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This 3.6 kilometre walk lies at the tip of Cape Naturaliste near Dunsborough. It offers superb cliff top views and has the option to drop down to Shelley Cove at the eastern end.
Cape Naturaliste is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. Visitors can explore the coastal scenery by taking short walks along the established boaRoad walks and lookouts. Follow the path from the lighthouse buildings which initially is shared with the Lighthouse Loop. The Bunker Bay Loop can then be walked in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. The Bunker Bay walk leads to the cliff edge revealing breathtaking views of the coast. This walk demonstrates the three distinctive types of vegetation on the Cape; woodland in sheltered areas near Bunker Bay, wind-pruned Marri growing higher on the ridge, and coastal heath. The viewing platform overlooking Shelley Cove near Bunkers Bay offers a superb resting site with distant views of Geographe Bay. The cliffs along the north eastern coast are limestone, but you can also see the basement of much older granite rocks exposed along the shorelione.
About the region
Located on the stunning turquoise banks of Geographe Bay, Dunsborough would have to have one of the most tranquil and magnificent locations in the world.
Sparkling calm clear water and white sandy Dunsborough beaches are linked to town by lush green grass and shady paths. There is a bustling café atmosphere and plenty of gorgeous boutique shops. At night there’s a great vibe with brew houses, wine bars and pubs with a live music scene, restaurants and cafes.
Beachfront cycle ways and walking paths turn into a hiking trail through the regional park along the bay. With ideal beaches for swimming it is also a great location for diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports. There are even two golf courses!
Out on the most north-western point is the top end of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, which is one of the many Dunsborough attractions. This precinct is home to Dunsborough’s working lighthouse, Cape Naturaliste and the starting point of the Cape to Cape Track.
Built on the foundation of surfing and family holidays, this resort town has grown into a holiday spot rich in luxury and fun, ideal for family, friends, couples and backpackers.
Start Point: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, end of Cape Naturaliste Road, 270km (3 hours) south of Perth
End Point: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, end of Cape Naturaliste Road, 270km (3 hours) south of Perth
Region: Dunsborough, South West
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