vrijdag 18 januari 2013

Cape Leeuwin


            

Heather always sents me the most awesome postcards! This time I picked out this card myself as I think this view is just smashingly beautiful. Can you imagine yourself standing there on the beach, witnessing this colorful sunset /sunrise alone or with someone you love and feeling you're on top of the world? I do and it would feel damn great!  By the way, after having read the information below, I finally understand where Leeuwin comes from, as that is 100% Dutch.


Cape Leeuwin is well worth the journey, with its windswept "land's end" feel, especially on a moody day. A Dutch captain named the cape after his ship in 1622, and Matthew Flinders began the onerous task of mapping Australia's coast right here in 1851. From the top of mainland Australia's tallest lighthouse (daily 8.45am–5pm; tours every 40min; entrance fee $5, tour $14), built in 1895 and still operational, you can contemplate Australia's most treacherous reef and your own location – halfway between the equator and Antarctic coast. There's a busy café on site. Nearby, an old water wheel, originally constructed for the lighthouse builders, is petrified in salt.
Hikers may want to consider the 140-kilometre coastal walk from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste, the Cape to Cape Track, which can be tackled in five separate stages. The DEC office in Busselton (08/9752 1677) can provide information, although the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse store has maps and advice. [source: roughguides.com]

Thank you very much Heather!

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