Pretty little village in a lovely natural setting
Fair way from Perth, but I sure some love it for that
Would be a great summer holiday place!
Historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is situated at the most south westerly tip of mainland Australia. It is famous as a seafarer's landmark and also has an important meteorological role. The lighthouse is 39 metres above the ground which makes it 56 meters above sea level. Its powerful light can bee seen for 48 kilometres. It was built in 1895.Tours...more
Cape Leeuwin is the furthest southwesterly point in mainland Australia. A few small islands and rocks, the St Alouarn Islands are further south. It is here that the mighty Indian and Southern Oceans meet. The cape was named after a Dutch ship 'Leeuwin' or Lioness when it carried explorers to the area in 1622. It passes on the name to the Royal...more
Located at the bottom west of Western Australia, the Cape Leewin Lighthouse is where 2 Oceans meet - The Indian Ocean and the Great Southern Ocean.As such this place is pretty much always windy but also contusive to some great photos.We were on the big 2013 downunder VT meet tagalong car trip and were headed from Pemberton to Margaret River on the...more
This lighthouse, placed at the point wher the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean is one of the south west Western Australia's tourist spots.Many people come and visit, it is well worth it, very interesting and some spectacular photo opertunities.Cost $5 to ewnter the grounds $18.50 for a guided tourmore
The biggest known karri forest, 3.200 hectares, is separated from the southern forests by 100 kms of distance. It was almost completely cut down by wood companies between 1882 and 1913. The forest has then regrown from seeds. Most of the trees are younger than 100 years but nevertheless impressive. The beautiful colours of the karri bark, from grey...more
The name is justified, this cave is a jewel. Stalactites and stalagmites form the most amazing formations. With a little imagination you will see a pipe organ, a giant shawl, a coral reef, a ghost, a crocodile, a nesting chicken... The most famous of them is the straw stalactite that hangs delicately 5.4 metres from the ceiling.The cave can be...more
Cape Leeuwin is the southwesternmost point of the Australian continent. Here the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. In some seasons (not when we were there) the different currents meeting are clearly visible in the patterns of the waves. This is a well known spot for whale watching in July and October/November - again, not when we were there.more
Located at the extreme south west of the Australian mainland is Cape Leeuwin - which was named by early Dutch explorers and actually translates to 'Lion.' Opened in 1896 the lighthouse has protected shipping from the dangerous shoals and reefs that extend almost 9 kilometres from the cape into the storm ridden southern ocean. The cape is the...more
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse has historic significance for the area. It is worth seeing and if you do go I recommend you do the climb to the top and your ticket is proof of that. So for us challenged by heights it's good to have that proof for our sceptical friends1more
Jewel Caves are about 9kms north of Augusta. They were discovered in 1880 but it wasn’t until 1958 that they were fully explored. The main cave is 100metres high and 90 metres long. The longest straw stalactite in any tourist cave is found here.Tour times 9.30-3.30 on the hour daily.more
The lighthouse is on the extreme south west point of Australia. There is about an 8km drive out the lighthouse and the views along the coastline are spectacular. The foundations reach 6.71 metres below the surface to the bedrock but the actually lighthouse sits about 56 metres above sea level. The light can be seen from 25 nautical miles out to...more
Through the pages of VT I had read about the Colourpatch Cafe and its famous sign - photo'd above. Although we were not hungry enough to try out the fish and chips, we both needed a caffeine fix. Seemed an idyllic setting with a grassy embankment opposite the cafe leading to the waters edge and a couple of fishermen trying their luck.We went in and...more
I should admit an addiction - I just love country bakeries and their yummy food, so this tip is from an addict and should be read by those not so addicted with a certain amount of scepticism.It was not the sight of the Augusta Bakery Cafe that got me, but rather the aromas of freshly baked goodies that made my tummy acids get all worked up, so we...more
We have been going to the Colour Patch for years and it has never ceased to impress visitors from all over the world. They serve very fresh local seafood either dine in or takeaway. They have a great beach over the road with plenty of grassed area and shade. It is known as the last eating place before Antarctica and is well worth a visit if you get...more
Augusta is on the South coast and about 3 and a half hours drive from Perth. Take the South-Western Highway (Route 1) from Perth and then Bussell Highway (Route 10) out of Busselton.
In Summer temperatures are quite pleasant most of the time but can get quite high at times. There is a reprieve from the fresh southerly winds when they blow that way. In winter, the town has quite a large amount of rainfall from the cold fronts which cross the coast here but the temperatures in winter time can actually be warmer than Perth
Pemberton is to the east of Augusta. The area is better known for its beautiful forests. This is a major timber mill town and has the largest sawmill in the southern hemisphere. The trees grown here are Karri, Jarrah and Marri. There are plenty of craft shops in the town especially of the wood craft nature.
The Gloucester tree is well known and is 60metres high. There are metal rods which spiral the trunk and anyone can climb it. These trees were the "fire watch tower" trees and were used this way so that bush fires can be spotted far off.
Favorite thing: Not far from the Leeuwin Lighthouse is an old waterwheel...it's not much but worth having a quick look if you're not in a rush...