Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park
Back to nature
As you set off along a boardwalk through the forest, you talk about the historic Ellensbrook homestead you are leaving behind, with its stories of struggle and love, and children who died. After a short distance, you come to a rocky cliff softened by green draperies of foliage. The waters of Meekadarabee Falls trickle down the rocks, and at its foot gapes the dark, mysterious entrance to a grotto. According to Aboriginal legend, this is the ‘bathing place of the moon’ and the spirits of two lovers, Mitanne and Nobel, dwell here.
FREE PARK ENTRY
Stretches 120 km from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste
■ Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
Ellensbrook Homestead was a family-run beef and dairy farm. Alfred Bussell built it in 1857 with the help of local Aboriginal people, using the surrounding trees, crushed shells and limestone. He named it after his wife, Ellen. When Ellen churned her butter, she carried it all the way to the Meekadarabee Falls to keep cool. Ellensbrook reveals the harshness of life for early European settlers. Three of the Bussells’ infant children died here, and the family left in 1865.
■ Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park covers a huge area and includes beaches as well as forests, lighthouses, limestone caves and the homestead.
- Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, The South-West, National park
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