Castle Rock near Dunsborough is a massive chunck of orange granite standing tall at the end of beautiful Castle Bay. It is probably the most spectacular feature of the scenic Meelup coastline on the calm Geographe Bay side of Cape Naturaliste.
Castle Rock is one of my favourite places to visit when I’m staying in Dunsborough or Yallingup. It’s such a wild and peaceful place to sit and relax, high up in the sky with beautiful views extending for miles along the coast of Geographe Bay.
Usually you’ll have the place to yourself. You can’t drive your car right up to it, so it’s not as much of a tourist attraction as other “Big Rocks” in the area such like Sugarloaf Rock or Canal Rocks.
Climbing Castle Rock
When viewed from a distance, Castle Rock looks steep and difficult to climb, but it really couldn’t be easier. The back section of the rock is level with the ground along the Meelup Trail above Castle Beach. From there, you can step up onto boulders that are almost like a staircase spiralling around to the Dunsborough side of the rock, then up onto the top level.
Whale lookout is high up on the slope behind Castle Rock. You get there by following a clearly signposted track that branches off from the Meelup Trail.
The vegetation on the slope is low, so you get beautiful clear views from the track along the way up.
How do you get to Castle Rock and the Whale Lookout?
Castle Rock and the Whale Lookout are at the south-eastern end of Castle Bay. It’s a short easy walk along the Meelup Trail Castle Bay carpark.
- A. Castle Rock
- B. The Whale Lookout Trail
- C. Castle Bay carpark
- D. Castle Bay
- E. Meelup Trail
View Castle Rock and the Whale Lookout in a larger map
Alternatively, you can walk along the beaches and boulder-strewn rocky shoreline of Castle Bay.
From Old Dunsborough, Castle Rock is about a half hour walk along the Meelup Trail.
Last Updated: 11th May, 2015.
First posted on 13th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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