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Bunker Bay Loop, Dunsborough

  • 1-3 hours
  • 3.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

This 3.6 kilometre walk lies at the tip of Cape Naturaliste near Dunsborough.  It offers superb cliff top views and has the option to drop down to Shelley Cove at the eastern end.

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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, end of Cape Naturaliste Road, 270km (3 hours) south of Perth

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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.

Follow the path from the lighthouse buildings which initially is shared with the Lighthouse Loop. The Bunker Bay Loop can then be walked in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.

The Bunker Bay walk leads to the cliff edge revealing breathtaking views of the coast. This walk demonstrates the three distinctive types of vegetation on the Cape; woodland in sheltered areas near Bunker Bay, wind-pruned Marri growing higher on the ridge, and coastal heath. The viewing platform overlooking Shelley Cove near Bunkers Bay offers a superb resting site with distant views of Geographe Bay.

The cliffs along the north eastern coast are limestone, but you can also see the basement of much older granite rocks exposed along the shorelione.

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

Cape Naturalist Track
Distance 4km Class 2

Margaret River Visitor Centre

(08) 9780 5911

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Time / Duration

1.5 hours

Length

3.6km loop

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, end of Cape Naturaliste Road, 270km (3 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Facilities

The Lighthouse has a small museum that’s free to visit, and the tearooms which are a pleasant place to have lunch or a snack at the beginning or end of your walk.
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Coach Parking
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Kiosk
  • Lookouts
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Shop
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • View Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

September- April

Fees

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
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3 trail goers have rated Bunker Bay Loop, Dunsborough as 4.33 out of 5!

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Annique Lee

Reviewed 13 Aug 2021, 3:45pm

I completed this hike today, weather was not bad, just the occasional drizzle. I parked at the Cape Naturalist car park and headed to the last car park where I began the hike. You can also start at the left side of the pathway from the car park as you enter the shops and cafe. Anyway, the trail was fairly easy, some steep decline with rocks jutting out so it is a matter of being careful as you step in some areas, I headed down to the Shelley Cove platform, stunning! Heading back up I came across the beautiful sea caves along the cliff, breathtaking. I ended up by diverting and joining the Lighthouse Loop. I finished off my hike with a beautiful turmeric latte and a lovely scone at the lighthouse cafe.
Puja Fjeldstad

Reviewed 30 Apr 2020, 9:25pm

Beautiful views and good challenging terrain but the flies bothered my partner quite a bit.
Dave Reid

Reviewed 25 Jun 2018, 10:13am

The trail head is easy to miss. It is diagonally across the RV carpark currently marked by an orange bollard.
Pleasant easy walk that takes you down to the cliff edge lookout. We spent half an hour watching the seals basking on the rock and a mob in the water floating with their fins raised. The track is a bit rough in places and easy to stumble. This track also joins up with the Lighthouse loop that takes you back to the main carpark and the start of the Cape-to-Cape trail.
Finished off with a beer at the Eagle Bay Brewing Company.

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