Augusta, for one reason or another, doesn’t get the same recognition as the other tourist regions in the state of Western Australia. Don’t get me wrong, tourist do make their way down to the South West corner and it certainly gets its fair share of visitors. Yet, in a broader sense it seems a little neglected.
Who am I to talk. I had been living in Western Australia for 12 years and only a 2-hour drive away, before I finally made my way to Augusta for the first time. First impressions last, they say and it is was fair to say, I was impressed.
Augusta is not blessed with a bubbly night life, savvy restaurants or busy café strips. You need to look past life’s little luxuries. The great outdoors is the winner here, with various activities to do such as fishing, kayaking and hiking to name a few. And if photography is your deal, then you fall in love with the stunning coastal views.
Even without the hustle and bustle of the bigger towns, Augusta still offers plenty. Hence, there is plenty of reasons to visit this pretty little town. In fact, I’ll give you five.
5 reasons to visit Augusta
- That small-town feel:
It is great to drive into a town where the daily visitors outnumber the official population. A town where nearly everyone knows each other and favours are not expected but done out of habit.
Augusta is boutique, with only a small town centre containing the basics, a supermarket, fish and chips and Chinese restaurant, amongst every day needs. It’s glittered with holiday houses, that rise high and look over the Blackwood River and a Boat Harbour, that has this natural and splendid look about it.
- The Leeuwin Lighthouse:
A few kilometres south of the tow-centre, which also contains a stunning coastal drive, is the Leeuwin Lighthouse. The major attraction of the town, the Lighthouse gets approximately ninety-thousand visitors per year. It’s easy to see why as you climb to the top and see the mesmerising views over the horizon where the Southern and Indian Ocean meet. Not forgetting the Birdseye view of Australia’s South West coast line. After the climb, stop in for a coffee at the Café located at the entrance.
- Stunning coast-lines:
It is not unusual for Western Australia to have amazing coast lines, there is a lot of it. Augusta is no exception and here you get the best of two oceans. Take the scenic drive and travel slow because if you blink you could miss a few stunning photo-shoots.
- A stone throw from the wineries:
A South West town wouldn’t be complete with a fresh look of the vineyards. Augusta is no exception. Only a short drive away, you can make your way to a couple of classy wineries, the Hamelin Bay winery which is perfect for lunch and the Glenarty Road winery, which takes you behind the scenes with their daily tours.
The alternative is to enjoy a drive down Caves road and enjoy different wineries as they come. Stop in at Café Boranup, they make a mean Chilli Chicken Burger.
- The great outdoors:
It’s an outdoor adventures haven. Take your boat out and fish in the river or the ocean. Or take a dip in the Blackwood before getting the Kayaks out and heading upstream. For the hiking enthusiasts, the popular 135-kilometre cape to cape track ends or finishes (depending on where you start) at the Lighthouse. The hike is not for the light hearted.
For those who love to pitch a tent, you will find prime riverside sites at either the Flinders Bay or Turners Caravan Park and If luxury camping is what you are after you can also try glamping at Boogaloo.
There you have it, 5 reasons, but why take my word for it. Come down to Augusta for yourself and see another beautiful and underrated spot in the state of Western Australia. Happy travels.
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