Enjoy the peaceful bush surrounds which are maintained by the Busselton Naturalist Club. Situated on 75 hectares are remnant vegetation of the once widespread coastal plane woodland, which as been extensively cleared. The reserve is rich in plants and wildlife and of outstanding conservation value.
Ludlow Tuart Forest
On your journey south from Perth, consider taking the scenic Tourist Drive through the Ludlow Tuart Forest to appreciate the beauty of the majestic native Tuart trees. This is the only natural stand of tuart left in the world, so enjoy the many picnic areas and forest walk trails and soak up the relaxing and peaceful setting.
Vasse - Wonnerup Wetlands
The wetlands have been listed by the Ramsar Convention as 'Wetlands of International Importance', offering views of prolific birdlife. A hide is situated on the southern side, with the walk trail accessible from Layman Road.
Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park & Meelup Regional Park
These parks offer numerous walk trails for the energetic visitor who enjoys wildflowers, bird watching and spectacular coastal scenery. The journey to Meelup is beautiful. Trees arch overhead and dapple the road with light and shade as it winds down to Meelup - a calm and sandy beach, where you can swim, snorkel, barbecue or follow the walk trails along the coast. The Cape to Cape Trail follows the rugged coastline of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and offer spectacular scenery for walking enthusiasts. Detailed maps are available for purchase from the Busselton and Dunsborough Visitor Centres.
Located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Canal Rocks is a spectacular sight. A series of protruding rocks form a natural canal which is popular with fishermen and photographers.
Sugarloaf Rock is another example of striking coastal scenery. Located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park it is an impressive formation that dominates the coastline, near Cape Naturaliste.
Located off Caves Road, a short distance north of Yallingup, Ngilgi Cave is named because of its association with an Aboriginal legend describing the battle between a good spirit (Ngilgi) and an evil spirit (Wolgine).
The Cave offers visitors a stunning display of stalactite, stalagmite, helicitite and shawl formations plus an interpretative area detailing the Caves rich history. Entry fee applies. Open every day.
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
Built in 1903, the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse was officially opened to the public for tours in 1986 and is now a popular attraction in the Capes region. It is open every day for tours. Only 13 kilometres from Dunsborough, the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Maritime Museum reveal the fascinating maritime history of the light itself and the Cape region. Awe inspiring views of Geographe Bay to the east and the rugged Yallingup coast to the south await visitors at the top balcony of the lighthouse tower. Numerous walk trails commence from the Lighthouse car park. Walk through coastal peppermint scrub to the nearby cliffs or headlands of the Cape. A viewing platform and shelter provides magnificent whale watching during the annual migratory periods, from September to December. Entry fee applies.
For further information or to book accommodation or tours contact the Busselton or Dunsborough Visitor Centres. Visit the regional tourism website: http://www.margaretriver.com