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.|
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.