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L or Lake
I really wanted to write about (Cape) Leeuwin Lighthouse but as I have already cheated on (Old) Government House, I thought I better stick to my own rules. Instead, I have chosen to share with you this photo from Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in Western Australia.
Cape Leeuwin is the most south-westerly mainland point of Australia, named by English navigator Matthew Flinders after the first ship to visit the area, the Dutch vessel Leeuwin (Lioness). On the edge of Geographe Bay is Cape Naturaliste, named respectively after the ships of French navigator Nicholas Baudin. Quite thrillingly (well for me at least), Cape Leeuwin is said to be the point where the Indian and Southern Ocean’s converge. To be honest, when you are standing on the point gazing into the ocean, all you can see are whitecaps and choppy waves, as the howling wind tries to blow you all the way to South Africa. It would be much easier to identify the convergence point if say, one ocean was green and the other pink but they are both just a deep, cerulean blue so you have to use your imagination.
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park stretches between these two capes, made up of dense karri and jarrah forests and a rugged coastline. The 135km Cape to Cape Track traverses the area between the two points, past plenty of beautiful bays with azure water and white sands. As enticing as those bays are, in reality they are quite desolate. Standing in the sun with the sea glittering and hot sand underfoot there is little shade and a constant buffeting from the wind. The scrub has long ago been beaten into submission. There’s no getting away from the fact though, that the views are gorgeous.
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is part of the an area of WA that is broadly known as Margaret River. Famous for its Cabernet-Sauvignon wines, we visited as part of a longer trip to WA. The wine is indeed wonderful but I discovered that Margaret River has a lot more on offer including of course, some excellent Lighthouses.