Cape Leeuwin – “Where Indian Ocean Meets Southern Ocean”

I am always excited when traveling, that is why most of the time, every time I arrived in any new place I always feel joyful. I am always eager to see what the place has to offer. And the time we reached Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, a place which commonly called as the tip and the most south-westerly of Australia in the state of Western Australia, I jumped-off the bus with an ecstatic heart.

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We walked towards the wooden gate of the precinct and went to the historical cottage where entrance and the cafe are located. There was an audio tours available in the precinct but at the time of the visit, I was not able to get the audio device therefore I only depended on the notes to read on in each audio tour stops. I almost complete capturing all the audio tour stops except for “Stop 14 – Flora and Fauna”.

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At the start of my adventure in the precinct, the first thing to see is the Sarge Bay

To tell the story of my visit, I used the audio tour stops as guidance of what I saw while inside the precinct. For me, it was both fun and educational self-guided tour because I was in a place to see one of the heritage lighthouse in Australia and to be in the place that is extreme and dangerous most south-westerly of the country.

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Around the lighthouse, where I got chance walk further as I can, a chance to see the dangerous waters that surrounds Cape Leeuwin. The St. Alouarn Islands and some rocks that in old times where lighthouse was not yet installed was a deadly place for mariners.

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Seal Island (of St Alouarn Islands)

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Somes rocks nearby

Self-Guided Tour At Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Precinct

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At the gate

Stop 1 – Welcome

The entrance of the Cape Leeuwin Precinct is in the first cottage where it also housed the cafe and the little museum about the lighthouse. It is the first stop, where the audio device is to be pickup (which I did not) to be able to listen to information on each stops at the precinct. I would like to emphasized that before I left the precinct that day, I had some time to explore the museum and even though it was little or small museum, it is full of information about the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse like its constructions down to its light apparatus. The museum also displays information about the following : lighthouse service, optics, lighthouse station, lighthouse keepers, signalling, shipwrecks, weather station, and hydroacoustic station.

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Some displays at the museum

Stop 2 – History

When I reached this stop, I kind of surprised that there are lots of things to see in the precinct,  I just enjoyed my walking tour around the place.

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Showing all the 15 Audio Tour Stops within the precinct

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Looking back to the cottages while walking towards Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Stop 3 –  A Century of Community (Keepers Cottages)

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Three Historical Cottages

Three residences were built in 1895-6 to accommodate the three lighthouse keepers required for the continuous operation of the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Station. Three keepers were considered necessary to fulfill the day-to-day operational duties and to assure efficiency in case of sickness or emergency.

Married quarters were provided to allow the keepers to maintain a normal family life. Each cottage had three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, store, and bathroom. The two southern cottages were built using local limestone. The northernmost cottage was constructed of local granite, originally excavated for the lighthouse foundations. Steeply-pitched timber roofs enabled these structures to withstand strong winds.

All three cottages were continuously occupied until 1988 and the last keeper to live in a cottage at Cape Leeuwin did so until 1998.

Stop 4 – Service Buildings

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Four service Buildings were constructed here in 1954 to 1975, each associated with the maintenance of the lighthouse.

The Kerosene Store was built in 1954 to store fuel for the lighthouse lantern (1954-1982) and as maintenance workshop.

The Radio Hut (1954) housed the radio transmitters as part of the Non Directional Beacon (NDB) navigational system. From 1975 to 1998 the hut was used as a base for sending meteorological data to the Bureau of Meteorology in Perth.

The Power House (1954) house three diesel-powered generators, which powered the radio transmitters.

The Engine Room/Transmitters Building was built in 1975 to house a single diesel-powered generator to power the NDB radio transmitters from 1975 to 1992.

Stop 5 – The Residential Precinct

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Despite the homes’ magnificent outlook of beaches, bays, rocky islands, they are constantly battered by summer winds and winter gales of salty sea spray.

Stop 6 – Cottage Three

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The duties of all Lightkeepers comprise the case and efficient maintenance of the light apparatus, tower, dwellings, equipment, jetties, roads, boats, etcetera, and the of the grounds attached to the Station.

We can thought initially that people lives in the precinct within almost the century life of the lighthouse lives their life with ease. Cape Leeuwin is located where a great spot to observe weather and it means it does not used to have a fairy weather. Therefore, their duties as lightkeepers were bounded by rules that focused on its true responsibilities around the lighthouse. Any visitors or activities that will affect their duties as lightkeepers are prohibited in the precinct.

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Regulations at the Lighthouse Station

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Duties of Lightkeepers as it describe

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An incomplete list of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Keepers

Stop 7 – Lightkeepers Wives (Keeper’s Cottage)

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The fourth cottage, constructed in 1908, was a timber-framed weatherboard building located just south of the main stone cottages.

This cottage accommodated the relief keeper who also collected firewood. The area surrounding Cape Leeuwin is coastal heath with few trees suitable for wood supply. The relief keeper would travel as fas as Augusta to collect wood, using a cart drawn by bullocks. Wood for heating, cooking, and laundry was an essential of daily living for the residents of Cape Leeuwin Station.

In 1921, the relief keeper was withdrawn from service after a Government report suggested the fourth keeper was unnecessary.

The house was demolished around 1928 and the remains are its foundations.

Stop 8 – The Light

The lighthouse which “dedicated to mariners” as per Sir John Forrest (Western Australia Premier) during the official opening of it last December 10, 1896, did not disappoint the world of its purpose the moment it was inaugurated.

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The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Western Australia, and the third tallest in Australia, the tower soars 56 meters above sea level

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The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

The museum tells additional information about the lighthouse. It was designed by British Engineer William Tregarthen Douglass (Sir James Douglass’ son). And Colonial Architect George Temple Poole did the final plans.

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The constructions of the lighthouse was not easy as they started the work, modifications are needed for the stability of the lighthouse and its was nice to know that even old days has intelligence to reuse things such as the rubble stone which excavated for the foundation of the lighthouse has been used for cottage that is now used as the entrance of the visitors.

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Also learned from museum that its intended light to focused in dangerous waters  that surrounds the cape such Alouarn Island, South East Rocks and Geographe Bay Reef has been installed in lighthouse in Rottness Island, which luckily I got a chance to see when I visited the island as my last adventure in Australia.

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Foul Bay Lens

Foul Bay Lens captured inside the museum is loaned to Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association for display in this cottage due to close proximity of and historic link between two lighthouses.

Stop 9 – Whales (Marine Sanctuary)

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The islands of Cape Leeuwin are nature reserves and important nesting sites for birds such as rock parrots (Neophemia petrophila) and fairy penguins (Eudyptula minor). Colonies of seabirds on the islands are unusual in that southern cool water species nest alongside tropical species. This mix of bird species is attributed to the warm Leeuwin Current. The islands are also habitants for the New Zealand Fur Seal, which visits the bay to feed or ‘haul-out’.

Through winter to mid spring each year, Flinders bay is host to the Humpback Whale. The life of this whale is geared to a cycle migration, feeding in cold waters well to the south in summer and heading north to breed and calve in winter. The Southern Right Whale also visits the bay during these months. It breeds and calves in the protected bays of the south coast.

Stop 10 –  Nizam Memorial (N Class Destroyer – Wall of Remembrance)

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This memorial is dedicated to the ten sailors aboard the HMAS Nizam who lost their lives off Cape Leeuwin in 1945. Please take a moment to remember them.

At approximately 2210 hours on February 11th the HMAS Nizam was 11 miles off Cape Leeuwin, in transit from Port Philip Bay to Fremantle, when it was hit by a rogue wave causing it to hell and throw ten sailors overboard. Although the area was thoroughly searched no trace of the ten men was found.

In 1991, a reunion of the ‘N’ class Destroyer Association in WA suggested that a memorial to those lost at sea be constructed at Cape Leeuwin. Since the memorial was unveiled in 1193, the February 11th ceremony has become an annual event here and the site is now recognized as an Australian War Memorial in 1999 at a reunion.

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In the museum, I undertood more the story about Nizam Memorial as the ship was part of Allied operations during World War II. Due to a storm, 10 men overboard washed away last February 11, 1945.

Stop 11 – SS Pericles

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Mr J. J. Lyons, the lighthouse keeper on duty, saw distress signals from his post. He sprang into action, mobilising all hands at Cape Leeuwin to light fires all along the beach to guide lifeboats to the safe side of the cape.

From the museum, an information board displays shows wherein anybody can learned that historically, there were 23 recorded ship wrecks in Cape Leeuwin. There were 22 cases before the lighthouse built and only 1 case after it was built.

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Stop 12 – Where Two Oceans Meet  & Stop 13 – Flinders Starting Point

One of the most exciting part of my walking tour was the discovery that Cape Leeuwin is exactly located where anyone can enjoy two oceans at the same time. I walked towards the stop 12 and 13 which both related as it both describes the meeting of two oceans, Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean. I thought before that it only happens in country or city to have a border and chance to be in two place. Though there is no physical border to be seen in Cape Leeuwin but just imaginary border, the location of the cape with latitude of 34° 22′ S and longitude 115° 08′ E made it as point or mark where the two oceans meet.

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Cape Leeuwin – 34° 22′ S, 115° 08′ E

Cape Leeuwin marks the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean.

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While standing in the front of directional board made me experience by just moving my eyes or even my head without even taking a single steps gave me a chance to see two oceans. Looking at my left side I will see Southern Ocean and looking at the right side I will see Indian Ocean. It’s a wonderful moment of my visit in the cape.

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Scenery to enjoy in the direction of Southern Ocean

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Scenery to enjoy in the direction of Indian Ocean

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Cape Leeuwin Lookout Plaque

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Cape Leeuwin marks the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. At various times of the year the differing ocean currents, waves and swell patterns are evident in the waters around the Cape. This can create unusual conditions in the nearby waters.

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current circles Antarctica west to east, between 40 degrees and 70 degrees south. Its northern edge turns north and heads up along the western Australian coast. From May to September each year the Leeuwin Current transports warm tropical water southwards around Cape Leeuwin and along Western Australia’s southern coastline.

Can you spot the meeting point?

Stop 14 – Flora and Fauna

I don’t have photos of this stop, therefore I don’t have information to tell what is this is all about aside from having idea that it tells what are the available plants to be seen around the cape.

Stop 15 – Radio Beacons

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The concrete footings located on the west side of the road mark, the location of the towers that supported a radio navigation beacon. The system, known as a Non Directional Beacon (NBD) operated in the ‘long wave’ band with a nominal range of 200 nautical miles.

The beacon transmitted a continuous signal in Morse code that allowed passing ships to determine their location based on its frequency and call sign. Morse code was a method of encoding a message so that it could be sent electronically Letters of the alphabet were represented by combinations of dots (.) and dashes (-), which were sent as long and short pulses of power.

The beacon’s call sign at Cape Leeuwin was ‘AXB’, which in Morse code is: – (A) -..- (X) -… (B)

The beacon sent this call sign three times (taking 22.5 seconds), then transmitted a long dash (22.5 seconds), then sent AXB again (7.5 seconds), then another long dash (15 seconds), then finally AXB again (7.5 seconds). When the 105 second sequence was over, the transmitter would repeat it again.

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Stop 16 – Weather Station

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Cape Leeuwin has provided one of the longest continuous observational weather data records the exist in Western Australia, indeed in all of Australia

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The strategic location of Cape Leeuwin is the main reason why it became a great place to put instruments that will observe the wind speed and direction, temperature, rainfall, barometric pressure, visibility, cloud formations and the state of the sea. Based on history, the station started to logged these information since Jan 1, 1897 until 1993 when non-staff ‘Automatic Weather Station’ installed in the precinct. The station is one of the longest continuous observational weather data records in Western Australia.

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Notes :
1. Plan to visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ? Please check latest information here.
2. Location : Leeuwin Road, AUGUSTA WA 6290, Australia
3. Directions to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse:
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then, take Pemberton Bus to Augusta and get off at Blackwood Avenue. Finally, take a taxi from Blackwood Avenue to Cape Leeuwin.
Official Website : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Restaurant : Abbey Beach Resort – Atrium Restaurant

Restaurant (Post#7) : Abbey Beach Resort – Atrium Restaurant

Photos of the day are all about Atrium Restaurant within the Abbey Beach Resort which located in Busselton where we had dinner. The restaurant was the last stop in the tour before returning to Perth. The dinner was not free but because we will be in the road for more than 2 hours, we need to have dinner or we will be hungry while in the road. I remembered I had chicken parmesan for my dinner and I had a great time with other tourist as I seat with them in dinner table, it was the chance to get know them a bit before we parted our ways at the end of the tour. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : restaurant, Atrium Restaurant, Abbey  Beach Resort
Location : 595 Bussell Hwy, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Transwa Bay Abbey and walk to the beach resort or
3. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then, take Pemberton Bus to Transwa Bay Abbey and walk to the beach resort or
4. Take Transperth Train from Underground Perth Station to Mandurah Station, then take Pemberton Bus to Transwa Bay Abbey and walk to the beach resort or
5. Take Southwest Coach Line, get off at Bussell Highway before Travellers well and walk to the beach resort or
6. Take Southwest Coach Line, get off at Albert St before Queen St, then change bus to either 815, 816, 1730DU, get off at Bussell Highway before Travellers well and walk to the beach resort
Official Website : Abbey Beach Resort – Atrium, Busselton

Featuring Our World : Margaret River

Featuring Our World (Post#20) : Margaret River

Photos of the day are all about Margaret River town. It was the second to the last destination we had in the tour before we call it for the day. It was a short visit to a small town located in the Southwest of Western Australia wherein it was a chance for us to see, to explore and to shop around the town. It is a nice place as it still feels like a country town. The name of the town, thought to be came from a  cousin of John Garreth Bussell (founder of Busselton) named Margaret Whicher. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Margaret River Gallery

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Target (Department Store)

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Margaret River Central

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Margaret River Visitor Centre

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Margaret River Hotel

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Along Bussell Highway

Notes :
Photo : town, streets, Bussell Highway, Margaret River town
Location : Bussell Highway, Magaret River, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Charles West Avenue or
3. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then, take Pemberton Bus to Charles West Avenue
4. Take Transperth Train from Underground Perth Station to Mandurah Station, then take Pemberton Bus to Charles West Avenue
Official Website : Margaret River

 

Discovery : Cape Leeuwin Weather Station

Discovery (Post#61) : Cape Leeuwin Weather Station

Photos of the day are all about Cape Leeuwin Weather Station. Because of the strategic location of Cape Leeuwin, it became a great place to put instruments that will observe the wind speed and direction, temperature, rainfall, barometric pressure, visibility, cloud formations and the state of the sea. Based on history, the station started to logged these information since Jan 1, 1897 until 1993 when non-staff ‘Automatic Weather Station’ installed in the precinct. The station is one of the longest continuous observational weather data records in Western Australia. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : meteorological instruments, information board
Location : Leeuwin Road, AUGUSTA WA 6290, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then, take Pemberton Bus to Augusta and get off at Blackwood Avenue. Finally, take a taxi from Blackwood Avenue to Cape Leeuwin.
Official Website : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Something To Look At : Two Ocean Meets

Something To Look At (Post#20) : Two Ocean Meets

Photos of the day are all about information that Two Ocean Meets at Cape Leeuwin. The cape itself marks the points which is 34° 22′ S, 115° 08′ E where the Indian Ocean meets Southern Ocean. There are observations that proves this where it is seen with differing ocean currents, waves and swell patterns in the waters around the cape. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : information board, Two Oceans Meet
Location : Leeuwin Road, AUGUSTA WA 6290, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then, take Pemberton Bus to Augusta and get off at Blackwood Avenue. Finally, take a taxi from Blackwood Avenue to Cape Leeuwin.
Official Website : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Chromatic Outlook : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Chromatic Outlook (Post#50) : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Photos of the day are all about Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. This historic and heritage lighthouse is located at the tip and extreme most south-westerly point of Australia called Cape Leeuwin and constructed in 1895. The lighthouse is also the Tallest Lighthouse in Western Australia and third in Australia. Based on history, the lighthouse was proposed in 1881 but did not come to life immediately, it only happens after 15 years. The lighthouse still in operation and has been automated in 1992. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : lighthouse, monochrome, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Location : Leeuwin Road, AUGUSTA WA 6290, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then
take Pemberton Bus to Augusta and get off at Blackwood Avenue. Finally, take a taxi from Blackwood Avenue to Cape Leeuwin.
Official Website : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Name Of The Place : Cape Leeuwin

Name Of The Place (Post#57) : Cape Leeuwin

Photo of the day is about Cape Leeuwin. Cape Leeuwin is the tip and the extreme most south-westerly mainland of Australia. The cape also known as the point where the Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean meets, this means being in the place is a chance to see two ocean at the same time. The name of Cape Leeuwin was made by Matthew Flinders in 1801 based on the name of the adjoining area by Leeuwin Land which navigated by Leeuwin (The Lioness), a Dutch Galleon. The historic and heritage lighthouse Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse located in the cape. The photo is part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : lighthouse, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Location : Leeuwin Road, AUGUSTA WA 6290, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then
take Pemberton Bus to Augusta and get off at Blackwood Avenue. Finally, take a taxi from Blackwood Avenue to Cape Leeuwin.
Official Website : Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Mammoth Cave – “Dawn of Creation” & Boranup Forest

Mammoth Cave

After visiting Sandalford Winery in Wilyabrup, we moved again. After half an hour, we reached a cave located underground of Boranup part of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The main feature that the cave is proud of is, it is the home to ancient fossil remains of long-extinct giant animals known as Australian Megafauna. The cave shows its fossil jawbone of one of the giant marsupial species embedded within the limestone wall – 50,000 years after the animal roamed the forests above.

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Zygomaturus Jawbone in the wall of the cave – “The jawbone is older than the layer of flowstone capping the deposit, which was deposited approximately 44,000 years before present”

Our cave exploration starts from walking on a boardwalk that led us to the entrance of the cave. The boardwalk itself makes the visit comfortable to any guest. Mammoth Cave itself is proud to be the most easily accessible cave in all the show caves in the region and one of just a few caves in the south-west which contains fossils. What I like about the area of the cave is, it is covered by forest which called as marri forest.

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Boardwalk towards the Mamoth Cave

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Mammoth Cave Entrance

When we entered the cave, we were greeted by an open space of the cave where anyone can see the visible stalactites and stalagmites. The boardwalk continues inside the cave near the entrance and ended beside the stream that flows during winter. Our guide emphasize one of the significant stalagmite located where the water flows during wet season.

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Open space near cave’s entrance

Since it was not my first time to be in the cave, seeing stalagmite and stalactite are now common to me. Probably the thing that I enjoyed inside of it are the different formation of stalagmite and stalactite. Some stalactite are all too pointed which means kind of young stalactite, while some are so huge which we can say a very old one. Some stalagmite at the ground looks like some ancient civilization that we lost a long time ago. If my mind were more imaginative, I can think more.

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Stalagmite and Stalactites

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Stalagmite

Naturally, because the cave becomes popular tourist spot in the region, they placed stairways and boardwalk inside the cave that even wheelchair can access. These can be enjoyed by any visitors and also protect the life of the cave itself. With this, I can say that Mammoth Cave is one of the most accessible cave that I visited to date.

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Flowstone

Aside from stalactite and stalagmite, another common thing to see inside Mammoth Cave are Flowstone where some were still crystallized and some are not anymore. And the most important thing in science and history, the fossils that found inside the cave.

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Fossils

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Inside the Cave

We climbed up and down, by following the pathways to see more of the cave. It is fascinating as the cave is another proof of time. Historically, early diggers of the cave excavated fossil collection of 10,000 specimens. And the most important discovery did during excavation was the fossil of the extinct animal in Australia. Historically,  the cave opened to tourist in 1904.

Boranup Forest

Coming from Mammoth Cave, on our way to our next destination while we took the Cave Roads, we had to maneuver to a rough road and got a chance to see and appreciate the natural beauty that Boranup Forest has to offer. Boranup Forrest consist of towering karri forest on the west coast of Western Australia between Margaret River and Augusta.

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Notes :
1. Plan to visit Mammoth Cave ? Please check latest information here. How about Boranup Forrest? Check here.
2. Location : W2QH+RV Boranup, Western Australia, Australia
3. Directions to Mammoth Cave and Boranup Forrest:
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Driving to Boranup
Official Website : Mammoth Cave, Boranup Forest

 

 

 

 

View At My Window : Boranup Forest

View At My Window (Post#41) : Boranup Forest

Photos of the day are all about Boranup Forest. Though we just pass through it, as we did not stop to see up close with any of the trees, it was a nice experience to have a quick drive in a rough road within Boranup Forest. The forest consists of towering karri trees which is a eucalypt native and can be found in southwest area of Western Australia. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : trees, karri trees, eucalypt tree, Boranup Forest
Location : Boranup, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Boranup
Official Website : Boranup Forrest

View At My Window : Mammoth Cave

View At My Window (Post#40) : Mammoth Cave

Photo of the day is about Mammoth Cave. Most of the caves, that I had a chance to see are caves that already open for tourist or public, which organized and managed by either volunteer groups or government. Mammoth Cave has been opened for more than a 100 years to tourist. The cave itself can accommodate even visitors in wheelchairs. So this is not the typical cave that adventure extremist to engage in. It is protected since it is one of the few caves that has fossils. The photo is part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : cave, Mammoth Cave
Location : Caves Rd, Boranup WA 6286, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Boranup
Official Website : Mammoth Cave

Discovery : Zygomaturus Jawbone

Discovery (Post#60) : Zygomaturus Jawbone

Photos of the day are all about fossil of Zygomaturus Jawbone, an extinct large marsupial from Australia. During the visit in Mamoth Cave, we had a chance to see the fossil jawbone that still embedded within the limestone wall that was dated 50,000 years. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : fossil, jawbone, Zygomaturus Jawbone
Location : Caves Rd, Boranup WA 6286, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Boranup
Official Website : Mammoth Cave

Bootleg Brewery – “An Oasis of Beer in a Desert of Wine” As They Call It

After we left Busselton Jetty, we traveled more than half an hour to reach the place where we had our lunch for that day. Before we reached the location, I enjoyed the backdrop and surroundings as we took the road where we passed grassland, vineyards and forest, the kind of scenery that I really loved.

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Margaret River Region in Western Australia are known to be Winery Region. And establishing a brewery for the first time is unique in such region. And that kind of identity is what Bootleg Brewery is proud of.

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We reached Bootleg Brewery and we waited inside the bus for few minutes before we got off. Not far from our bus, the restaurant boastfully shows the name of the brewery, a great spot to take photo souvenir for visitors coming to the place. After we assembled outside the bus, we walked towards the restaurant. While we were waiting for our food to be served since its pre-ordered by the tour company, I took my time to look around and appreciate the ambiance of the restaurant.

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The food we waited was served and had our lunch. Our menu includes tasting of some local beers that they carefully crafted in Bootleg Brewery. Since I do not drink beer or any other alcohol beverages, I only took a few sip of beer for the sake of tasting. Few samples given in our table and the taste varies but in the end it all boils down to bitter taste, I guess that was the meaning of beer or similar of its kind, right?

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Brewery History through images

After the lunch, I still have time to explore the two-storey brewery and its surroundings. I went upstairs where some of the brewery products are being displayed. Then, there were windows in the second floor that gave me a chance to see outside from the high ground. I saw the beautiful scenery of its surroundings consist of lake, children’s playground and beer garden.

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Bootleg Brewery Flavored Beer Products

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Children’s Playground

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Beer Garden with the lake

I went down and explored the outside. I took photos of the picturesque lake, the colorful tables with chairs, the brewery itself and children’s playground. I can say that the brewery restaurant itself fits perfectly to the beautiful scenery.

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Picturesque Lake

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Beer Garden

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Brewery Restaurant

We left the brewery around 1 PM to continue the tour for the rest of the day. And the day was still beautiful as ever which great for our adventure in the region.

Until then.

Notes :
1. Plan to visit Bootleg Brewery ? Please check latest information here :
2. Location : 37 Wildberry Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
3. Directions to Bootleg Brewery :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Bootleg Brewery

 

 

Stopover at Sandalford Winery

Given a chance to join tours across Australia, though sometimes its part of commercializing the product of a specific business, one thing that I enjoy is a chance to visit wineries. I enjoy it because of vineyard scenery, a beautiful nature by itself. Of course the establishments tries to advertise their wines through collaboration to travel or tour companies but still, what it offers is allowing visitors to appreciate not only their wine products but their vineyards.

I had been in a couple of wineries but even that is the case, I still love and enjoy it. Seeing the green grapevines perfectly inline is indeed a lovely sight to see. Seeing it from a distance is amazing.

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The next stopover that we did was in Sandalford in Margaret River Region. The said winery has another farm to be found at Swan Valley. Tasting wines is one way to introduce the product to people, but the tasting does not happened in just any places exclusively in their wineries.

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Sandalford was one of the heritage wineries that I visited because of its history. Their first winery was born in Swan Valley in 1840, then they were able to survived two world wars and expanded their industry in Margaret River in 1970.

Notes :
1. Plan to visit Sandalford (Margaret River) ? Please check latest information here :
2. Location : 777 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
3. Directions to Sandalford (Margaret River) :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Sandalford

Theme : Store – Sandalford Store

Theme (Post#11) : Store – Sandalford Store

Photos of the day are all about Sandalford Store. Sandalford is one of the pioneering companies in producing wine products in Western Australia that has global brand recognition since 1840. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Winery, Sandalford Winery
Location : 777 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Sandalford

Restaurant : Bootleg Brewery

Restaurant (Post#6) : Bootleg Brewery

Photo of the day is about restaurant of Bootleg Brewery. Though its pretty obvious that the place was definitely a brewery, but a huge portion of the building used as restaurant where its part of the business itself. They offer food to combine their own local products. The menu they have for me was a typical Aussie one. Because they offer chips, fries, pork ribs, and chicken. The photo is part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Restaurant, Bootleg Brewery Restaurant
Location : Wilyabrup, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Bootleg Brewery

Colors : Bootleg Brewery’s Playground, Beer Garden & Lake

Colors (Post#12) : Bootleg Brewery’s Playground, Beer Garden & Lake

Photos of the day are all about the scenery to be seen from the second floor of the Bootleg Brewery’s restaurant. From different window of the second storey, everyone will appreciate the picturesque surroundings around the brewery. And the nice thing about it was, all of them are colorful that blends with the nature. It’s the Playground, the Beer Garden and the Lake. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Playground, Beer Garden, Lake
Location : Wilyabrup, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Driving to Wilyabrup
Official Website : Bootleg Brewery

Busselton Jetty – Longest Timber Piled Jetty in Southern Hemisphere

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Busselton Visitor Centre

The first stop that we had during the day tour in Margaret River region in Western Australia was in Busselton. I booked the day tour without knowing too much details what to see. My main objective in joining the trip was to see places at the southern part of Western Australia as I had been in the northern for multiple days during my adventure tour in Kimberley region.

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Busselton Jetty Foreshore

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Roy Morris Platform and Busselton Jetty Interpretive Centre

As far as I remembered, we had given 40 minutes to enjoy our first stop – Busselton Jetty. The said jetty is a famous pier and holds the title of “Longest Timber Piled Jetty in Southern Hemisphere”. In few minutes of staying at the ground of Busselton, the given time to us was indeed not enough if walking in the jetty will be part of it. At first, I was contemplating if I will walk the jetty with almost 2 km distance because I was not sure if the given amount of time for us was enough, without thinking too much, I started my walkathon in the longest jetty in southern hemisphere.

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Busselton Jetty Interpretive Centre (IC)

With my camera along with me, I went inside Busselton Jetty Interpretive Centre and I quickly looked around inside and bought ticket to walk along the jetty. If the other visitors had leisurely walk along the jetty, I was not. I walked faster as much as I can. I had the options to take trains, but in order to do that I have to wait for the train and I don’t have that luxury time to wait for the train. Without hesitation, I started walking the timber piled jetty. Even I was walking so fast, I still tried my best to pause for a moment to get a snapshots of things that surrounds me.

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Busselton Jetty

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Jetty Train

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Old Skelly Jetty Remains (shows how the jetty constructed) and become seagulls nest

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Directional Wind Vane

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Shelter

During the walk, I had a chance to capture photos of jetty from end to end. Busselton Jetty is the jetty that I had known so far that gives visitor a chance to be far away as much as 1.8 km from shore without the need to soak under the water and without the need of a boat. The jetty is one of the longest jetty in the world and the longest jetty in southern hemisphere.

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Bovell Platform

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Busselton UWO (Underwater Observatory)

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Allie’s Landing, named after former president of the Busselton Jetty Environment Conservation Association, Allie Scott (1912-2002)

Additional information to learn about the jetty is that its more than 150 years old. Historically, the jetty was not initially built as what we see right now, but because of the shallow waters of Geographe Bay, the jetty needs to be extended many times to accommodate more and larger ships when the Busselton/Vasse region economy was growing. The jetty that we see today was a restored version of the previous jetty and its sole purpose now are for tourism and recreation.

Notes :
1. Plan to visit Busselton Jetty ? Please check latest information here :
2. Transportation : Transwa
3. Directions to Busselton Jetty :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then
take Pemberton to Augusta Bus and get off at Albert St. Busselton

Name Of The Place : Busselton

Name Of The Place (Post#56) : Busselton

Photo of the day are all about the name of Busselton. Coming in this small city located in the south west region of Western Australia was unknown to me until our bus tour stopped nearby the famous tourist attraction Busselton Jetty. The name of the city came from the Bussel family, early settlers in Western Australia where they had found a good farmland few kilometer away from Busselton. The photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Jetty, Longest Jetty, Busselton Jetty
Location : Busselton, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then
take Pemberton to Augusta and get off at Albert St. Busselton
Official Website : Busselton Jetty

Transportation : Busselton Jetty Train

Transportation (Post#15) : Busselton Jetty Train

Photos of the day are all about the amazing jetty train to be found at Busselton Jetty. The jetty itself has train services for a relaxing journey of visitors along the jetty trail and to appreciate the scenic view of Geographe Bay has to offer. Historically, the jetty railway line was previously used to transport cargo during the active days of the jetty. The These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Jetty, Longest Jetty, Busselton Jetty
Location : Busselton, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then
take Pemberton to Augusta and get off at Albert St. Busselton
Official Website : Busselton Jetty

Name Of The Place : Busselton UWO (Underwater Observatory)

Name Of The Place (Post#55) : Busselton UWO (Underwater Observatory)

Photos of the day are all about name of Busselton UWO (Underwater Observatory. This observatory is located almost at the end of the jetty (with 1.7 km distance from the shore). The said observatory is home of one out of only five underwater observatories in the world. These photos are part of Margaret River (Western Australia) Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Jetty, Longest Jetty, Busselton Jetty
Location : Busselton, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take Transwa Train from Perth Station to Bunbury Passenger Terminal. Then
take Pemberton to Augusta and get off at Albert St. Busselton
Official Website : Busselton Jetty