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Jaguar National Rally WA 2020

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National Rally 2020 - Caves to Cape Drive

Thursday 2nd April 2020

We will depart the Abbey Beach Resort at about 7.45am and travel west along the Bussell Highway towards Dunsborough and continue on to Caves House Hotel at Yallingup for breakfast.

The historic Caves House Hotel was originally built in 1903 and was rebuilt in 1938. It has a special place in the hearts of many, being the venue for hundreds of weddings over the years and has played an important role for locals and visitors over its long history. There are 1.8 hectares of extensive heritage-listed gardens and manicured lawns stretching towards the Indian Ocean. Click to view Caves House Hotel https://youtu.be/74PTw00Jqd8

After a buffet breakfast we will drive south from Caves House along Caves Road to Cape Leeuwin. We will not travel in convoy so you can choose to stop and visit some of the many natural attractions and places of interest which are recommended below at your leisure.

Caves Road has become one of Australia’s great tourist drives. It began as a network of sand and gravel tracks taking visitors to the spectacular caves along the Leeuwin-Naturalist Ridge with the Caves Road Board being formed in 1900 to oversee its development.

Following the journey down through the town of Augusta to the most south-westerly mainland point on the Australian continent, we will meet up in the car park below the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse around mid-afternoon for a photo shoot before returning along the Bussell Highway through Margaret River and Cowaramup to the Abbey Beach Resort.

The following places of interest are recommended along the way. They have been listed in order of your travel from north to south:

Ngilgi Cave
This cave is only 4 minutes and 1.7km from Caves House. Head back towards Dunsborough and after about 1km turn left onto Yallingup Caves Road to Ngilgi Cave. Take in the beautiful bush setting whilst you learn about Ngilgi’s rich history. Once inside the cave the semi guided nature of the tour allows you to admire the spectacular shawls, helictites, stalagmites and stalactites at your own pace. Click to view Ngilgi Cave https://youtu.be/w39demSogp8

Yallingup Beach

Drive back past Caves House and continue on for a few kilometres down for a look at Yallingup beach and the small hamlet of Yallingup before heading back up to Caves Road and turning right to head south. Click to view Yallingup Beach https://youtu.be/lSxNPXkkn0M

Canal Rocks - Recommended

Approximately 3.6km south of Caves House turn right onto Canal Rocks Road and travel about 4km down to the car park at the rocks.

Canal Rocks is a ‘must see’ spot. It is always a good place to visit whatever the weather, the walkway across the rocks is spectacular, a great place for photos. Click to view Canal Rocks https://youtu.be/nNJjXBo_yts

Yallingup Maze
On the left about 5km down Caves Road from Canal Rocks Road. Not just a maze but also a café/coffee shop with a difference. Expand your mind and be truly in the moment.

‘when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ – Albert Einstein

There are also some great gift ideas such as numerous wooden puzzles, board games, card games and multi-player games. Some people have said in reviews that this place was the highlight of their visit to WA! Click to view Yallingup Maze https://youtu.be/OKVTJt0hQaU

Gabriel Chocolate Factory
Located at the corner of Caves Road and Quininup Road.

It may be a bit early in the morning for chocolate or ice cream but it is always worth a visit to buy some chocolate for later on! Click to view Gabriel Chocolate Factory https://youtu.be/VzKqdFPp-Xc

Stormflower Vineyard (Organic Certified)
Located on the right hand side of Caves Road about 8km further south from Canal Rocks Road.

A small block vineyard, all of Stormflower’s Wines from the 2016 vintage onwards are certified organic or made with certified organic grapes. A small but special place with a caring attitude toward the earth, soil, vines and customers. Click to view Stormflower Vineyard https://www.stormflower.com.au/

Wilyabrup Wine District
The section of Caves Road just south of Stormflower passes close by many vineyards in the Wilyabrup district that is recognised for producing excellent quality wines, including Amelia Park Wines, Fermoy Estate, Lenton Brae Wines and Moss Wood Estate.

The Fermoy Estate, winner of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon in 2015, is just one of the many stories and successes behind this iconic brand. It has the added attraction of lovely olive oil and balsamic vinegar products in the adjacent Pukara Estate. Click to view Fermont Estate https://youtu.be/5W1kFWRcjnk

Ellensbrook Historic Homestead – National Trust
Approximately 5km past the Gracetown turn-off, turn right onto Ellensbrook road and follow it down toward the ocean.

In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home here. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Over the following decades the house was built in stages by ticket of leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. Click to view Ellensbrook Historic Homestead https://youtu.be/fm9yVYA2aPI

Margaret River Mouth - Prevelly
Turn right onto Wallcliffe Road at the Prevelly/Gnarabup turn off and travel a few kilometres down to the Margaret River mouth. Pull into the carpark overlooking the ocean and view the surf breaks along this section of coast where the Margaret River International Surf Classic is held each year.

The St John Theologian Church at the entrance to the Prevelly township is a little piece of Greece on the WA coast. It is worth a few minutes to stop, have a look and reflect.

It was built by an Australian WWII soldier Geoffrey Edwards as a permanent reminder of the debt of gratitude owed to the Cretan people by Allied soldiers who fought on Crete during the war. Hundreds of Allied soldiers were sheltered, hidden and helped escape from the Germans by the people of the Prevelly Monastery and its surrounding Crete villages. This symbolic Greek Orthodox chapel was given to the Greek people by Geoff and Beryl Edwards who founded the Prevelly township in WA. Click to view Prevelly https://youtu.be/wJnRRAqDyB0

Voyager Estate – Highly recommended
Approximately 7km south of Wallcliffe Road turn left onto Boodjidup Road, right onto Gnarawary Road and within a couple of hundred metres turn right onto Stevens Road then left into Voyager Estate winery.

If you only visit one winery on this tour it is recommended that you visit Voyager Estate. Its Cape Dutch building style and the beautiful rose garden are major tourist attractions.

Both Leeuwin Estate and Xanadu Wines are located nearby. Along with Voyager Estate they are considered the region’s most acclaimed wineries and form the nucleus of the ‘Golden Triangle of Chardonnay’. Click to view Voyager Estate https://youtu.be/AhgW2ANgepA

Leeuwin Estate
Only about 1km further down Stevens Road you will find the Leeuwin Estate. Each year the Leeuwin concerts are held here which are spectacular events. The quality of Leeuwin Estate wines are excellent.

After leaving Leeuwin Estate it is best to back track the way you came back to Caves Road as just past the Leeuwin Estate entrance Stevens Road becomes unsealed. Click to view Leeuwin Estate https://youtu.be/iGzLs5Y6ZgM

Boranup Karri Forest and the Boranup Gallery – Recommended
Shortly after turning south again onto Caves Road you will enter the Boranup Karri forest and pass the turnoffs to three more caves, firstly Mammoth Cave and Lake Cave and a little further on Giants Cave. Not far after passing the entrance to Giants Cave you will see the Boranup Gallery on the left hand side. Click to view Boranup Karri Forest https://youtu.be/6qGg9Y57Rv4  and Boranup Gallery https://youtu.be/vo2FWEhbYE4

The Gallery showcases an extensive collection of local hardwood fine timber furniture alongside a unique range of artworks by Australian artists as well as a selection of lovely gifts. The Western Australian hardwoods, jarrah, karri and marri are all used by this Gallery and make stunning furniture.

There is a cafe/restaurant adjacent to the Gallery which is a nice place for refreshments.

Jewel Cave - Recommended
Shortly before arriving at Augusta you will come to Jewel Cave on the right hand side. This is the largest show cave in WA. Entering Jewel Cave is like finding yourself inside a lofty natural cathedral. You will discover the cave’s unique formations including the ‘Frozen Waterfall’ and ‘Organ Pipes’.

You can also enjoy a light lunch, home-made cakes and coffee here if you so desire. Click to view Jewel Cave https://youtu.be/6uKhC8NeK9g

Cape Leeuwin
After passing through Augusta continue on to the Cape Lighthouse car park. We would like everyone to meet please in the Lighthouse carpark at 2.30pm to 3.00pm for a group photo and also some photos of our Jaguars. Click to view Cape Leeuwin https://youtu.be/K6QHgV8z4v8

Return Run to Busselton
We recommend that you take the more direct route back up the Bussell Highway to Busselton and the Abbey Beach Resort. This route will take you through the towns of Margaret River, Cowaramup and Carbunup River before joining the Bussell Highway just to the west of the Abbey Beach Resort, so turn right onto the Bussell Highway and the Abbey Beach Resort will be found on the left hand side only a short distance from the turn off.


Caves House

Ngili Cave

Canal Rocks

Ellenbrook Homestead

Church Prevelly

Voyager Estate

Jewel Cave

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Photos on this page are copyright and supplied free of charge by Tourism Western Australia to whom we are grateful.

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