I liked this flower the best. It’s like a eucalyptus flower but in bush form.
Around the corner was the same plant but in yellow.
We stayed at Hilltop Studios, a peaceful place about 7km from Margaret River. The modern cottage overlooked a verdant field, made even more verdant by the frequent rains.
They have managed to preserve many of the lighthouse outbuildings. The lighthouse keeper’s cottage is well preserved, and the remnants of the water wheel (which transported fresh water from some distance) can also be seen. Even though the lighthouse is only 8km from town, in a storm 8km is not a short distance.
The attraction of the cape is the old lighthouse and associated buildings. The lighthouse was built in 1895, manually operated until 1982, when it was electrified, and fully automated in 1992. It marks where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet, There were tours available, but we were content to just see the outside.
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.