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Burns Beach Coastal Walk

Updated: Feb 5, 2023

Starting from the cafe at Burns Beach head south along the paved shared use path. The path winds up and down some fairly steep hills so this walk is excellent exercise. It is about 15 minutes each way (depending on your pace) to the Iluka Foreshore Park where you can turn around or continue on - the path goes all the way down the coast!

If you want a slightly longer walk follow the path past the Iluka Foreshore Park down the next hill, around a small grassy area and up another hill. The path to your left will lead you back up to the road then turn left and walk along the road looping back to the path accessing Iluka Foreshore Park. Alternatively you can turn right here and access the beach for a short walk back to the beach access at Iluka Foreshore Park. Iluka Foreshore Park offers picnic facilities, BBQs and toilets next to a nautical themed natural playground.

If you want some cardio run up and down the stairs to the lookout but don't forget to stop and take in the views up and down the coast across the Quindalup Dunes.

This path is extremely popular with walkers, families with kids on bikes and scooter, mums and prams, dog walkers, joggers and cyclists. Because it is hilly the cyclists go super fast so it can be a bit tricky - they don't always ring their bell or give way to walkers as they should!

There are playgrounds with picnic and barbecue facilities and toilets at both ends - Iluka Foreshore Park and Burns Beach Foreshore Park. The dog-friendly Sistas Burns Beach Cafe is a popular place to catch up for a meal or a coffee and is always busy. There is plenty of parking at the Burns Beach end (unless it is abalone season or market evening!) or parking is also available at the Iluka end.

Please do be warned that snakes have been sighted on the path and also in the playground at Iluka.

The beach is accessible at both Burns Beach and Iluka via walkways with staircases. These beaches, although they are great for a play and a wet the toes paddle, are not safe swimming beaches.

If you follow the path north from Burns Beach car park you come out at the Burns Beach Estate Foreshore Park. This is a lovely park for a picnic and a play and has BBQs and picnic tables. Toilets are a short walk away at the Burns Beach car park. The beach is also accessible from this park via a walkway and staircase. Beach walkers can walk as far as Mindarie Beach on the sand. The beach is not suitable for swimming but is great for making discoveries with rock pools and waterfalls to explore as described in my Barefoot @ Burns Blog.

The coastal path from Burns Beach through to Mindarie has now been completed. We haven't walked it yet but understand that it is 4km each way and follows the eastern edge of the dunes so there are no coastal views. Perhaps it is more suited for a bike ride although if you walk the path one way you can walk back along the beach but it is still a 8km round trip.

You can also walk the Coastal Path beyond Iluka to Ocean Reef however with construction of the Ocean Reef Marina underway there are detours around the construction site.

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In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


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