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Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - Yallingup surrounds

Explore Cape Naturaliste to Injidup
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Overview :  Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park stretches 120km from Bunker Bay in the north to Augusta in the south. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge,... more »

Tips:  Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park lies 70 km south of Bunbury, about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Bunbury. Most roads in the area ... more »

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Points of Interest

Bunker Bay is a great spot for snorkelling and beach exploration, but also offers pretty scenery and an interesting walktrail.

The 2.5 kilometre (1 to 1½ hour) trail begins from the carpark alongside Shelley Beach and leads through vegetation to the cliff edge, revealing breathtaking views of the coast. It begins at the Bunker Bay car park... More

2. Shelley Cove

This delightful little beach, only about 70 metres in length, is a great place to fossick and offers good snorkelling.

The most noticeable feature of the beach is the large granitic rocks that stand proud of the water.

The Quarries surf break lies along the western headland of Shelley Cove.

3. Lookout

A spur path from the Bunker Bay walk trail leads to a lookout that is an excellent vantage point for spotting southern right whales in winter and spring, and humpback whales making their way south to their feeding grounds in Antarctic waters from September through to November.

4. Naturaliste Lighthouse

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse stands on a 100m bluff overlooking Geographe Bay. Twenty metres high, the lighthouse was built in 1903, with limestone carted by bullock wagon from a quarry about a mile away.

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse is now an automatic operation, with its white beam visible for 26 nautical miles (48km), flashing twice every 10... More

5. Lighthouse Keepers Quarters

The lighthouse’s three original keepers’ quarters are still standing. Life for these people revolved around night watches, which were divided into three periods, one for each man. During each watch, the keeper had to wind the clockwork and pump kerosene to the burner.

6. Other side of the Moon

The reasons for the name of this barren landscape are self-evident. Beyond it is Cape Naturaliste, named after the vessel that was part of a major French scientific expedition. The Naturaliste and her sister ship the Geographe rounded Cape Naturaliste and anchored in Geographe Bay on 30 May 1801. They spent several days exploring the area until a ... More

7. 'Access for More' section of the Cape to Cape Walk Track

The new 'Access for More' section of the Cape to Cape Walk Track runs between the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock. It is suitable for wheelchairs, being graded 1 in 12. Because it is accessible at either end by vehicle it will be possible to drop someone at the northern end and pick them up at Sugarloaf Rock, between which they can ... More

8. Sugarloaf Rock

This unusual island near Cape Naturaliste derives its name from its distinctive conical shape. A sugarloaf was the traditional form in which refined sugar was exported from the Caribbean and eastern Brazil from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. It was a tall gently-tapering cylinder with a conical top.

Sugarloaf Rock is a nature reserve... More

Smiths Beach is a renowned surfing beach with the Smiths Point and Super Tubes breaks.

Smiths Beach is a feature along the long distance Cape to Cape Walk Track, that runs the length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge.

If you only have time to visit one site in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, make sure this is the one.

At Canal Rocks, granitic rocks jut into the ocean and are separated by a series of canals that have been hollowed out by the sea. Visitors can traverse the canals by a series of recently upgraded narrow bridges and carefully clamber over ... More

11. Wyadup Rocks carpark

Wyadup is a scenic feature along the Cape to Cape Walk Track. Wyadup Rocks are composed of the same granitic gneiss forming Canal Rocks to the north.

12. Injidup Beach

Injidup is a beautiful beach offering a well known surf break.

The name Injidup comes from the Nyoongar word (inji) for the lovely red pea flower (Templetonia retusa), which grows along the limestone cliffs in spring.

Cape Clairault, which forms the southern arm of the bay, was named by the French expedition of 1801-1803 aboard the Géographe... More

13. Ellensbrook Homestead

The historic homestead at Ellensbrook lies in the national park but is managed by the National Trust. The turn-off to Ellensbrook Homestead, off Caves Road, is 9km from Margaret River, and it lies a further 4km along Ellensbrook Road.

Alfred Bussell arrived in Western Australia in 1830, and later pioneered the Margaret River area. In 1857 he... More

14. Meekadarabee Falls

This is one of the lesser known but surprisingly beautiful attractions of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The trail to the Falls and all of its facilities are universally accessible.

Meekadarabee Falls were known to Aboriginal people as ‘the bathing place of the moon’. A girl called Mitanne would spend her time exploring caves and strange ... More

15. Kilcarnup

This area was formerly a Shire reserve but has recently been added to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. It is accessed via a four-wheel-drive track off Caves Road.

Kilcarnup is a popular fishing spot and a great dive site, as the line of limestone reef that juts from the point has eroded into some interesting and striking formations. The... More