Things to do in Augusta
|Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is Augusta’s most popular tourist destination. It stands as the tallest lighthouse in WA, on a dramatic rocky peninsula, at the most south westerly tip of Australia, looking over where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet.
- Walk through the historic grounds which include a Visitor Centre, renovated lighthouse keeper cottages and viewing platforms.
- Go on a guided tour of this 100 year plus old Lighthouse, climbing the 186 stairs, 7 levels to reach the top.
- Visit the Old Waterwheel close-by – fossilised into stone. (Start & Finish of the Cape to Cape Track)
There are some spectacular caves worth visiting in the beautiful Boranup Karri Forest, north of Augusta. Travel along Caves Road to find them. Experience them through informative guided tours or self-guided adventures.
- Visit Jewel Cave, only 8kms north of Augusta. WA’s largest show-cave and one of the most decorated caves in the world.
- Go on guided tour caves include Lake and Mammoth Caves.
- Self-explore Giants Cave for a fun, family adventure.
|Whale Watching [June to August]
During the Winter months, Flinders Bay in Augusta is the best place to see whales in Australia. Flinders Bay is their first ‘port of call’ as they escape the icy Antarctic waters in their migration northwards to mate and breed. Most commonly seen are the acrobatic Humpback whales and the enormous slow-moving Southern Right Whales.
- Book a memorable whale watching cruise to see whales up close. Ocean Charters depart daily from the Augusta Boat Harbour.
- Grab some binoculars and view these whales from great land vantage spots such as Matthew Flinders Lookout.
The beautiful and unspoilt Blackwood River which can be viewed from Augusta’s main town street serves as a fabulous aquatic playground for those who love water sports.
- Go fishing from one of the many river jetties.
- Hire a dinghy (no skippers ticket for 6 HP engine)
- Hire a canoe/kayak and venture upstream to Molloy Island.
- Go water skiing at the designated area near Molloy Island.
- Take a relaxing eco-scenic cruise up the river with one of Augusta’s river cruise operators.
- Go bird watching – there are many species of water birds which rest on the banks of the Blackwood.
- Enjoy the dazzling display of wildflowers on the banks of the river during Spring months.
- Enjoy a picnic or fish & chips on the beautiful Colourpatch foreshore and watch the friendly dolphins swim by in the river.
The Augusta region is dotted with beautiful bays, pristine white beaches and rugged rocky headlands which are great for lovers of the outdoors and water sports.
- Go swimming at some of the beautiful protected beaches such as Granny’s Pool.
- Fish off the beaches, rocks and jetties in Flinders Bay and at Skippy Rock.
- Surf, windsurf and kitesurf from the popular Jays Beach.
- Visit the impressive new Augusta Boat Harbour, fish from its protected inner harbour. Launch an ocean- strong boat from the harbour to fish and explore Flinders Bay and its marine life including fur seal colonies on the rocky islands in the bay.
- Explore the rocky and deserted beaches and bays on the west side of the Leeuwin Lighthouse. Find the secret cave in the cliffs and its source of spring water at Quarry Bay. Go snorkelling and diving in this protected bay. Then check out the ancient stromatolites (living microbialites) around the bay from Skippy Rock.
Augusta has many scenic walk trails which allows keen walkers to enjoy the town and nature lovers to appreciate its unique river, coastal and bush landscapes.
- Walk along the charming main street of Augusta from the Hotel to the popular Augusta Bakery checking out the beautiful streetscape of pines, diverse flowering bushes and edible plants. Along the way, view Augusta’s Wall of Faces, a terrific photographic collage of people who have made a difference to the local area, the state, the country and the world in general.
- Enjoy the very popular River Boardwalk. This starts in the middle of town at the Ellis Street Jetty and then heads south, meandering around paperbark trees and along the beautiful banks of the Blackwood River.
- Take the invigorating Ocean Walk along the coastline of Flinders Bay and on to the Augusta Boat Harbour. Enjoy the stunning views and fascinating history gleaned from memorials and information stations along the way.
- Enjoy the wildflowers in Spring on the Flora Bushwalk at Flat Rock starting at the car park at the end of Victoria Parade.
- Follow some of the discrete sections of the southern part of the Cape to Cape Heritage Trail.
- Water Wheel to Skippy Rock (3km) * easy
- Cosy Corner to Skippy Rock (20km) * challenging
- Hamelin Bay (13km) * medium difficulty
- Do some of the 27 circular walks ranging from 4 to 16km in the extensive Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. In Spring-time, these walks are magical with the Park carpeted with brilliant flowers.
As the third oldest European Settlement in Western Australia, Augusta is steeped in interesting history.
- Visit Augusta’s museum on Blackwood Avenue, rated as one of the best small museums in the country. It’s open daily and provides insight into the challenging lives of the early settlers, shipwrecks in the region and Augusta’s whaling heritage.
- Take the circular heritage trail into Augusta’s history, starting at the Colourpatch car park, passing through the Georgiana Molloy Memorial, the Turner’s early settler cottage and the Pioneer Cemetery.
Augusta and the surrounding area lends itself to enjoyable scenic drives.
- Take the scenic forest drive along Hillview Road to its Lookout with 360° views of the countryside, coastline, river valley and picturesque golf course.
- Take the coastal drive along Leeuwin Road to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where stops can be enjoyed at lookouts, memorials and the Augusta Boat Harbour.
- Take the scenic drive along Caves Road winding through Boranup’s majestic Karri Forest. There are plenty of places where you can pull off the road, take photos, breathe in the forest scent and listen to the bird life. Walk the trail which leads up to the peak Boranup Lookout with its sweeping views over the forest and coast including Hamelin Bay.
- Head inland, north from Augusta along Bussell Highway, turning right at Karridale and drive through farming and vineyard landscapes. Further along Brockman Highway is the historic Alexandra Bridge which is a popular picnic/BBQ area.
- 4 Wheel Drive on the tracks off Caves Road to Boranup, Cosy Corner & Deepdene back beaches for swimming, surfing and fishing.
|Mountain Bike Riding
For off road cycling enthusiasts, Augusta has some great mountain bike trails with more planned for the future.
- Cycle along the old railway reserve, the airport to Flinders Bay and parts of the Augusta Adventure cycling course.
Augusta’s 18-hole golf course is rated as one of the best sandgreen courses in Western Australia. The landscape is beautiful on this course with its undulating fairways, wonderful bushland with blackboys and its breathtaking views across farms, forests and out to sea. Kangaroos are regular spectators of the games played.
- Play golf at The Augusta Golf Course. Visitors are welcome and golf clubs and buggies can be hired.
Hamelin Bay is a quiet, unspoilt paradise, only 15kms north-west of Augusta along Cave Road. It previously served as a busy port for the saw mills at Karridale, but all that remains from this era is a few weathered wooden pylons from the once substantial long jetty. This Bay is now popular for its large gentle 1-2 metre stingrays and its unusual Dive Heritage Trail.
- Swim and snorkel around the interesting limestone formations brimming with marine life.
- Take the board walk over limestone cliff formations leading to a great lookout over Hamelin Bay.
- View the stingrays when they come in close to shore.
- Go diving and exploring of the numerous shipwrecks visible on the ocean floor within the bay with wrecks dating back to 1880 when this timber port was subject to violent storms.
- Visit the new Margaret River Sculpture Park, only 5 minutes from Hamelin Bay.
For lovers of local and exquisite crafts and jewellery, there are some special places worth visiting in the Augusta region.
- Visit the delightful Atelier Susi Gallery, better known as “Christmas in Karridale”. This breathtaking wonderland is filled with treasures; exquisite jewellery and an amazing array of Christmas decorations.
- Visit Boranup Gallery nestled in the beautiful Boranup Forest. This gallery specialises in beautiful hand-crafted furniture. It has a substantial collection of other quality local craft and artworks with paintings, blown glass, pottery, prints and jewellery. Next door is the popular Boranup Café renowned for its home-made, local and organic produce.
Just north of Augusta, there are some great wineries well worth a visit.
- Glenarty Road Wines, Karridale Tastings, Sales & local farm fresh produce
- McLeod Creek Wines, Karridale Tastings & Sales. Specialises in reds.
- Hamelin Bay Wines, Karridale Restaurant, Tastings & Sales.