Caves Road Safety Improvement Project

Yallingup to Augusta

  • We are developing a project to improve safety on Caves Road between Yallingup and Augusta.
  • Consultation with Community Reference Groups has commenced and will continue in 2019.


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 CRG inform the process and its implementation
  • Identifying priority treatments supported by stakeholders

Project Update

Two Community Reference Groups (CRG) have been established based on local government boundaries - the Southern CRG (Shire of Augusta Margaret River) and the Northern CRG (City of Busselton). CRG meetings were held on 17 & 18 September and 26 & 27 November 2018.

As a direct result of communication with a number of stakeholders, we have reviewed our engagement plan for Caves Road to incorporate the section between Yallingup and Augusta.

A one-day workshop is being planned to develop an understanding of what the road is about. The workshop will involve the two CRGs and several key stakeholders, including (but not limited to):

  • Emergency Services: Police, Fire, Ambulance
  • Tourism bodies and operators (events, wineries, attractions)
  • Transport operators (freight, buses etc)
  • Environment groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Caves Road businesses, residents or groups
  • Local government/ CAPEROC
  • DBCA
  • Representatives of local caves  
  • Historical
  • Indigenous and European Heritage
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Wider community and stakeholder engagement will continue throughout 2019.


  • Significantly improve safety


Project development funding has been allocated in 2019 (for detailed scoping, stakeholder consultation and design).

There is currently no funding for construction works.

Last Updated: 20 May 2019