Located 360km south of Perth, Northcliffe has the unique distinction of being the only town founded in WA specifically for the First World War Group Settlement Scheme.

Between Northcliffe and Walpole, walkers reach a few milestones: the diverse ecosystems of the Pingerup Plains (which are prone to flooding during winter) and the first encounter with the wild southern ocean. Lake Maringup Camp Site is closed during winter due to flooding. This is the most remote section of the southern part of the Track, with fewer roads and almost no civilisation for eight days. Campfires are not permitted from Mount Chance to Albany due to the higher fire risk.