Whales and Light Houses

Lighthouses are a great place to visit! Back in the day, ships used the beacons from lighthouses to navigate, and to find their way through treacherous oceans. These days most light houses aren’t active, they are maintained for historical reasons and because they are on coastlines with amazing views out to the ocean. Margaret River being on the West Coast of Western Australia is of course well placed to see some great lighthouses.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

A little bit of interesting trivia on the region, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is positioned on the south westerly most point of Australia! Even more fascinating is that Cape Leeuwin is the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. Now if these two facts don’t get you out there, well Cape Leeuwin is also one of the best land based locations to spot whales between May and September. Now being Melbourne Cup, we were a little late in the season, but luck might be on our side (I’ve always been a glass half full kinda gal) we enthusiastically headed off on a day trip from Margaret River to Cape Leeuwin.

There are tours of the lighthouse, but we chose not to do that as we had just missed one and we had to wait “too long” for the next one. So we decided to do one of the walks along the coast, the views are truly spectacular! The walk also tells you the exact point where the two oceans meet.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is the twin of the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and is also an active lighthouse. It is a smaller lighthouse, but it’s 100ms above sea level, and if you take one of the tours to go into the lighthouse, well you’re up even higher and the views are absolutely amazing. Being up so high, on a windy day, it must feel like being blown over!

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We got there just before the lighthouse closed, so we couldn’t get into a tour, but this is a very popular lighthouse to do tours at, so if you want to go in, make sure you book in advance.

P.S. I have a strange and weird obsession with light houses and waterfalls, so look forward to many posts on light houses and waterfalls 🙂

Check out the other posts on the Margaret River Region:

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