Forests, Reserves & Scenic Spots

Boranup Forest

With the abundance and preservation of unique and diverse species of flora and fauna, you can see why this region is in the top 10 bio-diversity hotspots in the world and the only hotspot in Australia.

The only pure tuart forest in the world stands in the north of Your Margaret River Region, whilst the karri, the third tallest tree species in the world, stands in the south. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the boundless beauty and diversity of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park envelops the region on the western edge. The premium wine region and agricultural land give way to woodlands, jarrah and marri forests on the east.

Scenic spots are plentiful and range from stunning seascapes to tranquil forest valleys. Contemplate the enormity of Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste – a gigantic towering granite rock that emerges from the Indian Ocean from the lookout on the mainland.

It is easy to be amazed and it is easy to experience it all as there are fantastic lookouts, walk trails, cycle paths and mountain bike trails with easy access. There are plenty of unique places to stay, including forest retreats and camping.

The Ludlow Tuart Forest, just outside Busselton, is the only natural tuart forest on the planet.

Forest Retreats

Totally immerse yourself into a secluded forest experience with a few nights’ stay. Relax on your verandah with a glass from Margaret River’s best and watch the warm glow of the afternoon’s sun drench the bushland. It is a serenity that is soon interrupted by a short burst of activity. The kangaroos wake from their snoozing day and the chorus of fluttering birds fill valleys as they locate their spot for the night. As dark falls, a quiet peace blankets the land as a million stars appear (and what better way to see them than from your spa or around your campfire?).

Enjoy a BBQ on your deck or tell stories by the log fire (in season). Some properties are wildlife sanctuaries and their friendly possums, kangaroos and bandicoots may pay you a visit. As dawn breaks the fresh scents of eucalypts and peppermint trees fill the air.

Accommodation options range from unique architecturally designed luxury retreats, cosy cabins, national park camping grounds and everything in between.

Find forest retreats    Camping in Your Margaret River Region

Emerging from the Indian Ocean at Cape Naturaliste, Sugarloaf Rock is one of the most photographed coastal landforms in the region.

Your Margaret River Region Forests, Reserves & Scenic Spots

587439a A Maze’n Margaret River - Our Amaze’n Margaret River Maze and Botanical Gardens, Café and Gardens have now been open to the public for seven years…with the A Maze’n 18 hole mini golf for just 3 years. Our A Maze’n three metre high Margaret River Giant Hedge Maze, comprising of...
581920a Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse - The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at Augusta is situated at the tip of a spectacular peninsula where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet – the most south-westerly point of Australia. Take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from...
263690a Yelverton Protea Farm - Yelverton Protea Farm was established and hand planted by the Thorpe family in 1988. Since this time the farm has been producing fresh cut Proteas for the local and international markets. Centrally located between the south-west capes in the Margaret River Wine Region and set...
wadandia Wadandi Track - HISTORY The railway line was built in the 1880s by prominent timber businessman M. C. Davies, who laid a number of lines to take timber from his mills to jetties at Hamelin Bay and Flinders Bay for export. By 1916 the timber industry had declined...
ambergatea Ambergate Nature Reserve & Walk Trail - Go wild about wildflowers during the Springtime with over 360 plant species recorded at Ambergate. From tall trees and shrubs such as Banksia, Marri, Jarrah, Peppermints and Snottygobble, to creepers and ground covers and 26 species of orchid. Summer brings late flowering plants like those...
Riflebutts - Dog exercise area is Rifle Butts Reserve south to prolongation from P.A.W. Papadakis Avenue, but excluding the children’s playground area.
Point Road Campsite - 4WD access only
Gnarabup Beach - Dog exercise area – Gnarabup Beach from Narda Avenue entrance 300 metres South West.
Gracetown Beach - Dog exercise area is Gracetown Beach – South of Cowaramup Brook
ecoadva EcoAdventures Margaret River - Our Electric Quad Bikes are an innovative tourism experience. An exciting and adventurous way to explore the forest of the Margaret River Region. Departure is a 20 minute drive south of Margaret River, at the corner of Vlam Road and Caves Road, Boranup, where your...
Flinders Bay - Dog exercise area from the surfer’s lookout, Albany Terrace, south to the point where Albany Terrace turns west.
Yallingup & Rabbit Hill - Dog exercise area from Dawson Street steps to southern most portion of Rabbits Car Park
Caladenia Close Beachfront - Dog exercise area from Caladenia Close to Rocky Point Beach Reserve
Burt Court Beachfront - Dog exercise area – Geographe Bay Road, Quindalup (between Burt Court & Dunn Bay Road Beach Area)
Quindalup Boat Ramp - Dog exercise area from east of Public Boat Ramp to Campion Way East End and Geographe Bay Road, Quindalup (East End) to Toby’s Inlet, Marybrook
Guerin Street Beachfront - Dog exercise area from Guerin Street (east to Freycinect drive – Beach Reserve only)
Holgate Road Broadwater - Dog exercise area from Holgate Road to Alan Street (Busselton Beach Area)
Craig Street Busselton Beachfront - Dog exercise area from Craig Street to King Street (Busselton Beach Area)
Bibbulmun Track - One of the most recognised walks in the region is the Bibbulmun Track which stretches for nearly 1000 kilometres between Kalamunda in Perth and Albany on the south coast. Opened on the 13th September 1998 the award-winning Bibbulman Track is one of the world’s great...
Jennyla Boranup Karri Forest - The sight of these enormous trees won’t be the only thing to amaze you. This forest is a feast for the senses with the forest floor tumbling with wildflowers, orchids and funghi (in season) together with the sounds of native birds and the fresh smell...
Old Dunsborough Boatramp - Concrete ramp with room for two boats. Free parking.
585582b Boranup Forest Maze - Come along Caves Road, through some of the finest tall forest and farmland in the South West, and discover the Boranup Forest Maze, nestled on the edge of the Boranup Forest. Stretch your legs and experience the forest trail atmosphere of the maze which is...
577514a Mammoth Cave - This magical cave is a natural time capsule, home to ancient fossil remains of long-extinct giant animals known as Australian Megafauna. The site of one of Australia’s most important paleontological digs in the early 1900’s, the cave still contains the fossil jawbone of one of...
593983a Nature’s Cape Tours - Nature’s Cape Tours is the perfect way for you to experience the spectacular sights of South West Australia. We explore the most amazing scenic locations that the Margaret River area has to offer. Leave the stress of driving and finding your way to a friendly...
584541a Jewel Cave Augusta - Entering Jewel Cave is a surreal experience like no other. Jewel Cave is an underground wonderland – a dazzling visual display of some of nature’s finest and most meticulous work. Admire creations that have taken thousands of years to form – the stalactites and helictites...
577412a Lake Cave - Lake Cave is a stunning pristine chamber deep beneath the earth. Inside the cave a tranquil lake reflects delicate formations that will take your breath away. Visitors descend a staircase in time, gazing up at towering karri trees from the floor of the sunken forest,...
meelupa Meelup Reserve Trail - A walk along this trail will take you to isolated petite bays and coves through to the famous and popular bays and beaches that have facilities such as picnic areas, barbecues, showers and toilets. The trail starts just off Hurford Street in Old Dunsborough where...
leeuwinnaturalia Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - The national park takes in amazing views of the stunning Indian Ocean complete with tidal pools, lagoons, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and rock formations. Wildlife is abundant with chance sightings of dolphins surfing beach breaks and humpback and southern right whales can often be seen...
canalrocksa Canal Rocks - Thousands of years of the Indian Ocean surging and crashing against this section of granite coastline has chiselled out a narrow channel between the granite rocks. A narrow timber walkway allows for easy access and great views of the rushing ocean beneath. It is always...
tuarta Ludlow Tuart Forest - It is a magnificent ancient forest with 300-400 year old trees standing on average 33m high with girths of a massive 10m. Wide open vistas can be enjoyed, with scenes of massive trees, understorey of peppermint trees and large mobs of kangaroos. There are several...
sugarloafrocka Sugarloaf Rock - The best place to view the rock and the crashing seas is from the elevated lookout. It is easy to get to the top with only 20 steps (approximately). Due to the narrow channel of water you are quite close to the rock. But you...
waljina Waljin Aboriginal Gardens - Wander through the interpretive aboriginal gardens designed by local Nyungar, Mitchella Thompson. ‘Waljin’ means rainbow girls.
283823a Balingup Lavender Farm - Balingup Lavender Farm is a working farm with over 10,000 English Lavender plants.From these crops our own unique Essential Oil is distilled on the farm premises. An extensive and exclusive range of lavender products are sold from the Gift Shop and Art Gallery. All these...

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Walking and Hiking

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Whale Watching

Don’t miss the opportunity to watch as 35,000 whales migrate past our coastline from June – December each year.

Beaches

Explore the secluded bays and great swimming and surfing beaches along the coastline of Your Margaret River Region.

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