WESTERN AUSTRALIA PART 2
FUEL & SUPPLIES
Fuel is available in Pemberton, Augusta, Margaret River and various other places along this route
There is a good mix of sealed and unsealed road on this trip so changing your pressures regularly is recommended. One the dunes you will need to drop to at least 16psi especially if towing and some of the coastal tracks will need 25psi to make the ride comfortable.
PERMITS AND FEES
All camping sites are within National Parks so fees do apply, book online to avoid disappointment. Jewel Cave and both Lighthouses also have tours that are charged per person.
The Pemberton area in Western Australia is best known for its spectacular forests of karri and other native trees. But rising suddenly out of this forest – and slowly creeping inland – is an expanse of big sand dunes on the move. These are the Yeagarup Dunes, the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere.
The sand dunes are about 20km southwest of Pemberton, and are an odd sight when you first come upon them, rising up to 40m above otherwise normal forest. They form a ten kilometre long body of sand being blown inland, swallowing the forest at a rate of about 4 metres each year. Slow, but unstoppable.
CAPE LEEUWIN LIGHTHOUSE
The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at Augusta is situated at the tip of a spectacular peninsula where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet – the most south-westerly point of Australia. Take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from local limestone in 1895, and is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating the treacherous cape. As the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a must-see attraction
Entering Jewel Cave is a surreal experience like no other. Jewel Cave is an underground wonderland – a dazzling visual display of some of nature’s finest and most meticulous work. Admire creations that have taken thousands of years to form – the stalactites and helictites have to be seen to be believed, stretching and suspended across the ceiling like vines and dancing cobwebs.
This recently discovered treasure trove, with its intricate decorations and sheer magnitude is home to one of the longest straw stalactites to be found in any tourist cave in the world. Your awe-inspiring crystal journey is perfectly complemented with the Karri Walk at the end of your visit.