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Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - Augusta and Boranup

Experience the beautiful Capes Coast between Redgate Beach near Margaret River and Cape Leeuwin near Augusta
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview :  The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is one of the state's most loved and scenic holiday spots. Between Cowaramup Bay and Hamelin Bay... more »

Tips:  Tracks to the more isolated surfing and fishing spots on the coast are often suitable only for four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles,... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Redgate

Calgardup Beach is both a beautiful locality and a renowned surfing beach with the Redgate surf break.

It is also the location of the Georgette shipwreck, the finding of which is the stuff of local legend. The 46-metre 215-tonne, iron steamer, Georgette began leaking and then sinking on 1 December 1876 near Calgardup Beach, Redgate. Two women... More

2. Calgardup Cave

Calgardup is a self-guided unlit caves operated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. People need to bring their own torches (or hire one on site), wear old clothing and sturdy footwear.

Calgardup Cave is spectacular because of the water covering the floor of three caverns. The special effects from the reflections of the water surface are... More

Mammoth Cave is 21km south of Margaret River, it is extremely large with an astounding array of formations. During winter, a stream flows through it, creating reflections and giving the cave new life. The cave features stalactites, stalagmites and large columns where the two formations meet. A coloured shawl is prominent in one of the smaller... More

Cave Works, near Lake Cave on Cave Road, is a discovery centre where visitors can walk through a cave model featuring a flowing stream. Interactive touch screens allow visitors to explore subjects such as cave speleothems (formations), bones of our distant past and historical information. Universally accessible boardwalks lead to a viewing... More

5. Giants Cave

Giants Cave is a self-guided unlit cave, although it was once a tourist cave around the turn of the century. People need to bring their own torches (or hire one on site), wear old clothing and sturdy footwear and ring the Calgardup Information Centre to check opening times as they vary seasonally.

Giants Cave has huge caverns and is about 800... More

6. Conto Campground

Conto Campground is along Conto Road which runs off Caves Road. Facilities include toilets, barbecues, tables, water and individual sites in the bush.

Nearby Conto Springs Beach is a great place to relax, or to go surfing or fishing. The coastal scenery is stunning and most of it is accessible to two-wheel-drive.

7. Point Road Campground

To access Point Road Campground take the first track to the right from the northern end of Boranup Drive. 4WD vehicles are recommended. Facilities include toilets, barbecues, tables and individual sites.

8. Boranup Karri Forest

Boranup Karri Forest, within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, lies between Caves Road and the coast, and creates a powerful contrast with the rest of the coastline. Tall pale-barked karri trees, reaching heights of 50m or more, dominate the hilly slopes and valleys. Gravel roads suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles wind through the forest... More

9. Boranup Campground

This campground off the southern end of Boranup Drive has barbecues, toilets and a limited number of individual sites available on a first come, first served basis.

Hamelin Bay has numerous tiny islands, reefs and beautiful clear waters. It is well known for the friendly stingrays that patrol the shallows (see photo). A privately operated and fully serviced caravan and camping area, shaded by spreading peppermints, is less than 50m from the beach.

The Hamelin Bay jetty was built in 1882 to service a nearby ... More

11. Cosy Corner

Cosy Corner is known for its white sandy beach, granitic headlands and limestone islands. The sprinkling of islands are surrounded by stunning reefs and drop-offs that are home to a myriad of colourful marine animals, including the giant blue groper. It is a perfect place for diving if you pick your weather conditions and are prepared to lug heavy... More

Eight kilometres north of Augusta is Jewel Cave. Entry is through a huge, spectacular cavern. The cave contains the longest straw of any tourist cave in the world, at just over 5.4 metres. There is also a huge area of flowstone which looks like karri forest, and a stalagmite estimated to weigh 20 tonnes. The cave was named after a smaller section ... More

Cape Leeuwin was named by Flinders in 1801 after the Dutch exploration ship the Leeuwin (which means ‘lioness’), which visited the area in 1622. The old lighthouse, which is still in use, is open daily for tours, and gives views west and east over the meeting place of two great oceans: the Indian Ocean to the west, and the Southern Ocean to the... More

14. The Waterwheel

The waterwheel built to power a hydraulic ram, which would pump water from the nearby swamp to supply the lighthouse and keepers cottages. It quickly became encrusted with a coatig of limestone and is now frozen in rock.

Water from the spring still flows through the sluiceway to protect this historic feature from the ravages of ageing.

15. Quarry Bay

At the south end of the bay, limestone was hewn for the blocks used to build the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. The many small chips of stone which can be found at the base of the cliff, residue of this quarrying activity, are already well cemented together after only 100 years.

16. Skippy Rock

This small sheltered south-facing beach forms the southern side of the sandy foreland that ties Skippy Rock to the shore. Rocks also outcrop on and immediately off the beach. There is a lookout here and some interesting coastal vegetation.