Top 10 natural attractions on the Cape to Cape Track, Margaret
The Cape to Cape Track is one of Australia’s most unique and varied walking trails, covering 135km
across the amazing Margaret River Region. It stretches the entire length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste
Ridge, starting and finishing at the lighthouses on each of the Capes. Unlike some other trails, the Cape
to Cape offers a taste of every kind of scenery including spectacular beaches, breathtaking forest and
stunning clifftops. It’s no wonder the track is part of a World Biodiversity Hotspot.
Here are our top 10 natural attractions on the Cape to Cape Track.
1. Boranup Karri Forest
Boranup Karri Forest is unique for its proximity to the coast. This is the furthest west that the tall pale-
barked karri trees grow. Karris can reach 60 metres or more in height and cover the hilly slopes and
valleys of the forest. This area is also well known for its wildflowers that colour the forest floor during
2. Sugarloaf Rock
Sugarloaf Rock is one of the region’s most spectacular coastal landforms and unique environments. It is
no wonder that it is one of the hallmark images of Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year,
Christian Fletcher and it has graced the cover of the Australian Geographic magazine. It is a gigantic
towering granite rock that emerges from the Indian Ocean extremely close to the mainland.
3. Willyabrup Cliffs
The Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs are a bit of a hidden gem in Margaret River, which makes them all the more
special. The craggy cliffs of ancient granite-gneiss rock extend along the coast for about half a kilometer,
looming up to 40-50 meters high above the ocean. The views are especially impressive on a stormy day
with heavy grey clouds and massive swells rolling in and crashing just before the base of the cliffs.
Between September and December, you’ve also got a good chance of spotting whales out to sea.
4. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse. It is situated at the most south
westerly tip of Australia, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. You can take a tour of the
lighthouse and if you climb to the top balcony, you’re rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of
the ocean and national park.
5. Injidup Beach
Injidup Beach is a pristine white sand beach bordered by Wyadup Cove and Cape Clairault. The
turquoise water is perfect for swimming, and the beach is also popular for local surfers. Rocky outcrops
create great conditions for snorkelling and diving offshore, and fishing from the beach at dawn or dusk
has been known to result in a catch of the Indian Ocean’s best.
6. Contos Beach
Contos Beach is a much loved spot, perfect for surfing and equipped with a wonderful camp site. Our
top tip, climb to the top of the cliffs above to get a breathtaking view of the wonderful vista. Contos
Springs is at the southern end of the beach and is a perfect spot to while away an afternoon soaking in
shallow water on the warm rocks.
7. Red boulders of the Smiths Beach Headland
Heading towards south from Yallingup you will be surprised by the changing landscape. The pristine
Smiths Beach soon makes way to deep red granite boulders, exaggerated by the turquoise blue of the
ocean. This is a truly spectacular section of the walk and great for that special photo. The section from
Smiths Beach to Injidup can be done in 2-3 hours and is a perfect taste of the Track if you only have a
few hours to spare.
8. Yallingup Surf Breaks
Whilst Yallingup beach is popular with young families, head slightly further out past the reef and you can
catch some serious waves. Yallingup is popular with long-boarders and there is a core local crew who
surf the place regularly. If you prefer to paddle in the shallows, head up to the hill and find the red
coffee van. Grab a spot on a bench and watch the pros at work!
9. Redgate Beach
Redgate Beach is a beautiful sandy beach, nestled between rocky outcrops and renowned for its great
surf break. This is also the location of a local legend, The Georgette. This shipwreck from 1876 was
found in 1964 and is now a popular snorkeling and diving site.
10. Bunker Bay
Bunker Bay is a special place. The sand here is so pristine and the beach so long, it’s a paradise spot for
sure! Located near the top of Cape Naturaliste in Geographe Bay, the waves at Bunker Bay are far
smaller than they are on the west-facing Cape to Cape coast and the water stays clear and glassy;
perfect for swimmers and those Stand Up Paddle boarders! The beach at Bunker Bay looks out to the
north-east, and so is mostly protected from the huge Margaret River Region swells and strong south-
westerly winds off the Indian Ocean.
Walk Into Luxury has a range of two, four and eight day walking tours on the Cape to Cape Track. Check
out our list of options, or speak to someone about booking an experience of your own today!