Augusta

Humpback whale, Suzanne Long / Auscape International

Population 1072

The town of Augusta lies in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The state's third-oldest settlement sits high on the slopes of the Hardy Inlet, overlooking the mouth of the Blackwood River and the waters of Flinders Bay. Just beyond it lies Cape Leeuwin with its unforgettable signpost dividing the oceans: the Southern Ocean to the south and the Indian Ocean to the west.

Visitor Information

75 Blackwood Ave; (08) 9758 0166

www.margaretriver.com

Nearby national parks

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

  • Mount Frankland National Park

    Mount Frankland, known as Caldyanup to the local Aboriginal people, rises up out of the karri, tingle and jarrah forests north of Walpole....more

Nearby towns

  • Margaret River

    One of the best known towns in Western Australia, Margaret River is synonymous with world-class wines, magnificent coastal scenery,...more

  • Nannup

    Nannup is a historic mill town in the Blackwood Valley south of Perth. Known as 'The Garden Village', it has beautiful private and public...more

  • Yallingup

    Yallingup, known for its limestone caves and world-class surf breaks, is also an ideal location for swimming, fishing and beachcombing....more

In Town

Augusta Historical Museum Augusta's difficult beginning in 1830 is documented in this collection of artefacts and photographs. An exhibit details the 1986 rescue of whales that beached themselves near the town. Blackwood Ave; (08) 9758 0465.

Crafters Croft: locally made handcrafts, jams, emu-oil products; Ellis St.

Nearby

Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park This park extends 120 km from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. Close to Augusta are 3 major attractions: Cape Leeuwin, Jewel Cave and Hamelin Bay. Cape Leeuwin (8 km SW) marks the most south-westerly point of Australia. Climb 176 steps to the top of the limestone lighthouse, mainland Australia's tallest. Nearby is the Old Water Wheel, built in 1895 from timber that has since calcified, giving it the appearance of stone. Jewel Cave (8 km NW on Caves Rd) is renowned for its limestone formations, including the longest straw stalactite found in any tourist cave. At Hamelin Bay (18 km NW) a windswept beach and the skeleton of an old jetty give little indication of the massive amounts of jarrah and karri that were once transported from here. In the heyday of the local timber industry, the port's exposure to the treacherous north-west winds resulted in 11 wrecks. These now form the state's most unusual Heritage Trail: the Hamelin Bay Wreck Trail, for experienced divers. See also Margaret River and Dunsborough.

The Landing Place: where the first European settlers landed in 1830; 3 km S.

Whale Rescue Memorial: commemorates the 1986 rescue of beached pilot whales; 4 km S.

Matthew Flinders Memorial: Flinders began mapping the Australian coastline from Cape Leeuwin in December 1801; 5 km S.

Alexandra Bridge: picnic and camping spot with towering jarrah trees and beautiful wildflowers in season; 10 km N.

Boranup Maze and Lookout: the maze offers a short walking track under trellis, while the lookout provides a picnic area with panoramic views towards the coast; 18 km N.

Augusta–Busselton Heritage Trail: 100 km trail traces the history of the area through the pioneering Bussell and Molloy families, who settled in Augusta only to move further up the coast looking for suitable agricultural land; contact visitor centre for map.

Blackwood River: meanders 500 km through wheat-belt plains and forested valleys to its broad estuary at Augusta. Secluded spots between Nannup and Alexandra Bridge offer tranquil camping, fishing, swimming and canoeing.

Cruises: Blackwood River and Hardy Inlet.

Marron in season: fishing licence required and available at the post office; Blackwood Ave.

Whale-watching: charter boats and coastal vantage points offer sightings of migrating humpback whales (June–Aug) and southern right whales (June–Oct), plus pods of dolphins and fur seals; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Dunsborough 79 km

Dunsborough is about three hours’ drive south of Perth, and offers beach, rock and boat fishing. Local fishing store operator Damien Lane says the rock ledges produce salmon in autumn and winter, Samson fish,... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Walking the Cape to Cape Track 6 km

One of Western Australia’s brilliant longdistance walks, the Cape to Cape Walk covers 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, going through coastal heath, wildflowers, jarrah–marri forest... Find out more


Caving - Southern Western Australia 7 km

Six limestone caves in the Capes region are open to the public and there are self-guided and adventure-caving options. Jewel Cave is the largest of Western Australia’s tourist caves and has beautiful formations... Find out more


Cycle tour - Margaret River 41 km

You can explore this scenic region at your own pace, including wineries, karri forests, caves and beaches on a bike. Dirty Detours hires bikes in Margaret River and runs a one-day, off-road Sip and Cycle tour, while... Find out more


Margaret River canoe tour 41 km

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours will take you canoeing down the quiet Margaret River, with opportunities to see kangaroos, bushtucker- bearing plants and heritage sites on a guided four-hour excursion. There is time... Find out more


Wardan Aboriginal Centre 75 km

The cultural centre for the Wardandi people, this rammed-earth building in Yallingup has Aboriginal art displays, guided tours, toolmaking and spear-throwing workshops and dance demonstrations.... Find out more


Snorkelling around Busselton and Augusta 76 km

The marine life growing off and feeding near the historic 1841-metre Busselton Jetty makes it one of the easiest and best snorkelling and dive sites in Western Australia. The Underwater Observatory (see entry below) at... Find out more


Four-wheel-drive tours around Pemberton and Albany 82 km

Pemberton Discovery Tours is a carbon-neutral business that runs 4WD and tag-along tours through the great karri forests, along beaches and through dune systems, with a particular focus on environmental impact. There are... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Colourpatch Take Away Cafe & Restaurant

Serving home-style food sourced locally, this riverside cafe claims to be ‘the last eating-house before the Antarctic’. Although it’s debatable whether the cafe is en-route to an Antarctic adventure,... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Cowaramup Brewing Company 53 km

This family-owned microbrewery, based in the Margaret River wine-producing belt, first fired up in December 2006. Cowaramup can be tricky to pronounce for some visitors (correctly: Ca-rara-mup) and the locals often refer... Find out more


Bootleg Brewery 63 km

Established in 1994 in the Margaret River wine region, this long-running craft brewery bills itself as ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’. The metaphor never quite rang true and even less so in recent... Find out more


Campsites around town

Turner Caravan Park 1 km

Within walking distance of the Augusta town centre, the park is beside the Blackwood River and has easy access to the nearby beach, where swimming, fishing and boating are popular activities. Share your catch with the... Find out more


Flinders Bay Caravan Park 3 km

There’s a range of sites in pleasant surroundings at this caravan park, 3 km south of the Augusta town centre, off Albany Tce. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and native bushland, activities such as swimming,... Find out more


Hamelin Bay Holiday Park 16 km

Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is set on a sweeping section of a beautiful bay where ships once harboured in the timber-milling days. Catch the night’s dinner from the ocean and cook it around the campfire in the... Find out more


Alexandra Bridge camping area 17 km

Set beside the Blackwood River 26 km north-east of Augusta on Clarke Dr, this secluded campsite makes the most of the diverse forest landscape on the east side of Alexandra Bridge. With a good range of visitor facilities... Find out more


Boranup camping area 18 km

This small, shady camping area in the forest has access for small vans only. Follow the signpost on Boranup Dr, off Caves Rd, 10 km north-west of Karridale. Come equipped with drinking water.... Find out more


Chapman Pool camping area 25 km

This small camping area near the river is 25 km south-east of Margaret River via the Bussell Hwy and Warner Glen Rd. Good facilities are provided in a peaceful forest setting, with swimming, fishing and canoeing the main... Find out more


Point Road camping area 28 km

On Point Rd, 21 km south-west of Margaret River off Boranup Dr, this campground has 4WD access to a delightfully forested area with small campsites close to a fishing and surfing beach. You need to come equipped with... Find out more


Conto camping area 28 km

This camping area has a good range of facilities in natural surroundings. It’s near the magnificent scenery and numerous activities offered by this beautiful stretch of coast, and also in close proximity to several... Find out more


Sues Bridge camping area 34 km

This small, secluded camping area is in the forest on Sues Rd, off the Brockman Hwy, 38 km east of Karridale. Campers will find a good range of facilities here while enjoying such activities as fishing, swimming and... Find out more


Black Point camping area 37 km

Black Point is the most northerly campsite in the park, with stunning coastal scenery providing the backdrop for keen anglers and surfers. It’s 70 km south-west of Nannup via Black Point Rd, which is closed from... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Turner Caravan Park 1 km

This is a large waterfront park in the heart of town, with wide sprawling lawns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Hamelin Bay Holiday Park 16 km

This is a national park camping ground with great facilities for caravans and motorhomes.It is right alongside the beach and has a kiosk that sells basic necessities. There is a minimum-stay period.... Find out more


Margaret River Tourist Park 40 km

Located 1 km from the centre of town, this park is a convenient base to explore the popular Margaret River holiday region. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Taunton Farm Holiday Park 56 km

We think this is possibly the best base for exploring the wonderful Margaret River region and its many wineries. It is a quality park in a great farm setting and we always enjoy our stays here. Bookings are required in... Find out more


Big4 Peppermint Park 73 km

This is one of the neatest parks we have visited in recent times. The camp kitchen has to one of the best we have seen in a part of Australia that is renowned for quality parks. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more


Mandalay Holiday Resort 74 km

This is an excellent quality caravan park for tourists. It is just across the road from the beach and about 4 km from the town centre. There is a popular resort-style pool and large grassy playing area. Holiday periods... Find out more


Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 74 km

This is a very good quality park in the very popular holiday town of Busselton. Sites are at a premium here in holiday periods, when the price of powered sites soars. Bookings are required at peak times and a... Find out more


Yallingup Beach Holiday Park 76 km

This park is in the centre of Yallingup. The popular surfing beach is just metres away and the resort-style holiday centre is just a brief stroll from the gate. The park is very well maintained and has particularly good... Find out more


Pemberton Caravan Park 81 km

This is a spacious place with lots of shade and trees, just 1 km from the town centre. The budget-priced park has basic amenities, and a natural-style pool right next door. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Augusta Sheoak Chalets

Situated just three kilometres from Augusta, the Sheoak Chalets offer panoramic rural views from the Leeuwin ridge. Karri trees tower above the four chalets that sleep from two to 16 guests. Each of the timber chalets is... Find out more


Baywatch Manor

For the budget conscious, Baywatch Manor makes for a relaxed stay. The modern Federation-style lodge is conveniently close to town and offers views of the Blackwood River, Southern Ocean and national parks. The lodge can... Find out more


Best Western Augusta Georgina Molloy Motel

The Georgina Molloy is centrally located to the region’s attractions and a short stroll from Augusta’s shops and cafes. Ideal for families, all rooms have cooking facilities, family rooms, interconnecting... Find out more


Blackwood River Houseboats

For an alternative option, why not test your sea legs and stay aboard a houseboat? An ‘A’-class driver’s licence is all you need to skipper once you’ve received your instructions. On board... Find out more


Brilea Cottages and B&B

Within a grove of peppermint trees, Brilea is nestled between Augusta and Margaret River. The two cottages, Rose or Lavender, are self-contained and both have two bedrooms, with the wood fire and spa adding a touch of... Find out more


Molloy Island Hideaway

Molloy Island Hideaway is a lovely getaway as long as you don’t mind the noisy neighbours, which consist of birds, kangaroos, lizards, frogs and possums. Sleeping ten comfortably, humans that is, it also has a... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Burnside Bungalows 47 km

At Margaret River you can stay on this certified organic and biodynamic farm that produces mulberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, avocados and olives. The accommodation is in cottages made with rammed earth and... Find out more


Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat 63 km

Set in a 40-hectare conservation reserve protected from feral predators, with woylies, bandicoots and other animals roaming around, the self-contained chalets here have everything you could want, including local... Find out more


Yallingup Strawbale Retreat 73 km

The two retreats here have walls built of straw. You can collect eggs for your breakfast, or see what is in season in the orchard.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Alexandra Bridge camping area 17 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

On a riverbank 2km north-west of the highway via Clarke Dr.


McLeod Creek Rest Area 21 km

23 km N of Augusta (L) or 20 km S of Margaret River (R)

Secluded area just off the highway among the trees. Good shade.


Chapman Pool camping area 26 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded bush setting 9km north of the highway via Warner Glen Rd.


Conto camping area 29 km

T/O at Karridale

Whistlers Way campsite is located 19km north-west of the highway via Bushby, Caves and Conto rds. It's in a secluded bushland setting near the coast in Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park. Other campsites available. Only Whistlers Way campsite suitable for large vans.


Sues Bridge camping area 34 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.


Canebrake rest area 38 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.


Barrabup Pool camping area 64 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.


Willow Springs camping area 77 km

T/O 24km W of Bridgetown (L) or 21km E of Nannup (R)

Secluded in the forest 5km (unsealed) south of the highway via Wetherley and Gold Gully rds.


Karri Gully Rest Area 80 km

26 km W of Bridgetown (R) or 19 km E of Nannup (L)

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.


Jarrah Park rest area 82 km

21km W of Bridgetown (R) or 24km E of Nannup (L)

Small secluded area in the forest.


Diamond Tree Lookout Park Area 88 km

10 km S of Manjimup (R) or 108 km N of Walpole (L)

Small area just off the highway in the forest. Good facilities and shade.


Ironstone Gully camping area 89 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.


What's on around town

Augusta River Festival: Mar.

Rapid Ascent Adventure Race: Nov.

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