Attractions

Things to see and do – Attractions

With our superb location Augusta holiday accommodation offers the activities of a Margaret River holiday, minus the crowds.

We are blessed with an array of attractions worth visiting all year round. There’s something for everyone; pristine beaches, whale watching, magnificent caves, legendary surf, wildflower displays, fantastic fishing and of course, premium wine.

Natural beauty and wonder surround us, from the spectacular rugged coastline to the serenity of the Blackwood River and the majestic Karri forest. A variety of south west tour operators specialise in tours for visitors seeking adventure, leisure or nature all this right on your doorstep when you choose Augusta holiday accommodation.

Whale watching

Whale Watching in Augusta Augusta Whale Watching with Naturaliste Charters
 
*Images Courtesy of Naturaliste Charters

Every year gentle giants of the deep grace Augusta’s waters on their migrations. Southern Right Whales give birth in the protected shallows of Flinders Bay and Humpbacks are also often seen jumping out of the water in astonishing playful breaching displays. Spot them from the shores or get a closer look on a tour. Whale watching tours depart daily from June to September, and you might also see our resident friendly dolphins or New Zealand Fur Seals.

Golf

Augusta Hillview Golf Club.  A beautiful scenic 18 hole golf course, with ocean and river views

Wildflowers

Situated in one of only 25 international biodiversity hotspots, the district boasts an astonishing array of native flora and fauna. Glorious wildflowers bloom from August to November when the forests, river banks and coastal heath blaze with colour. A magical carpet of colours is formed by native flowers such as orchid, kangaroo paw, banksia, wattle, hakea and bottlebrush.

Margaret River Wineries offer fine wine and gourmet food

The Margaret River appellation is globally renowned for wines of character and depth such as the signature cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay. Nearby wineries offer wine tasting and fresh regional cuisine. Beer lovers will also be happy touring the regions micro-breweries, and there’s even a meadery only 15 minutes away.

Margaret Rivers amazing caves

Jewel Cave is a must-see window to an ancient underworld formed over a million years ago. Spot magnificent formations such as the organ pipes, coral garden, giant shawl, friendly ghost and jewellery box in Western Australias largest show cave. A skeleton of an extinct Tasmanian Tiger was discovered here, as well as one of worlds longest straw stalactites found in a tourist cave! The chalets offer a great base to explore all the caves throughout the Margaret River Region.

Meeting of the oceans and lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin sits at the most south westerly tip of Australia. Don’t miss the dramatic meeting of the Indian and Southern Oceans next stop south is Antarctica!

Mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse here offers a rare opportunity to tour inside a lighthouse that opened in 1896 and is still in use today. The view is stunning, and is a great place to spot whales with the high-powered binoculars provided.

Water sports

The beautiful Blackwood River and Hardys Inlet offer safe swimming and sailing. Take a sunset river cruise or hire a kayak to explore the meandering waterways. Windsurfing, kite surfing and water skiing are also popular. Close by there’s world-famous surfing and body boarding at over 75 local surf breaks. Scuba divers can explore underwater caves, shipwrecks and fascinating marine life.

Relaxation

Secluded bays offer lazy summer beach days. In winter, you can indulge in a massage, unwind with a good book or curl up by the roaring fire with a film and a glass of locally produced wine. Our clear unpolluted skies are perfect for star gazing throughout the year. NASA even lists Augusta as a good location for watching the International Space Station as it crosses the starry night sky.

Sport activities

For adrenaline seekers there’s mountain biking, beach and forest four wheel driving, rock climbing, abseiling, speedway and paint balling. Or for a more sedate pace, try horse riding, tennis, croquet, bowls or a round at one of Augustas golf courses.

Walking

The Cape to Cape walk between Cape Leeuwin in Augusta and Cape Naturaliste in Dunsborough offers walkers breathtaking coastal scenery and the chance to spot whales from June to December. There are several peaceful bush and coastal walks and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins in the estuary from the foreshore boardwalk.

Photography

The scenic contrasts and remarkable skies around Cape Leeuwin are a photographers dream. It is one of the rare locations in the world where from the same spot you can watch sunrise over one ocean and sunset over another.

Fishing

Throwing a line in from the jetty or riverbank could reward you with bream, herring, or whiting. For a salmon or snapper supper, take a boat out in the bay.

Family fun

Visit a farm, play mini golf, taste yummy treats at the chocolate, ice-cream, fudge and lolly factories, discover underground mysteries at CaveWorks Eco Centre, or paddle to meet curious stingrays as they cruise Hamelin Bays tranquil turquoise waters.

Festivals

The fun-filled Augusta River Festival in March includes fishing and sandcastle competitions and a beer-can regatta. Junes long weekend is Whale Song Weekend, celebrating the annual arrival of whales to Flinders Bay. The Anaconda Adventure Race in November sees teams and individuals competing in a 13.5km coastal run, 1.9km ocean swim, 13km paddle, 32km mountain bike and a 2.5km team run.

History

As the third oldest pioneer settlement in Western Australia, Augusta has a fascinating past. From shipwrecks, whaling and timber industries to recent successful whale rescues; its all on display in the historical museum.

Art

The Cape to Cape region is rich with the art studios and galleries of acclaimed photographers, jewellers, painters, glass blowers, potters, sculptors, furniture makers and textile artisans. Wander the art trail where you can meet the artists, watch them work and maybe even find a special piece to take home.

Birdwatching

Augusta is a bird lovers paradise with Pelicans, Black Swans, Red Necked Stints and Egrets on the River, cockatoos in the forest and seabirds including Osprey, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Great Winged Petrel, Australasian Gannet and Flesh-footed Shearwater.