Virginia Woolf once wrote that lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other. And there is no clearer representation of this than at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse site. It’s the tallest lighthouse in mainland Australia, standing on an isolated coastline at the tip of Cape Leeuwin in Augusta between the Indian and Southern oceans. But despite its isolation, the historical structure connects people in such a wonderful way. On the ground, you’ll find an incredibly passionate team managing tours and caring for the natural assets at the site almost every day of the year.
Paul Sofilas lives in one of the original cottages at the lighthouse, and has run tours there for 20 years. He has never tired of sharing his knowledge with visitors and tackles the 186 step climb to the top, up to three times a day.
Videographer, Travis Morris shares a mutual love for lighthouse and the surrounding Augusta landscape. He recently put together a video to showcase the attraction and the brand new Interpretive Centre – a permanent exhibition space housing artefacts, short stories, interactive technology and a large-scale animated film.
Take a look at the video and explore some stunning imagery taken by Rachel Claire (@fieldnotes_) taken at a recent Instameet in the Margaret River region.