LEEUWIN-NATURALISTE NP- COASTAL BEAUTY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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YALLINGUP CARAVAN PARK
WEDNESDAY FEB. 2 2011
JOURNEY: Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Cape Naturaliste, Yallingup
WEATHER: Sunny, hot at times, around 30 degrees.
ACCOMODATION: Yallingup CP
Just a short drive and we were in Dunsborough or locally "Duns" for short, another coastal holiday town popular with school leavers for end of year celebrations. We had decided to stay in Yallingup because the caravan park was on the beach; the park was near full for the weekend and we were not too happy with our site but we had planned a day of exploring the bays and coastline of Cape Naturaliste by car, so we didn't fret too much.
The lighthouse here was built in 1903 and we took the Cape Naturaliste Walk Trail 7kms to check out the area; mostly low heath and limestone rocks and really not a very inspiring trail. It was very hot and around noon (silly time to hike) and we enjoyed a rest in the shade at the Whalers Lookout but generally were happy to get back into the van and out of the sun.
Next stop Bunker Bay and Shelley Beach where we found a pretty beach, a resort and no shade.
At the end of Sugarloaf Rd we discovered a lovely shady picnic area under the wind bent marri trees right on the shore – a perfect stop for coffee and sandwiches. We lingered a while to appreciate the beauty and cool down in the shade.
On recommendation we found Simmo’s Ice-cream Factory and Recreation garden, just out of Dunsborough and tucked into a very delicious treat that was heavy with calories!!
Back at Yallingup we went down to the beach and watched the many surfers doing their stuff around the reef – “Yals” and nearby Smith’s Beach are 2 of WA’s best surfing beaches and there are reminders of this everywhere. Most are wearing wet suits, boardies and hauling a surf board.
On Friday morning, we took the “Cape to Cape trail” around Slippery Rock towards Smith’s Beach and the views were impressive, with the surfers hanging about, waiting for the perfect wave. This Cape to Cape trail stretches 140 kms to the southern tip of Cape Leeuwin and we took to it here and there along the way.
Back on Caves Rd we turned into Canal Rocks, just a short drive from Yallingup and wow !- what a splendid sight. Waves crashing on the rocks through canals and you can see that the warning not to take the boardwalk if the boards are wet is fully justified. It was a stunningly perfect day, sunny, slight breeze and warm; we lingered a while to admire the beauty.
Back on the road, we were now in the famous Margaret River area!