The Red Rock Walking Trail in Agnes Water is a picturesque hike that will guide you along the tropical coastline. You’ll come across stunning remote beaches full of palm tress and crystal clear water. The best part is that you’ll have most of these beaches all to yourself! Here’s everything you need to know about walking the Red Rock Trail when visiting Agnes Water.
How to get there
The starting point of the hike can be found at the Red Rock Track Car park which you can find a map to below. It’s located directly opposite of the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk. Once you turn off, the road becomes unpaved with plenty of potholes. It’s only for the last 800m and you’ll be fine in a two-wheel drive if you take it slow. We were able to make it in our campervan by being careful. Alternatively, you can just park at Paperbark Forest Boardwalk and walk the extra 800m.
The start of Red Rock Walking Trail in Agnes Water
From the carpark, start making your way down to Springs Beach. The beach itself is stunning, so if you’re not up to hiking, be sure to at least check out Springs Beach. The official start of the trail is located at the southern end (right side) of Springs Beach. You’ll notice a pole with red rock trail written on it. This is the start of the trail which will take you over to the next bay and other beaches along the coast.
How long is the Red Rock Walk?
The full Red Rock Walking Trail is about 2.5kms return and will take roughly 2 hours to walk. You can do as much or as little of the hike as you like. We didn’t actually complete the whole trail as we were enjoying our time on some of the stunning beaches. The hike is easy to follow as you’ll come across markers every often leading you in the right direction.
Best time to visit
The best time of day to do the Red Rock Walking Trail in Agnes Water is definitely in the morning. It can get very hot in Agnes Water so doing it in the cooler morning hours will make the hike much more pleasant. You’re also likely to come across less people in the morning, although we only saw a few others, even during midday. Even if it is hot, there are plenty of beautiful places along the hike to cool off.
What to expect – Walking the Red Rock Trail in Agnes Water
The trail will take you along the rocky coastline before reaching the first beach. You’ll even pass by some inviting rock pools and you also might be lucky enough to see some kangaroos. We resisted the temptation to jump into the water so early on but that didn’t last long.
The first beach was an absolute stunner! It’s the main beach along the track that you’ve most likely seen photos of on Instagram. A secluded slice of paradise, nestled along the palm trees with crystal clear water. We were honestly amazed at how beautiful this beach was that we decided to drop our gear and relax here for awhile.
Jirapan was even able to open up some fresh coconuts from the beach. This place was definitely the highlight of the hike as we spent most our time under the palms enjoying fresh coconuts and refreshing swims. There’s also a spot to sit at the top of the beach which provides a picturesque view.
The next beach is just a short walk over the headland. It’s much larger than the previous beach with a few spots up the back for some shade underneath the trees. There’s also a picnic table here which is where we decided to stop again for lunch. This is where we ended our day as we spent most of our time in the ocean. You can keep following the Red Rock Walking Trail to see some of the other beautiful beaches that Agnes Water has to offer.
During your walk, be sure to keep your eyes out for dolphins in the ocean. We managed to quickly spot a few before they swam off. During winter, also look out for whales passing through as they migrate on their journey north.
Where to Stay
Agnes Water is a small, sleepy town with a few different accommodation options to suit everyones needs. Most hotels and resorts are located centrally in the main area of town. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants that are all in walking distance in town. Agnes Water has accommodation options ranging from luxury apartments, beachside villas and bungalows, resorts as well as budget backpacker hostels.
Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort – Luxury: Sandcastles 1770 Resort is a top pick in Agnes Water. With plenty of different rooms and accommodation types, theres something here for everyone. The resort is centrally located within a 5 minute walk from the centre of town and it also has direct beach access to the main beach. There are 2 resort pools, a BBQ and an outdoor setting for relaxing. This is the ultimate place to unwind after a full day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef, surf lessons or many of the other tours available.
1770 Lagoons Central Apartment Resort – Midrange: 1770 Lagoons is a full resort experience with lagoon style swimming pools, a large jacuzzi, day spa, delicious restaurant and bar. There’s also a beach within 3 minutes walking distance. The beds, rooms and toilets are all modern and kept exceptionally clean. The staff are also extremely friendly and are there to accommodate your needs.
Cool Bananas Backpackers – Budget: Cool Bananas Backpackers is a great budget option, being just a 5 minute walk from the beach. They can help you book tours, surf lessons and also diving trips. The hostel features a communal kitchen where you can meet other travellers, a bar and also a BBQ. The facilities a great and are kept very clean.
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