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Cape Naturaliste

Cape Naturaliste is some 13 kilometres west of Dunsborough and situated at the northern point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. The Cape helps to form and protect Geographe Bay on which Busselton and Dunsborough are located. The cape was named by Captain Hamelin after one of his ships, the Naturaliste. Another of his ships was the Geographe. Situated at the tip of the cape is an important lighthouse which guides shipping along the coast


Cape Naturaliste - Compound

After travelling north of Dunsborough on the Cape Naturaliste Road you eventually arrive at the lighthouse site. Here is a view into the compound. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL001


Cape Naturaliste - Cottage

There are two old cottages located about 150 metres below the lighthouse. The one pictured is used for ticket sales, as a museum, and also as a visitor centre including a small souvenir shop. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL002


Cape Naturaliste - Cottage

This is the second of the two cottages. These would have provided accommodation for the lighthouse keepers in the days when the light was operated manually. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL003


Cape Naturaliste - Lighthouse

This is the lighthouse viewed about half way up from the cottages. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL004


Cape Naturaliste - Lighthouse

The Naturaliste lighthouse was constructed in 1903. In was opened by the then Premier, Hon. Walter James. The lighthouse sits on a 123 metres high bluff. The lighthouse itself is fairly short, standing at only 20 metres, although delivering a total elevation of 143 metres. The light was converted to operate automatically in 1978. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL005


Cape Naturaliste - Light Base

Here is the base of the lighthouse. Guided trips are available to the top. This is recommended for anyone wanted to take photos of the surrounds as at base level most of the coastline is obscured by vegetation. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL006


Cape Naturaliste - Light Top

The top of the light. Even during the daytime you can see the "on-off" mechanism rotating. The light is rated at 1,213,000 candle-power. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL007


Cape Naturaliste - View South

A view down Cape Naturaliste to the south. Down the coast that way is Yallingup. December 2013. Photos Ref: CNTL008

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