On the rugged coast a few kilometres south of Cape Naturaliste in the Margaret River Region, a gigantic granite rock-island looms up out of the ocean.
It is called “Sugarloaf Rock” because it looks like a sugarloaf, which supposedly has a conical/triangular shape like the rock.
Things to do at Sugarloaf Rock
- Sightseeing and admiring the dramatic views of the rocks and waves
- Scuba diving
- Bird watching
- Walking a section of the Cape to Cape Track
- Adventuring and exploring the surrounding rocks and coastline
- Watching the sun set
- Whale and dolphin watching – if you’re lucky!
Views From the Lookout and Carpark
A footpath leads from the Sugarloaf Rock carpark to a viewing platform. From here you get superb views of Sugarloaf Rock and the cliffs and surf to the north and south.
Explore the Rugged Rocky Shoreline Near Sugarloaf Rock
After checking out the views from the designated lookout area, wander down the hill and go for a walk and a rock-scramble along the boulder-strewn shoreline.
You get some pretty amazing views from the large granite formations that extend out from the coast immediately south of Sugarloaf Rock.
On our last visit to Sugarloaf Rock, Lewis wanted to show me an amazing rock island next to Sugarloaf Rock where he and his friends once camped for the night.
It was freaky finding rock pools – complete with seaweed, crabs and periwinkles – many metres above sea level!
Sugarloaf Rock Walks
Sugarloaf Rock is a great place to start or finish a section of the Cape to Cape Track.
I just love walking the first section of the Cape to Cape Track, starting at Cape Naturaliste and approaching Sugarloaf Rock from the north. The views are absolutely stunning, and in springtime so too are the wild flowers.
Along this section of the track, and all the way down to Yallingup, the limestone cliffs and steep dunes of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge drop down to pristine deserted beaches and rocks. The track is elevated high up on the ridge, giving you a bird’s eye view of the coastline and ocean.
The area is open and windswept and covered in dune vegetation growing low to the ground, allowing for sweeping panoramic views out to sea and along the coast for miles and miles. The ocean views are equally beautiful in wild stormy weather when huge waves pound the coast and on blue-skied days without the waves.
Heading south along the Cape to Cape Track from Sugarloaf Rock is another fantastic option for a short coastal walk. Three Bears Beach makes a good turn-around point for a return walk of an hour or two.
Where is Sugarloaf Rock, and How Do You Get There?
Sugarloaf Rock is at the far northern end of the Margaret River Region near Cape Naturaliste and is about a 15 minute drive from the town centre of Dunsborough.
Map showing the driving route from Dunsborough (A) to Sugarloaf rock (B):
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Getting to Sugarloaf Rock is easy – just head out from Dunsborough along Cape Naturaliste Road then turn left onto Sugarloaf Road. Sugarloaf Road ends at the Sugarloaf Rock carpark.
Where to from here?
More Big Dramatic Rocks in the Margaret River Region:
If you’re impressed by the scenery at Sugarloaf Rock, then there are many other big dramatic coastal rocks and geological formations in the area that you’ll probably also enjoy visiting.
With its fascinating geology and beautiful views, Canal Rocks is one of the most popular natural attractions in the Margaret River Region for good reason! Awesomely spectacular in rough, wavy conditions; nice for swimming and snorkeling when it’s calm.
Castle Rock, a massive chunk of granite at the south end of Castle Bay, is easy to climb up and affords beautiful views of the tranquil Geographe Bay coastline near Dunsborough.
Explore the Dunsborough/Cape Naturaliste Area
Sugarloaf Rock alone is worth the 15 – 20 minute detour of Caves Road, the main North-South tourist route through the Margaret River Region. But it sure isn’t the only thing there is to do out that way!
- Climb Castle Rock
- Swim at a beautiful Geographe Bay beach on the sheltered eastern side of the Cape
- Tour the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
- Have lunch, or just a drink or two, at Wise Wines or the Eagle Bay Brewery
- Go snorkeling at Shelly Cove
- Picnic in a park behind the beach at Meelup
- Walk some of the Meelup Trail
- … Or walk some of the Cape Naturaliste Trails and find the seal colony
Click on the link below to go to a page detailing all there is to see and do to fill in a day exploring Cape Naturaliste and the Dunsborough area.
Last Updated: 4th September, 2015.
First posted on 20th November, 2013 by Bonny.
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