2012 - Backpacking to Perth day 7

Backpacking to Perth
Cape to Cape of Margaret River Valley
07 Sept to 18 Sept 2012 

Day 07 Thr. (13.09.2012) Total return journey from Molloy Caravan Park to Perth is 347km

Breaking camp at 9.30am after breakfast.
We drove 23km to visit the Water Wheel at 9.55am and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin Rd. Augusta at 10.30am. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was built in 1895 and marks Australia’s most southwestern point. The view from the top of the lighthouse could see where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.

Had 11am early lunch at the Colourpatch restaurant and later adjourned to Augusta Hotel for cold beer.


At 1pm, we were at the Jewel Cave (17km from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) for a 45 minute cave tour.


At 3.30pm we were at the 145 year-old Busselton Jetty (94km from Jewel Cave), in a sheltered shore of Geographe Bay. Voted one of the top 10 places to visit in the world by Lonely Planet, the region is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty. Jetty $2.50 - With a length of 2km, this is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. There is good snorkeling off the jetty and also a small museum at the entrance and an underwater observatory at the end of it at $20 admission.


Driving for another 215km, we finally reach Seah’s Haven at 7.30pm and Monica had already prepared curry chicken and pork stew for dinner.


The 4day outing to explore the southern Margaret River Region was awesome with a total road journey of 847km. Many thanks to Dave who was our trip planner, driver, tour guide and a fantastic cook as well.


Sleeping: Seah’s Haven

Temperature: Sunny 21°C/09°C


We drove 23km to visit the Water Wheel at 9.55am and the nearby Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Leeuwin Rd. Augusta at 10.30am.

the Water Wheel was used to pump water up to the lighthouse in the past

The easily accessible site offers picturesque views of the surrounding coastal scenery and is within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

at low tide we could walk on the exposed rock






Lighthouse is situated 9km south of Augusta on Australia's most southwesterly tip.




Cape Leeuwin is the starting point for the Cape to Cape Track which stretches 120 kilometres to Cape Naturaliste in the north. The bushwalking track journeys through the national park taking in forests of karri trees and beaches. There are many scenic lookouts along the way where you can see humpback, southern right and rare blue whales offshore. I might take this challenge in the future.

On the most Southern Westerly tip of Australia, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, stands Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse as a solitary sentinel. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was first officially proposed in 1881 but did not come into service until fifteen years later. Built of local limestone the tower has an elevation of fifty-six metres above mean tide level with an intensity of one million candlepower. The light is visible for a range of approximately twenty-five nautical miles.

This is truly one of the great capes of the world and also Western Australia''s tallest lighthouse – Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

had lunch at the Colourpatch restaurant - the last eating house before the antarctic!





a view of the beautiful Blackwood River


adjourned to Augusta Hotel bar for cold beer







the dinning and bar area of Augusta Hotel

At 1pm, we were at the Jewel Cave (17km from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse) for a 45 minute cave tour. Jewel Cave is a spectacular natural attraction located 8km from Augusta, and 37km south of Margaret River. Noted for its incredible formations, such as the longest straw stalactite found in any tourist cave, Jewel Cave takes approx 1hr to stroll through. Your imagination will come alive as you try to spot features of the cave, which include the organ pipes, giant shawl, friendly ghost, Jedi and jewellery box. There is a 1km karri trail which takes in spectacular views and provides a pleasant, easy way to pass the time while you're waiting for the next tour. Jewel Cave has revealed many surprises over the years, including the remains of a Thylacine, which is now safely stored by the Western Australian Museum.












Extending almost 2km out over Geographe Bay the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber jetty (pier) in the Southern Hemisphere. The Jetty is situated in the seaside resort town of Busselton, the northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region. The 140 year old Jetty has been ravaged by both fire and cyclone. It exists today thanks to the support of the local community and the thousands of visitors who choose to stroll its length, fish, swim, scuba dive and snorkel. The first railway in Western Australia was located a few kilometres east of the Busselton Jetty. The boat shed style Interpretive Centre, built 50 metres off shore, allows visitors to glimpse the Jetty's rich past and exciting future. Entry is free, and along with exhibits of history, the marine environment and art, the Centre houses an unique range of souvenirs.

the old lighthouse beside the jetty

The boat shed style Interpretive Centre, built 50 metres off shore, allows visitors to glimpse the Jetty's rich past and exciting future. Entry is free, and along with exhibits of history, the marine environment and art, the Centre houses a unique range of souvenirs.





seals swimming under the bridge



an underwater aquarium at the end of the jetty

on the right; this train driver is the president of the rotary club of Busselton




Dave served us the special Port Wine in a special glass to the guys after dinner
Dave served us the special Port Wine to the guys after dinner..
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