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Things to do in Dunsborough/Yallingup

The holiday playgrounds of Dunsborough and Yallingup are nestled either side of Cape Naturalist and so have the best of both worlds, the raw energy of the open ocean and the calm of Geographe Bay, with endless stunning beaches, world-class surf breaks, protected bays, coastal hikes, great shopping and amazing wineries and restaurants.

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Home to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, and part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the headland has views that are nothing short of inspiring. There’s a whale-watching platform on the cliffs, where you can gaze down over the bush into dizzyingly blue water and out to the horizon. The platform can be reached via various trails, one of which is paved for prams and wheelchairs. The air in the national park is impossibly fresh, and the occasional ‘roo might reveal itself through the bushland. Birdwatchers take note: lots of lovely species, including the blue wren and the endangered red-tailed tropicbird, can be seen flitting around.

On the western side of the cape you can head from the lighthouse down paved paths to see the magnificent granite formation of Sugarloaf Rock. Watch the enormous silvery waves roll in, and look out for dolphins playing in the surf.

The township of Yallingup attracts surfers from around the world, keen to try its perfect waves. With just over 1000 residents, the remoteness of this town and its peaceful bay has left it pristine. Stay in the crook of lily-lined streets behind the dunes, and wander over to the beach at your leisure, to be greeted by low-flying gulls. In winter, the gentle curve of Yallingup Beach can be a windswept wilderness, but there are also plenty of fi ne sunny days when the water ‘glasses off’. In summer, you can swim, surf, or enjoy a barbecue at the fantastic elevated look-out.

Along the sheltered eastern side of Cape Naturaliste is a string of tranquil beaches and boulder-strewn bays, perfect for swimming and fishing. With a permanent population of around 4000, the town of Dunsborough is ideal for families, with a decent-sized town centre so you’ll want for nothing. For active types, Dunsborough’s beautiful coastline and rural setting offer a backdrop for jogging, cycling, and water sports.

There’s a lively cafe scene in Dunsborough, and nightlife too, in town and down the road at Clancy’s Fish Pub and the iconic Caves House Hotel. The bars and cafes are frequented by locals and visitors from all over Margaret River. Don’t miss the Sunday sessions with live bands.

Eating well and drinking fine wine make this classic beach-holiday experience truly wonderful. Award-winning wineries and breweries, wonderful eateries, olive groves, and artisan producers dot the area, and provide a multitude of choice for gourmet indulgences. The remainder of Margaret River’s cellar doors are found within easy driving distance of Dunsborough and Yallingup.

Places to Stay

Yallingup has a great range of places to stay, many with ocean views. There are private spa retreats and hillside holiday houses, holiday parks, retreats, hotels and chic apartments, plus luxurious romantic resorts and lodges. Accommodation in Dunsborough varies from beachside resorts, B&Bs, chalets and holiday rentals to classic camping grounds. Major supermarkets can be found in Dunsborough, making self-catering accommodation an easy choice.

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Things to do in Dunsborough & Yallingup

Things to do in Dunsborough & Yallingup

Hiking, fishing, artisans trails, kids adventures…
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Eating and drinking in Dunsborough & Yallingup

Eating and drinking in Dunsborough & Yallingup

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Places to go in Dunsborough & Yallingup

Places to go in Dunsborough & Yallingup

Four stunning attractions & natural wonders of Dunsborough & Yallingup that you have to go to...
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Guides


Anniebrook Flower Farm

Come and see our exceptional selection of natural and coloured dried flowers grown locally on our own farm. Dried flowers, silk flowers, professional flower arrangements, handmade soap, potpourri and much more available.

  • Open days/Times:Open everyday except Tuesday 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Activity:Flower Farm
  • Type:Attractions

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

In 1922 Harry Lewis an artillery horseman in the British Army emigrated to Australia under the soldier settlement scheme and took up land in the Carbunup region of the Southwest, Western Australia. Together with his wife Amelia, they began the arduous task of carving out of the dense bush a small family farm.

Sixty years on, third generation farmers Wally & Dawn Lewis finally completed what Harry started, but realised to survive as farmers they either had to find a much larger property, or radically change their existing business. They opted for the latter and in 1986 began planting vines and flowers. Today there are five acres of flowers, and 18 acres of vineyard with grape varieties: Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet franc and Shiraz.

After years of providing fruit to other wineries a dream was realised in 2006 when they opened a cellar door, complementing the existing family run flower emporium. The beautiful labels designed for each wine are a reflection on this new direction the property is heading; a future of beautiful flowers and superb wines.

Anniebrook takes its name from the small creek that meanders through the property on its journey to the Indian Ocean.

Cape Cultural Tours

Cape Cultural Tours create a deep connection and lasting memories through Aboriginal interpretive experiences along the spectacular capes and coastlines of the Margaret River Region.

  • Tour Duration:1 - 5 hours
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Owned & Operated,Aboriginal Traditional Fishing
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors

Details

  • Tour Capacity:4-40
  • Tour Locations:Margaret River Region

Description

Enter the Boodja (country) of the Wadandi people through their eyes and learn about the Noongar seasons and the encircling connections with the rivers, the seas, the animals, fish and plants.  Move along the breathtaking Cape to Cape track gathering a deeper appreciation of the ecology, how it relates to the surrounding oceans and headlands, and why the past is ever present to the land’s traditional custodians.

Cape Cultural Tours offers the Cape Cultural Experience, Kaya Cape Experience, DJILJIT Coastal Fishing Experience, as well as a customisable experience suited to you. 

KEY EXPERIENCES:

-Learn about Aboriginal history and culture
-Learn about traditional Aboriginal hunting/gathering
-Learning about the Aboriginal Dreamtime ( the Dreamtime are Aboriginal stories and legends of how the land was created)
-Tours of sacred and historic Aboriginal sites with a local Aboriginal tour guide

Cape Cultural Tours

Cape Cultural Tours create a deep connection and lasting memories through Aboriginal interpretive experiences along the spectacular capes and coastlines of the Margaret River Region.

  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Bush Walking,Caving,Fishing,Aboriginal Music, Art & Dance,Aboriginal Owned & Operated,Aboriginal Traditional Fishing,Cooking,Lighthouse

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

Description

Enter the Boodja (country) of the Wadandi People through their eyes and learn about the Noongar seasons and the encircling connections with the rivers, the seas, the animals, fish, and plants.

Move along the breathtaking Cape to Cape track gathering a deeper appreciation of the ecology, how it relates to the surrounding oceans and headlands and why the past is ever present to the land's traditional custodians.

Based at Cape Naturaliste, Margaret River, Western Australia, the Indigenous-owned business is the sister company of award-winning Koomal Dreaming.

 

Cape Dive

Cape Dive has been the longest established dive store in Dunsborough, for over 25 yrs we have been diving the the south west. We are just 250km south of Perth.

  • Activity:Diving
  • Type:Tours
  • Tour Duration:Half Day

Details

  • Tour Locations:Dunsborough

Description

We run daily Dive charters to the HMAS Swan, Busselton Jetty and local Reefs.

Our half-day double dive trips depart at daily at 9:00am from our the Pro Fisherman Boat ramp at Quindallup, opposite McDermott Street. We recommend that you check in at least 45 minutes before departure. There we'll set up our gear load it onto our ute then head off to the beach.

Most of our dive sites are only a quick 20 minute boat ride away, so you'll be in the water in no time. This also gives you plenty of time to gear up and be the frst in the water.

All double tank dives include tea, coffee, soup & water with a light snack in between dives.

For divers who prefer to travel light, we have a wide range of Scubapro hire gear to choose from.

 

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Fully guided tours of this working lighthouse provide a fascinating insight into history and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Once you reach the top, take in breathtaking views across the Indian Ocean and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

  • Suited For:Families,Seniors
  • Open days/Times:Open 7 Days
  • Activity:Lighthouse
  • Type:Attractions

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

Description

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Tours
Marvel at Mother Nature’s beauty and power as you tour Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. With only 59 steps, it is Australia’s most accessible lighthouse! Wind your way to the top of the tower, unveiling breathtaking views across the Indian Ocean and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. From the balcony, try spotting whales and their young frolicking in the waters below during the annual migratory period from September to December.

Friendly tour guides will provide you with a fascinating insight into the functions of the working lighthouse. Take a step back in time as you hear tales of ships wrecked off the formidable coastline and the hardships of life as a lighthouse keeper. Stories of resident ghosts Harry and Mary will be sure to send a tingle down your spine! Finish your visit with refreshments on the panoramic deck, or by the fireplace, in the lovingly restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

Prices
Tours depart daily every half hour between 9.30am to 4.00pm.
Adults $13.00, Child $7.00, Family $35.00, Concession $12.00.

Country Life Farm

Great day out for families and friends!

  • Type:Attractions
  • Open days/Times:Open Everyday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Tour Price:$18 - $20
  • Activity:Animal Farm
  • Suited For:Toddlers (0 - 3),Kids (4 - 12)

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays
  • Tour Locations:Dunsborough

Description

Hand feed our friendly animals anytime of the day
Enjoy our shady trees, gardens, picnic area, bbq and family friendly facilities
Fantastic indoor playground
Baby area
Toddler area
Big kids play area
Giant bouncy castle and infl atable slide
Boat rides
Merry-Go-Round
Rides and playground FREE with entry (excludes Dodgem car rides)

Open 7 days a week • 9.30am - 5.00pm all year round

Dunsborough Buses & Charters

Wine Tours, Weddings, Private Functions & Special Events - we can help you will all your buses and charter needs.

  • Activity:Driving
  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors
  • Type:Charters & Rentals,Tours

Details

    Description

    We offer a range of tours and charter facilities in the Southwest. We have air-conidtioned charter vehicles and mini vans avaliable to suit your needs.

    All our charters and tours are flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. We cover the Blackwood Valley Region, the Geographe Region and the famous Margaret River Wine Region.

    • Charter Buses
    • Wine,Art & Golf Tours
    • Weddings & Parties
    • Special Events
    • Perth Transfers

    Dunsborough Central Markets

    The markets include fruit, veg, crafts, pastries, preserves, olive and oils, soaps and candles, entertainment and more.

    • Open days/Times:2nd Saturday of every month
    • Activity:Markets
    • Suited For:Families,Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors
    • Type:Attractions

    Details

    • Open Days:Saturday

    Description

    Local markets in the centre of Dunsborough at the Lions Park on the 2nd Saturday of every month. 

    Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course

    Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course is situated in the fabulous South West corner of Western Australia close to the popular wine region of Margaret River.

    • Activity:Golf
    • Open days/Times:6am - 5.30pm 7 Days
    • Type:Attractions

    Details

    • Open Days:Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

    Description

    <p> Lush fairways, greens and ten lakes, makes this course a challenge to golfers of all levels.</p>

    Empire Spa

    Escape to a World of Luxury

    • Activity:Day Spas
    • Type:Attractions

    Details

    • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

    Description

    Empire Spa and explore this precious window of opportunity you have aff orded yourself to its fullest potential. This state-of-the-art, purpose-built spa is designed to pamper your body and soul. Empire, for your stay with us, exists for this very purpose.

    Injidup Point, Carparks And Pea Break

    Indjidup is home to three breaks - Car Parks, The Point and Pea Break, with all breaking best in a sou-east wind, although The Point can also be surfed in a sou-westerly.

    • Activity:Surfing
    • Type:Attractions

    Details

      Description

      Pea Break would have to be the best out of the three, yet can be inconsistent. Car Parks on the other hand is quite consistent and can get crowded.

      Jet Adventures

      Jet Adventures gives you an absolutely unique opportunity to experience a breathtaking ride on the ocean.

      • Activity:Rivers & Lakes
      • Type:Tours

      Details

      • Tour Locations:Dunsborough

      Description

      Jet Adventures is a eco tourism adventure business that caters for all ages and all levels of adventure.

      Whether on a thrilling, high speed Jet Boat Ride on the fastest jet boat in WA, learning about the rugged natural environment around Cape Naturaliste, or seeing whales, dolphins, seals and bird life in their own habitat.

      An awesome experience whatever tour you choose!

      Koomal Dreaming

      Koomal Dreaming provides an opportunity for visitors to experience Wadandi and Bibbulman country through the eyes of the traditional owners.

      • Activity:Aboriginal Owned & Operated,Caving,Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Music, Art & Dance,Food & Drink
      • Type:Tours,Attractions,Sites & Trails
      • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors

      Details

      • Tour Locations:Yallingup
      • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

      Description

      “Koomal” is the traditional name of Wadandi man Josh Whiteland. Koomal is the Wadandi word for brushtail possum and the totem chosen for him by his Wadandi Elders. Josh was born in Busselton, WA and grew up surrounded by family, culture and a deep understanding of connection to country.

      Passionate, learned and spiritually aware, Josh has a personal commitment to sharing his knowledge of his culture and lore with visitors. It is for this reason he created ‘Koomal Dreaming’ so that he could communicate at least part of his connection with his land and his people with guests from around Australia and the world.

      Mirravale Riding School

      Let us take you riding through the beautiful Cape Naturaliste bushland, where Kangaroos, birds and wildflowers are in abundance (in season). For those who haven't ridden before we will show you how easy and enjoyable it is.

      • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)
      • Activity:Horse Riding
      • Type:Tours,Attractions

      Details

      • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,School holidays,Sunday

      Description

      If you are experienced, why not go for an exhilirating canter on our great bush tracks. Young or nervous riders are given special attention to ensure that they enjoy their ride. Rides go throughout the day and end with a Twilight Ride when the sun is going down and the wildlife is coming out to feed. Lesson and pony rides are also available.

      Naturaliste Charters

      Award winning Naturaliste Charters whale watching and eco tours offers a truly unique experience with nature.

      • Tour Duration:8 hours
      • Tour Price:From $80.00
      • Activity:Whale Watching
      • Suited For:Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)
      • Type:Tours

      Details

      • Tour Locations:Augusta, Busselton, Dunsborough, Bremer Bay

      Description

      Whale watching in the beautiful Margaret River region, located in the Southwest of Western Australia. Departing daily from Augusta (late-May to August) and Dunsborough (September to early-December). See the majestic and playful Humpback whale also the Southern Right whale migrate past our waters through these months using the bays as resting, playing and calving grounds. Also spotted on the tours are Minke whales, New Zealand fur seals, Bottlenose and Common dolphins and the very spectaular and rare Blue whale. Jump on board our purpose built 57ft whale watching vessel, with all the comforts, great viewing decks, experienced crew, complimentary morning or afternoon tea. And to enhance the experience we have an underwater hydrophone to hear these magnificent mammals. Other cruises available are Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expeditions, Eco Wilderness Tours, Sunset Tours and Private Charters. Your Adventure Starts With Us!

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