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Augusta

Visitor Centre:
Augusta Visitor Centre
Blackwood Avenue
General:
Come and discover the peaceful and picturesque town of Augusta at the south western tip of Australia. Settled Augusta in 1830 the town is situated on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River and Hardy Inlet, where it meets the Southern Ocean.

Now a popular tourist and recreational fishing destination, this area caters for a wide variety of experiences ranging from adventurous to relaxing.
Opportunities exist to explore the landscape in so many ways whether by foot, bike, car, 4WD or boat.
For many years a major attraction has been the caves. There are many caves along the Naturaliste ridge but the Jewel Cave, just out of Augusta, and the Lake Cave are among the best known.

Features of the town include the many craft outlets or, for the history buffs, a visit to the Augusta Historical Museum is a must.

No matter what your fancy, don’t miss the scenic southwest town of Augusta. There is so much to see and do that a quick look will not allow you the time it needs to get a feel for this friendly place.
Attractions:
Coastal areas of Flinders Bay, Granny’s Pool, Quarry Bay, Skippy Rock, Cosy Corner and Hamelin Bay are all worthy of a visit. Hillview lookout offers commanding views of farms, forest, river and ocean.
Upstream areas along the Blackwood River include Alexandra Bridge, Chapman Pool and Warner Glen with wonderful skiing on the river at Twinems Bend.
The Boranup Karri Forest section of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is excellent for walks and animal and wildflower spotting.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
9kms south of Augusta, along a route of spectacular scenery, you can visit the most south-westerly point of Australia, Cape Leeuwin.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse provides a vital link to the navigational and meteorological networks in Australia. Visitors may climb the magnificent limestone lighthouse and views from the 39 metre balcony are superb. Between June and September, travellers may be rewarded with excellent whale watching opportunities.
Fishing
Popular fishing spots include Back Beach, Bessies Reef, Coles Reef, Deeres Reef, Golf Links Beach, Boranups, Quarry Bay and Skippy Rock.
Diving
The reefy coastline around Augusta is an underwater wonderland for divers. Drive to Hamelin Bay, 14km from Augusta on Caves Road and explore the Wreck Trail.
Old Water Wheel
Nearby is the historic water-wheel, reputed to be the most photographed tourist attraction in WA. It was built in 1895 to supply water to the lighthouse cottages. The wheel was originally built from timber and has since fully calcified, giving the appearance of ancient stonework.
Jewel Cave
Located on Caves Road, 8kms from Augusta, Jewel Cave was discovered in 1957. This cave is home to the largest straw, a stalactite measuring 5.9m in length.
The abundance of limestone formations makes Jewel Cave one of the most decorated caves in Australia. There are daily tours of this spectacular underground beauty.
Whale Watching
Whale activity is unique in Flinders Bay. It is the winter playground for both the Humpback and Southern Right whale. Beginning at the end of May and continuing through to early September, whale watching from the shore or out on the ocean is not to be missed.