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Parks, Sites & Trails in Margaret River Region

Places To Go in Margaret River Wine Region


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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

Description

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.

Climbing at Bob’s Hollow

15km south of the town of Margaret River is a little corner of paradise called Bob's Hollow, one of WA’s best sport climbing crags, offering steep limestone walls and more than 20 established routes.

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  • Activities:Rock Climbing

Description

Bob’s is famous for steep limestone walls, strange stalactite formations and white sandy beaches. Mostly climbs of 15-20m. Reach the top and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding bushland. It is not a sea cliff though; the crag is around 100m inland from the beach.

The crag is a beautiful limestone cliff with vertical to steep overhanging walls. The limestone is generally very solid, although it has only a hard outer crust. Some parts of the cliff, such as the large open cave in the southern section of the crag, show the soft sandy material that lies behind the crust. Be warned that limestone caves and overhangs are potentially dangerous – there have been instances of limestone caves collapsing along the coast.

Almost all climbs are equipped with glue-in bolts and lower-off anchors so you can leave the rack at home: all you’ll be needing is a set of draws, although, a few climbs require bolts plates so check the route descriptions.

Bob’s Hollow can be climbed at all year round. Although it gets very hot in summer, the cliff faces east so it gets morning shade, with the northern most section being in shade until around 2pm. In other seasons, the crag can be climbed at all day, even if there is light rain although high humidity will make all the holds very greasy.

WARNING

The Bob’s Hollow crag is situated in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Nation Park and is managed by WA’s Conservation and Land Management (CALM) body. The CALM management plan for the park states that climbing is not permitted on any limestone cliffs within the national park. Therefore, you climb at Bob’s Hollow at your own risk. Camping is not permitted here – at the car park or in the cave. CALM will fine you if they catch you.

ACCESS

There are a number of options for getting to Bob’s Hollow. If you have a 4WD you can drive to the crag via a rocky track. From Margaret River, travel south along Caves Rd. Approximately 2.5 km south of the Redgate Rd intersection, turn right (west) onto an unsealed track (Bob’s Hollow Rd), which is opposite the Calgardup Cave car park. The drive to the crag along the track takes around 15 min. The track is pretty rough with some tricky rocky sections to negotiate and thick scrub close to the track on either side just waiting to put scratches in your paintwork. A 4WD with decent clearance and low range is required here – no Subaru’s or Honda’s unless you’re happy to collect a few dents and potentially more serious damage on the under-body. At the car park, walk down the gully to the north and follow the base of the cliff, past the cave, for around 200m to the first routes (Northern End).

If you don’t have a 4WD or don’t want to risk any damage, you’re going to have to walk around 45 mins. You can walk along the 4WD track however it is much nicer to walk in along Conto’s Beach from the south. Follow Caves Rd past the 4WD track entrance and turn right at the Lake Cave entrance. After several hundred metres turn left into Conto Rd and continue for approximately 4 km before turning right at the Conto Spring Beach sign. Proceed to car park. From the car park walk north along the beach for about 45 minutes to Bob’s Hollow. You will walk past Split Rock, a rocky point and from there you will have a further 300m before you see the Bob’s Hollow cliffs a couple of hundred metres inland. There are several tracks into Bob’s from the beach.

 

Climbing at Wallcliffe

The sweep of limestone stretches along the southern bank of the picturesque Margaret River.

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  • Activities:Rock Climbing

Description

Wallcliffe | A sport climbing area with almost 20 established routes, Walcliffe is located near Prevelly Park and accessed off Caves Road via Surfers Point Road. The deceptively steep sweep of limestone stretches for 100m along the southern bank of the picturesque Margaret River. There is an interesting bouldering area on the right-hand end of the cliff with safe landings, featuring numerous edges, pockets and slopers, plus a long traverse with many variants.

Climbing at Wilyabrup

The cliffs are well worth the rock climbing and abseiling if that’s your thing, or just explore around and admire the incredibly beautiful and dramatic coastal views.

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  • Activities:Rock Climbing

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Wilyabrup | The largest and best-known climbing spot in the region, this is superb, sun-drenched granite stretching over 500m along the ocean front. There are many climbs for various grades, and options for traditional climbing. One of the most famous climbs has a resident carpet python on it (we won’t tell you which one!). Access is off Wilyabrup Road and a short but beautiful hike in. Follow the sound of crashing waves. 

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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