• Alex McArthur

BUSH ESCAPES EPISODE TWO: LEEUWIN NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK


In the second episode of Bush Escapes we take a look at the Lleuwin-Naturaliste National Park. All the places we visit throughout the series are accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles, so there's no excuses to not see these amazing sights! Below are some more details about the places we've visited throughout this episode. At the bottom of the page is a GoogleMap of this episodes journey along with all the main places we've visited and the route we travelled plotted on it.


Video Credits

writer/director/producer/editor/camera - Alex McArthur

camera - Miguel DeNobrega

executive producers - Alexkorp Films & Miguel DeNobrega

Music sourced from Artlist.io


Music Tracks

Rainy Day - Young Rich Pixies

Faster People - Pieces of Movement

Call On Me - Kick Lee

Summer Walking - Young Rich Pixies

Halation - Evolv

Laurels - Nick Poss

LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK

THE LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK STRETCHES FROM THE TOWN OF DUNSBOROUGH 100KM SOUTH TO THE TOWN OF LEEUWIN, NEAR AUGUSTA. THE NORTHERN END OF THE PARK IS 250KM SOUTH OF PERTH AND THERE ARE FANTASTIC SIGHTS INCLUDING BEACHES, FORESTS, CAVES AND FASCINATING ROCK FORMATIONS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE PARK. THERE ARE SEVERAL CAMPGROUNDS SPREAD ACROSS THE PARK, WITH COASTAL CAMPING OFFERED AT THE CONTO CAMPGROUND AND FOREST CAMPING OFFERED AT THE BORANUP AND JARRAHDENE CAMPGROUNDS. THERE IS ALSO THE POINT ROAD CAMPGROUND WHICH IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY 4WD. BOOKINGS FOR SOME CAMPGROUNDS CAN BE MADE ON THE DPAW PARKSTAY WEBSITE AND IF YOU PLAN ON GOING DOWN ON SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IT'S BEST TO BOOK AHEAD AS THE CAMPGROUNDS ARE QUITE POPULAR AT THOSE TIMES OF THE YEAR. ENTRY TO THE PARK IS FREE.


NEARBY TOWNS TO LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK

THE TOWN OF DUNSBOROUGH IS THE CLOSEST TOWN TO THE NORTHERN END OF THE PARK, 250KM SOUTH OF PERTH. TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE PARK, CLOSE TO THE CONTO CAMPGROUND IS MARGARET RIVER AND AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE PARK IS THE TOWN OF AUGUSTA. ALL THREE TOWNS HAVE YOU COVERED FOR ALL YOUR FUEL AND SUPPLY NEEDS.


FIRES IN LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK

FIRES ARE PERMITTED IN THE FIRE PITS PROVIDED AT THE CAMPGROUNDS BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND NOVEMBER 30.


BARBECUES IN LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK

There are barbecues at the Jarrahdene campgrounds. If you intend on using the barbecues it is a good idea to take some long matches or a long handle lighter as they can be difficult to start without them.


NO DOGS IN LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK

No dogs are allowed in the campgrounds or any of the major landmarks within the park. DPAW conducts baiting with 1080 poison as part of its Western Shield animal conservation program in Lleuwin-Naturaliste National Park. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs, so its probably best to leave the pooch at home if you're going to this park. To see all the locations of the Western Shield Animal Conservation program click here


RUBBISH BINS

There are bins throughout the park to dispose of any rubbish you may have.




LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

CONTO

The Conto campground is the largest campground in LLeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is a fantastic spot to go for a coastal camp. The campground is located in the middle of the park, 290km south of Perth and 20km south of Margaret River. Conto campground is nestled in the coastal peppermint woodland and the trees hum with the native birds as waves roll in the distance. Even though the campground can accomodate a lot of people the campsites still have good separation from one another with decent coastal shrub separating the sites. The conto spring is not too far from the campground and is a great spot to spend the day. There are picnic table and fire pits at all the campsites with shared toilet facilities. This campground is particularly popular in school holidays so its is advised to book ahead if you're planning of going down then. There are a range of campsites to suit large vehicles through to tents and swags.

-116 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $7(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-Bookings on the DPAW CONTO BOOKING PAGE

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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BORANUP

The Boranup campground is nestled deep in the Boranup Forest and is a lovely spot for a tranquil forest camp. The campground is on the southern end of the park and is 310km south of Perth and 30km south of Margaret River. The campsites have their own picnic table and fire pits, with shared toilet facilities. As there are only eight campsites that are pretty well spread out with good separation, the campground has a really peaceful feel to it. There are no booking facilities so if you are going down during the peak seasons then it is best to get there early.

-8 individual campsites

-$8(Adults), $6(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for the Boranup campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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JARRAHDENE

The Jarrahdene campground is located in between the Conto and Boranup campgrounds 290km south of Perth and 20km south of Margaret River. The campground is also situated in the Boranup Forest and has fantastic amenities, with excellent undercover kitchen areas with barbecues and dishwashing stations. This campground is another that is particularly popular in school holidays so it's is advised to book ahead if you're planning of going during those times. There are a range of campsites to suit large vehicles through to tents and swags.

-36 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $8(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-Bookings on the DPAW JARRAHDENE BOOKING PAGE

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NATIONAL PARK SIGHTS

SHELLEY COVE

Shelley Cove is located at the northern tip of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is 260KM south of Perth. The Cove is 10km north of the town of Dunsborough and is right next to bunker point. The cove is a lovely spot for a picnic or a swim and the 70m beachfront is littered with granite rocks to create a truly unique shoreline. There are a couple of picnic tables off the back of the beach, sheltered under some trees. For directions to Shelley Cove click here


SUGARLOAF ROCK

Sugarloaf Rock is a distinctive landmark in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, with the unique rock formation protruding over 50m out of the Indian Ocean. The hulking granite rock has been formed over millions of years and is a nesting place for seabirds such as the geographically-restricted red-tailed tropicbird. The rock itself cannot be explored as the crossing to get to the rock is treacherous and the wildlife that live on the rock should be left in peace. There is a viewing platform with a fantastic vantage of the rock at the top of the carpark and the impressive landmark is a must see for all visitors of the park. For directions to sugarloaf rock click here


CANAL ROCKS

Canal Rocks is another distinctive geological feature the park has to offer. The granite rocks of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge jut out of the ocean and have been sculpted by wind and sea over millions of years to form the striking canals that we see today. The site has boardwalks that take you through some of the rocks of the canal and offer impressive views where you can really feel the raw power of the ocean. At the end of the boardwalk are some more rocks you can rock-hop to that offer more fantastic views. Canal Rocks is definitely another must see location within this impressive park. For directions to Canal Rocks click here


SMITHS BEACH

Smiths Beach is just a five minute walk for the town of Yallingup and is one of the most popular beaches in the area. The beach is a well known surfing area with the smiths point and super tubes sand breaks. The beach is also a great spot for a swim or a picnic as well as a good place to catch a fish. The beachfront itself is massive and the pure white sand makes it a fantastic spot to spend the day. For directions to Smiths Beach click here


YALLINGUP BEACH

Yallingup beach is the next bay down from Smiths Beach located in the town of Yallingup. It is another popular beach for both locals and visitors alike. The section of beach in front of town is sheltered by reef and is the best place to go for a swim or a snorkel. South of town is the Yallingup main break and to the north of town are a few larger surf breaks. The left-breaking Isolators is the first break you come heading north from town. Rabbits is the next break along, about two thirds of the way up the beach. Finally to the north of Rabbits is Mousetraps, a short and powerful left-break over reef. All of these spots offer fantastic surf on the right day. To get to those breaks you can walk from the beach in-front of town, or park at the Rabbit Hill car park north of Yallingup. For directions to Yallingup Beach click here


MEEKADARRIBEE FALLS

Known to aboriginal people as the 'bathing place of the moon' Meekadarribee falls is about halfway between Yallingup and Margaret River and is a beautiful little spot worth checking out if you're in the area. To get to the falls is about a 500m bush walk from the carpark and boardwalks take you the whole way to the falls, making it universally accessible. About halfway along the walk you come across a small cave with a booklet outlining a fascinating local Aboriginal legend about the moss covered waterfall and the small cave. For directions to Meekadarribee Falls click here


CONTO SPRING

Conto Spring is a short drive towards the coast from the Conto campground and is a fantastic spot to spend the day. The spring is clean freshwater that flows through the limestone ridge and out onto the beach below. The beach itself has pure white sand and is in a nice sheltered bay, making it a great place for a picnic or a swim. Conto Spring is a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute drive from the Conto campground. For directions to Conto Spring click here


REDGATE BEACH

10km south of Margaret River is the stunning Redgate Beach. The spot is home to a local legend when in 1876 Grace Bussell and Stockman Sam Issacs rode into the surf on horseback, rescuing passengers and crew of the Georgette shipwreck. Over four hours Grace and Sam rode back and forth ferrying the passengers and crew to shore clinging to their horses and clothes. They managed to save 38 of 50 passengers and crew of the Georgette. For a more detailed history of the 'SS Georgette' click here. Nowadays the Beach is a popular spot for surfers although caution should be taken as the conditions at Redgate Beach can change quickly and lives have been lost. The beach is unpatrolled and dangerous rips occur at this beach. The granite boulders that litter the beachfront make the beach a rock-hoppers dream and it's a great spot to spend the day and take in the sheer beauty of the place. For directions to Redgate Beach click here


MAMMOTH CAVE

Mammoth cave is one of the many fascinating caves littered throughout the park. After passing through the entrance of the cave you step into a massive chamber covered in stalactites, stalagmites and large columns where the two meet. The cave is home to the largest megafauna fossil deposits in Australia, with over 10,000 specimens recovered by the Western Australian Museum in the 1990's. The cave is run by the Margaret River Tourism Association and they offer cave passes to visit one or several of the caves in the region. Mammoth Cave is a self-guided tour with headphones that describes what you're seeing as you pass through the cave. For more information and to book a tour visit the Mammoth Cave Page on the Margaret River Region Website. For directions to Mammoth Cave click here


LAKE CAVE

Lake Cave truly is a spectacular sight to behold. Descending the narrow and steep stairs to get into the cave is definitely worth it as what lies beneath is truly amazing. The underground lake that never dries up creates a mirrored wonderland that is home to the Suspended Table, a giant flowstone decoration that hangs from the ceiling in the main chamber and is believed to be the biggest cave decoration of its kind in the world. Tours of the cave are run by the friendly Guides from CaveWorks and it is well worth the price of admission to see this truly spectacular sight. This cave is also run by Margaret River Tourism Association and they offer cave passes for this cave and all their others on the Lake Cave page on the Margaret River Region website. For directions to Lake Cave click here


OTHER CAVES

There are many other fantastic caves in the region such as Jewel and Ngili caves along with many others that the Margaret River Tourism Association offer tours of. For more information on these caves and tours visit the Margaret River Region caves page




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