Cape Leeuwin Photo Gallery
Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia’s South West is on the most south western point of Western Australia and is where the Great Southern Ocean and the Indian Oceans meet. The land around the Cape is now a part of the Leeuwin – Naturaliste National Park. It is covered with very thick heath vegetation and thick low scrub and is home to a large number of plant and bird species.
This beautiful and rugged part of the state is only about an hours drive away from Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup. It is certainly worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.
Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
The Cape Leeuwin lighthouse was built on a narrow peninsula between 1895 and 1896. The lighthouse is 39 m tall and is 56 m above sea level and is the third tallest lighthouse on the Australian continent, and is the tallest in Western Australia. It was one of the last lighthouses in the world to be converted over to automatic electrical operation in 1982. Before this time the lighthouse had a clockwork mechanism.
Cape Leeuwin is one of the great capes in the Southern Ocean and this section of coastline has a very treacherous history. This is where 22 ships, prior to the building of the lighthouse, have come to grief. Since the lighthouse became operational there has only been one more ship wrecked in this area. So this magnificent lighthouse has certainly served its purpose very well.
The lighthouse is one of the major tourist attractions in this area. So if you happen to be in Augusta, then a visit to this beautiful part of the state is well worth the effort. You can join a lighthouse tour to find out some of the history of the area and of the lighthouse itself.
Flinders Bay is just east of the Cape and was named after Matthew Flinders.
Just outside of the lighthouse precinct there is the old waterwheel. Originally built to pump water from a natural spring up to the lighthouse cottages. After many years of the water flowing over the timber it has now become calcified. A tourist attraction well worth seeing if you are visiting Cape Leeuwin.
Back to Augusta
As you are leaving the lighthouse and heading back towards Augusta, you should travel back along Skippy Rock Road, this is a gravel road but it is quite suitable for an ordinary sedan. There are a couple of roads leading off Skippy Rock Road where you can get some more great views of the lighthouse. the road then circles back and meets the Augusta – Cape Leeuwin Road just near the new marina.
Cape Leeuwin is the start, or the finish, of the Cape to Cape walking trail. The trail follows the coastline from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste. This walking trail is one of the best in Australia and you should allow between 5 and 7 days to complete the walk.