Augusta, Western Australia

Augusta is a scenic coastal town located in the southwest region of Western Australia. Located on the edge of Cape Leeuwin, Augusta is the furthest southwest point of the WA coastline.

Whale watching boat in flinders bay off Augusta Western Australia
A popular whale-watching charter at Augusta

Augusta is a popular tourist destination in the summer months with many families heading down from Perth for a break over the January school holidays.

Apart from being a nice holiday destination during summer, Augusta is also popular during the whale migration season (May to September ) where people head out into Flinders Bay to watch the Southern Right and Humpback Whales migrate north.

The above whale charter and a few other operators depart from the Augusta Boat Harbour. In addition to whale watching Augusta also has some great fishing spots!

How to get to Augusta?

Augusta is located 320 km (3.5 hrs) southwest of Perth, taking approximately 3.5 hours via car. Alternatively, you can also fly into Busselton Airport and then drive south from there which will take you approximately 50-60 mins via car.

Things to do in Augusta

If you’re planning on visiting Augusta, check out this great list of things to do.

Fishing in Augusta

Boats heading out to fish from Augusta
Boats getting ready to go for a fish in Blackwood River, Augusta

With access to both inland waterways and an amazing coastline, Augusta offers some fantastic fishing options for those both with a boat, or kayak or who wish to fish from the shore. 

Check out our local guide to fishing in Augusta for more info.

Augusta Walking Trails

old town jetty in Augusta
Entrance to the old town jetty in Augusta, Western Australia

There are five short trails around Augusta starting at the Old Town Jetty on Ellis St and following the river mouth and along the coast to a great little fishing spot known as Dead Finish.

Each section offers stunning views along the river and out over the Southern Ocean. Expect to see lots of bird life and maybe a dolphin or two. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Pelican Trail

The start of Pelican Trail in Augusta
A section of the Pelican trail in Augusta, WA

This is the first of a series of trails, starting at the Ellis St Jetty. Follow the pelican markers for 1.2km along the river to Turner Caravan Park. The trail is all sealed or timber boardwalk and suitable for wheelchairs and prams. 

Augusta Heritage Trail

Heritage walking trail in Augusta
A section of the heritage trail in Augusta, WA

This trail makes a 1.5km loop around the townsite and past historic sites, including Georgiana Molloy Memorial Park, the site of Albion Cottage, the Pioneer Cemetery, the RSl War Memorial and Jays Beach Shelter.

Starting at the park on the corner of Albany Terrace and Turner Sts, follow the brig (boat) trail markers in an anti-clockwise direction. 

This trail has one steep hill, some steps and a short sandy section. You can download a map of the trail from the Trails WA website.

Whale Trail

Whale trail in Augusta
Beautiful views of the Whale Trail in Augusta, WA

The Whale Trail starts where the Pelican Trail ends, and takes you past the river mouth to Flinders Bay and on to the Augusta Boat Harbour. It is 4.2km each way and mostly sealed.

The second half of this trail offers stunning views over the ocean. Look out for the whale trail markers.

Harbour Views Trail 

Augusta Boat Harbour

As the name suggests, this trail takes you out along the rocky groyne, providing views of the harbour and the ocean beyond. The walk is 1.3km return. Follow the sting ray markers.

Coastal Walk

Coastal Walk in Augusta, Western Australia
The coastal walks in Augusta are simply stunning!

Continuing on from the Harbour Views Trail, The Coastal Walk follows a gravel path above the beach for another 3.5km to Dead Finish, where you will find a small fishing platform.

The first part of the trail has lovely views of the ocean, but as you dip down to the water, the trail follows a gravel road, so take care of approaching cars. The trail is marked by blue lighthouse markers.

Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave near Augusta
Some of the stunning formations in Jewel Cave near Augusta, Western Australia

Located less than ten minutes from Augusta, Jewel Cave is well worth a visit, with a wide variety of cave formations to see. Jewel Cave boasts an enormous ‘straw’ that is 5.4m long and thought to be over 54,000 years old.

There are 250 steps each way to navigate this cave, so a degree of fitness and agility is required. To avoid disappointment it is advised that you pre-book your cave tour. 

Click here for more information about caves in the Augusta Margaret River region.

Karri Walk Trail

Karri Walking Trail in Augusta

This 1km bush walk starts at the entrance to Jewel Cave and loops its way through the karri forest and past the natural entrance to Moondyne Cave. Moondyne Cave is not open to the public, but you can find the narrow vertical entrance easily by following the signs. 

Due to changes in temperature above ground and deep in the cave, you may notice air rushing out of the grating over the opening. Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Kayaking in Augusta

Kayaking in Augusta, Western Australia
Kayaking in Augusta, Western Australia

The town of Augusta is built along the banks of the Blackwood River, providing miles of flat water for kayaking and several boat ramps where you can launch the kayak.

Depending on where you are staying you may be able to reach the water from your caravan park, but if not there is a boat ramp on Albany Terrace in front of The Colour Patch that is great for exploring Swan Lakes and the Dead Water; a couple of inlets near the river mouth.

Another option is the Ellis St Jetty a bit further upstream. From here you can paddle for miles up into West Bay and Hardy Inlet. There are a number of islands to paddle around; the largest being Molloy Island, about 7km upstream. 

Pelicans in Augusta

The river is home to abundant bird life including pelicans, swans, eagles and many other water birds that feed and nest along the river. If you are lucky you may see a dolphin or two. 

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin Light House

Built in 1896, at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, the Leeuwin Lighthouse assisted sailors to safely navigate the treacherous waters off Cape Leeuwin on the voyage from Perth to Albany. 

The limestone lighthouse is the tallest mainland lighthouse in Australia and stands an impressive 39m high. The walls are a massive 2m thick at the base and 1m thick at the top.

Twin crystal bullseye lenses magnify one small light to the power of 900,000 candles that can be seen 47km out to sea.

The lighthouse is a short drive from Augusta, at the end of Leeuwin Rd. It is open daily if you are up for climbing 176 stairs to the top. Prior bookings are recommended, especially during school holidays.

Historic Waterwheel

The old waterwheel is located along Leeuwin Rd, just before the lighthouse. It was built in 1895 to provide water for the lighthouse builders. Water was fed from a nearby spring, along a wooden channel or flume and over the waterwheel.

As the wheel turned it operated a pump that fed water up to the lighthouse. The water flowed at the rate of 1 litre per pump stroke.

Visit Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay, Western Australia

Located 15 mins from Augusta via Bussell Hwy and Chapman Rd, Hamelin Bay is best known for its resident sting ray population. The best times to see them are early morning and mid-afternoon during the warmer months. 

Stand still in the shallows and they will swim right up to you. Please do not chase them or try to touch them and definitely do not feed them.

See also: Swimming with Stingrays at Hamelin Bay

Check out Hillview Rd Lookout

Hillview Look out

Follow Hillview Rd out of town for about 8 km to a small parking area. From here there is a short track to a lookout with panoramic views over the ocean, farmland, river mouth and bush.

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