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Augusta AGAIN!



Another opportunity to head south popped up so we packed up the Coaster and headed for Augusta again. What is it about Augusta that just keeps on pulling us back? Well we are making a video that will hopefully answer that question.

We discovered that the temperature gauge in the Coaster wasn't working but as we had a coolant alarm fitted, we were still able to go on with the trip. In the end it turned out that the wire had come off the sender so it was a simple fix.

The drive down was uneventful and after having lunch down by the estuary, we made our way to Boogaloo Campground and settled in.

 

Boogaloo campsite
Boogaloo campsite

 

I discovered that I had put a padlock between the trailer and the Coaster that I didn't have a key for and because I didn't want to drag the trailer everywhere we went, that had to be remedied.

That involved a trip to the local hardware store and the purchase of an angle grinder.

The following day was for a bit of travel and exploration so we drove north through Margaret River and on to Gracetown. We came back through Cowaramup and managed to visit a few interesting shops as well as the Deer Farm.

 

Cowaramup
Cowaramup

 

Lunch was a pulled pork pie from Witchy Pies. Not a bad pie but not as good as the ones we get from Dardanup Bakery.

Although we hadn't driven all that far, it was quite a tiring day, so tiring that we didn't even bother with a proper dinner.

Next morning we visited the Lions Op-Shop but I am not sure why we bother going to this place. Even when I do see something interesting, the price is usually so ridiculously high that I won't buy it anyway.

That was the case again this time, when I saw and old tri-pod but the price was $50!!! I don't know who does the pricing in that place but they need a reality check. I might have paid $20 but no way I was going to pay as much as $50.

From there we just spent the day mooching along the coast from Augusta to Cape Leeuwin. It was a very restful day compared to the one before.

 

Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin

 

Just before 5pm we headed back to Boogaloo driving in bright sunshine, by the time we arrived, so had the grey skies and rain. It is amazing how quickly the weather can change in this area.

The weather continued to be odd the following day. It started with heavy cloud and rain but thankfully by mid-morning the sky cleared and the sun was back out again.

I even tried to do a bit of beach fishing but only managed to catch 3 undersized King George whiting. Score: Fish 3, Me 0.

Turned out to be a very lazy day just sitting in what I think is my favourite spot on the planet near the Colour Patch store. Blue sparkling water, people enjoying a beautiful sunny Sunday, walking, swimming, fishing, kite surfing, wind boarding, kayaking and boating. It felt rather decadent to just sit, enjoy and watch the world go by but bit by bit, it was re-charging my personal 'batteries'.

 

Augusta
Augusta

 

I did finally manage to visit the Augusta Museum. I don't know why I have never been inside before considering the number of times we have been to the town.

The entry fee is $7.50 or $5.50 concession. Although it didn't look much from the outside, the exhibits are interesting and very well presented.

There are details on the early settlers, the various enterprises that flourished such as M.C. Davies and Co. and a whole host of interesting local history memorabilia to look through.

I would highly recommend a visit to the museum to anyone who would like to find out a bit more about the area.

 

Augusta Museum
Augusta Museum

 

The last full day in Augusta was started off doing some housekeeping and chores around the Coaster.

I had also been trying to shoot a video on our solar system but the sun did not cooperate, so that is still on the list of projects waiting to be done.

After the work was complete, we drove along the cape and found it was back to it windy self. The past few days the wind had been coming from the north or had been light, so the sea along the cape had been unusually calm.

 

Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin

 

It had been a long time since we had visited Canebrake Pool and since there is a camp ground there, I decided that it would be a good spot to spend a night.

Just before turning off Osmington Road to Canebrake Pool Road, we went on a few metres to have a look at St. John the Evangelist church. It turned out to be worth looking as the church is open to the public and we got to see inside.

 

St John The Evangelist church
St. John The Evangelist church

 

The last time we visited Canebrake was almost exactly 10 years ago and back then, the road in from the Margaret River end was really rough. This time it wasn't much better so we just took our time driving slowly over the corrugations.

There are three main areas at the pool, the day use area where you can swim, the main campsite with 9 large camping bays and an overflow area which seems to be a local hoon hang-out as there was litter everywhere.

 

Canebrake Pool
Canebrake Pool

 

Pets are allowed at the site which is unusual for a DPaW campsite and facilities include wood fired BBQs (that you can't use from December to April 14th), toilets (at the day use area) and two mini-skip rubbish bins in the camping area.

It was a warmish day at about 34C, so after setting up camp, I walked down to the pool and had a nice refreshing dip.

There were a few march flies around but not too many so we just relaxed for the remainder of the day and dipped into the pool every time it got a bit too warm.

There are hairy Marron living in this pool and they are a threatened species and so are completely protected. No marroning is allowed here.

 

Canebrake Pool campsite
Canebrake Pool campsite

 

It was a beautiful peaceful night but as the following day was also forecast to be pretty hot, we decided to pack up and head toward home.

The road heading north from Canebrake, was in much better shape that the one coming in from the south so it wasn't long before we reached the Bussel Highway.

We called in at Herron Point on the way just to see whether it was busy and yes it was almost full and there was little or no breeze so we decided to keep going and not stay out the extra night.

 

Herron Point
Herron Point

 

As trips go, this one hadn't been overly productive but we did have a nice break and the Coaster managed not to break down. Every time we get home under our own power is regarded as a good trip.

 

Updated February 2019

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Places to see on this trip:

Augusta

Margaret River

Gracetown

Cowaramup

Cape Leeuwin

 

Gracetown
Water wheel
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Herron Point

 

 

 

 

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