Tuesday 7th April 2015
Yallingup to Augusta
We wake to light drizzly rain. Yuck that means a damp pack up, what a pity for the tent campers. We farewell the Ollies who have decided to stay another day so that Shirley T can have more treatment on her pesky shoulder before heading north to catch up with friends and family in Perth.
We head south down Caves Rd it’s only 83kms to Augusta, an easy drive. The rain enhances the grass trees and the creamy flowering gums. As if overnight, the vines have started turning to autumn colours. The vines give way to tall Karri forests.
In Augusta the Turner Caravan Park is right on the shores of the inlet. It is an old council run park but neat, clean and treed with lots of happy ducks. This is a fisherman’s haven and the shores are lined with anglers.
The weather starts to clear so we make a dash for Cape Leeuwin while we can. The new marina is perfect for the commercial fishermen as being on the lee shore of the Cape it has high stone breakwaters. As we walk into the lighthouse precinct a squall rolls in and we get drenched. The lighthouse built in 1895 is the third tallest in Australia and impressive but with rain pouring down our faces we really can’t spend the time to admire it. Cape Leeuwin is the south westernmost point of Australia and we can see the line in the sea where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. It’s reminiscent of Cape Reinga in NZ where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean so obviously meet. After a serious drenching we rush back to the van for hot soup and toast.
Travelling Kms: 83Kms