We started the morning with a jaunt down to the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse to climb its 186 steps to the top.
This is the most south-westerly point of mainland Australia and is where the Southern Ocean meets meets the Indian Ocean.
A few interesting notes about this lighthouse:
– Itâ€™s Australiaâ€™s tallest lighthouse (about sea level)
– It wasnâ€™t electrified until 1982 and wasnâ€™t automated until 1992
– Itâ€™s light can be seen up to 25 Nautical Miles away
– The stone walls are 2m thick at its base and 1m thick at the top
Back on the road, Stephen had a morning nap in the car as we headed along Caves Road to the Mammoth Cave where we did a self-guided tour of the cave (mp3 playing units). Mammoth Cave is one of many caves in the region that are open to visitors to wander down and see the spectacular formations.
Moving on, we dropped past the Leeuwin Estate & Flying Fish Cove wineries and squeezed in lunch overlooking the sea.
Next planned stop was the Cap Naturaliste lighthouse but we were disappointed to find it was closed and we couldnâ€™t get anywhere near the lighthouse. It seemed to be a very small lighthouse as the bluff / cliff is very high above the ocean already.
Final destination for the day was Busselton, to catch the sunset at the jetty and stay the night.