Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse (39m high, 56m above sea level). Where two oceans meet- Southern and Indian- it is also situated in Australia’s most southwesterly point. It was 100% manually operated till 1982 by a clockwork mechanism & kero burner, one of the last in the world. Its beam can shine over the landscape for 48kms.
For a fee of 8AUD, one can gain access to the grounds. Marvel at the restored keeper’s cottages and the great history of the lighthouse which was built in 1895. For 20AUD, one can have a guided climb of the tower.
We also had a quick stopover at the Old Waterwheel (turn off just 100m north of the lighthouse carpark). This was constructed in 1895 to supply water for the builders of the lighthouse.
And we had a quick photo op! Amazing structures along the coast, geological marvels! Lots of wind and water action I saw there. Also see the foliations on the rocks and some bedding planes? Makes you wonder the geological events that shaped them!
Pemberton is nestled in a valley surrounded by magnificent Karri forests of the Gloucester National Park, with its green pastures and vast vineyards. It also hold pride in being a tall timber country, still producing beautiful hand-crafted works.
About 327kms from perth, it may be quite a long drive but I assure you folks, it will be well worth the almost 4 hours of backbreaking but definitely scenic drive. There are a lot of recreational activities to do while at Pemberton- canoeing, fishing, biking, swimming, and bushwalking!
Pemberton is home to Gloucester National Park, with its towering Karri trees and beautiful rivers. We have embarked on a walking trail from the Gloucester look-out tree (61m high and can be climbed by the visitors) passing through the magnificent Karri forest in the guts of Pemberton. The karri trees are actually one of the tallest flowering trees in the world and their hardwood is prized for its fine woodcraft qualities. With no elevated vantage points within the Karri forest to build towers,foresters came up with a smart solution to build fire lookouts on the tallest trees- the Gloucester tree (picture below) being one of them.
This was our itinerary when we went to Bali last 18-22 April 2013.
Day 1- Arrival
Day 2- Watersports at Nusa Dua, GWK Cultural Park, Padang-Padang Beach, Uluwatu Temple (high up the cliffs with hordes of playful macaques along the way), Seafood dinner at Jimbaran bay.
Day 3- City tour on motorbike- Kuta beach, Legian, Semin yak.
Day 4- Whitewater rafting at Ayung River, Kintamani Tour (Batur Volcano and lake), Ubud spice garden visit and coffee-tasting (including Kopi Luwak!), and Tanah Lot (Bali’s iconic postcard-perfect sea temple).
Day 5- Lembongan island tour and stand-up paddle boarding. And the cherry on top- a soothing and well-deserved BALINESE MASSAGE!
I will let the pictures do the talking.