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ZIlove to start my day off by
going underground. Jewel
Cave tells its incredible
story through beautiful
cave decorations and huge
formations. You can’t help but
lose yourself to the serenity.
Z A late afternoon fish along the
banks of the mighty Blackwood
sees me set with a bounty of
whiting for dinner. Nothing
beats a fish barbecue on
the foreshore, watching the
pelicans, to wrap up a very
laidback day in Augusta.
EcoAdventures Margaret River is
the world’s first guided electric
quad bike tour. The family-friendly
trail takes in the hidden wonders of
the Boranup Forest and Hamelin
Bay to learn about the
whale migration and
Aboriginal use of
flowers and trees.
DO AND SEE
It’s not for the faint-hearted, but the
fit and adventurous will love a visit to
Moondyne Cave. After suiting up in
overalls, gloves, hard hat and head
torch, you’ll be ready for three hours
of underground adventure, weaving
between stalagmites and stalactites,
and crawling through holes – led by
a capable tour guide, of course .
BE DWARFED BY TREES
A leisurely 25-minute drive south of
Margaret River along Caves Road
will place you deep in the Boranup
Forest, full of towering karri trees (the
third-largest tree species in the world).
Look up and you’ll be mesmerised as
pale-barked regrowth trees reach for
the sky, standing more than 60m tall.
Take in the view at the Karri Lookout
on the eastern side of Caves Road,
and be sure to take Boranup Drive
through stunning forest and past
picnic areas, walking trails and
campsites. For some fun with the kids,
pop into the nearby Boranup Maze.
River is an ideal
getaway from the
crowds, and home
to wild dolphins,
giant sea eagles,
and kingfishers. With
a boat, you can ski,
fish, or visit Molloy
Island. The best spots
for a dip are between
Rosa Brook Road and Sues
Bridge, and Chapman Pool.
The further upriver you go, the
fewer the powerboats.
Fantastic sheltered fishing spots
abound. In the Blackwood River,
you can catch black bream and big
yellowfin whiting. Hardy Inlet is also
ideal, and the offshore reef at Flinders
Bay attracts attracts tailor, dhufish
and snapper. For salmon, hit Boranup
Beach (accessible by 4WD) between
March and May. If heading out to sea,
launch off Augusta Boat Harbour.
TIP You can buy any gear you need at
the outdoor sports shops in town.
Bring your binoculars – Flinders Bay
is the first port of call on the winter
migration for 35,000 humpback,
southern right, minke and rare blue
whales. Southern right whales often
calve in the shallows of the bay. Groups
of humpback males court females
through breaching, spy-hopping, lob-
tailing and tail-slapping acrobatics. You
might even see the southern right and
humpback whales frolicking together –
Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is a fabulous
vantage point. See them up close on
a whale-watching tour, departing the
harbour throughout the season.
KITESURFING AND WINDSURFING
Augusta and its surrounds are great
for windsurfing and kitesurfing, with
most beaches and waterways easily
reached with a load of gear. Pros head
to Deepdene Beach or Flinders Bay
(Stormies) for a powerful swell, or Foul
Bay (Chookies) for more seclusion. If
you’re a beginner, the mouth of the
Augusta River is your best bet for
some safe water play. From Colour
Patch car park, head across the cut in
the estuary (swim or deep-water walk)
a popular spot for practising jumps
is about a kilometre east.
for a dip
The further upr
fewer the powerbo
THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET
The six-month whale-watching season officially begins with
a Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony at the Augusta Boat Harbour. May.
Attracting hundreds of mountain bikers from around Australia and
abroad, the Cape-to-Cape MTB is the ultimate gruelling forest race.
The first leg is from Cape Leeuwin lighthouse to Hamelin Bay. Oct.
ACT BELONG COMMIT
AUGUSTA ADVENTURE FEST
There are three races with four different off-road disciplines – ocean
swimming, kayaking, trail running and mountain biking. Nov.
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THE MARGARET RIVER
Z Kayak across the Blackwood River
to Molloy Island and discover the
hidden inlets. A well-kept secret,
this island is covered in natural
bush and wild orchids. Be careful
you don’t get caught in the
Z Hike a section of the Cape-to-
Cape Track, and reward yourself
with takeaway Augusta fish ’n’
chips, and a cleansing swim at
Cosy Corner Beach.
Act Belong Commit Augusta
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