The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and cottages reveal the fascinating maritime history of the Cape region. Join one of the half-hour guided tours to hear tales of ships wrecked off the formidable coastline, the hardships of life as a lighthouse keeper, and gain insight into the functions of this working lighthouse.
Visitors to the top balcony of the lighthouse tower – an easy climb of 59 stairs – are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline.
The new observation platform at the base of the lighthouse tower enables universal access to sweeping ocean views and great photo opportunities, while the beautifully landscaped lawns and nautical-themed playground will entice you to sit and enjoy this wonderful heritage precinct.
Numerous walking trails – catering to walkers of all abilities – lead from the Lighthouse around the stunning bays and beaches of the Cape, providing amazing views over the ocean and close-up glimpses of local wildflowers.
Highlights include the ‘Access for More’ trail, which provides wheelchair friendly access from the lighthouse to Sugarloaf Rock. Another trail features a platform and shelter providing magnificent whale watching during the annual migratory periods, from September to December – a special experience not to be missed.
Our top tip? If you’re visiting the Margaret River region towards the end of the whale season (between September – December) you should definitely make the journey to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – the sweeping ocean views are perfect for spotting mother whales nursing their young before they return south.