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Augusta is the only part of the
Margaret River Wine Region that
full-scale tourism hasn’t quite
touched yet. An hour’s drive on
from Busselton and half an hour
from Margaret River, many travellers
don’t make the effort to drive all
the way through. That’s their loss.
Endless, isolated white beaches
make this a paradise for surfers,
4WD enthusiasts, fishers, hikers
and campers. The magnificent
Blackwood River is a haven for
wildlife and great for camping and
paddling – or exploring in a boat
or on a cruise. If you need further
convincing about the beauty of
this region, take a look at this
magnificent picture we used on
the front cover of the last edition of
ScoopTraveller of the perfect beach at
Boranup (above). The Augusta region
has chalets, bed and breakfasts,
farmstays, motel units, caravan sites
and campsites, plus houseboats. In
winter, you’re almost guaranteed to
spot a whale frolicking off the coast
and it’s also the best time to enjoy
the fresh green countryside and
the Boranup forest, and as spring
arrives, you’ll be treated to a show
of wildflowers here and along the
Blackwood River. At the end of the
day – and there is nowhere better
to see the day’s end than at Cape
Leeuwin – it’s the extraordinary
scenery in this lovely little corner of
the State that keeps enticing more
and more travellers to this region.
rEASOnS TO GO
Humpback and southern right whales
can be easily and regularly seen between
June and September and are an
awesome sight breeching and frolicking
in the water. Whale-watching tours take
you in search of the mammals in flinders
Bay, where you will also see dolphins,
seals and maybe even an albatross.
The tallest lighthouse on mainland
Australia (at 35 metres tall with a
56-metre elevation) was first lit in 1896
and still beams an essential signal over
treacherous waters. made of local
limestone, its walls are two metres thick
at its base. Tours are conducted every
40 minutes between 9am and 4pm.
The Augusta area has 29 caves – and
still counting. Jewel Cave is WA’s largest
show cave with one of the longest straw
stalactites you can see anywhere. The
caverns sink to 42m and stretch 1.9km
long. Guided tours take you through
700m of walkways. A new interpretive
centre and shop will open soon.
rolling hills and dairy farms are cleaved
by the magnificent Blackwood river,
which makes its way through to some
of the world’s most pretty beaches.
ENJoY... inspiring forests, whale
watching, fishing, camping, hiking and
beautiful scenery, away from the hordes.
• 5 wineries and 2 cellar doors
• Whales July to September
• The Blackwood runs 270km before
ending at Augusta
• Start of the Cape to Cape walking
track, which stretches 13 km to
• Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is the tallest
lighthouse on mainland Australia and
its beam shines out 26 nautical miles
(or 48km over the sea).
• The name Leeuwin (translated as
Lioness) comes from a Dutch galleon
that charted the coastline in 1622.
• Augusta was settled in 1830 and named
after King George iii’s daughter.
mArGArET riVEr SOuTH
Things to do | July to December 2010.
CLIMATE Cool. Winter maximums
around 16oC, warming up to 21.8oC
in December. rain: 970mm a year.
margaret river north
margaret river Central
margaret river South
region size: 560sqkm
Distance from Perth: 290km
Take your sunglasses... beautiful
Boranup Beach dazzles the eye.
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