Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin
In the south west corner of Western Australia, best described by Easterners as the Margaret River region are two similar lighthouses. On the northern tip near fashionable Dunsborough is Cape Naturaliste. The lighthouse here is 20 metres tall and was built in 1903. We visited on a sunny spring day and as we stood at the top of the light our guide insisted that there were whales out at sea. Well the best that I can say is that we have become better at spotting whales since then.
On the southern tip is Cape Leeuwin near the commercial fishing town of Augusta. The lighthouse was built in 1895. When we visited Cape Leeuwin it was autumn and raining. It rained for days on end, we got soaked and ducks took up residence in the puddles around our caravan but at the lighthouse we did get to see where the two oceans, the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean, meet and even in the rain we didn’t need a sign to see the turbulence in the water. The lighthouse is an impressive 39 metres high. This cape was named by navigator Matthew Flinders in honour of the first known ship to visit this cape, the Dutch ship Leeuwin (Lioness) in 1622.
There is a lesser known attraction at Cape Leeuwin, The Waterwheel at Cape Leeuwin is in itself worthy of a visit.