Through Leeuwin-Naturaliste National ParkOn 26. February 2020 by Cookie
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park spans along the coast in the south western part of Western Australia, near the Margaret River region. A year ago, we went to see the northernmost cape, Cape Naturaliste, this time we drove straight on to get to Canal Rocks.
The rock formation lies at the end of a winding road through a landscape that reminded us of Kangaroo Island down ins South Australia, where we had been a few years ago. As usual in Australia, a boardwalk led along the rocks to a platform from where you are able to see the gap in the rocks, through which the waves break that are coming in from the Indian Ocean. Were you to look straight ahead from here, along the curvature of the earth, there would be 8000 kilometers of nothing, and then South Africa.
Once again we were able to spot a school of dolphins, playing and hunting in the bay.
Originally, we wanted to go one hop further to Injidup Natural Spa, but when we arrived there, it was so busy and we did hardly find a parking spot for the Quokkamobil, so we just drove on. The same experience we had in the popular holiday destination and surfer’s paradise, Yallingup. We decided to go on, towards the south.
Through karri forest
On we went, throught the karri forests along the coast. The karri tree, Eukalyptus diversicolor, only grows in this southern region. The forests are impressive, the trees grow to 50 meters of hight or more. A true jungle.
Some kinds of eukalytpus trees produce a reddish to blackish resin, when the trunk is damaged. “Kino” is the botanical name for that. Commonly, these eukalyptus trees are thus referred to as “red gum” or “black gum”.
On the other end of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the second of the name givin capes is located. Cape Leeuwin with its well known white lighthouse is just a few kilometers away from the relaxed town of Augusta. It was quite windy and overcast when we got there, so the landscape was even more dramatic.
The historic water wheel was used to pump water for the built when the lighthouse was build. Today it is operated by an electric pump, to prevent the wood of the pipe from drying.