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Cape Leeuwin, Augusta Western Australia

Augusta (in Western Australia) is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the Margaret River Region - especially if your interests lie in the more outdoorsey Margaret River persuits, such as:

  • Bush walking
  • Cave tours, and more adventurous forms of spelunking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing the Blackwood River
  • Camping
  • Swimming and surfing in the cool blue ocean
  • Walking and relaxing on deserted beaches

Augusta is the south western-most town in Western Australia, on the coast in the shadow of Cape Leeuwin. This is a peaceful and beautiful corner of WA - part of the magnificent Margaret River Wine Region, but far south enough not to be too touristy and built up. For me, it's the best of both worlds.

Augusta is the least commercialised and tourism-centric of the towns in the Margaret River region. Unlike Dunsborough and other towns in the region's north, Augusta still feels like a typical WA agricultural town.

The main attractions around Augusta and the southern Margaret River Region are Cape Leeuwin, the Boranup Forest, and in Autumn and Winter, whale watching. There are also some excellent tourist caves not far out of town.

Jewel Cave is very pretty and well-lit, whilst Giants Cave and Calgardup Cave are more adventurous, being unlit and self-guided only.

For a fun day trip of wine tasting and good food, Margaret River town (and the area between Margaret River and Dunsborough/Yallingup where most of the Margaret River wineries are concentrated) is only half an hour's drive to the north of Augusta.

Blackwood River and Augusta, Western Australia

Getting to Know the Town of Augusta, Western Australia

Augusta is a coastal country town town with a population of 1200 people. It's about half an hour's drive south of Margaret River town and 3.5 - 4 hours south of Perth.

The main townsite of Augusta runs north-south along a hill above the shoreline of the Hardy Inlet, and along the western beaches of Flinders Bay, almost right next to Cape Leeuwin - the southwestern-most point of WA and the point where the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet.

The hamlets of East Augusta and Molloy Island are close to the town centre, but are isolated by the Hardy Inlet and its lack of bridges down stream near town.

Augusta, Western Australia: Main Street and Town Centre

Visitor Centre, Augusta Western Australia

The Augusta Visitor Centre on Blackwood Avenue

The road into town is Bussell Highway, which turns into Blackwood Avenue, Augusta's main street.

The main street of town runs along the top of a hill. From here, there are glimpses and views of the Hardy Inlet, the Scott National Park bushland across the water, and the ocean of Flinders Bay beyond. It doesn't have the most attractive buildings (despite being one of WA's oldest settlements), but the views, bushland and the peaceful, country atmosphere of the town make up for this.

The southern end of town hugs the coast of Flinders Bay. Take Albany Terrace along the water's edge for wonderful ocean views, fishing spots and swimming beaches on the way out to Cape Leeuwin and the Lighthouse.

Augusta Western Australia and Surrounds

Hardy Inlet, Augusta Western Australia

Tourism WA: Hardy Inlet, Augusta Western Australia

Hardy Inlet

The Hardy Inlet is the estuary of the Blackwood River, where it widens before it reaches the sea. Seine Bay and Colourpatch near the mouth of the inlet is a nice place for water activities like swimming, kayaking and windsurfing.

Flinders Bay

Flinders Bay is a large bay formed by the Cape Leeuwin Promontory. It is a haven for whales on their migration north, with many of them stopping to rest in the bay. The Saint Alouarn Islands and reefs at the western end of the bay off Cape Leeuwin are home to wildlife including colobies of New Zealand Fur Seals and seabirds, and provide some protection to the coast from large ocean waves.

Blackwood River

The beautiful Blackwood River winds down through the heart of the South West region of WA, reaching the ocean at Augusta. It's great for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating while enjoying beautiful forest scenery. There are a number of camp sites along the river between Augusta and Margaret River.

Flinders Bay and Augusta Town Beaches

Along the Cape Leeuwin coast of Flinders Bay are a string of beaches tumbled with orange granite outcrops that are great for swimming and beach combing. This coastline is a good spot to watch for whales, and on windy days is popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders.

Molloy Island

Molloy Island is at a junction where the Blackwood River, Scott River and Hardy Inlet meet. Many people live on the island, but it's a tranquil, quiet and forested place to escape to. The only way to get there is by boat - either your own, or the car ferry that crosses the river every half hour.

Cape Leeuwin

Cape Leeuwin just a few kilometres south of Augusta is the extreme south-westerly point of the Australian continent, and is where the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse stands at the very end of the cape, offering spectacular views of the coast and the ocean.

Explore the Southern Margaret River Region:
Augusta Western Australia Attractions and Things to Do

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta Western Australia

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta Western Australia

If you're just passing through Augusta or on a daytrip from Dunsborough or Margaret River, be sure not to miss Cape Leeuwin and the Lighthouse.

This is Augusta's number one attraction and the reason most tourists choose to visit Augusta.

On the way to or from Augusta, take Caves Road, which is the more scenic route, passing through the pretty Boranup Forest. It's worthwhile taking a sidetrip into the forest along unsealed roads, and stopping for a walk or a picnic. The other attractions in the area that are most worth seeing are the caves and the beaches.

In my opinion Foul Bay is the most beautiful beach in the Margaret River Region. Hamelin Bay is nice too, and is frequently visited by friendly sting rays that are used to being fed by fishermen.

Whale watching is the other big reason to visit Augusta, during the season from June to November.

Augusta marks the end (or beginning) or the Cape to Cape Track from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Day walks along the track and other tracks are a great way to experience the beautiful nature surrounding Augusta.

Attractions In and Around Town:
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Blackwood River Cruise
  • Colourpatch and Seine Bay (swimming, playground, kayak hire)
  • Kids' Fun Park
  • Cape Leeuwin
  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
  • The Waterwheel
  • Augusta Historical Museum
  • Molloy Island
  • Blackwood River
  • Kayaking and Canoeing on the Hardy Inlet and Blackwood River
  • Windsurfing on the Hardy Inlet and Flinders Bay
  • Cape to Cape Track bushwalks
  • Flinders Bay beaches on the way out to Cape Leeuwin
  • Pleasant walks along the inlet and Flinders Bay coast
  • Hillview Lookout - views of the ocean, forest, Blackwood River and farmland
Attractions Further Afield, Within 20 Minute's Drive of Town:
  • Camping along the banks of the Blackwood River, in the Boranup Forest or on the wild coast (Cape to Cape Track campsites)
  • Beautiful Margaret River beaches - Cosy Corner, Foul Bay, Hamelin Bay, Boranup Beach and Contos Beach, to name a few of the most easily accessible
  • The Boranup Forest - large area of pretty karri forest - bushwalking, camping, scenic drives and picnics
  • Witchcliffe Caves - Jewel Cave is just a short drive out of Augusta, while Lake Cave, Giants Cave, Calgardup Cave and Mammoth Cave are less than half an hour north.
  • Wineries and Galleries - Stop by at Briarose Estate, Hamelin Bay Wines, Alexandra Bridge Estate, the Blackwood Meadery and the Boranup Gallery - all are very close to Augusta. And on a daytrip further north the opportunities for food and wine are endless.

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