Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park
This national park may be a mouthful but that does not hold it back from being Western Australia’s most visited national park and one of the most untouched national parks worldwide. The park is one of the largest parks around, stretching more than 120 kilometers all the way from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Here you will find a mix of unique microclimates in such a close proximity allowing you to experience dramatically different environments from one spot to another. Along the way you will encounter stunning beaches, hundreds of limestone caves, majestic forests, and so much more.
Some of the most visited towns in the south west hug the edge of the National Park and it is possible that you have paid this park a visit without even meaning to do so. Consider basing yourself in one of the nearby towns such Yallingup, Gracetown, Prevelly, Augusta, or Margaret River. Or if you are feeling more adventurous than camping at Contos should be your main objective. This campground is one of the 3 places camping is permitted in the national park and it is popular due to its proximity to the famous Conto beach where surfing, swimming, fishing, and stunning views can all be found in one beach.
From here the whole cape is your playground. Spend your days marveling at world class surf breaks, take a dip in a calm protected swimming beach, gaze at the edge of a rocky headland cliff, wander through limestone cafes, and stand under the majestic 60 meter tall Karri forests. There is no shortage of things to do in the area. See our list below for some of the more popular things to do in the area but also don't be afraid to wander off the beaten path. This park is filled with amazing sights and activities around every corner.
One of the most gorgeous forests in the area resides within the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. The Boranup Forest is an isolated Karri forest and is home to Karri trees that tower up to 60 meters above the ground. Follow along the Boranup drive and stop at one of the several picnic areas and the lookout for a stunning view.
The historic boundary markers of the park are the two lighthouses which are a fantastic destination in and of themselves. At the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse visitors are confronted with a taxing stair climb but are rewarded with coffee and cakes served up by the quaint lighthouse café.
This area is renowned for its limestone caves. With over 100 caves nestled around the park you will be spoilt for choice. Most of the caves were formed over the last 1 million years due to the constant flow of water through the limestone formations. Take a trip down caves road for a day and stop in at some of the local favorites such as Jewel Cave, Mammoth Cave, and Lake Cave.
Cape to Cape Track
Now for those who are always keen for an adventure and would like to experience as much of the national park as possible then perhaps consider walking the Cape to Cape Track which runs the whole 140 kilometers along the Leeuwin ridge. Immerse yourself fully in the natural beauty of the area on the 5-6 day walk that transports you from one amazing view to the next. You can also stop in at one of the many quaint towns along the way such as Yallingup so you can get your coffee fix or other cravings fulfilled before heading back into the natural beauty of the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.