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:
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
‘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
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)
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Return Run to Busselton