Augusta is the most south-western town in Australia. i came here as a kid for a couple of family holidays with ‘The Corbetts’, it was cool, though we stayed in Hamelin Bay really, not Augusta. When i think of Augusta i think of whale watching, old people [a lot of them settle down here; the media age is 59] + the mighty Southern Ocean. Nearby is the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, which is worth a visit – it’s the most south-westerly point on the mainland of Australia, + where the Great Southern meets the Indian Ocean, very cool. Loads of good coastline + fishing near Augusta. He caught some great salmon – about 8 big ones off a deserted beach [the shots at the bottom].
The town itself is pretty sleepy but a great stop for a sausage roll + to watch the windsurfers – there are heaps [mint winds from the south]. The housing mix + the arrangements of blocks on the rugged landscape is interesting. Plenty of styles + materials. 96% of the people living in Augusta are either Aussie, English, Scottish or Irish born. The rest is mostly German – there’s a yellow house below that looks super German to me.
Jewel Cave is very cool – a pretty + easy-to-do cave near Augusta. There are heaps of driving + cycling + walking tracks through the Boranup Forest – amazing trees, great spot to soak up the energy + awe of nature. We’ll head back to Augusta soon, no doubt.
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