close up of Quinninup Falls cvascading into a pool at the bottom of brown rocks

How to Find Quinninup Falls: A Stunning Hike for 2024

Nestled along the Cape to Cape track, Quinninup Falls (also spelt Quininup Falls) was once a hidden gem that offers a stunning natural spectacle. Located near Yallingup, this picturesque winter waterfall is now a popular spot among hikers and nature lovers alike.

Find out what makes Quinninup Falls so special, and why it should be on your list of places to visit in Western Australia’s South West.

Getting to Quinninup Falls

Directions to Quinninup Falls from Yallingup

  1. Start by heading south on Caves Road.
  2. Turn right onto Moses Rock Road.
  3. Turn right at the end and follow the road to the car park.

Parking & Facilities

The parking and facilities at Quinninup Falls are fairly basic, as the waterfall is located in a remote area. Here is some information on parking and facilities at Quinninup Falls:

  1. Parking: There is a small car park located near the entrance to the waterfall trail. The car park is unpaved and can become muddy during rainy weather, so it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear.
  2. Toilet facilities: There are toilet facilities available at Moses Rock Car Park.
  3. Information boards: There are information boards located at the start, which provide some background information on the history and ecology of the area.
  4. No drinking water: There is no drinking water available along the track to Quinninup Falls, so it is advisable to bring your own water.
view of the coastline from moses rock car park with green shrubs and rocks
View of coastline from Moses Rock Car Park

When to Visit Quinninup Falls

The best time to visit Quinninup Falls is during late winter and spring (June to November), when the water flow is at its highest due to increased rainfall in the region. In spring, you can enjoy the picturesque scenery and wildflowers.

Keep in mind that the trail leading to the falls can get muddy during these months, so it’s important to wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for potentially slippery conditions.

close up of the sign for quinninup falls trail

Tips for hiking to the waterfall

  1. Wear appropriate footwear: The hiking trail to Quinninup Falls can be steep and slippery in some sections, especially during wet weather. It is important to wear appropriate footwear with good grip, such as hiking boots or shoes.
  2. Bring plenty of water: As there is no drinking water available, it is important to bring plenty of water with you on the hike. It is advisable to carry at least 2 litres of water per person, depending on the length of your hike and the weather conditions.
  3. Wear sun protection: It is important to wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
  4. Take insect repellent: Mosquitoes and flies can be a nuisance, especially during the summer months.
  5. Follow the trail markers: The hiking trail to Quinninup Falls is marked and it’s important to follow these markers and stay on the designated trail, as there are some steep drops and other hazards in the area.
  6. Respect the environment: Respect the environment by taking all rubbish with you, staying on the designated trail, and avoiding damaging or disturbing any plants or animals in the area.
four wooden steps leading up to the quinninup falls trail
Wooden stairs leading from Moses Rock Car Park to the start of Quinninup Falls trail

Quinninup Falls Hiking Trail

Trail Length: 3.8 km return

Time: Allow two to three hours, depending on your level of fitness

Difficulty: Grade 3 – moderately difficult walk consisting of uneven rocky surfaces, soft sand and ascending a steep sand dune. 

The Wadandi (Saltwater) people are the traditional owners of this land. Quinninup means the Place of the Zamia Palm. The Falls, and the surrounding are, are of great importance to Wadandi culture. Please respect this site. 

sign for quininup falls explaining the meaning of the name

At the right of the car park, wooden steps lead up to a sandy path with an information board. The Quinninup Falls trail follows the Cape to Cape track for most of the hike along granite outcrops and coastal heath. There are stunning ocean views but it can be rocky in places so look where you are going.

red and white sand trail between coastal heath on the quinninup waterfall trail

When you near the beach, follow the trail right which takes you over a stream towards a steep sand dune. It’s pretty easy to get down but a bit harder to climb back up again!

a roicky section of the quinninup waterfall walk
Rocky section of the Quinninup Falls walking trail

You can hear the waterfall as you approach it, water cascading down the rocks into a pool. It’s a beautiful spot to rest and catch your breath before the return journey and the sand dune!

close up of quinninup falls with water cascading down the waterfall

FAQs about Quinninup Falls Western Australia

Where is Quinninup Falls located?

Quinninup Falls is located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in Western Australia, close to Yallingup.

How long is the walk to Quinninup Falls?

The walk to Quinninup Falls takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes each way, depending on your pace. The trail is about 3.8 km, with some sections of uneven terrain and steep inclines.

Is there an entrance fee for the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park?

At the moment, there is no charge to enter Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Is the Quinninup Falls trail suitable for children and seniors?

The trail to Quinninup Falls can be challenging for young children and seniors, as it involves uneven terrain and steep inclines. However, if they are used to hiking and are in good physical condition, they should be able to manage the walk. We saw quite a few children on the walk.

Are dogs allowed on the Quinninup Falls trail?

No, dogs are not permitted on the trail to Quinninup Falls, as the area is part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, which aims to protect native wildlife and flora.

Can I camp near Quinninup Falls?

Camping is not permitted at Quinninup Falls. There are several nearby campgrounds and accommodations in the Yallingup and Dunsborough areas for those looking to stay overnight.

close up of a red and white spider orchid wildflower on the quinninup falls trail
Spider Orchid on the Quinninup Falls hiking trail