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Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, November 3, 2012

Monday morning and it's time to head south to Augusta and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
But first a quick trip into Margaret River for a few supplies, seek out a Telstra agent and a visit to the Fudge Factory.
Well the fudge factory turned out to be a very quick visit, tasted a couple of free cubes and decided on one walked over to the neatly stocked shelves gasped in disbelief and made a bee line for the door...at those prices I'll get my kicks from my block of chocolate from the supermarket. However, the lingering taste of yummy cointreau fudge on my tongue for a few hours was worth the visit, mmmmm!
No luck with a Telstra agent though. 

The wind is blowing a gale, the clouds are increasing and darkening and it's extremely cold, but the drive to the Lighthouse is only about an hours drive so I'm crossing my fingers I'll get there before the sky opens up.

Arrive at Augusta and there are hundreds of cars parked along the streets and officials directing traffic and I found myself in the middle of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series, which is apparently recognised as the World's largest adventure race. With runners and cyclists young and old traversing the main road it was taking longer than I anticpated to reach my destination and the clouds were darkening and menacing over the ocean to my right, but the sun was now shining in front of me...which was a good sign as that's where I was heading.
 
The view from Mattew Flinders memorial site was sublime, so I stopped, made a sandwich and scoured the coastline in the hope of seeing a whale or two rise majestically from the depths of the ocean. Alas,so it's on to the Historic Water Wheel and a stroll around the rocks near the lighthouse.
My fears of the sky opening up finally eventuated and I was forced to take shelter on the road back to Augusta for the duration of the storm...which lasted about 15 minutes.

When the storm subsided I drove around the town only to find myself once again, stuck in a traffic jam of Anaconda entrants, so I decided to hit the road for Alexandra Bridge and my stop for the night.

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on the headland of Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly point on the mainland of the Australian Continent, in the state of Western Australia.
Opened with great ceremony by John Forrest in 1895, the lighthouse has since been automated. The lighthouse, besides being a navigational aid, serves as an important automatic weather station.
The lighthouse's buildings and grounds are now vested in the local
tourism body and the single (1960s) and double (1980s) communications
towers that were north-west of the lighthouse, seen in older photographs
of Cape Leeuwin, have been removed.
The nearest functioning lighthouse north of Cape Leeuwin is the much smaller Cape Hamelin lighthouse, just south of Hamelin Bay





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