The holiday playgrounds of Dunsborough and Yallingup are nestled either side of Cape Naturaliste and so have the best of both worlds, the raw energy of the open ocean and the calm of Geographe Bay, with endless stunning beaches, world-class surf breaks, protected bays, coastal hikes, great shopping and amazing wineries and restaurants.
Home to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, and part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the headland has views that are nothing short of inspiring. There's a whale-watching platform on the cliffs, where you can gaze down over the bush into dizzyingly blue water and out to the horizon. The platform can be reached via various trails, one of which is paved for prams and wheelchairs. The air in the national park is impossibly fresh, and the occasional 'roo might reveal itself through the bushland. Birdwatchers take note: lots of lovely species, including the blue wren and the endangered red-tailed tropicbird, can be seen flitting around.
On the western side of the cape you can head from the lighthouse down paved paths to see the magnificent granite formation of Sugarloaf Rock. Watch the enormous silvery waves roll in, and look out for dolphins playing in the surf.
The township of Yallingup attracts surfers from around the world, keen to try its perfect waves. With just over 1000 residents, the remoteness of this town and its peaceful bay has left it pristine. Stay in the crook of lily-lined streets behind the dunes, and wander over to the beach at your leisure, to be greeted by low-flying gulls. In winter, the gentle curve of Yallingup Beach can be a windswept wilderness, but there are also plenty of fi ne sunny days when the water 'glasses off'. In summer, you can swim, surf, or enjoy a barbecue at the fantastic elevated look-out.
Along the sheltered eastern side of Cape Naturaliste is a string of tranquil beaches and boulder-strewn bays, perfect for swimming and fishing. With a permanent population of around 4000, the town of Dunsborough is ideal for families, with a decent-sized town centre so you'll want for nothing. For active types, Dunsborough's beautiful coastline and rural setting offer a backdrop for jogging, cycling, and water sports.
There's a lively cafe scene in Dunsborough, and nightlife too, in town and down the road at Clancy's Fish Pub and the iconic Caves House Hotel. The bars and cafes are frequented by locals and visitors from all over Margaret River. Don't miss the Sunday sessions with live bands.
Eating well and drinking fine wine make this classic beach-holiday experience truly wonderful. Award-winning wineries and breweries, wonderful eateries, olive groves, and artisan producers dot the area, and provide a multitude of choice for gourmet indulgences. The remainder of Margaret River's cellar doors are found within easy driving distance of Dunsborough and Yallingup.
Yallingup has a great range of places to stay, many with ocean views. There are private spa retreats and hillside holiday houses, holiday parks, retreats, hotels and chic apartments, plus luxurious romantic resorts and lodges. Accommodation in Dunsborough varies from beachside resorts, B&Bs, chalets and holiday rentals to classic camping grounds. Major supermarkets can be found in Dunsborough, making self-catering accommodation an easy choice.
Koomal Dreaming provides an opportunity for visitors to experience Wadandi and Bibbulman country through the eyes of the traditional owners.
Let us take you riding through the beautiful Cape Naturaliste bushland, where Kangaroos, birds and wildflowers are in abundance (in season). For those who haven't ridden before we will show you how easy and enjoyable it is.
See WHALES in the WILD all year round!
Naturaliste Charters are the Pioneers of Whale Watching departing from three different locations throughout the South West!
Journey into Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance, deep inside the cave.
Naturaliste Charters aim to enrich people’s lives through the ecotourism Whale Watching experience!
Yallingup Surf School offers group and private lessons to all skill levels, catering for kids, mums and dads, tourists, corporate and school groups and everyone in between.
Experience the beauty of Dunsborough with Bike Swim Hike, a locally owned and operated tour operator.
Cape Dive has been the longest established dive store in Dunsborough, for over 25 yrs we have been diving the the south west. We are just 250km south of Perth.
Discover the pristine natural beauty of Western Australia’s most visited National Park on a Nature Trail Tour.
Experience the beauty of the Margaret River wine region with Dunsborough's top-rated transport service!
Wine Tours, Weddings, Private Functions & Special Events - we can help you will all your buses and charter needs.
Jet Adventures gives you an absolutely unique opportunity to experience a breathtaking ride on the ocean.
Award winning Naturaliste Charters whale watching and eco tours offers a truly unique experience with nature.
Taste of the Bays is a 7-course, deluxe food and wine experience on the water in WA’s South West, cruising the region’s most beautiful bays, finishing with a golden sunset.
Come and experience the thrills of a high ropes adventure park in Dunsborough, Western Australia 6281!
Explore the ancient wonders of Ngilgi Cave, Western Australia's very first tourist attraction!
Indulge in an unforgettable 7-course dining experience in the picturesque South West of Australia.
Explore the Margaret River Region with South West Eco Discoveries on one of their unforgettable half-day tours.
Specialising in early morning flights, late returns and some in between.
An exclusive experience to explore an iconic location that is accessed privately by Josh “Koomal” Whiteland.
Look behind the scenes of a family owned and operated boutique vineyard and winery, meet the owners and learn about the estate's farming and production methods as well as its history.