Cape Leeuwin

We left Big Valley in beautiful sunshine to drive down to Augusta and Cape Leeuwin, leaving the Kedron at the farm. Although a short drive, we experienced all sort of weather on the way down. We had overcast skies, fog, sunshine and heavy rain. As we approached Cape Leeuwin we had a bit of sunshine when we first saw the lighthouse.

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That didn’t last long, the overcast sky and the mist added to the feeling of this lonely place. By the time we arrived in the car park it was pouring with rain and we were not so sure it would be worthwhile getting out of the car. We decided to wait a while and sure enough within 5 minutes the rain stopped.

(Lesley’s photo)


We decided to go on a tour of the lighthouse at 11:00am and had half an hour to look around.

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(Lesley’s photo)


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The guide had an entertaining way to present the history of the place. We were a group of about 10 that climbed the tower together. We volunteered to go up last. There are around 176 steps to the top of the light tower.


Little windows provide stunning views on the way up.


I am not keen on heights – I wasn’t sure I even would venture outside. This photo I took from inside the doorway looking down onto the lighthouse keeper cottages and workrooms.


In the end I did venture outside. Immediately we were hit by 50km/h winds, gusting around 60km/h. Makes it difficult to stand up straight, even  more so to take straight panoramic photos!

(Lesley’s photo)


On the right the waves of the Indian Ocean are rolling in from the West whereas to the left of the outlying rocks the Southern Ocean waves come in at 90 degree angle.

(Lesley’s photo)


(Lesley’s photo)


The wind in the face in a way was quite invigorating. For this photo Lesley volunteered to stand on the outside. Please note the tight grip I have on that piece of pipe.


The views out to sea were stunning. The view down onto the headland with its plants was quite special as well. Here the Memorial for men lost at sea seen from above.


This is a viewing platform.




This is the mechanism that used to turn the lenses that project the light out to sea.


Heading down took its toll on the legs.




(Lesley’s photo)






Driving back towards Augusta, we stopped at the historic water wheel which used to supply water.

(Lesley’s photo)


(Lesley’s photo)




The wheel is located in a beautiful bay.

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We stopped once more to look back onto Cape Leeuwin.

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(Lesley’s photo)



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4 Responses to Cape Leeuwin

  1. Peter Wigant says:

    Dear Lesley and Erich,
    What wonderful places you see on your trip. Hope to catch up with you after your return. We look forward to it.
    Kindest regards Peter and Denise

  2. Dennis Wilmott says:

    Lovely to see places where we have been, from someone elses views, still look as beautiful as ever, think Lesley is going to need a new camera soon, or use Erich’s, hers is getting worn out, Sandra and Dennis

  3. Jill Joicey says:

    David and I enjoyed the places you are seeing too,just love your photos [even if I can see the fear in your eyes Erich ].Keep enjoying your travels.

  4. Hi Dennis and Sandra, in regards to camera – you got it all wrong. I take at least as many photos as Lesley, my camera is 2 years older than hers. The point is: Lesley takes more interesting photos so that is why there are more photos from herf.

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