through the dunes and along the rocky cliffs of Perth's coastline. There are several small beaches, lookouts, parks, picnic areas, and rest stops along the way. Keep an eye out for rare bird species, sea lions, dolphins and rays and many more animals. Interpretive signs along the way provide insights into the native flora, fauna and history of the area. This walk can either be fully completed in a day or divided into smaller sections. Head south from Burns Beach towards Iluka Foreshore Park. If you prefer to walk or cycle further, a round trip to Ocean Reef Marina or even Mullaloo Beach will certainly give you a challenge. The multi-use pathway is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists, so it's important to keep left and be aware of any overtaking bicycles. The gradient is a little hilly, but easy enough if you take it at your own pace. Mornings are a great time to walk here, before the sea breeze comes in, although an evening walk can be rewarded with a beautiful sunset. Walk the coastal path, relax on the white sand beaches, barbecue in the grassed parks, or just sit atop the limestone cliffs and enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset. 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 (-31.7307991,115.7193274)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom Mitchell Freeway
  • Turn on to Burns Beach Road Exit then drive for 440 m
  • Keep left onto Burns Beach Road Exit and drive for another 590 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Burns Beach Road, 87 and drive for another 1.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Burns Beach Road and drive for another 630 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Burns Beach Road and drive for another 225 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Ocean Parade and drive for another 400 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 and drive for another 30 m
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 15 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park opposite Burns Beach Cafe at the end of Ocean Parade, Burns Beach, head south along the sealed path, passing a 'Dual Use Pathway' sign. Follow the sealed path ahead, keeping the ocean to your right, and continue the walk from Burns Beach to Mullaloo Beach.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Burns Beach Cafe (about 30 m back from the start).
Burns Beach Cafe
Burns Beach Cafe

Burns Beach Cafe is a fantastic spot to stop for a pre-walk takeaway coffee or a bite to eat. The cafe serves a wide selection of food, drinks and ice-creams. There is a chalkboard inside with some daily specials on it and a display window filled with cakes.
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Burns Beach Cafe is a fantastic spot to stop for a pre-walk takeaway coffee or a bite to eat. The cafe serves a wide selection of food, drinks and ice-creams. There is a chalkboard inside with some daily specials on it and a display window filled with cakes.

After another 45 m turn left.
Then find the "Burns Beach" (25 m on your right).
Burns Beach
Burns Beach

A family favourite on Perth's Sunset Coast, Burns Beach is a sheltered swimming spot that sits within the wildlife-rich waters of Marmion Marine Park. Combining the right amount of rugged seclusion with proximity to the city and convenient amenities, Burns Beach has maintained much of its original character as a small coastal village.
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A family favourite on Perth's Sunset Coast, Burns Beach is a sheltered swimming spot that sits within the wildlife-rich waters of Marmion Marine Park. Combining the right amount of rugged seclusion with proximity to the city and convenient amenities, Burns Beach has maintained much of its original character as a small coastal village.

After another 10 m pass the car park (5 m on your left).
After another 920 m continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 380 m continue straight.
After another 15 m find the "Iluka Foreshore Reserve" (on your right).
Iluka Foreshore Reserve
Iluka Foreshore Reserve

A coastal bushland south of Burns Beach, Iluka Foreshore Reserve has spectacular scenery with rugged limestone cliffs, consolidated limestone dunes and coastal vegetation. You can also see Marmion Marine Park from here, which has great conservation value. At Iluka Foreshore Park, there are public toilets, picnic tables, BBQ facilities, a children's playground and a lookout that offers beautiful views over the ocean.
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A coastal bushland south of Burns Beach, Iluka Foreshore Reserve has spectacular scenery with rugged limestone cliffs, consolidated limestone dunes and coastal vegetation. You can also see Marmion Marine Park from here, which has great conservation value. At Iluka Foreshore Park, there are public toilets, picnic tables, BBQ facilities, a children's playground and a lookout that offers beautiful views over the ocean.

After another 30 m pass the toilet (135 m on your left).
After another 200 m pass the shelter (20 m on your right).
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 7 m turn right.
After another 630 m continue straight.
After another 640 m continue straight.
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 250 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 145 m find the "Ocean Reef Boat Harbour" (90 m on your right).
Ocean Reef Boat Harbour
Ocean Reef Boat Harbour

Located on Western Australia's pristine coastline at Ocean Reef, the Ocean Reef Boat Harbour provides a public launching ramp for boats and a small fishing harbour. During recent years, the City of Joondalup has prepared concept plans for the development of the Ocean Reef Marina, a world-class recreational, residential, boating and tourism marina at the Ocean Reef Boat Harbour site.
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Located on Western Australia's pristine coastline at Ocean Reef, the Ocean Reef Boat Harbour provides a public launching ramp for boats and a small fishing harbour. During recent years, the City of Joondalup has prepared concept plans for the development of the Ocean Reef Marina, a world-class recreational, residential, boating and tourism marina at the Ocean Reef Boat Harbour site.

After another 105 m turn right.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
Veer left.
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 630 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Mullaloo Beach Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 255 m turn left.
After another 390 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the toilet (8 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 295 m continue straight.
After another 8 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 390 m continue straight.
After another 135 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the toilet (on your right).
After another 10 m find the "Tom Simpson Park" (9 m on your left).
Tom Simpson Park
Tom Simpson Park

Tom Simpson Park is a great park, with plenty of space to kick a ball and loads to keep children active and entertained. Kids are spoiled for choice with two playgrounds catering to every age and stage. One is for younger children learning to climb and explore, while the other is for the more advanced playground adventurers. Sheltered tables, benches, drinking fountains and free gas BBQs are found throughout the park. The sunsets here are exceptional, don't forget to bring a picnic basket and enjoy them fully. Or choose something to eat from the well-known Swell Restaurant's menu.
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Tom Simpson Park is a great park, with plenty of space to kick a ball and loads to keep children active and entertained. Kids are spoiled for choice with two playgrounds catering to every age and stage. One is for younger children learning to climb and explore, while the other is for the more advanced playground adventurers. Sheltered tables, benches, drinking fountains and free gas BBQs are found throughout the park. The sunsets here are exceptional, don't forget to bring a picnic basket and enjoy them fully. Or choose something to eat from the well-known Swell Restaurant's menu.

After another 60 m pass the BBQ (35 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 45 m pass the shelter (20 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the BBQ (40 m on your left).
There is a toilet (about 15 m back from the start).
After another 35 m find the "Mullaloo Beach" (80 m on your right).
Mullaloo Beach
Mullaloo Beach

Boasting a long stretch of soft white sand set upon the calm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Mullaloo Beach is without a doubt one of the best beaches in Perth. It is a popular swimming beach, ideal for children of all ages. For about 500 metres, the water is waist-deep. The waters are generally calm, yet there can be great waves for surfing from time to time. The beach is patrolled by the Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club from October to April and has areas with extra lifeguard supervision for kids. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean or just relax on the beach and enjoy the stunning views.
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Boasting a long stretch of soft white sand set upon the calm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Mullaloo Beach is without a doubt one of the best beaches in Perth. It is a popular swimming beach, ideal for children of all ages. For about 500 metres, the water is waist-deep. The waters are generally calm, yet there can be great waves for surfing from time to time. The beach is patrolled by the Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club from October to April and has areas with extra lifeguard supervision for kids. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean or just relax on the beach and enjoy the stunning views.

About 70 m past the end is a pay phone.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.8 km to get back to the start.

This little side trip takes you to the Mullaloo Beach Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 85 m come to "Mullaloo Beach Lookout".
Mullaloo Beach Lookout
Mullaloo Beach Lookout

Mullaloo Beach North features a lookout sitting atop a small hill, accessible only on foot or by bicycle. This wonderful but small lookout features a shade shelter to help you rest from climbing the hill whilst taking in the spectacular views of the beach below.
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Mullaloo Beach North features a lookout sitting atop a small hill, accessible only on foot or by bicycle. This wonderful but small lookout features a shade shelter to help you rest from climbing the hill whilst taking in the spectacular views of the beach below.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 85 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Burns Beach to Mullaloo Beach


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.7 km
Time 3 h to 4 h
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.6 km apart with the largest gap of 6.9 km.

Toilet: There are 5 on route, on average they are 2.3 km apart with the largest gap of 6.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.4 km[toilet]
Shelter
1.6 km[shelter]
Toilet
3.9 km[toilet]
Toilet
5.4 km[toilet]
Toilet
6.7 km[toilet]
Shelter
6.8 km[shelter]
Toilet
6.8 km[toilet]
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