The 3 Bears Track is one of the few places around Dunsborough, Yallingup and Margaret River that you can go four wheel driving. It is a magnificent track, which is used by many people to access the incredible surf break, known as 3 Bears.
Where is the track?
The 3 Bears Track runs from Cape Naturalist down to Yallingup (or just off Caves road). It can be done in reverse, depending on your preference.
How do I get to the track?
Most people start the track from the North and head south, but this is entirely up to you. If you are starting from the North, head out Cape Naturalist road, and turn left onto Sugarloaf Road. The track starts on your left about 500 metres down the road. There is a power pole, and a sign that says Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. Follow the track south, and it will either end up in Yallingup or just off Caves road, depending on what tracks you take. My suggestion is to stick to the coastline!
How difficult is it?
The track itself is not too difficult at all. A large majority of it is compact sand, but there are a number of spots where it is rocky and the sand can be soft in places. With reasonable wheel placement, even soft roaders (with minimal clearance) shouldn’t have any issues. I’ve seen Foresters easily do the track, but just watch your tyre pressures and avoid any big rocks! The sand can be soft in sections, and it is worth lowering your tyres down a bit for the rocky sections. Take it slow, and enjoy the scenery!
For most vehicles, 20 PSI should be enough. Of course, you can go lower depending on how soft the sand is. I know a lot of people don’t let their tyres down, which is fine if the sand is hard. However, if it means you chew the track up then you are damaging it and making it harder for people in the future. In Winter, the track can develop some reasonable sized puddles. They don’t usually get much taller than around 300mm, but it pays to go through them slowly!
Is it worth doing?
I highly recommend this track. I’ve done it a few times, and still love doing it. If you go when the weather is terrible, you can see how powerful the ocean can be. The waves come smashing in to the rocks and being on the west coast, there is zero protection. On a day where the weather is good (and the waves are usually still decent sized!) you will love the colour of the water, the gorgeous beaches and plenty of incredible views. Half way through the track there are toilets, and some stairs that lead down onto the beach where the surfers hit the water.
Next time you are down at Dunsborough, Yallingup or Margaret River, be sure to check the 3 Bears Track out. This part of our coast is truly magnificent.