Renowned for its ancient jarrah and tuart forests and a stunning 29km stretch of beaches adorned with dramatic dunes, the Capel Region unfolds as a nature lover’s paradise. Tucked roughly halfway between bustling Bunbury and Busselton, the authentically rural but fast-growing township of Capel sits nestled on the Capel River.
As you stroll along the main street, the walls adorned with captivating murals offer a glimpse into the town’s rich culture and stories. Peppermint Grove Beach, affectionately known as Peppy Beach, becomes an alluring destination with its white sandy beaches and the inviting Peppermint Grove Holiday Park, creating the perfect setting for a laid-back day of hammock lounging.
Boyanup, a dairy and cattle town, showcases fantastic local produce, while Dalyellup, a coastal suburb adjoining Bunbury, offers awesome beaches, parks, gardens, cycleways, walking trails, and a preserved tuart forest.
Embark on a culinary journey at the Capel Bakery, a small country bakery exuding charm and offering homemade pies, sourdough bread, and nostalgic treats. Capelberry Café, with its fresh meals and sweet treats baked with love, becomes a delightful stop for breakfast and lunch.
Indulge in the world of fine wines at Capel Vale, crafting elegant wines since 1974. Kellivale Estate, a charming boutique winery, specializes in Spanish, French, and Italian varietals. Savor a satisfying meal at The Boyanup Tavern or the historic Capel Tavern, with a beer garden overlooking the Capel River, adding a touch of country charm.
Local delights await at the Boyanup Farmers Market, a monthly showcase of fresh, locally grown produce, artisan crafts, and skincare.
In the heart of nature, take a leisurely drive or walk through Ludlow Tuart Forest in Tuart Forest National Park. Marvel at the world’s last remaining ancient forest of tuart trees, standing tall at 33m high and 10m in girth. Explore Usher to Dalyellup, gazing up at the towering trees and enjoying a picnic amid the serene surroundings. As night falls, venture into the forest to spot the rare Western Australian ringtail possum in its natural habitat.
Head to Peppermint Grove Beach early and spend the day at one of the region’s best beaches. Stretch out on the white sand with a book, take refreshing dips in the tantalizing waters, and explore the Capel River mouth with a canoe. Fishing enthusiasts can settle in at designated fishing areas for a chance to catch a feed.
Heading southeast from Capel towards Donnybrook along Goodwood Road, stop to admire the picturesque Ironstone Gully Falls. In winter, the falls cascade over a ledge of nine meters, surrounded by the region’s fine jarrah forests. The site provides facilities for a picnic, complete with barbecues and toilets.
Stroll along the 1.3km Preston River Ramble in Boyanup, exploring the natural and cultural history of the area. The Joshua Lake Walk, a lovely loop trail of approximately 1.1km in Boyanup, takes you through revegetated woodland and open grassy spaces. Interpretive panels along the way share the natural and cultural history of this beautiful place.
For a dose of adventure, visit Gravity ETC in Dalyellup to defy gravity in an indoor high-energy trampoline space. Alternatively, experience archery on their 15-target range or engage in Paintball Pursuit in Gelorup for an adrenaline-pumping experience.
Immerse yourself in Capel’s history at the South West Rail & Heritage Centre in Boyanup. Explore the Boyanup Heritage Trail, appreciating the major sites and stories of European settlement history.
Discover charming arts, crafts, antiques, and collectibles shops scattered across the Capel region. Rustic French Living in Boyanup specializes in French-inspired furniture, homeware, and antiques. The Felting Pot offers an array of craft classes and supplies.
Whether pitching a tent at Peppermint Grove Beach Holiday Park or opting for a beachside holiday home, make it your base for a bountiful experience across the Capel region. The Peppermint Tree Lodge offers four-star luxury properties with superb beachside views, ensuring a truly relaxing experience. In every accommodation choice, a unique perspective of this enchanting destination unfolds.