Cape Naturaliste Whale lookout

45 min to 1 h 15 min

2.5 km

↑ 53 m
↓ -53 m

Easy track
Starting from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Car Park, Naturaliste, this return walk takes you to the Cape Naturaliste Whale lookout. It offers you stunning open views of the Indian Ocean and the rock formations beneath the lookout throughout the year. If you visit the area between September and November, it is possible to see the migrating whales. You can bring your binoculars and see how these kind giants traverse through the vast ocean. There are also informative signs regarding the whales and their migration routes at the lookout. The walk is suitable for most fitness levels and families with children as most of the track is paved with boardwalks. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Cape to Cape Walk Trail & Cape Naturaliste Road (-33.5394096,115.0198874)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bussell Highway, 10, City Of Busselton.
  • Turn on to Bussell Highway then drive for 1.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Caves Road and drive for another 13.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Caves Road and drive for another 120 m
  • Continue onto Caves Road, 250 and drive for another 1.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Seymour Boulevard and drive for another 175 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Dunsborough Place and drive for another 130 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Naturaliste Terrace and drive for another 2.2 km
  • Turn right onto Cape Naturaliste Road, 250 and drive for another 11 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Cape Naturaliste lighthouse Car Park (roughly 250 metres southeast of Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse), walk towards the white “Exploring Cape Naturaliste” sign. Take the reddish paved track (on your left) that goes through the bushes. Head along the said track to continue along Cape Naturaliste Whale Lookout Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Cape to Cape Walk Trail & Cape Naturaliste Road Start heading along Cape to Cape Walk Trail (a footpath).
Find the car park at the start.
Find the toilet at the start.
Find the cafe at the start.
Find the sign at the start.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Cape to Cape Track & Cape to Cape Walk Trail) turn right (a walking track).
After another 560 m veer left.
After another 170 m veer right.
After another 230 m continue straight.
After another 9 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 125 m come to "Whale Watch".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.2 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Cape Naturaliste Whale lookout

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 2.5 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 0 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
0 m[toilet]
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