Friday, 26 May 2017

Five on Friday - Augusta

Hello

Welcome to the blog and Five on Friday, kindly hosted by Tricky on his FAST blog.  I hope you've all had a great week, don't they just fly by.

I'm continuing our Road Trip through Western Australia and this week, we've arrived in Augusta and the most south-westerly point of the country.  With its cooler climate, this has become a popular place to retire to.

One - Augusta

Augusta is where the Blackwood River meets Flinders Bay on the Southern Ocean coast. The large body of water nearby is the Hardy Inlet where the footpath around it provides a great walk next to the pretty coastal properties alongside interesting plants and wildlife.











The town has an excellent tourist information office together with a fish and chip shop which sold all sorts from shark, dhu and bronzie to deep fried mars bars.  The hotel has great views over the Inlet.

Two - Southern Ocean

Following the Inlet path until it reaches the Southern Ocean, you come across a different coloured set of plant life on the beach, currently being conserved and protected.





Three - Cape Leeuwin

A couple of miles down the coast is the point where two oceans meet - Southern and Indian.  Cape Leeuwin has a lighthouse and an old water wheel and is the start, or finish, of the Cape to Cape track which then heads North for 135 km to Cape Naturaliste.



little crabs hiding from the sea water


the lighthouse marks the spot where the oceans meet

Four - Hamelin  Bay

About half an hour away on the Indian Ocean is Hamelin Bay where the rays are so friendly they come right up to people in the shallows on the beach.




the black blob in the foreground is the ray





Heading inland from the beach through the countryside, different plants yet again.


Five - Boronup Forest

Following Caves Road - there are lots of caves in the area due to the limestone - through the regrowth karri forests is fantastic when the sun is shining through the trees.  These trees are not fully grown as those in the older forests we visited previously and so the canopy is less dense creating a greener forest floor.

Spot the kookaburra





The trees are just too big to fit in the photo.

We will be following the coast to the Margaret River region next, well known for its wineries.



Have a great weekend.

Cheerio

26 comments:

  1. I can't imagine having wild pelicans swimming around! I've only ever seen them in wildlife parks. It's an amazing looking place.

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    1. There were so many amazing things to see. If you get the chance, I'd definitely recommend it.

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  2. It looks really beautiful. So good to see exotic species in their home territory. Sounds like you had a holiday of a lifetime. B x

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    1. We were very lucky to be able to visit, it's not something we've ever done before. x

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  3. The trees are huge and amazing!

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    1. I loved the trees, so beautiful with the light shining through.

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  4. It looks fabulous, you certainly got around on your trip. Imagine going in to a fish and chip shop and asking for shark.

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    1. I know, what a scream! You've got to try these things haven't you. I had a teeny bit and it tasted just like fish!! and the chips were really crispy and delicious.

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  5. Pelicans are very prehistoric looking birds. Good to see them in their natural habitat instead of a wildlife reserve:)

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    1. Their beaks look so ungainly. There were all over the place by the water. 😊

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  6. Really gorgeous areas! Especially love the beauty found in the simplicity of the lighthouse photo where the oceans meet. Enjoy every moment of your trip.

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    1. That was a great spot, my photos aren't as good as the actual place but they help me remember it.

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  7. As we'll probably never make it to Australia, I'm enjoying your journey very much.

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    1. I'm so glad, that's what blogging is about. There are many beautiful places round the world for us to look at. 😊

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  8. Such a beautiful place! Looks peaceful. What great photos!

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    1. It was peaceful, there's lots of space and the roads are so wide. I'm definitely missing that now I'm home.

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  9. Such a delight to join you on your tour, it is a joy to enjoy the tour through your eyes.

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    1. I really like seeing different places, I'm glad you do too.

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  10. Oh how beautiful! And so fun to see different types of greenery and landscapes and seascapes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Carrie. It was quite different to the UK in some ways and yet it felt like home too.

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  11. Wonderful photos, once again I felt like I was right there along with you. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Jean. We'll be going north now, it will get a bit hotter too.

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  12. So very interesting! I love geography and history. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. It's great to see different places in the world isn't it.

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  13. amazing landscape. love the big trees and of course the ocean. i could instandly dive in :)

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    1. It was rather cold for diving in, maybe just have a paddle instead!

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