Augusta is a place that has a marriage with the sea. Feel it in the wind, kissed by the ocean. See it from the southern-most point of Western Australia, where the tallest lighthouse on the mainland offers views of where the Southern and Indian ocean collide. Taste in the fish and chips you eat by the beach, licking the last salty bits from your fingers.

Where to stay

Take a look at these places to stay when planning your next visit to Australia’s South West.

Little House Republic

Experience off-grid luxury in this eco-friendly tiny house in Scott River.

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park

Shaded by peppermint trees, the park is next to this popular beach.

Located at the mouth of the beautiful Blackwood River, the charming town of Augusta is where the dreams of aspiring fishermen come to life. Past tall karri tree giants and long sandy beaches, from June to September, all eyes turn to the waters of Flinders Bay where migrating humpback and southern right whales gather. This coastal paradise is a haven for all things boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, crabbing, water skiing and windsurfing. Make sure you get out on South West WA’s largest river the Blackwood River can be explored by boat, kayak, paddleboards and even houseboats!

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Head up to the top of the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the largest its kind on mainland Australia and the perfect vantage point to watch the Indian and Southern oceans collide. The historic lighthouse sits on the tip of the spectacular peninsula where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity to climb the working lighthouse that guards one of the world’s most dangerous shipping lanes.

Whale Watching

Augusta’s world-class boat harbour is the departure point for whale watching tours, which leave daily (weather dependent) between June and September. Wildlife enthusiasts will love the opportunities to watch the humpback and southern right whales from a boat during their migration. Originally settled by whalers and sealers seeking protection from storms, Augusta has retained its maritime roots.


Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Whale Season

01 May 2024 - 31 December 2024
May to early December is the best time for whale watching and tours in the South West.


Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Wildflower Season

01 August 2024 - 30 November 2024
Witness an explosion of colour during spring, set against the stunning natural scenery of the South West.

Things to Do

Looking for some inspiration on what to do in the South West? Here are some of our top picks!

Blackwood River

Take a trip or dip in the Blackwood River, the South West's largest river stretching from Wagin to Augusta.

Boranup Forest

Towering karri trees strewn across the Margaret River Region, the sunlight dappled through the trees is a sight to behold.

Jewel Cave

The biggest show cave in Western Australia; comprising three massive chambers.

Top Things to Do

2. Go back in time at the Augusta Historical Museum, which is highly rated by visitors as one of the best small museums, with displays that include details of families involved in what was the third European settlement in Western Australia.
5. Explore the beaches around Augusta, where some of the region’s most beautiful swimming spots are located. Try Grannies Pool and Foul Bay, or take the four-wheel drive tracks to Boranup Beach and Deep Dean where endless, squeaky white sand awaits.

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