Augusta, a small town with a permanent population of just over1000 people, packs a hefty punch when it comes to scenery. In the hot summer months the population expands dramatically with tourists flocking to the town for everything it has on offer, including cooling winds off the two oceans that meet close by at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
Not only does the township boast the meeting of the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean, but it also has two rivers that flow into the Hardy Inlet just above the township, the Blackwood River, and the Scott River. The waters from the inlet then flow out to Flinders Bay in the Southern ocean. As you can imagine a town with two rivers, an Inlet, and two oceans just has to be a fisher person’s idea of heaven.
The township is small, but comes with a supermarket, and enough little shops to please any tourists who fancy shopping as part of their holiday experience. We found a gorgeous little shop that sold all manner of little gifts, including drinking glasses manufactured in Africa from recycled coke bottles. There was also a gorgeous little cafe for dining in, or you could takeaway if you’d rather go down to the riverbank to eat in the great outdoors. You know us – we almost always will choose a picnic table in the great outdoors rather than sit inside four walls overlooking a main street.
We purchased a couple of takeaway coffees, and to share – a toasted panini, a big home made sausage roll, and something sweet to finish off, and headed down to the riverbank.
After a bite to eat, the bridge on the walk track beckoned. A nice, easy walk down a sealed track suitable for wheelchairs or prams, and dogs if on a leash, led us down to the river mouth where the waves gently rolled in to meet the waters in the inlet.
The river banks are lined with saltwater paper barks, as well as plenty of rushes and sedges which hold the riverbank in place.
The plants and trees, tolerant of salt water, and strong salty winds provide shelter for a myriad of other plants, and a variety of birds.
There’s an off leash dog exercise area at the end of the river as the riverbank meanders around to join the beach on the shore of Flinders Bay. Mr Tilly enjoyed a romp with lots of seaweed, and rocks to sniff at, jump over and run around. There are dog water bowls and fresh water taps nearby so as your furry friend can have a refreshing drink after all that salt water activity.
It’s been a lot of years since we last visited Augusta, and I had forgotten how beautiful the place is. I don’t think we’ll be leaving so long between visits from now on. Next time we’re going to have stay a few days to do justice to such a scenic paradise, one day just wasn’t enough. What a pleasure that’ll be!