Explore the Nornalup Inlet

Nornalup Inlet

A peaceful early morning on the Nornalup Inlet.

The Knoll, Walpole-Nornalup Inlet

The Knoll

It's more often than not choppy and windy out on the Nornalup Inlet. At 13km2 in area, it's very open and exposed to the wind.

The Nornalup Inlet Environment:

The Nornalup Inlet is connected to the much more sheltered Walpole Inlet through "The Channels" (between Rest Point and The Knoll).

The Frankland River flows into the Nornalup Inlet from the east, and the Deep River from the north-west.

At the inlet's southern end it meets the Great Southern Ocean. A ridge of low sand dunes and a sand bar separate it from the ocean, but the sand bar never closes over and there's always a narrow channel between the Nornalup Inlet and the sea.

The average depth across the entire Nornalup Inlet is 2 metres, and the maximum depth is 5 metres. Near the river mouths and the sand bar the depth is very shallow and you be careful to follow deeper channels through the sand banks if you're driving a boat.

The Nornalup Inlet has remarkably clear water. If you look down through the water when it's not too choppy, you'll see that almost the whole inlet is covered in seagrasses. There are a few sandy areas, such as off Coalmine Beach and near the sand bar and Skippy Rock Channel.

Boating and Canoeing on the Nornalup Inlet - Things to See and Places to Explore

Skippy Rock Channel - Where the Walpole-Nornalup Inlet Meets the Southern Ocean

Skippy Rock Channel, Walpole-Nornalup Inlet

Near where Nornalup inlet meets the ocean, the water is free of tannin and is a crystal clear, sparkling turquoise in colour. Bring a boat or kayak here to access the sandbar and the beautiful Bellanger Beach on its other side. Skippy Rock is one of the best fishing spots in the inlet.

The Walpole-Nornalup Inlet Near Skippy Rock

The clear, bright turquoise water near Skippy Rock where the Nornalup Inlet meets the Southern Ocean.

Nuyts Wilderness Moorings

The southwestern shores of the Nornalup Inlet are part of the Nuyts Wilderness Area.

In sealers Cove there's a small warf where you can tie up your boat or kayak.


From here, you can follow a track 1.5km through the dunes to Circus Beach.

You can also moor your boat at another warf on the southern bank near Skippy Rock Channel, from which the walk track to Shelly Beach starts. This is the only way to get to these wild and beautiful beaches.

Nuyts Wilderness Area West of the Walpole-Nornalup Inlet

Newdgate Island

Newdgate Island, also known ad Snake Island, at the mouth of the Deep River was once a tiny farm. You can explore the island and find the ruins of the farm house.


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