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Our journeys around Australia

Western Australia at the start of our journey

19-Oct-2004
   
Arrived at Busselton and are staying at a caravan park to clean up a bit after bush camping. Busselton is a small seaside town in Geographe Bay south west of Perth. It's also close to Margaret River so we will explore a vineyard of two while we are here. Busselton is famous for it's jetty, which is almost 2.5km long. It's a bit like Hythe Pier and even has a little train that goes out to the end. Unlike Hythe Pier though, the water is crystal clear. At the end they have built an underwater viewing observatory where you can walk down to the seabed and look out through very large windows at the fishes and other marine life.

  

Busselton Jetty
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Also close by is Cape Naturaliste and we drove to the lighthouse at the top of the Cape and had a look around. All of the top part of the lighthouse and the inner workings were made in the UK and shipped out in 1900. Most of it is still working.

  

There are several large sandy bays on the northern Geographe Bay but the coastline just around the corner, which faces west, is very different, high cliffs and very rocky but with sandy coves in between.

Sugar Loaf - Cape Naturaliste

The Sugar Loaf
Smiths Beach There are several large sandy bays on the northern Geographe Bay but the coastline just around the corner, which faces west, is very different, high cliffs and very rocky but with sandy coves in between.

  

Sugar Loaf - Cape Naturaliste

Surf at Smiths Beach

The swell that comes in from the Indian Ocean provides some excellent surfing on beaches in this area. Of course, one of the better beaches is Smiths Beach and there was good surf on the day we visited.