About this place
Point D’Entrecasteaux was named after the French navigator Antoine de Bruni D’Entrecasteaux who sighted the point on his way to Cape Leeuwin in 1792.
D’Entrecasteaux Drive is a sealed, scenic drive which shows off the impressive coastline and surrounding karri forest. The spectacular views of the rugged southern coastline is a rewarding surprise. Stand on a viewing platform high up on the cliffs for a magnificent view, then take one of the walk trails to further explore this rugged coastline.
A whale watching platform is set high on the limestone cliff at Tookulup providing unbeatable views of the southern coastline and limestone cliffs. The best time for whale watching is September to June.
This is one of the few places you can access the coast by two-wheel drive vehicle. It offers something for everyone – beaches, a choice of walk trails, a scenic drive and several spectacular lookout points.
Point D’Entrecasteaux is a hub for walking opportunities and the walks all have spectacular ocean views.
The Cliff Top Walk is an exciting walk which winds its way along the cliff top, connecting Tookulup with Point D’Entrecasteaux and allowing the visitor to experience being buffeted by the winds which roar across the cliffs, while looking down at the churning Southern Ocean below.
- Distance: 1.3km one way
- Time: Allow 1 hour
- Class: 2-3 Moderately easy
Coastal Survivors Walk is a coastal walk along the dunes and cliff tops which links Point D’Entrecasteaux and Windy Harbour via Cathedral Rock. Learn about the coastal plants and animals and their adaptations to this most demanding of environments.
- Distance: 2.8km one way
- Time: Allow 2 hours
- Class: 2-3 Moderately easy
To learn about how important country is to the Nyoongar owners of the South West, take the short, accessible Pupalong Loop Trail.
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 Point D'Entrecasteaux.
We recognise and acknowledge Minang and Bibbulman people as the traditional owners of D'Entrecasteaux National Park.
There is evidence that Noongar people have lived in South-West Australia for over 47,000 years. The oldest archeological evidence at D’Entrecasteaux is dated at 6000 years, although this does not mean it wasn’t occupied early than this. Erosion of sand dunes within the park has revealed numerous stone artifacts, fish traps, quarry sites, mythological and burial sites. The majority of these are located around the Lake Jasper/ Meerup Dunes area, an area of particular archeological and cultural significance to the Noongar people. Artifacts have been found 10 metres below Lake Jasper’s current water levels, indicating a number of major campsites existed here when the lake was a prehistoric forest.
Wandjoo ngaalang kwoba/moorditj boodjar,
Nyoondool djinang ngaalang kwobidak Wardan, balyoongar, bilya, worl wer djinda kada werda ngaalang miya,
Ngaalang koort kalyakoorl nidja.
Welcome to our good/strong country,
You will see our beautiful sea, sand, rivers, sky, and stars across our place,
Our heart always here.