Kabbijgup Beach is also known as Three Bears Beach and is well known as a top surf spot in the Margaret River Region. It’s located on a remote stretch of coast to the north of Yallingup, the largest of several reefy big wave beaches beneath tall limestone cliffs and bluffs along a particularly steep sided section of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge (Yallingup Cliffs).
Whether you surf or not, this is a ruggedly spectacular beach and stretch of coastline to walk along and watch the views. Beneath the tall limestone ridge huge waves roll in and crash over limestone reefs. In places rounded boulders and low flat headlands of granite reveal the ancient geological platform that lies beneath the limestone and sanddunes.
At 270m-long Kabbijgup Beach is the biggest beach along this mostly cliffy and reefy coastline. It’s also fairly broad and backed by sanddunes that climb to the bluffs at the top of the ridge.
You can only get to Kabbijgup by 4WD tracks or by hiking the Cape to Cape Track, but nonetheless it’s a popular beach despite its remote location due to the Three Bears surf break being so popular. On a day with good swell the two dirt carparks up on the ridge fill up and surfers dot the waves, especially if it’s also a weekend.
Surfing the Three Bears Surf Breaks
Three Bears is a quality, consistent surf spot with a series of three waves breaking on limestone reefs off Kabbigjup beach.
The Three Bears surf break gets its name from the three peaks to surf, known as Baby Bear, Mama Bear and Papa Bear. These three waves offer something for everyone in a good range of swell conditions from 1m to 3m. Optimal conditions are a medium sized south-westerly swell and easterly winds blowing offshore.
Baby Bear breaks up the northern end of the beach and works well in small to moderate swells. It’s a gentler less challenging wave than the other two.
Mama Bear in the middle of the beach to the south of Baby is a steeper hollower wave than Baby Bear, at its best in smaller to moderate-sized south-westerly swells.
Papa Bear to the south of Mama’s breaks further out and is the heaviest wave of the three.
Here’s a video of surfing at 3 Bears by rgb103’s channel:
Where is Kabbijgup Beach and how do you get there?
Location of Three Bears Beach
The beach is located in the north of the Margaret River Region within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, about 6km south of Cape Naturaliste (the northernmost point of the region) and 3km south of Sugarloaf Rock. Yallingup is 7km to the south. The nearest points accessible by ordinary, non-4WD cars are Sugarloaf Rock, Yallingup and Mount Duckworth (via Western Cape Drive and Duckworth Place).
Three Bears Track, the 4WD Track down to Kabbijgup Beach & Three Bears
Three Bears Track is a popular 4WD trail down to the coast from north of Dunsborough to Three Bears then south and inland to Hemsley Road north-east of Yallingup.
The video below by 4WDingAustralia shows a drive along the track in fast motion. This Three Bears Track article on 4wdingaustralia.com is definitely worth a look if you’re planning on driving it.
Directions from the north: Head north out of Dunsborough along Cape Naturaliste Road, turn onto Sugarloaf Road and then less than half a kilometre along, left again onto the 4WD track. After about 700m the route then turns right heading towards the coast. The track swings south and follows the coast for 3 or so kilometres.
Unfortunately the coastal 4WD track is now closed at the turning circle soon after where the track forks into the inland and coastal trails south of Kabbijgup. It used to be possible to follow the coastal track down to Yallingup but you now have to take the left (eastern) fork in the track and come out at Hemsley Road.
Walk the Cape to Cape Track to Three Bears from Sugarloaf Rock or Yallingup
The Cape to Cape Track is a long distance walking track from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin and it follows Kabbijgup Beach for a short distance along the way.
The walk along the ridge top to Three Bears is outstandingly scenic from both the Cape Naturaliste/Sugarloaf Rock direction and the Yallingup direction. Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup (past Sugarloaf Rock and Three Bears/Kabbijgup) is a popular day walk and at 14km long is very manageable.
You can walk from Sugarloaf Rock to 3 Bears in under an hour (one way) following the track along the cliff tops with spectacular views no matter what the weather or time of day. For a longer 12km-return walk, begin the walk up at Cape Naturaliste instead.
Camping at Three Bears/Kabbijgup along the Cape to Cape Track: If you’re doing an overnight hike from Dunsborough or Cape Naturaliste then the low dune area behind the middle section of Kabbijgup Beach is one of the first spots you get to that’s good for camping, so long as there are no strong onshore winds forecast for overnight (in which case you should definitely continue on to Mount Duckworth campsite 4.5km to the south if you want a good night’s sleep).
Kabbijgup Beach Access
To get down onto the sand from the high, steep ridge top there’s a wooden staircase that descends from the main carpark almost to the low granite rocks on the headland at the northern end of the beach. This goes to show how often the beach is accessed despite its relatively remote location!
About two-thirds of the way down the beach to the south a sandy track leads up from the low sand dunes at the base of the ridge to the second carpark.
The staircase at the northern end of the beach and the track up onto the ridge at the southern end, and the stretch of beach between the two, are part of the Cape to Cape Track.
Last Updated: 25th August, 2015.
First posted on 25th August, 2015 by Bonny.
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