Going on holidays is always exciting, enjoyable and usually expensive. Not so with the little town of Augusta, the most south-westerly town in Australia, situated 322kms from Perth.
Of course there are the usual touristy things you can do and see which will cost you an arm and a leg but there are also a few things that you can do without spending much at all, apart from quality time with your family and loved ones.
1. Granny's Pool
This is the perfect place to take the family for a swim on a warm summer's day. The area is naturally sheltered with a reef/rock outcrop which frames the ocean like a swimming pool. It is located along Leeuwin Road in Flinders Bay . However, it is a little hard to find. The only signpost to show that you've reached your destination is a painted sign on the barrier at the car park.
2. Whale Watching
Who needs a boat to see a whale? All you need is a keen eye or a pair of binoculars. Southern Right and Humpback Whales regularly travel up and down the coast during May to November following the Leeuwin Current. You'll know the places to stop when you see more than the usual amount of cars parked up on the kerb and keen visitors jostling for good views on the rocks that line the coast. It is always an exciting sight when you find a whale that hasn't been spotted by others first.
For dolphins, head down to any of the local jetties in town. We grabbed our breakfast and sat on the Turner Street Jetty and while enjoying the peace, relaxation and sunshine, we were lucky enough to spot a pod of river dolphins swimming by.
Keen fishermen are spoilt for choice in Augusta. You can fish off the rocks, from a boat, from the beaches and off the jetties. There is even a jetty dedicated for the use of people with disabilities located at Dead Finish. Fish caught range from whiting, bream, flatheads, herring, tailor and salmon.
5. The Road Less Travelled
Instead of travelling down the usual coastal route from Perth to Augusta, next time turn off onto Sue's Road. The turn off is just before Busselton. The road is wide and windy, easy to drive on and holds much less traffic. On your way you will pass Sue's Bridge Campground and Day Use area. An excellent place to stop to stretch your legs while admiring the expanse and beauty of the Blackwood River. Take a short bushwalk from the car park to the bridge.
After turning off onto Brockman Highway towards Augusta you will also travel over Alexander's Bridge – another great place to stop and maybe even wet a line.
Another quiet road is Skippy Rock Road. It is an alternate road to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. As you round the bend towards the lighthouse, you will be rewarded with the best view of the lighthouse in town as you can clearly see where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
So, your holiday experiences don't always need to cost you, especially when you are in such a naturally beautiful place like Augusta.