Top 10 natural attractions on the Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River

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Nikki King

02 Apr 2016

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!

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