Conto’s Spring, Margaret River Region, Western Australia


Posted: March 17, 2010

Category: Australia, View All

Off caves road, lake cave turnoff Conto Rd Boranup WA 6286.
Margaret River Region, Western Australia
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Conto’s Beach and its surrounding bays are part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.This freshwater spring makes Conto’s unique – it flows out onto the sand, icy cold and filtered clean by the limestone it passes through.

Nearest Address

Off caves road, lake cave turnoff Conto Rd Boranup WA 6286.

Directions from Nearest Address

From Margaret River head south along caves Rd to the Lake Cave turnoff on the right, turn in here. Before the kiosk and cave turn left onto a well signposted dirt road to conto springs. Carry on past the camping area toward the beach. Just before descending to the beach are 2 footpaths on the right marked with pine poles. These lead to the take off. To drive to the bottom landing carry on down the road and turn right to the beach parking area.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Private
  • Flow: Unknown
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

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Map Link: Conto’s Spring Map

Submitted by: Les Carroll

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  1. terry ross says:

    anyone visiting wa boranup forrest where this spring is
    based is a spritual place that will stay with you

    • has anyone found one in the metro area?


      • Kate Gryguc says:

        There was a Natural Spring under Kings Park, down near the Old Brewery site call Gooniniup. This is now closed (1990s) this is a very spiritual place for the Aboriginal people of the Swan river the Mooro Nyoongars.  A fountain was constructed there in 1861 and named ‘Kennedy’s fountain’, after the governor of the time. History provided on this area explains how it was an important source of water in the early days of the colony, providing Perth with the first public water supply. However there is scant recognition of its history, prior to colonial times.

        It is the surfacing place of  The Waugal (derived from waug which means soul, spirit or breath) The Waugal is believed to have surfaced near to the fresh water spring in the area. The Waugal is associated and equivalent to ‘living water’ or a vital force of water and is represented in the form of a ‘water snake’.

        Goonininup and an adjacent camp called Goodinup, is a recognised meeting place for Nyoongars. It is a place where inland Nyoongar met with the coastal Nyoongar. It was a place associated with male initiation, economic exchange and a recognised trade route for red ochre. It was one of a number of sites of importance to the Nyoongars.

        Kate Gryguc

        REFERENCED from:  Hughes-Hallett, D. (2010)  Indigenous history of the Swan and Canning rivers Student work placement : Curtin University : Various works compiled and presented by: Debra Hughes‐Hallett.

      • LEAH says:

        Hi Kate,
        Can I just ask what you mean when you say the kennedy spring at kings park is ‘closed’? How can you close a spring? I was there yesterday and there was some water trickling out, not a very heavy stream though.
        Has anybody found a spring closer to Perth? maybe theres one in Perth Hills?!

  2. Monica says:

    thanks. so glad there’s a wa spring on here!!!

  3. Maggie says:

    Does anyone know where Cozy Corner is near Albany/Denmark? Apparently there is a freshwater spring there.

  4. Molly Tinsley says:

    There are freshwater springs on the beach at Trigg Island – the little beach where the babies go. About 2 or 3 meters below the rock in the middle of the beach, and also to the far right hand side of the beach. 

    When I first came to WA 30 years ago, the springs were higher up the beach, but as the water table has lowered, the springs have moved down – now they are often underwater. 

    You can see where they are because the water looks “greasy” or “oily” – its the fresh and salt water mixing. If you dig down, fresh water will bubble up 🙂 Try going at low tide and looking for wet streaks in the sand close to the water line.Also: There’s a similar spring on the far right of Geordie Bay on Rottnest. You have to look for it, but its there….

    Neither would be a good supply of drinking water, but its nice to know they’re there, and the seagulls appreciate them being dug out…

    Also; re the Spring at Mt Eliza (Kings Park) – that is a really, really sacred spot. I certainly wouldn’t be drinking from it without explicit permission from the local Elders!

    • Mia Martin says:

      Hi there Molly
      I would love to know more about the spring at Trigg Island (even though it is submerged now) and have been googling away but unable to find any info – can you point me to any websites that may tell us more about it?
      Looking forward to exploring the Conto’s spring in the school holidays 🙂
      Many thanks

  5. Karen says:

    Dec 2013 I travelled to contos spring. No water was found.
    I did the cave tours & was told there was a spring there that helped form the caves but with drought etc there hasn’t been a spring there for about 40yrs.

    Not sure if there is something else but the beach there is magical. One of my most favourite spots in WA.

  6. David Payne says:

    Hi Karen – Conto’s spring is still active from my recent visits. On the beach down there, can’t miss it. Back in the day I used to camp there for the summer and enjoyed the fresh water immensely! Give it another go you should find it. On the main beach down there. 🙂

  7. zebee says:

    so happy perth is hear! and also so happy to see others hear too! we need to let the people of this land for the last fucking 50 thousand years give us guidance no crown throne and sceptre is gonna achieve anything but ego static rub yourself up the wrong way 😉

  8. zebee says:

    I actually typed hear twice wowza, now I have typed here twice he he keep up the great work! ground yourself! don’t get lost up in the stars! be mindful but not too much so it’s the heart where we find ourselves feeling the earth

  9. Natalie Aung Than says:

    Beautiful place Conto Springs but we didn’t find any water. 🙁

  10. Alex says:

    Conto’s spring has been dried for a few years now. The place is beutiful but no spring anymore.

  11. Katie says:

    Was on the quest to find Conto’s Spring on the weekend. I couldn’t find it but some younger people were there the week before clibing over all the rocks until they found it. So it is around.

    There must be more places around as people have lived on this land for millennia and we need fresh water to live.

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