Spend a few hours in Augusta and the laid-back locals reveal its best kept secrets; the wonderful spots to play, swim or walk.
The town itself feels a little like Yallingup 25 years ago; surf shacks and weatherboard cottages dot the hill, and everyone has an awesome river view. Captain Matthew Flinders charted the south west coast from 1801 to 1803 but it wasn’t until 1830 that Augusta became home to a group of settlers. Four farming families lived there, and a whaling industry emerged with a processing factory in Flinders Bay.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was constructed in 1895, the tallest on mainland Australia. The nearby Jewel Cave opened to tourists in 1959, which is about when the town got electricity. Abalone, fishing and tourism industries flourished.