LOVELY FRIENDS & GENTLE STINGRAYS AT CAPE LEEUWIN
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Turner Caravan Park
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9
JOURNEY: Conto's campground, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Rd, Augusta
WEATHER: 25 degrees at 10am. Hot sunny day.
MILEAGE: 34289 kms
To get to Augusta, we drove through the tall pale barked karri tree forest and stopped at the lookout to really get close and personal with these magnificent trees, amongst the tallest in the world. The bright green undergrowth enhances the beauty of the forest and you feel very small and insignificant standing among these giants.
Augusta is situated on Flinders Bay where the 500 KM Blackwood River enters the Southern Ocean and this is pretty close to the spot where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern! We drove out to the tip of Cape Leeuwin, named by Matthew Flinders for the Dutch ship "Leeuwin" which visited the coast in 1622.
16 ships were wrecked on this treacherous cape until a lighthouse was built in 1896. The lighthouse still functions today and there was quite a crowd of visitors looking around the site today.
The Turner Caravan Park was a great place to stay and we parked near our friends and enjoyed their company for 5 days. Because we did not need power we paid $28 pn which is Ok as it is peak season here and the park filled on Saturday night.
It was great to meet up with John, Sarah and family again; we met them initially in Dales Gorge, Karijini up in the Pilbara and again at Cape Range. As the travellers among you know, you can make some good friends on the road and you make an effort to catch up when you can
Unfortunately Kath received news that her 92 year old Mum, Nell was in hospital with a heart condition but the outcome was good because she was released 5 days later. She is doing well which is a great relief to everyone!
We walked the lovely ocean-front path to the Flinders Bay beach and in the opposite direction, along the river to town several times. The Thompsons have a pedal kayak and Sheila enjoyed a paddle on the river with Joe. The strong winds on several days restricted too much kayaking but we did enjoy lunch together at the Augusta pub and we tried the local beer Swan which was given the thumbs up! Cricket games on the camp ground kept everyone entertained but in general we just relaxed and chatted with our friends. We only managed one game of Monopoly!
HAMELIN BAY - SIMPLY AWESOME!!!
Next stop was the absolutely stunning Hamelin Bay becoming famous for the stingrays that come into shore and interact with people. You just can't get enough of these gentle, friendly creatures cruising the clear shallow water.
The almost dilapidated jetty was once 600 metres long and in the late 1880’s, the hub of activity with up to three ships at a time collecting the karri, marri and jarrah timber from the nearby mills for transport here and overseas. The Hamelin Bay camping ground was once a timber yard and today makes a lovely spot to camp under the shady coastal peppermints.
The board walk above the beach was a great place to watch the sun go down and the night was cool, the sky bright with stars and everything was so quiet.
Lovely place and if you are in the area don’t miss it!