There’s no finer way to experience Cape Naturaliste than exploring the wild and wonderful Meelup Regional Park. Rich in biodiversity and home to many native animals, the park is laced with hiking and mountain bike trails, glamorous glimpses of Geographe Bay and true Aussie bush, gumnuts, grass trees and all.
Sure, it’s famous for Meelup Beach and “ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle” according to Lonely Planet, but stretch your legs or hop on your bike to delve and discover its other charms.
“It’s the place to watch the moon rise”, explains Josh Whiteland, of cultural tour operator Koomal Dreaming; “the name Meelup comes from the word for eyes, meel. It’s an old camping area, and families would rest beneath the peppies during Bunuru season and drink from the spring that runs down the hill.” Wadandi families moved with the seasons for food, following the many coastal trails during Kambarang, Birak and Bunuru, roughly October to March.