In the beautiful karri forest of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, hidden in the depths of Jewel Cave, the largest calcite straw stalactite of any show cave on Earth stands at a staggering 580 centimetres. Jewel also lays claim to being one of the biggest show caves in Australia, sinking to a reachable depth of 42 metres and stretching for 1.9 kilometres and, remarkably, it's also one of the world's youngest caves. You'll find this gem just 37 kilometres south of Margaret River or, if you're driving up from Augusta, it's just nine kilometres to the north, along Caves Road. In the soft golden glow of spotlights, the sheer magnitude and beauty of Jewel Cave's formations leave all visitors awe-struck. The first descent, down a long and narrow tunnel, brings you to the top of the first giant cavern and makes for a breathtaking introduction to the rest of the tour. During early exploration of the cave, another extraordinary treasure was discovered, in the form of an ancient Tasmanian tiger fossil. One is on display in the spectacular interpretation centre that features iPad technology and a cafe with stunning forest views.
This is truly one of the great capes of the world and also Western Australia's tallest lighthouse - Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. The powerful Indian and Southern Oceans converge at this famous landmark. The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse near Augusta is situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia. This famous landmark is over 100 years old and remains an important working lighthouse and collection point for meteorological data. Learn about the intriguing maritime history of the area, view fantastic marine life including dolphins, whales and seabirds and climb to the top to check out the wind speed. The Leeuwin Lighthouse café offers coffee, hot chocolate, scones and light meals. Browse the gift shop for souvenirs to take home. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is situated a leisurely 10 minutes drive south of Augusta.
Rugged sea cliffs and windswept headlands meet the ocean in dramatic fashion at Cape Leeuwin, in the Leeuwin-Naturalist National Park in the south-west of the State. Cape Leeuwin is the most south westerly tip of Australia and one of the best places to whale watch. Here the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, in summer the cape sparkles in the sunshine while in winter fierce ocean swells crash against land. The Leeuwin-Naturalist National Park's home to historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse which acts as a maritime landscape and important meteorological site - guided tours are available. Cape Leeuwin is the starting point for the Cape to Cape Track which stretches 120 kilometres to Cape Naturaliste in the north. The bushwalking track journeys through the national park taking in forests of karri trees and beaches. There are many scenic lookouts along the way where you can see humpback, southern right and rare blue whales offshore. For the best swimming head to the protected beaches at Hamelin Bay, Foul Bay and Cosy Corner. Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park Leeuwin is about a four hour drive south of Perth. Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience. Selected campgrounds from across the state are now bookable online for a trial period.
Visit the antiquated Augusta Water Wheel to see how water was pumped to the nearby Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper's cottage back in the 1890s. Read the information plaque about the sites history, the water system and the fresh water spring it flows from. The easily accessible site offers picturesque views of the surrounding coastal scenery and is within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Enjoy a one hour walk from the Water Wheel to Skippy Rock which leads you along beaches, rocks and through the coastal bushland of the national park. A detailed brochure about the walk can be found at the Augusta Visitors Centre. The Water Wheel is a short 10 minute drive south of Augusta and four hours drive south of Perth.
Cosy Corner, beautiful white sand and clear water make this place a great fishing and snorkelling bay. Boat launching is possible via the beach ramp. Fishing from the rocks and beach is productive. Cosy Corner has rock fishing from both sides of the point, which makes it an ideal rough-weather spot. It's one of the safest spots along this stretch.
The caves of Margaret River are managed from CaveWorks, a fascinating eco-centre with impressive displays set amongst the beautiful natural environment of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. A visit to CaveWorks is a must for the whole family. A free pass to CaveWorks is included with all cave tickets. Caveworks also serves as a regional centre for preserving the fragile living geology and ecology of the area. Experience the wilderness of the underground caves, views of vast chambers, fossil remains and stunning crystalline formations await you at the Lake, Mammoth and Jewel Caves.