If you’re looking for small-town charm, Augusta is packed with it. This seaside town is bursting with charm and natural beauty, making it the perfect weekend escape.
Located just 30 minutes south of Margaret River, you’ll find yourself situated in the further southwest corner of Western Australia where the Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean meet. The town and surrounding region are jam-packed with natural attractions, recreational activities, historical sites, and more.
SEE & DO
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest mainland lighthouse in Australia and offers the best views of Augusta. Situated at the most south-westerly point of Australia, it is still a working lighthouse used for vessel navigation. Climb the 186 steps to reach the top for a spectacular vantage point for spotting whales. Guided tours run every half hour or you can opt to leisurely explore at your own pace.
Just 10 minutes from the town centre, you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Augusta at the lookout. You can witness the beauty of the ocean, forest, and farmland all from one spot. Plus, the drive along Hillview Road to the lookout offers fantastic scenery itself.
A visit to Jewel Cave is one of the most memorable experiences you can have in the southwest. Your inner explorer will marvel at the sights as you wander through three massive chambers within the crystal-encrusted cave. Enjoy a fully guided one-hour tour as you uncover the magical creations that have formed within the cave over thousands of years.
Whale Watching Tour
Offering one of Australia’s longest whale-watching seasons, Augusta is the perfect spot to witness these majestic creatures. The best time to spot the whales swimming through the Augusta waters is between May and September. Multiple tour operators in the area provide half-day and full-day tours, giving you the chance to witness humpback, pygmy, and blue whales in their natural habitat.
Blackwood River Cruise
If you’re a nature lover, a cruise of the Blackwood River is the perfect addition to your trip. The serenity of the river offers a peaceful experience coupled with fantastic scenery. You’ll get to enjoy the tranquillity of cruising through the river while learning from the informed tour guide. Cruises depart from the Ellis Street jetty daily at 10 am.
Augusta Historical Museum
Discover Augusta’s fascinating past by stopping in at the Augusta Historical Museum. The small museum is rated as one of the best in the region, allowing visitors to step back in time and discover Augusta’s rich history dating back to 1830. The museum is only open from 1 pm to 4 pm daily, so make sure you plan ahead for this one.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to pristine beaches in the Augusta region. From soft white sand, to clear blue waters, a day spent beach hopping is worth doing no matter the weather. The following beaches are all within 20 minutes of Augusta:
- Cosy Corner – Located just 17km from town, the views from Cosy Corner are spectacular. You’ll have a small trek to reach the beach, but usually sheltered from the harsh wind, it’s a great swimming spot. Plus, you’ll discover several blowholes that can shoot water up to six metres high.
- Hamelin Bay – Known for its friendly population of sting rays, Hamelin Bay is an icon of the south west. Perfect for a day of fishing, swimming, or snorkelling.
- Flinders Bay – Located in the heart of Augusta, this local beach offers crystal-clear water perfect for swimming and paddle boarding. There are also picnic and BBQ facilities for public use.
- Granny’s Pool – Located just next door to Flinder’s Bay, is a large natural rock pool known as Granny’s Pool. This is a great spot for beginner snorkelers.
EAT & DRINK
You haven’t really visited a small town unless you’ve stopped in at the local pub, and Augusta is home to one of the best. This charming pub sits at the top of a hill overlooking the river and ocean. Offering all your pub staples, the Augusta Hotel is the perfect spot to fill up on lunch or dinner while enjoying an amazing view.
If you want to enjoy some of the region’s best wine, then Glenarty Road is the place to go. This unique venue can be found just 15 minutes north of Augusta’s town centre. The rustic farmhouse sits amongst the working vineyards offering local wine and produce in an unforgettable farm-to-table style experience. You can enjoy a tasting at their relaxing wine bar or enjoy a farm-style feast at their charming restaurant.
Blue Ocean Fish & Chips
Sometimes you just have a craving for some good old-fashioned fish and chips – and Blue Ocean Fish and Chips won’t disappoint. Offering a delicious seafood lunch, Blue Ocean is a favourite amongst locals and visitors. They have plenty of freshly caught fish on the menu, often including dhufish, whiting, and bronze-whaler shark. Keep it casual and order your favourite selections for takeaway and enjoy a fish and chip picnic down at the foreshore.
Colourpatch Cafe & Bar
This is an Augusta hotspot for a reason. The Colourpatch Cafe & Bar offers a fun and fresh vibe offering great views and even better dining. The menu is full of delicious seafood options and there are plenty of local wines to try. If you’re looking for a groovy Instagram backdrop, the bar is actually a wooden yacht – need we say more?
Augusta Bakery & Cafe
There is nothing quite like a small-town bakery. The award-winning Augusta Bakery offers up all the incredible sweet and savoury goodness you can imagine. They’ve been open since 1948 and are most well-known for their delicious pies. All their cakes, pastries, pies, and bread are made fresh on-site. This place has everything you need for a quick lunch or afternoon pick-me-up.
Hamelin Bay Wines
If you’re looking for a spot to relax and unwind with friends, Hamelin Bay Wines is the perfect place. Their cellar door and winery showcase fresh local ingredients and wine that embody the character of Margaret River. This winery is named after the stunning Hamelin Bay, Augusta’s neighbour, which is a coastal paradise renowned for its natural beauty. You can enjoy sweeping views of the vineyard and Rushy Creek Valley while enjoying a relaxed lunch at the restaurant or wine tasting at the cellar door.