Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Australia travellogue: Augusta lighthouse, Cape Leeuwin
5 Nov 2009. Of all the places we visited in Western Australia, I think Augusta has the grandest sounding name of all. Perth, Albany, Denmark, Walpole, Pemberton, Busselton, Margaret River, Bunbury, Rockingham, Fremantle.... In my opinion, none of them can hold a candle to Augusta's name.
Augusta's claim to fame is their candle in the wind: the majestic Cape Leeuwin lighthouse (aka the Augusta lighthouse) that's more than 100 years old, stands 35 metres tall and whose light burns with the intensity of a million candles, warning away ships from as far as 25 nautical miles.
Yes, we made it to the final guided tour of the day or otherwise I wouldn't be able to write this story. Of course, it was a bit of a rush driving down along the winding Cave Road from the Lake Cave but we made it all the same without breaking any spped limit. The most interesting aspect of visiting the lighthouse was the approach. As we walked nearer to the lighthouse, it simply loomed taller and taller over us until we were forced to crane our necks upwards just to focus on the top.
Before we went up the lighthouse, we walked along the boardwalk to this platform that proclaimed that we were looking out to the point where the Indian Ocean met the Antartic Ocean. Down south, they call it the Southern Ocean but I clearly remember my geography books refer to it as the Antartic Ocean. Anyway, we don't know for sure where exactly the two oceans meet but we were told to look out for some rocks a distance away where the waves would break dramatically.
The lighthouse has seven floors and 186 steps spiralling internally all the way to the top. The platform at the top, where we could walk all the way round, opened out to a view of the oceans and towards Augusta itself. The view is not only remarkable, it is breath-taking!
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