Augusta and around

You can tell when its been a mixed day…

This morning started well enough at Cape Leeuwin – named after a Dutch boat that first explored the area. It’s a big highlight, as the Indian and Southern Oceans collide at the cape. The lighthouse tour was also worth the effort.

Less so was Augusta Museum. I struggled to stay for 45 mins though a complete mixed bag of memorbillia (in fairness Augusta is a very small place, so to have a museum that raises some interest is an impressive feat). A plate from last year’s royal wedding in the same section (cultural) as the bell from a ship which sank (SS Pericles) made for a strange experience. The ship itself is far more interesting, having been owned by White Star Line and sinking in 1910. They also had some interesting pictures on local whale beachings, with letters from children in a big book. A bit strange being invited to open books and cabinets to see more…

It’s taken a while to spend the $400 I came out with, mainly thanks to spending most of the last week with family. I finally had to get to an ATM (easily found) an headed for Jewel Cave up the road, only to find out that it’s tour only and that they had sold out for the day. 30km further up the road is Mammoth Cave, thankfully self-tour so was able to spend an hour having a look around. Impressive sights inside and it’s certainly big.

Being pretty close to Margaret River I took a quick look around and visited the local Coles for food (think Tesco) before heading back to Augusta. It’s an interesting enough place but even 24 hours is being generous for a solo traveller – it’s probably much better in bigger numbers…

Tomorrow is theĀ epic drive to Albany, some 360km. Assuming I don’t find anywhere interesting to stop on the way…

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