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.
I have been feeling so uninspired lately that even a simple blog post (90% content of which will be photos for obvious reasons) seems like a freaking workout. My muse has eluded me and my journal now looks like a planner with just phrases and tasks accomplished for the day. Nevertheless, i have mustered all my energy to update this blog so please (my extinct readership) bear with me.
3 May 2013| Lancelin Dunes, The Pinnacles Desert, Stromatolites, Lake Thetis, Cervantes, and Jurien Bay
STROMATOLITES. Living fossils. Now seeing modern versions of earth’s oldest life forms. Tagging geol friends! — at Lake Thetis.
Seagull-spotting seems like a good hobby although less productive as knitting or growing mushrooms or making dead mice dioramas. But hey, aren’t all hobbies supposed to be that way – at Lancelin
Another seagull shot (Jurien Bay)
We have fed the seagulls in Cervantes with chips to have this shot taken. Manipulative humans for the sake of a quality photograph. Now this is totally unethical. haha
Great migrations- creepy crawlies edition. I got goosebumps when I saw this at Lancelin… then I imagined the caterpillars doing the conga line.Tata Tata Ta Ta!
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” –Francois Rabelais
Sorrento Quay. Hillarys boat harbour. Such a scenic spot the time of day this shot was taken, with the reflections of the beautiful seaside apartments enough to justify the high rent and cost of living. Great place to catch the sunset!
Lancelin dunes- perfect for a scifi movie action scene shoot!
The pinnacles at Nambung National Park are actually limestone pillars weathered through thousands of years of wind action. Wonderful sight to behold, like thousands of tombstones jutting out from the yellow sands!
Exploring the great outdoors and the scorching heat of the desert sun.