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Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough

  • 1-3 hours
  • 4 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

This easy four kilometre trail is the most westerly loop of the Cape Naturaliste Walk Trail Network, taking you nearly all the way to the tip of the cape with spectacular views along the way.

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The Lighthouse carpark, right at the very end of Cape Naturaliste Road, near Dunsborough. 263km (3.5 hours) south of Perth.

Nature Reserve and haven for nesting seabirds.
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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.

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

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Dunsborough Visitor Centre

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Time / Duration

2 hours

Length

4km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

The Lighthouse carpark, right at the very end of Cape Naturaliste Road, near Dunsborough. 263km (3.5 hours) south of Perth.

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Facilities

The Lighthouse has a small museum that’s free to visit, and the tearooms which are a pleasant place to stop for lunch or a snack.
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • View Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

October - March

Fees

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
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