Located at the western end of Geographe Bay, Cape Naturaliste is a large, rugged headland. A fabulous place to visit. Breathtaking views there abound.
Apart from a lighthouse, there has not been any development there. The Cape is wonderfully well preserved. Pristine, actually.
Cape Naturaliste forms the gorgeous northern boundary of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Abutting the powerful Indian Ocean. Cape Naturaliste is also the start point for the inspiring Cape-to-Cape Track.
This fantastic trail runs for 135 kilometres through natural bushland between Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin. Such a lovely wilderness. This is a really popular journey, which covers some brilliant bushland and coastal beaches.
The lighthouse is a dominant landmark in the area. What history! Originally built in 1903, it was as a rapid response to twelve shipwrecks that tragically occurred around the Cape.
Gaze up at its height of 123 metres. That lighthouse is imposing. That vibrant, piercing light can be seen from 25 nautical miles out at sea.
Visitors are most welcome to visit the sturdy lighthouse keeper houses. You’ll notice that the houses are empty now, as there have been no human operators present since it went automatic in 1978.
Cape Naturaliste was regarded as a very remote and rugged area. Earning no paid annual leave or travel assistance, lightkeepers remained at their isolated stations for many years.
Cape Naturaliste Now
Today, the lighthouse is not remote. Fortunately, some of the former houses have been turned into facilities which cater to visitors. It’s simple to join organised tours of the lighthouse. Climb the stairs to enjoy the stunning 360-degree views from the top.
Surrounded by natural bushland the lighthouse has easy access to many well-maintained walking tracks. Whilst Cape Naturaliste is magnificent all year round, it is particularly colourful during August and September wildflower season. It’s best to visit then to see the great carpets of distinct colours which dominate the region. Enjoy the utter charm of the vast variety of plants.
Arrive during the Australian autumn and winter to admire the abundance of whales frolicking in the Indian Ocean waters. During all seasons, the coastline offers up stunning views. In winter, when the seas are robust, storms are frequent and powerful. This is nature at its best. The sight of thunderous waves breaking on to the rocks is sensationally spectacular.
Bunker Bay is the nearest settlement to Cape Naturaliste. Stand at its rocky headland to enjoy magnificent views along the Geographe Bay shoreline. The Bay boasts a magnificent beach. The Pullman Bunker Bay Resort is hidden out of sight beyond the beach. The Pullman is one of Western Australia’s favourite upmarket holiday resorts. Bunker Bay is also a popular retreat for honeymooners.
Cape Naturaliste is now well and truly part of the tourist trail. The Cape boasts close proximity to popular tourist towns. These include Dunsborough, Yallingup and Margaret River. Usually, the road gets quite busy during peak tourist season. On the pulse side, there is a lot of parking available. Facilities too are excellent. During the crowded times at the Cape, it is still big enough for you to amble along its many trails, Even then, you’ll still feel that you have it all to enjoy just for yourself.
Cape Naturaliste is about a three-hour drive south of Perth.