Cape Leeuwin, the south-western point of mainland Australia, is one of the three great southern capes, along with Cape Horn at the tip of South America and the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.
For cruisers attempting to circumnavigate Australia, however, it has long been a point of consternation. It’s the place where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet and is famous for its strong westerly winds and huge swells, as well as for shifting sand banks and numerous hidden reefs. Most cruisers give it a wide berth, passing well out to sea under the watchful gaze of the Leeuwin lighthouse.
Until now, the major problem for cruisers has been the lack of a safe overnight anchorage when sailing between Cape Naturaliste, which guards Geographe Bay and the towns of Busselton and Dunsborough, and Albany on the south coast.
Now, however, thanks to the Western Australian Royalties for Regions program, cruisers have a safe haven at the new $36.47 million Augusta boat harbour. The new facility was officially opened in November 2014 after almost three years of construction, including the creation of 600 metre and 150 metre breakwaters using 500,000 tonnes of granite from the onsite quarry and 40,000 cubic metres of imported sand fill.
Read the full article by Roger McMillan at My Sailing