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Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP, Western Australia 2023

Date: 31st March 2023

Travelled: 80 kms from Prevelly to Busselton in Western Australia   

Visited:  Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP and Dunsborough  

Stayed: Busselton Jetty CP, $47 pn, S33.64590, E115.34825  

Budget: days @ $ per day

We do the coastal walk from Prevelly one last time before breakfast. Then all the usual packing up before we roll out of the CP up the hill and turning to continue north along Caves Road.

North of Margaret River the vineyard cellar doors, craft breweries and gin distilleries line Caves Road. This continues for perhaps 30 kms, we pass into the Shire of Dunsburough and the vineyards continue.

We turn for Yallingup and the coast, before turning again into the Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP driving down to Canal Rocks.

We wander about trying to get a good view of the formations and erosion that create canal rocks but the wind is very strong and itโ€™s a scramble up to get a photo. Not sure if it was worth risking an injury, so what you see is all I could get.

We spot a side road to Smithโ€™s Beach and drive down for a look. We walked the elevated pathway taking in the views. The photo below doesnโ€™t really do the beach or the contrasting blue waters justice. Smithโ€™s Beach has a very fancy hotel and a very upmarket set of condominiums, I donโ€™t think we could afford to live here.

We continue on to Dunsburough parking down on the waterfront for lunch before walking into the town centre. It gives all the appearance of modern well kept town. On the down side unfortunately Pam finds some of her favourite ladies clothing outlets, so the pace slows becoming expensive at one point.

Finally back at the Jayco we drive on the Cape Naturaliste and the lighthouse. 14 kms later we find a long parking spot, pay our $4 pp seniors and go for a look.

The lighthouse at only 20m in height is not awe inspiring at first glance, however standing as it does on a headland its light delivers a focal plane of 123m ASL. Itโ€™s still a handsome structure basically a shorter version of Leeuwin Lighhouse we visited a week ago. This lighthouse was built in 1903, today a modern LED is magnified through the original Fresnel lens ensuring safe passage for ships through these waters.

City Of Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

We had originally planned to return to Dunsborough CP for the night, but after having a quick look we decided it was a charmless place 3kms from town. Good for a game of golf as its next to the course, but thatโ€™s not our game.

So we continue on another 20 kms to the Jetty CP in Busselton, happily itโ€™s right in town. So well positioned for our next adventure.

That was our dayโ€ฆ

Michael + Pam

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