​​​Caves Road Safety Improvements

Yallingup to Augusta

  • We are developing a project to improve safety on Caves Road.
  • Consultation with Community Reference Groups is progressing and will continue in 2020.
  • There is currently no funding available for construction.


Image: Caves Road Imp​rovements


We are developing a project to improve safety on Caves Road. The project will include significant consultation with the community in order to develop a solution that balances competing needs and expectations.

Given the recognition and importance of the road, the outcome will be a community based strategy which uses a holistic approach for the full length of Caves Road. This strategy will be owned by the community, and will guide future planning and investment.

The scope of works will be determined in consultation with the community and may include:

  • Sealing the existing gravel shoulders
  • Reductions in speed limits
  • Installation of audible edge and/or centre lines
  • Line marking
  • Installation of signs (tourist and road information signs) and retro reflective pavement markers
  • making the road smoother in places where needed
  • intersection improvements.

We support a minimalist approach and believe we can achieve outcomes that will make Caves Road safer. We aim to do this by: 

  • Consulting widely using a structured and well considered process
  • Having the community reference group (CRG) inform the process and its implementation
  • Identifying priority treatments supported by stakeholders

Project Update

​We are currently surveying this length of Caves Road to collect baseline data to inform the strategy. We have also undertaken safety audits of intersections, and locals may have recently noticed surveyors along the road.

This work is progressing slowly to ensure a measured approach in developing safety improvements to reduce road trauma that were agreed to by community and key stakeholders in our full day workshop in May 2019. The workshop was a key activity in our community and stakeholder engagement program and focused on a community-based and owned safety improvement strategy.

The key priorities for progression agreed at the workshop included:

  • Speed reduction (including at iconic locations during specific times, such as Boranup, in discussion with DBCA, Shire of AMR and Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association) 
  • Review safety signage
  • Local Government to review road speeds on adjoining roads for uniformity and consistency 
  • Consider locations for stopping points (including parking areas) and pullover bays 
  • Painted edge lines, audible edge lines and audible centre lines
  • WIFI: new technologies, apps, connectivity, virtual tourism (MRBTA) 
  • Widening the seal including sealing the shoulders – undertake a survey to determine what seal widths can be established within the current vegetation footprint. 
  • Investigate upgrading crossovers 
  • Clean out drains and culverts and repair headwalls 
  • Intersection improvements – geometry and lighting: review intersection sightlines and undertake safety audits 
  • Planning – link the safety improvements strategy to future planning. We will seek to reconvene the group in mid-late March 2020, once the survey information is available and has been analysed.

​Engagement Background​​

  • ​​Two community reference groups were established based on a local government boundaries - the Southern CRG (Shire of Augusta Margaret River) and the Northern CRG (City of Busselton). CRG meetings were held on 17 and 18 September, and 26 and 27 November 2018.
  • 21 May 2019: A full day workshop combining both groups was held, The workshop provided an opportunity to develop a better understanding of Caves Road; and discuss topics around the road, involving three components:
    • ​Presentations from key stakeholders: Main Roads WA, City of Busselton, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Margaret River Busselton Touridm Association, Margaret Wine Association and Shire of Augusta Margarte River.
    • Discussion about possible treatments to improve safety.
    • Agreement about common themes for further project development work for Caves Road in the future.


  • Significantly improve safety


Project development funding has been allocated (for detailed scoping, stakeholder consultation and design).

There is currently no funding for construction works.

Last Updated: 09 March 2020