Meelup - 'place of moon rising'

The Wadandi people (Salt Water People) are the Aboriginal custodians of the area, and named Meelup ‘place of the moon rising’ because the full moon appears to rise out of the sea on a few days of the year.

Meelup park castle rock

Dunsborough - Western Australia

Meelup Regional Park is an area of outstanding beauty with exceptional landscape appeal including stunning beaches, rugged granite outcrops and headlands, rocky outcrops and natural bushland with high biodiversity values.

The Park is located in the south western corner of Western Australia, approximately 250 kilometres south of Perth. The Park is a Class A reserve vested in the City of Busselton with the gazetted purpose of conservation and recreation. The Park is approximately 577 hectares and extends 11.5 kilometres along the coastline from Dunsborough to Bunker Bay. The park’s coastline faces north-east, which is rare in Western Australia, therefore it is sheltered from prevailing salt bearing south westerly winds which results in tall trees and dense vegetation growing down to the water’s edge.

The Wadandi people (Salt Water People) are the Aboriginal custodians of the area, and named Meelup ‘place of the moon rising’ because the full moon appears to rise out of the sea on a few days of the year. The Park offers excellent recreation facilitates among pristine coastal bushland and has a stunning visual landscape, due to its protected coastline and the stark contrast between the rustic granite outcrops and turquoise ocean. The Park is a special place for visitors, providing a unique connection to the ruggedness, beauty and inspiration of nature.

The Park lies within the Busselton-Augusta Biodiversity hotspot-part of the SW Biodiversity hotspot. A Biodiversity hotspot is an area rich in plant and animal species, particularly high in endemic species and is under pressure from a variety of threats. The Park’s size and relatively pristine condition of the much of the vegetation means that the Park has local, national and international conservation significance.

Image: Christian Fletcher

what to see do meelup park

Meelup Regional Park contains some of WA’s best swimming beaches- Meelup Beach, Castle Bay, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay. Meelup Beach is a favourite family holiday destination with its calm, turquoise waters, grassed areas, shady trees in a natural bushland setting. There are also many secluded coves and beaches that you will discover along the coastal walking trail. See link below to a map of the beaches.

Travel Directions and Getting There:

Meelup Beach is about 7km north of Dunsborough on the Cape Naturaliste Road and then right onto the Meelup- Eagle Bay Road

Facilities link:

Meelup Beach: ablution block including change rooms and outdoor showers, Gas barbeques and picnic tables.

Castle Bay: Gas barbeques, picnic table and composting toilet.

Point Piquet: Composting toilet, Whale Viewing Platform

Eagle Bay: Toilet located in Riedle Park opposite the southern section of Eagle Bay beach. Public toilets are also located in the Eagle Bay Community Hall (off Fern Avenue) at the beach.

Map of beaches

meelup park bike walk trails

The Park contains several walking trails to enjoy the scenic views and natural environment.

A Mountain Bike Trails network is being developed in Zone 6 of Meelup Regional Park, located in the south western portion of the Park adjacent to intersection of Cape Naturaliste Road and Endicott Loop.


meelup park threatened flora

Meelup Regional Park contains a diverse range of landscapes, habitat types and significant biodiversity values.

The Park has high fauna conservation values and represents the largest coastal reserve located on Geographe Bay within the City of Busselton. Meelup Regional Park is of great importance to the ongoing persistence of conservation significant fauna in the general area and along the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. The Park provides both local and regional ecological linkages with a total of 102 fauna species (excluding fish and invertebrates) recorded from the 2014 fauna survey.

Eight fauna species of conservation significance recorded in the Park include:

  • Southern Brown bandicoot,
  • Carnaby,
  • Baudin and Red-tailed Cockatoo,
  • Rainbow bee-eater,
  • Caspian tern,
  • Western Pipistrelle Bat and Western ringtail possum.

The Park contains 480 native flora species including a Threatened Ecological Community- Calothamnus graniticus subsp graniticus coastal heath (pictured), 12 threatened or priority listed flora and several species that are endemic (only found here) to the Park.

All the vegetation of the Meelup reserve system is considered to be of extremely high conservation value. The overall combination of geology, vegetation and flora is highly restricted.



meelup park volunteers

The City of Busselton recognises the value that community volunteers make to the conservation and maintenance of the City’s natural environment.