This short and easy coastal walk features beautiful ocean views, and takes in the main scenic attractions of the William Bay National Park – Greens Pool, the Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove Beach.
The walk begins at Greens Pool, widely regarded as one of Western Australia’s most tranquil and beautiful beaches. It then continues around a rocky headland to dramatic, secluded Elephant Cove, and beyond around the corner to a small secret beach.
Spectacular views of the Elephant Rocks are the highlight of the walk. This cluster of tall, round-topped granite rocks towers over Elephant Cove, and to many people looks like a herd of Elephants wading in the water.
Elephant Rocks Walk Notes
Length: 1.7km return, approx (or ~ 800m return for Greens Pool to Elephant Cove only)
Time: 20 – 30 minutes return, but allow longer for detours, swims and photos (10 – 20 minutes return for Greens Pool to Elephant Cove only)
Difficulty: moderately easy; not suitable for prams or wheelchairs; involves walking over uneven rocks and up and down steps; may involve some wading through water
Ideal Conditions: spectacular and beautiful in any weather; beware that rocks might be slippery after rain, and feet might get wet in the entrance to Elephant Cove at high tide
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1. Greens Pool Beach
The walk begins on the beach at Greens Pool. The calm, crystal clear water of Greens Pool is encircled by a protective barrier of rocks, making it an ideal swimming spot. The domed granite boulders seen at Greens Pool and elsewhere along the walk are a characteristic feature of the William Bay National Park coastline.
2. The Greens Pool Headland Rocks
A gently sloping wall of rock rises up from the eastern end of the Greens Pool beach. Walk up the rock and follow the shoreline around to an area of rock pools, channels and beautiful views of the southern ocean. The waves breaking behind the rocks can be spectacular on a rough day. Keep an eye out for crabs hiding in the pools and cracks in the rock.
3. Elephant Rocks Walk Track
After exploring the rocks of the Greens Pool headland, walk up the slope and find the sandy/gravelly track. Follow the track above the rocks through low coastal heath, up and over a hill.
4. The Elephant Rocks
The Elephant Rocks will come into view as you walk down the steps on the other side of the hill, and the clear green water of Elephant Cove can be seen straight ahead. This is a nice point along the walk to stop and admire the views, or walk out onto the rocks (being extremely careful of the steep drop, of course).
5. Descending into Elephant Cove
Follow the track around the corner to the left, then descend the wooden staircase into a cool, shadowy hollow beneath two massive “elephants”. Continue through the gap between the rocks to Elephant Cove beach.
6. Elephant Cove Beach
Elephant Cove is a small, yet dramatic beach with crystal clear water and wonderful views of the Elephant Rocks. The tall, sheer-sided wall of granite gives it a peaceful and secluded feel.
7. Along the Other Side of Elephant Cove
Leave the beautiful beach and step up onto the rocks on the other side of Elephant Cove. Continue following the shoreline. You’ll notice that the low rocks along the eastern side of Elephant Cove are remarkably different from the Elephant Rocks that form the cove’s western headland.
8. Around the Corner From Elephant Cove
Keep following the shoreline around the corner to the left, still walking over the rocks. The rocks here are smooth granite, but are somewhat broken up and uneven.
9. Secret Beach
Eventually you’ll reach a small, secluded beach, with calm shallow water sheltered from the waves by islands of rock off shore. A freshwater stream crosses the beach, following the length of a long, low granite cliff.
The secret beach is an idyllic place to stop to relax and swim before returning to Greens Pool.
10. The Return Walk
This is the end of the walk. Retrace your steps back to Elephant Cove. From there, you have several options for returning to Greens Pool.
Either climb the steps back up to Elephant Rocks and walk back the way you came, or take the path from the back of Elephant Cove Beach that leads up a hill, then branches out into tracks that can take you to the top of Elephant Rocks, down to the Greens Pool Beach, or inland to the Elephant Rocks carpark (which is a short walk away from the Greens Pool carpark).
Last Updated: 29th May, 2015.
First posted on 11th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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