Miller's Point

Miller's Point lies roughly 5 kilometres south of Simon's Town, beyond Boulders and Seaforth, on the coastal road that heads to Cape Point

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Miller's Point

Miller's Point lies roughly 5 kilometres south of Simon's Town, beyond Boulders and Seaforth, on the coastal road that heads to Cape Point. At this stage of the journey there isn't much between the mountain and the sea but the road, and a narrow strip of land overlooking the sea dotted with huge boulders.

Where? 5 kilometres south of Simon's Town, beyond Boulders and Seaforth

When? Best during daylight hours

How much? Free

Overnight? See Simons Town accommodation, in False Bay Coast

This is the last of the easy-access bays before Cape Point, for after Miller's Point the road climbs substantially higher past Castle Rock to Smitswinkel Bay where a swim involves a steep descent, and subsequent climb.

Miller's Point has two turn-offs. The first is Miller's Point caravan site, and the restaurant, the Blue Marlin (that serves good seafood). Book ahead if you want to eat there as it is firmly on the coach tour route.

The second Miller's Point turn-off takes you to Rumbly Bay, where you'll find a couple of boat launch sites and a tidal pool. If you veer to the right, where the views across the sea are particularly beautiful, you will find a launch site and the Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club. Turn left instead and the road sweeps around and down to another boat launch (both are also popular diving sites).

The tidal pool is partway between these two launch sites. To reach it involves a walk (it isn't far). The pool is hidden (you need to know it's there, and many people do, so get there early)and beautiful, with a little water slide and incredible views out over the rocky bay. There are also a couple of sheltered natural sea pools where children can paddle, braai areas and picnic spots.

Historically this bay was developed by Edmund Miller in 1825 into a whaling station. His livelihood came to a halt 25 years later when whaling was banned. The coast remained untouched for almost 100 years, unless you count the odd fisherman who used the shoreline to reel in dinner.

The Molteno family then built their holiday home here, later donating it to the city. It is now the restaurant. Miller's Point today is incorporated into Table Mountain National Park, and is a popular whale-watching site as two deep pools just north of Miller's Point attract the southern right whale and their young.

Popular Attractions in and near Miller's Point

Boulders Beach Penguins

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More info and contact details: Boulders Beach Penguins

Red Hill

Everyone in Cape Town knows Red Hill up above Simon's Town. Actually, it begins its ascent just outside Simon's Town, but nonetheless, it is a popular and well known route, driven not least because of the grave of 'Just Nuisance', the famous Great...

More info and contact details: Red Hill

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