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City Of BusseltonNaturaliste (8) → Eagle Bay | Yallingup | Dunsborough
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Found 8 walks

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Sugarloaf Rock
3.5 km oneway
1 h 30 min to 3 h
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Sugarloaf Rock
3.5 km
Oneway

Walk
1 h 30 min to 3 h

Run
45 min to 1 h 30 min

Wheelchair
1 h 30 min to 3 h 15 min

Starting from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse car park at the end of Cape Naturaliste Road, Cape Naturaliste, this walk takes you to Sugarloaf Rock and back via the Cape to Cape Track. The epic Cape to Cape Track stretches 124km from end to end, but it also offers plenty of shorter walks for those on a time limit. The 'Access for More' section runs between the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock, providing an exceptional experience for walkers of all abilities. This stretch of the iconic Cape to Cape takes in the magnificent coastline, rock formations and vegetation, offering some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the region, with beautiful wildflowers in spring and wonderful views year-round. The trail is a mix of sealed pathways and boardwalk with a mostly flat or gentle downhill gradient, making it pram-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Conveniently placed benches allow walkers to rest and enjoy the view and trailside signage provides detailed information on the landscape and wildlife of this coastal environment. Additionally, Sugarloaf Rock is a mating site for red-tailed tropicbirds as it creates a safe zone from coastal predators. They mate for life and come back to the area annually. You can also explore the rocky sections and geological formations along the coastline and look for whales migrating between September and November. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Cafe
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Lighthouse, Bunker Bay, Whale Lookout and Cape Naturaliste Loop
5.7 km circuit
1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min
Lighthouse, Bunker Bay, Whale Lookout and Cape Naturaliste Loop
5.7 km
Circuit

Walk
1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min

Starting from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Carpark at the end of Cape Naturaliste Road, Naturaliste, this walk takes you on a circuit via the Lighthouse, Bunker Bay, Whale Lookout and Cape Naturaliste trails. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse stands on a 100m bluff overlooking Geographe Bay. The Lighthouse was built in 1903, with limestone carted by bullock wagons from a quarry about 1.5 km away. The three original keeper's quarters are still standing. The Lighthouse has a small museum that's free to visit, and the tearooms are a pleasant place to have lunch or a snack at the beginning or end of your walk. Following the path from the lighthouse buildings, which initially is shared with the Lighthouse Loop, the Bunker Bay Loop trail leads to the cliff edge revealing breathtaking views of the coast. The observation deck that overlooks Shelley Cove provides you with exceptional views along with plenty of seating. The cliffs along the northeastern coast are limestone, but you can also see the basement of much older granite rocks exposed along the shoreline. This trail demonstrates the three distinct types of vegetation on the Cape; woodland in sheltered areas near Bunker Bay, wind-pruned Marri growing higher on the ridge, and coastal heath. From the northwestern section of the Bunker Bay Loop trail, the hike heads along the Lighthouse Loop trail onto the Whale Lookout trail, which has heaps of lookouts and boardwalks along the way. As a plus, you can watch for whales from the said lookouts between June and December. There is also information about the migrating whales. Out of season, this trail offers magnificent panoramic coastal views, diverse coastal heath and an opportunity to spot birds living in the area. The hike continues along the Cape Naturaliste Loop trail above the sheer northern cliffs, winding through a windswept area largely devoid of vegetation. From the Naturaliste Lookout, there are stunning views of the pounding surf along the northwest tip of the Cape. Remember to check out "The Other Side of the Moon" below the lookout. The final section of the hike briefly crosses the Whale Lookout trail again, before heading along the Lighthouse Loop trail back to the car park. With beautiful coastal scenery and spectacular ocean views, this walk combines multiple trails in Cape Naturaliste to provide an exceptional experience for walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended, as there are some short steep hills, rocky surfaces and sandy sections along the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Cafe
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Wardanup Trail Loop
6.3 km circuit
1 h 30 min to 2 h
Wardanup Trail Loop
6.3 km
Circuit

Walk
1 h 30 min to 2 h

Run
45 min to 1 h 15 min

Starting from the Rabbit Hill Carpark at the end of Dawson Drive, Yallingup, this walk takes you on a circuit up Wardanup Hill, past Ngilgi Cave and along Yallingup Beach via the Wardanup Trail. A favourite with the locals, this picturesque 6.4 kilometre loop walk encompasses both coastal scenery and shady forest paths. You'll head along the cliff line that will provide you countless panoramic views. Keep an eye out for surfers as well. The trail climbs steeply up over Wardanup Hill through coastal peppermint forest, then heads down to Ngilgi Cave, an amazing Karst cave system with a beautiful array of varied crystal formations enhanced by colourful lighting. The trail then descends into the Yallingup Brook valley and the Yallingup township, passing the spectacular Yallingup reef and onto Yallingup Beach, where you walk along the sand before climbing back up to the Rabbit Hill Carpark. The Wardanup Trail is best suited for moderately experienced hikers due to the changing terrain that includes a sandy beach, dense forest coverage, steep hillsides, cliffs, and coastal rocks. Sturdy walking/hiking boots are recommended to handle the different ground coverings. The trail is open to the public every day, has restroom facilities and resting areas to take in the changing views or just to sit and enjoy a bottle of water and a snack. The loop trail is clearly defined and well signposted, with orange markers to guide you along the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Cafe
Caves
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car


Meelup Reserve Trail
14.5 km return
4 h to 6 h
Meelup Reserve Trail
14.5 km
Return

Walk
4 h to 6 h

Run
2 h to 3 h

Starting from the car park on Hurford Street, Dunsborough, this walk takes you past Curtis Bay, Castle Rock, Castle Bay, Meelup Beach, Point Picquet, and Eagle Bay via the Meelup Reserve Trail. Linking Dunsborough to Eagle Bay, the 7.8km Meelup Reserve Trail leads walkers along the coast to beautiful secluded beaches and impressive granite rock formations. Almost all of the beaches here are well-known, and their crystal clear waters are one of the main reasons for that. Small reefs and rocky outcrops provide good snorkelling opportunities. In spring, there are heaps of wildflowers and animals. Numerous vantage points along the way allow you to view whales, mainly from September to December. There are multiple turn-offs in the first kilometres of the walk that take you to small and relatively secluded beaches. One of the main highlights of the walk is the imposing Castle Rock. Further on the trail lies Castle Bay, with Sail Rock to the west and Castle Rock to the east. Those features combined with the panoramic ocean view makes this place quite picturesque. Have a picnic or a swim, and enjoy the refreshing ambience. From Castle Bay onwards, the beaches are larger; however, there are still some rugged sections that divide up the beaches. Meelup Beach is ideal for swimming due to the bay being protected. There are BBQs, picnic tables under trees and big grassy areas for family picnics as well. Another nice feature of Meelup Beach is that it is also where Meelup Brook runs into the ocean. The track from Meelup to Eagle Bay is relatively a bit more challenging, yet the ocean views get better as you get higher. This section features the only real ascent of the trail, although it isn't very long or difficult. After a downhill wander, stunning Eagle Bay looms in the distance. The trail continues through Reidle Park to the Eagle Bay Carpark, with a well-shaded boardwalk leading down to the beach. This is a fairly easy walk along a mostly flat trail with very little change in elevation. The trail is clear, well maintained and reasonably well signed. There are large panels at the start of the trail and markers all along the way. From Dunsborough, the track to Point Piquet is quite straightforward, but it can get a bit hard to follow after Point Piquet. You can either return to your vehicle via Meelup Reserve Trail, get a cab or do some car shuffling. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Bus
Car




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