Augusta

Augusta is a pretty holiday resort situated along the south west coast of Western Australia, just north of Cape Leeuwin.

There are a number of sea cruises which you can take from Augusta and Cape Leeuwin. The most popular are the whale watching and dolphin spotting cruises, where you can travel out towards Flinders Island and get to see Bottlenose Dolphins, Humpback Whales, New Zealand Fur Seals and Southern Right Whales.

You can also join fishing charters or travel along the pretty Blackwood River.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.There is an interesting museum which tells the history of the area, and the Mathew Flinders Memorial, commemorating his mapping of Australia's coastline. There is a lighthouse on Cape Leeuwin, which is another great place to visit as it gives fantastic views out across the rugged coastline and surrounding oceans.

Augusta Historical Museum.Augusta Historical Museum is 'rated by many visitors as the best small museum they have ever seen'. A number of displays reveal aspects from the history of the district, featuring recent events such as the headline grabbing 1986 Whale Rescue to information from the 1830's and the third white settlement in Western Australia.

There is a small admission charge with opening hours between 10am - 12pm most days and 2pm - 4pm during summer.

Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.There is a hostel and a few holiday parks and resorts around Augusta, with more basic camping within the nearby Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

It is a beautiful place to stay, where you can relax and just listen to the crashing of the waves.

The first Europeans to see the area were the Dutch in 1622 who named the nearby Cape "Landt van de Leeuwin" or Land of the Lioness. Flinders renamed it in 1801 as Cape Leeuwin.Augusta was named after the daughter of King George III, Princess Augusta Sophia.

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