Augusta, the most South Western point of Australiia.
WE FOUND 'EM !!!!!!. just a few nautical miles off the coast. Two Southern Right and four Humpback whales all up. They didn't do anything too fancy just a bit of surface running and some tail slapping but great to see these huge creatures close up.
This is just the begining of the annual migration and the whale watch people expect to see thousands of all breeds of whales pass through. It's great to see the numbers increasing each year. Four boats leave Augusta marina to look for whales and we were lucky to be on the biggest twin hulll operating in the fleet. As the whales move north from here the fleet changes its port of operation up the coast of WA.
We spent a lot of time on the bridge of the boat, with the skipper whose nick name is Dundee. He is a very friendly and knowledgable guy and certainly knows all about whales. He takes trips out of Bremer Bay to the "shelf" 30 nautical miles out where the underwater canyon drops down one thousand meters. This is where they look for the Sperm whale. which scientists are researching. The boat has been purpose built for whale spotting and is capable of going into the Southern Ocean quite safely.
After an exciting two and a half hours it was time to return to land and go around to the headland to see where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet.
When you get to the lookout you can actually see the waves meeting from different directions and I don't think I would like to be in the middle of it.
In the same area is the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse built in 1896 and took nine months to construct. It is the tallest on mainland Australia at 39 metres with an elevation of 56 metres. The light has 1,000,000 candle power which flashes every 7.5 seconds with a range of 25 nautiical miles, (48 klms)
Tours are available and we took one of these. The tower has seven floors and 186 steps. By the time you get to the top you know you have had good leg and cardio workout. After you have enjoyed the magnificent views and the 60 kkilometre winds its time to come down the 186 again which feels just the same as going up, but it's well worth the climb.
Now it's a little futher around the coast to Margaret River to see whats on offer there.