One of the few places in the world where you can watch the sun rise in one ocean and disappear into another, without having to travel an inch. One of the few places in the world where you can watch the sun rise in one ocean and disappear into another, without having to travel an inch. Situated at the southwestern tip of WA with the Indian Ocean crashing on one side and the Southern Ocean smashing on the other, Augusta makes the Top 100 quite simply for its stunning natural beauty.
The type of place where you commonly find you’re the only person surfing on the beach, the town was the third settlement in WA but, amazingly, remains largely untouched – and often overlooked. A thriving community with a fascinating history museum, Augusta forms the coolest, most southerly region of the Margaret River Valley, and as a result is home to some world famous wines.
South Augusta is also the southernmost tip of WA, called Cape Leeuwin, and is the point at which the Indian meets the Southern – and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse stands to mark the spot. Opened in 1896, the landmark tower is still serving as an important navigational and weather facility worldwide – definitely worth a visit.
The dilemma: to visit in summer for the warmth and waves? Or in winter to watch the whales migrate? Not to worry, though; the great wine is all year round . . .
Where? // 318km (5hrs) south of Perth.
Did you know? // In 1986, a 114-strong school of whales beached themselves at Augusta, with hundreds of people pouring in from the southwest to mount a rescue effort. After three solid days, 96 of the whales were returned safely to the ocean.
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