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About Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough
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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What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
The Lighthouse carpark, right at the very end of Cape Naturaliste Road, near Dunsborough. 263km (3.5 hours) south of Perth.
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.
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FacilitiesThe 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.
- Car Park
- All accessible toilet facilities
- View Platform
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
October - March
Prohibited ItemsNo pets permitted
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