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

Detour to Augusta and pictures

Yesterday I went up to Cape Naturliste. Near Dunsborough, it’s the northernmost part of the 100km long cape that forms the far south west of Australia. A really enjoyable 90 minutes, though the flies were murder at times!

From there I spent yesterday taking a slow drive south (having finally managed to find a decent(ish) hat in Dunsborough), taking the far more scenic Caves Road over the Bussell Highway. Not that there’s much difference anyway…

I also found Prevelly beach – a surfer’s mecca, though obviously devastated by bushfire. The beach is unlike any I’ve seen before – waves far bigger than any I’ve seen and a stunning location. Somewhere to go back to, though I doubt I’ll have the time to do so on this trip.

I’m currently in Augusta – it’s a tiny place right at the bottom of Australia – you can’t go further southwest than here. It sits on Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. I’m spending a few hours here this morning before heading up to Margaret River for the afternoon.

The hostel I’m at is pleasent, if a little basic. And it lacks aircon, an essential in this heat.

I hadn’t planned on coming here but it looks like it might be the right decision – there’s plenty to do!

Tomorrow will be the 5 hour drive to Albany. It won’t hurt too much thanks to the aircon in the car but will be a long drive – I’m hoping to see the Valley of the Giants on the way and do the tree top walk too.

I’ve finally used the first set of camera batteries too – it managed 800+ pictures so I’m pretty happy with that! I’ve uploaded a few to Facebook but you don’t need an account to see them – just go here to have a look.

Right, time to explore Augusta!