For nearly 120 years, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse has stood majestically as a sentinel to help protect shipping off WA’s treacherous South West coast in Augusta. Still a working lighthouse today, it’s the perfect day trip destination for all the family.
Lighthouses are so much more than a testament to man’s engineering ingenuity; perched defiantly against the elements, they invoke powerful emotional responses, featuring in films, books, poetry and song – such as these beautiful lyrics from WA band The Waifs:
“Lighthouse tall and grand
Standing on that cold headland
Shine your light across the sea
For a wayward sailor girl like me”
Albany sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson, who formed The Waifs, would no doubt have been inspired by the magnificent lighthouses in the South West, sentinels of safety and each with a unique story.