Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough
This easy four kilometre trail is the most westerly loop of the Cape Naturaliste Walk Trail Network and it takes you out nearly to the top of the Cape with spectacular views.
About the Trail
Cape Naturaliste is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. Visitors can explore the coastal scenery by taking short walks along the established board walks and lookouts.
To find the Cape Naturaliste Track, follow the main path below the lighthouse buildings and work your way clockwise around the Lighthouse Walk for nearly one kilometre. Turn left (W) on the Whale Lookout Track and left again onto the Cape Naturaliste Track, heading gently downhill towards the ocean. From the Naturaliste Lookout you have a stunning view of the pounding surf along the northwest tip of the Cape.
The strange natural blow-out below the lookout known as the "The Other Side of the Moon" is a striking feature here. The track then winds north and east though a windswept area largely devoid of vegetation.
Only bare limestone rock formations remain. Continue for a further 300m through low heath and Rottnest Tea-tree, Melaleuca lanceolatea, above the sheer northern cliffs until you reach the Whale Lookout. From here, turn right up the hill back to the Lighthouse Track.
Other trails from the lighthouse include:
Whale Lookout Walk Trail
Distance: 2.4km (return) Class: 2
Cape Naturaliste to Sugarloaf Rock walk
Distance 3.5km Class: 3
Bunker Bay Loop
Distance 3.6km Class 3
Need to Know
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