Augusta is a small town at the southern end of the Margaret River region. In the bad old days it was a whaling town, but nowadays it is a holiday and fishing village. The waters here were clear like further east at Windy Harbour, but it was also much more touristy – a bit of a shock after a few days in the ‘wilds’ of the Southern Forests.
To finish off our visit, we found a pretty ‘glade’ of moss on the side of the boulder. There was even a mini stream flowing by.
That concludes our visit to the Southern Forests of WA. But we’re not done with WA yet. Next, we visit the Margaret River region.
We also saw some amazing grass trees on the slopes of the boulder. They don’t get this big back east!
Apart from the cracks, there were some other interesting holes in the rock.
There were some delicate heath flowers nearby. That were not white.
Let’s have a closer look at the granite boulder. It’s quite an amazing rock.
In the west, we could see sand dunes. They are part of an extensive system of mobile dunes that are 100km long.
From the top, we could see back to the coast. The mountain is 10km inland, and much of the road from the coast is straight.
After spending much of the morning close to the sea, we ventured back inland to have a look at Mount Chudalup. Mount Chudalup is a granite tor in the middle of miles of coastal swamp and heath. It’s 187 metres high and took some climbing. The track started in karri forest, but quickly changed to heath the higher we went. From the top, you can see what kind of country it was we were in.
One more look at Salmon Beach. It’s a wonderful place, and for the moment, a very well-kept secret.