Visiting the Cape Leeuwin Precinct
Cape Leeuwin is the most south-westerly point in Australia and encompasses an area with land formations and coastal limestone that are over 1 million years old. Cape Leeuwin also marks the point where the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet, with different currents, waves and swells patterns visible in the waters. From September to December the mild currents of Flinders Bay and the islands off Cape Leeuwin host the humpback whales during their migrating cycle.
The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
On my discovery tour of the South West Coast, I explored this area on a self-drive from Margaret River. Cape Leeuwin lighthouse was built by the Dutch who discovered the Leeuwin Land abord of the Leeuwin Vessel in 1627.
Later on, Matthew Flinders gave the name of Cape Leeuwin to the most south-westerly point of the island. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse precinct is a historic landmark which was included in the heritage lists of Australia as an acknowledgement of the importance of the lighthouse in the early development of Western Australia.
The Cape Leeuwin Historic Water Wheel
After visiting the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse take a walk of the precinct area to see the remains of the Historic Water Wheel. This was built in 1895 for the lighthouse builders first and then to the lighthouse keepers’ cottages. What you can see now is an encrusted wheel with calcified lime.
On the way back it’s worth stopping along the Leeuwin Road for a walk on the beach. The whole area is pristine and the beaches are isolated. Long stretches of white sand, the far horizon and the ocean, the ideal place to take photos and enjoy the peacefulness of this pristine natural area.
here you find more information about the Cape to Cape Track in South Western Australia.
Cape to Cape Track from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste
If you love walking in Cape Leeuwin you can start a section of the Cape to Cape Track, a spectacular 135 km walk trail that extends through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. This is really worth doing this if you can plan at least a couple of days. You can walk cliff tops, meander through rugged headlands, soft sandy beaches and wildflowers fields.