Cape to Cape

Cape to Cape

The Capes catchments area is located approximately 290 km south of Perth in the south west of Western Australia. It covers 97.118 ha of land between Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south, and extends inland to include the catchment of the Margaret River, as well as that of a number of smaller creek systems draining westwards to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast.

The Capes catchments area encompasses portions of four national parks, including the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park featuring some of the finest cave systems in Australia and also includes the popular Boranup Karri Forest.

The South West Region is an internationally recognised hotspot of vascular plant biodiversity. There are currently 30 plant species that are classified as Declared Rare Flora within the Capes catchments area.

The Capes catchments also support a diverse range of fauna species. Whilst some species such as the Western Grey Kangaroo are common, many others are now rarely seen or are restricted in range and have been afforded special protection status.

They include:

  • Western Ringtail Possum (vulnerable)
  • Quenda (conservation dependent)
  • Brushtailed Phascogale (priority 3)
  • Chuditch (vulnerable)
  • Rakali or Water Rat (priority 4)
  • Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (threatened)
  • Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (priority 4)
  • White-bellied frog (critically endangered)

There are a number of threats to the biodiversity within the Capes catchments area including:

  • Vegetation clearing and fragmentation
  • Introduced weed species
  • Degradation of waterways and wetlands
  • Phytophthora dieback
  • Feral animals
  • Altered fire regimes
  • Extraction of groundwater
  • Changes and hydrology and
  • Climate change.

The Capes coast

The Cape to Cape coast is home to Australia’s tallest lighthouse, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and provides picturesque views and a range of recreational opportunities. The long beaches, sheltered bays, good fishing, world-class surfing and the dramatic coastal cliffs combine to give the Leeuwin-Naturaliste region its unique character.

The natural beauty of this area attracts thousands of visitors each year, increasing the pressure on the coastal and marine environments, with several issues including:

  • Damage caused by off-road vehicles
  • Clearing of native vegetation for access and development
  • Uncontrolled pedestrian access
  • Introduction of weeds and feral animals, and
  • Beach and dune erosion.

Recent project activities

16 February 2017

Holistic Management training more>

11 November 2016

South West Celebration more>

10 November 2016

South West Celebration more>

29 September 2016

Soil Health, Your Wealth more>

27 November 2016

Festival of Fibre more>

06 August 2016

Ellensbrook rehabilitation Volunteer Day more>

11 June 2016

Redgate Beach - Community Activity Day more>

21 June 2016

Seagrass and Science Seminar - Busselton more>

29 May 2016

Community Activity Day - Gracetown more>

18 June 2016

Yallingup Beach Community Planting Day more>