Constructed in 1895, the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia, standing at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
With a stunning blue backdrop of the ocean meeting the sky, the lighthouse appears to glow in white splendour during summer, whilst during winter the awesome force of the fierce Southern Ocean and powerful Indian Ocean crashing against the Cape makes a visit to Augusta a remarkable experience year round.
A famous maritime landmark and important meteorological site from which data is collected, the tower stands 39 metres high from ground level and 56 metres above sea level.
Its piercing beam, which has an intensity of one million candles, shines over the surrounding rugged sea and landscape for 26 nautical miles or 48 kilometres. The lighthouse still features its original lens and clockwork mechanism in the tower.
A recently developed heritage trail features two viewing decks with binoculars, giving visitors a birds-eye-view of the wildlife and islands off the coast. Depending on the season you may even see whales frolicking in the waters.
The grounds are universally accessible, with a visitor centre, cafe and retail shop all contained within the first lighthouse heritage cottage. Visitors can enjoy a light lunch or coffee within the glass-walled cafe overlooking Flinders Bay.
Guided tours are conducted daily from 9am – 4.30pm. Fees apply. Extra tours in peak periods and school holidays.