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Whale Lookout Walk Trail, Cape Naturaliste

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 2.4 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

This 2.4 kilometre Whale Lookout walk is the shortest and most popular trail from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse .  The track takes you to a lookout over the cliffs and out to sea.  A spur boardwalk leads down to another lookout perched on the outer cliff top.

The whales travel along the coast between June and December each year and can often be seen form the lookout, so don't forget the binoculars
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Trail Start

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Cape Naturaliste carpark, at the end of cape Naturaliste Rd, near Dunsborough, 270km (3.5 hours) south of Perth

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Whale Lookout

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The lookouts on the Whale Lookout trail provide a perfect vantage point for viewing whales from September through November. A shelter at the lookout has interpretive information about the whales which migrate along this coastline.  

Out of season, this walk offers magnificent panoramic coastal views, diverse coastal heath and an opportunity to spot birds living in the area.

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Distance: 3.6km (return)  Class: 3

Cape Naturaliste to Sugarloaf Rock Walk
Distance 3.5km Class: 3

Cape Naturalist Track
Distance 4km Class 2

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Time / Duration

1 hour


2.4km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Cape Naturaliste carpark, at the end of cape Naturaliste Rd, near Dunsborough, 270km (3.5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Whale Lookout

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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
  • 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

June to early December is whale watching season


Trail Access

by car to the of Cape Naturalist Road, near Dunsborough, 263km (3.5 hours) south of Perth

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
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1 trail goers have rated Whale Lookout Walk Trail, Cape Naturaliste as 4 out of 5!

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Linda Daniels

Reviewed 22 Feb 2017, 3:08pm

Lovely walk with fabulous views. No whales spotted as not there in the right season - but still walked down to the whale lookout where there is some good interpretation. Nice that it is close to the lighthouse where you can enjoy a coffee or cold drink before or after your walk.

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