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While the town of Pemberton in the south-west corner of Western Australia is well know for its forests of majestic giant karri trees, just 20km out of town lies another absolute gem of a destination that every visitor should add to their must-see list: the Yeagarup Sand Dunes.

Stretching along D’Entrecasteaux National Park for 10km, reaching heights of 40 metres above the trees, and moving into the forest at a rate of 4 metres per year, the Yeagarup Dunes are the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere, and one of the most memorable sights I enjoyed on my epic road trip from Perth to Adelaide.

Here are my beautiful pictures of the dunes, which I was fortunate enough (by pure chance) to see at sunset, along with details of how to get there and camping at nearby Leaning Marri Campground.

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Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Getting to Yeagarup Sand Dunes in D’Entrecasteaux National Park

We’d originally planned on making it to Walpole that evening, but after a very long day discovering the Southern Forests of Pemberton on the Karri Forest Explorer tourist drive, including climbing the 75m-high Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, time was not on our side. Instead we headed to the nearby Leaning Marri campground at Yeagarup Lake.

We realised on arrival that the Yeagarup Dunes were only a 1.5km walk away along a signed track (or drive if you have a 4WD), and if we got there in the next 40 minutes we could make it for sunset. So, already exhausted from a full day out and with very tired limbs from the tree climb, off we trudged up the steep and sandy path to the dunes.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

The track to Yeagarup Dunes.

Walking across sand is hard enough, but sand on an uphill gradient is gruelling! However, we were determined not to miss out and darkness was descending!

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Almost there!

It got even steeper as we got closer to the dunes, and we had one last hill to power up! The views were already looking pretty spectacular though, as we looked back across the forest in D’Entrecasteaux National Park.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Looking back down the track.


Arriving at Yeagarup Sand Dunes!

The climb was well worth it as we were greeted by the phenomenal sight of sand so white it looked like endless miles of snow!

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Snowy mountain or sandy dune?

This really was mindblowing, and we arrived just in time to see the dunes in the last of the daylight.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Footsteps in the sand – Michi exploring.

You’re also allowed to drive across Yeagarup Dunes if you have a 4WD. We did see one vehicle, but it drove off out of sight pretty quickly.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Driving across the dunes.

As the sun sank towards the horizon the sand began to glow with soft shades of pink and orange.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Me enjoying the sunset

It felt like another world up there in the quiet with no one else around. If you want to escape other tourists Western Australia is the place to go!

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.


Leaning Marri Campground at Yeagarup Lake

Once the sun had finally set we hurried back to Yeagarup Lake before darkness totally took hold, to put up our tent at Leaning Marri Campground.

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Yeagarup Lake at sunset

Leaning Marri is a small and very basic campground in the forest that we had entirely to ourselves (apart from the Huntsman spider in the toilet)!

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.

Dinner in the dark at Leaning Marri campground

Here it is in the daylight, looking much prettier. And that thick layer of orange dust on my car was a pretty much permanent feature between Perth and Adelaide by the way! You rinse it off and it goes straight back on again!

Visit Yeagarup Sand Dunes near Pemberton, Western Australia. Find out how to visit these stunning dunes in D'Entrecasteaux National Park WA by foot or 4WD, where to camp, and see amazing sunset pictures.You can’t book Leaning Marri Campground, it’s just a case of turning up, but we visited in summer and it was totally empty. I’d imagine it might be a different story during school holidays though.

To get there you need to follow Ritter Road, an unsealed road that’s fine for 2WD vehicles. Click here for more details about the campground, and remember unsealed roads are usually slow to drive along!


If you are heading to the Pemberton area, I would absolutely recommend visiting Yeagarup Sand Dunes. I’ve seen other sand dunes in Australia, including the Stockton Sand Dunes near Newcastle, and I think Yeagarup is by far the most impressive. I’d go as far as to say it was most beautiful sight I saw on my entire Perth to Adelaide road trip.

If you don’t fancy the uphill hike through the sand to get there, you can book a driving tour with Pemberton Discovery Tours, or visit in your own 4WD. Just remember it’s a very isolated area, so it’s best to be experienced in driving across soft sand. The vehicle we saw had to reverse back down the hill to get there and start again!

Click here to read about the next stop on our journey: the Valley of the Giants treetop walk in Walpole!