About this place
Cape Naturaliste is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge and separates the relatively sheltered waters of Geographe Bay from the southern Indian Ocean.
The 20m high lighthouse stands on a 100m bluff overlooking Geographe Bay. It was built in 1903 using limestone carted by bullock wagon from a quarry about 1.5km away. The three original keepers’ quarters are still standing.
The lighthouse is now an automatic operation, with its white beam visible for 26 nautical miles (48km), flashing twice every 10 seconds.
There is an accessible section of the Cape to Cape Track that runs between the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf Rock. This is a world-class trail that provides an exceptional experience. It incorporates more than 1km of timber boardwalk. Seats are provided along the trail. Access this track at easy drop off points in parking areas at either the northern end by the lighthouse or at Sugarloaf Rock. It is suitable for wheelchairs and is graded 1:12.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Cape Naturaliste.
We recognise and acknowledge Wardandi people as the traditional owners of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.