Have you visited Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, near Dunsborough? A few years ago it enjoyed a $1 million upgrade, making it a wonderful spot to visit during a trip to WA’s south west. The historic landmark has a observation deck to take advantage of the panoramic ocean views, as well as a lovely cottage café.
Admission is purchased at the gift shop, as well as many souvenirs of the local area. To join in on the lighthouse tour, which gives you access to go inside and climb the steps of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse there is an additional fee. The main area around the original lighthouse keepers’ cottages is lovely and include a nautically themed playground.
The fascinating guided lighthouse tours leave every 30 minutes. A tour guide will give an insight into working life at the lighthouse, it’s history and even a ghost story. Built in 1903, the lighthouse has saved many ships from hitting the reef. Originally manned by lighthouse keepers, the light is now operated automatically. The observation deck gives a lovely view of the ocean and surrounding bushland. In migration season (Sept to Dec) you may even spot a whale.
The lighthouse’s winding staircase isn’t too difficult to climb, for those who are fit. There’s a handrail too. It isn’t a particularly tall lighthouse. Though it sits at the same level as the huge lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin, the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse sits atop a hill.
It’s very cramped up the top of the lighthouse, you stand right under where the lighthouse’s light and reflective crystal spins around. If you’re brave enough, you can stoop through the small door and out onto the top balcony that wraps around the lighthouse. Be prepared for it to be very windy! At the sheltered side of the lighthouse, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Geographe Bay coastline.
If you’re feeling peckish after all those steps, lunches and snacks are available from the Little Goose café. This quaint spot is the beautifully restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The café offers food and drinks, and feels as though you have stepped back in time. Have a bite to eat in one of three lovely rooms that have been fitted out with vintage furniture and ornaments.
Find the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse 13km from Dunsborough – it’s a wonderful place to visit!
Fin the lighthouse at 1267 Cape Naturaliste Road, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Naturaliste, near Dunsborough, WA.
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