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Augusta  Western Australia

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Now here’s an absolutely stunning place in spectacular surroundings. On the shores of the Hardy Inlet where it meets the Southern Ocean on WA’s 'chin', about 320km south of Perth, Augusta is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia. From May to September you can marvel at the awesome southern right and humpback whales resting in the sheltered water of Flinders Bay.

In July 1986, 114 false killer whales stranded themselves on Augusta's main beach and hundreds of people worked around the clock for 48 hours to save 96 of them by getting them to swim back out to sea. The event is commemorated by the Whale Rescue Memorial.

To say that the fishing around Augusta is good is a mighty understatement. The ocean, the river and the bays all offer superb conditions for catching a wide variety of species. And don’t miss the local freshwater lobster (called marron) when that’s in season.

Besides fishing, there’s scuba diving, surfing and sailing… if it’s aquatic, Augusta’s the place to go for it!

Things to do in the area

  • Swimming and surfing - all along the coast
  • Fishing - especially for marron (freshwater crayfish). Licence can be acquired at post office.
  • Cruises - on Blackwood River
  • Boranup Maze - near Boranup Lookout with fine views of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
  • Winery - at Hamelin Bay
  • Memorials - Whale Rescue Memorial, Landing Place memorial where first European settlers arrived, Matthew Flinders Memorial






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