6 bucket list bests

in the Yallingup region…

By MICHELLE PIETRZAK

By MICHELLE PIETRZAK

Receptionist, Caves Caravan Park

1 Ever wanted to walk the Inca Trail? Well… have you heard about the iconic Cape to Cape Track?
Walk the adventure from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin along Australia’s South West coast. It’s 125kms of scenic trail through National Park featuring stunning views of the raw and rugged Indian Ocean. With varying degrees of difficulty, the terrain ranges from rough scrambles and soft beach sand; to all access and wheelchair friendly boardwalks. You can complete the whole trail or just tackle the section/s that most appeal to you. A popular section is from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Sugarloaf Rock, or carrying on to Yallingup Beach, which will land you right at Caves Caravan Park. This track is bound to soothe any adventurous spirit.
For more info visit the Cape to Cape Track website

2 Seen the Grand Canyon yet?… It’s got nothing on Yallingup’s Ngilgi Cave. 
If you aren’t familiar with the great battle between Ngilgi and Wolgine, then this ancient wonder is definitely worth checking out. Ngilgi Cave is named after one of the Wardandi Aboriginal people’s ‘dreamtime’ spirits. Just a stones throw from Caves Caravan Park it was first learned of by Europeans in 1899, and is an unbelievable sample of the ancient wonders that lie beneath Cape Naturaliste. You can explore at your own pace with the Semi-Guided Show Cave Tour, or, be a little more adventurous and do the Explorer Cave Tour.

Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup Western Australia

3 Visit the Amazon Rainforest… or instead, you could come and see the Boranup Karri Forest. Part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, this area is a leisurely 40 min drive south from Caves Caravan Park. Situated between Margaret River and Augusta, some of these ancient Karri trees are 60m tall or more. Caves Road will take you on a sweeping drive through Boranup and there are lookout points with views that will leave you breathless. If you are thirsty for nature, then this place will certainly satisfy.

Boranup Karri Forest

4 Surf the 50 year storm like Bodhi did in the 1991 classic Point Break… okay well you might not want to surf the storm but instead you can certainly do a Johnny Utah and admire the action from the beach. The options are endless for surfing waves from 2ft to 20ft along this magnificent stretch of coastline. Rest assured you don’t need to be out the back to feel the positive effects of the charged ions, you can watch from the shore, or safely experience it from the inside under the guidance of a knowledgeable local surfing instructor.

Michelle ticking off a bucket list item and surfing at Yallingup WA

5 Instead of taking the kids to Disneyland…did you know that within 15kms of Caves Caravan Park, there are enough adventurous, fun filled family activities to keep you going for weeks – if you want. From mazes to high ropes to playgrounds with the lot. There’s also Injidup Natural Spa or Quinninup Falls. Now I’m not taking the Mickey but Disneyland is going to have to lift its game if it wants to compete with our beloved Yallingup region.

6 Talking about it… that’s right, instead of talking about it, just do it! Have you got a week or a weekends worth of leave up your sleeve just begging for a new adventure? Are you looking for an escape or some re-connection in the fresh South West air? Either way, the mud pies need baking by the camp fire and Caves Caravan Park would love to accommodate your holiday to tick off some of those bucket list adventures.

High ropes fun at Next Level Monkey Business in Dunsborough WA

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