South of Margaret River – Tall Forests, Hamelin Bay, Augusta & Cape Leeuwin

Overcast and cool today as we headed down to Augusta through the tall KarriĀ Forests in the National Park.

Stopped off at Hamelin Bay which was originally established as a port for exporting of Karri timber. There are 11 shipwrecks in the bay and on July 2nd 1900 a ship  was wrecked in a massive storm which ended the timber export from here due to the hazardous conditions.

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest in WA and the 3rd in the country sitting 54 metres above sea level. This is the extreme south-western most point of the Australian continent, and the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Great Southern Ocean.

We also checked out the famous “fossilised water wheel” which was built to help pump water from a spring up to the lighthouse in the late 1800’s.

On the way back to Margaret River we stopped to view the fields of white Arum lily flowers, declared an environmental pest, which grow all over this end of WA. They are literally everywhere you look in the pastures and forests.

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