Welcome to Augusta!
The town of Augusta is a best kept secret which lies on the south-western tip of Australia. Here you can holiday in comfort without the crowds. There's plenty to do and it’s not rare to find your footsteps are the first on one of the many beaches. Breathtaking scenery and natural beauty typify the Augusta experience. To view the wilderness of Cape Leeuwin nearby and absorb the realisation that this is where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet makes Augusta seem like a last frontier.
Founded in 1830, Augusta is the third oldest settlement in Western Australia. The 1880s saw the development of a thriving timber industry in the area and mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse was built in 1895. A new wave of arrivals came in the 1920s, encouraged by the Group Settlement Scheme which was a joint venture between the State, Federal and British governments.
Today Augusta is a thriving community, and one of Australia’s premier whale watching destinations - so come and join us in this wonderful part of the world!
What to do
- Climb the lighthouse: soak up some maritime history with a tour up Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
- Cave it: Jewel Cave is seriously awe-inspiring, and is less than 10 minutes drive from Augusta.
- Watch whales: jump on a charter boat tour, or watch whales from the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
- Beach it: swim, dive, kitesurf, windsurf, fish, surf – Augusta’s beaches and waterways are nothing short of magical.
- Chase the wind: the conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Augusta are exceptional.
- The feeling of standing at the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet, realising the next stop is Antarctica!
- Surfing at Jay’s Beach – it’s one of the best shore breaks in the region and sand banks are nowhere near as fickle as Redgate or the Rivermouth.
- Watching the fireworks over the Blackwood River at the annual Augusta River Festival in March and the thrills of the Anaconda Adventure Race every November.
Useful to know
- Whale season in Augusta is from mid-May to September, and boat tours operate up to six times daily. Success rate of seeing whales is above 90%!
- You need a permit to catch marron, abalone and certain types of fish – get a rundown from the Augusta Margaret River Shire Council before you head out fishing.
- For those who plan to go rock fishing, Flinders Bay offers a safe alternative to the west coast, as it’s protected from strong weather conditions. It’s best when the wind is offshore.
How to get there
Augusta is 50km south of Margaret River, and there are two main roads which lead there. Bussell Highway is the fastest route – about 30 minutes. Although it will take a little longer, Caves Road is more scenic and takes you through the beautiful Boranup Forest. Allow 50 minutes via Caves Road.
Wall of Faces
The community of Augusta have crafted a project to highlight local, state, national and international identities that have helped shape the town's amazing history - after all it is the third oldest European settlement in Western Australia! The 'Wall of Faces' on the heritage-listed, hundred year old Augusta Hotel will become an iconic public art piece for the town - get involved today.