Get a birds-eye view of the park’s stunning coast from a lookout on the edge of the sea cliffs at Cave Point.
- Attraction Fee:No fees apply
- Sites:Lookouts,Rock Formations,Wildlife Spots
- Feature:Toilet,Dogs Allowed - No,2WD Access - No
- Activity:Bush Walking
The sheer cliffs at Cave Point and vast Southern Ocean in all it’s moods are a must see on your visit to the eastern side of the park. The point is an ideal place to spot whales and seabirds and discover a diversity of plants in the rock gardens that clothe these exposed headlands.
The jagged and tilted rocks at Cave Point are a distinctive feature of headlands and peaks throughout the park. They were once layers of silt and sand deposited on an ancient the sea floor that were subsequently transformed and uplifted by movements of the Earth’s crust. Siltstone was turned into the colourful schist at Cave Point and sandstone to the much harder crystalline quartzite that has created the park’s peaks.
From Cave Point there is a clear view of the magnificent East Mount Barren where the jagged outline of tilted rock ridges resemble the spine of a giant sleeping dragon. Below the peak on its seaward slope is a distinctive broad platform carved by the action of pounding waves when the sea level was higher than it is today. If you absorb this view and then look west you’ll discover that headlands all along the Fitzgerald coast are similar wave-cut platforms created at the same time.
Walks at Cave Point
The formed path from the carpark to the lookout (600m return) is on a gentle incline with two rest stops and suitable for wheelchairs. Cave Point is also the eastern trailhead for the Hakea Trail, which follows the coast past West Beach for another 20km to Quoin Head. Enjoy a short walk along the trail to the scenic bay at West Beach (1.6km return).
Coast Risks and Cliff Risks are significant in this park.
This information was provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: dpaw.wa.gov.au
- Address: ,Fitzgerald River National Park,WA,