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Boranup Karri Forest

Towering karri trees, some over 60m in height, undulate across the valley. With sunlight streaming onto their smooth trunks, this is one of the best sights in the Margaret River Region.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Unique Wonders
  • Activities:Walking

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The sight of these enormous trees won’t be the only thing to amaze you. This forest is a feast for the senses with the forest floor tumbling with wildflowers, orchids and funghi (in season) together with the sounds of native birds and the fresh smell of eucalypt.
The forest is an easy 25 minute drive south of Margaret River town along Caves Road. The Karri Lookout on the eastern side of Caves Road is an ideal spot to enjoy and photograph this amazing forest as it undulates across the valley.

Boranup Drive is a fantastic tourist drive. With its hard limestone base it is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. The drive winds its way through stunning forest and loops back to Caves Road. Along the drive you’ll find the Boranup Lookout which takes in views across the picturesque forest and the stunning turquoise waters of nearby Hamelin Bay. The lookout also marks the start of some lovely bushwalks and has a great picnic spot. A small campground fitting only seven small tents or small campervans is also available.

Canal Rocks

Granitic rocks that jut into the ocean are separated by a series of canals carved by the sea.

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  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Boat Ramp,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders

Description

Canal Rocks is essentially an open air museum of the geological features and rocks of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge, which you can experience while surrounded by the powerful forces of wind and water that have helped to shape them.

Visitors can cross the canals via recently upgraded narrow bridges and carefully clamber over the rocks to marvel at the ocean’s power.

The Aboriginal name for Canal Rocks is Winjee Sam.

Hamelin Bay Beach

A vast bay of bright white sand, turquoise waters filled with marine life and spectacular coastal cliff walks.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Diving,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Boat Ramp,Cafe / Shops

Description

Come and meet the famous sting rays at Hamelin Bay. These beautiful creatures love to come to the shoreline to say hello to visitors. A visit to stunning Hamelin Bay is a MUST DO on many a holiday schedule. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, diving - you can do it all! Hamelin Bay is home to a caravan park, small shop and boat ramp.

 

HMAS Swan Wreck

The Swan is a 120 metres long decomissioned naval vessel that was scuttled (parked and sunk for the layman) in 1997. Now home to a wonderous array of aquatic wildlife, the site has twelve moorings available to divers who can explore this undersea world.

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  • Activities:Diving,Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Marine Parks & Reserves

Description

It isn't quite the Titanic but it's much closer to home, a lot easier to reach, and home to a lot more activity in the relatively shallow water. Diving tour operators abound in the area and cater for the expert or novice.

Injidup Natural Spa

Injidup is a beautiful beach offering a well known surf break and natural spa formation, secluded from the waves.

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  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders

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The name Injidup comes from the Nyoongar word (inji) for the lovely red pea flower (Templetonia retusa) that grows along the limestone cliffs in spring.

Cape Clairault, which forms the southern arm of the bay, was named by the French expedition of 1801-1803 aboard the Géographe and the Naturaliste after celebrated French mathematician Alexis Clairault (1713-1765). Clairault confirmed many theories of gravitation, his most renowned being the return of Halley's Comet.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

One of Western Australia’s most loved and scenic holiday spots!

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  • Activities:Canoeing,Caving,Diving,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Rugged limestone sea cliffs and windswept granite headlands dominating the coastline, interspersed by curving beaches, sheltered bays and long, rocky shorelines.

On the northern shores of Cape Naturaliste, Bunker Bay and Shelley Cove are protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds and popular for swimming, fishing or beachcombing. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse stands near the start of the long-distance Cape to Cape Track.

Surfing is popular at many well-known breaks on the western coast, such as Smiths Beach, Injidup Beach and Redgate. This coast is wild with the ocean and weather very changable. Visitors need to take care and follow all directions on any risk signs. More information about coastal risks is available here and for safe fishing information visit the Recfishwest website. To find a patrolled beach visit Surf Lifesaving Australia's Beachsafe Website.

The cliffs and rocky shores of the western coast bear the brunt of giant ocean swells. Visitors can marvel at the ocean’s beauty and power from scenic lookouts at Sugarloaf Rock, Canal Rocks and Wyadup Rocks.

The historic Ellensbrook Homestead and nearby Meekadarabee Falls are well worth a visit.

The limestone of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge is riddled with caves, with a wide variety of caving experiences on offer, from adventure caving at Calgardup and Giants Cave to guided tourism caves such as Mammoth Cave, Lake Cave and Jewel Cave.

The coastline west of the majestic Boranup Forest offers sweeping scenery, and great fishing and diving in the Ngari Capes Marine Park can be experienced at Kilcarnup and Cosy Corner.

Campgrounds are provided at Jarrahdene, Contos, Point Road and Boranup.

At the southern end of the park the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is open for tours, and the Waterwheel, Quarry Bay and Skippy Rock are a short drive around the Cape.

A full range of accommodation, shopping, dining and entertainment facilities are available in the towns of Dunsborough, Yallingup, Margaret River and Augusta. Sightseeing tours, dive and fishing charters and four-wheel-drive safaris are available.

Most roads in the area are sealed. Tracks to the more isolated surfing and fishing spots on the coast are often suitable only for four-wheel drive vehicles, because of the rough limestone that protrudes from the road surfaces. Watch out for kangaroos at dawn and dusk. Some tracks are closed to the public. Please respect all signage and barriers as they are there to protect the park.

Quinninup Falls

Located off the Cape-to-Cape track, this waterfall's view of the surrounding area is breathtaking. Also, a great for a picnic!

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  • Natural Attractions:Waterfalls
  • Facilities:Pets Allowed

Description

The trip to and from Quinninup Falls may take around two hours (depending on fitness!). The track to the falls varies from flat and easy to rocky and uneven. There are also few big sand dunes which are physically challenging to climb up as well.  

Sugarloaf Rock

This unusual rock near Cape Naturaliste derives its name from its distinctive conical shape and is a popular stop for sightseers.

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  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest

Description

Sugarloaf Rock is a nature reserve and a haven for nesting seabirds such as the geographically-restricted red-tailed tropicbird. Please do not try to cross to its rocky slopes. The crossing is treacherous and the wildlife should be left in peace.

Three Bears Beach

Three Bears - Kabbijgup is a popular surf break along the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.

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  • Activities:Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Points of Interest

Description

Coastal walktrails and steps down sand dunes have been provided at many places to help prevent erosion.

Yallingup Beach Lookout

Beautiful lookout that oversees Yallingup Beach. Keep an eye out for the youngsters learning to surf or gaze in awe as the veterans show off their skills.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets

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