Skip to Content Skip to Navigation Show Trail Map Show About the Trail Show Important Trail Details Read Trail Reviews
Support Our Trails

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.

Coastal views
Earn 1 Point

Trail Start

Get directions

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.
Logo for Leave no Trace Initiative

Trails WA supports the seven principles recommended by Leave No Trace Australia for minimising your impacts when using the trails.

Learn more

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

Other Links

  • Australia’s South West

    Comprehensive information on the South West region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.

Be trail ready for Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough

Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

2 hours


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.

Get directions

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.


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


Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
Edge shaped like mountain horizon
topography pattern

Complete Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough to earn badges and points!

Earn points and badges and become a "TrailsWA Expert" by completing trails and leaving reviews.

Earn 1 Point

Earn 1 point towards
your TrailsWA level

Edge shaped like mountain horizon
Alt text

Be the first to review Cape Naturaliste Track, Dunsborough

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Like this trail? Explore others nearby

More around South West

Supported by great organisations

Trails are free and bring so many benefits to our community by providing opportunities to have fun, get fit, socialise, explore and challenge yourself. But they also have to be managed and maintained which only is made possible through terrific sponsors, donations and/or volunteering.

topography pattern