Cape Leeuwin, Australia

On the most south-westerly point of Australia, stands a grand and captivating structure – the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse – still fully operational, and one that has reduced the number of shipwrecks from 22 before its time, to only 1 since it was built in 1895. Constructed of limestone, this 176 steps ascent brings us over 31metres above ground, and boasts views of where two oceans meet.

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An amazing fact I’d gathered was that the lighthouse ran on a clockwork mechanism and kerosene burner until 1982, when electricity was introduced to its operations. How does it feel to be left in a corner of the world and forgotten despite all that progress?!

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6 thoughts on “Cape Leeuwin, Australia

  1. The photos look beautiful with that blue sky. The southern parts of WA have been battered by bad weather recently but that lighthouse looks like a safe place to shelter in a storm! šŸ˜€

  2. Something about exploring capes and lighthouses that is just strangely alluring. They are often eventful, mundane, but always make you wonder about and around.

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