Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 16 The heights and the depths

Having considered and admired the lilies of the field (yesterday) we have now discovered via the local paper that Arum Lilies in this part of the world are a noxious weed! On to today...

Driving 40 kms down the coast we arrive at the Jewel Cave. This is again a lovely tourist destination and an amazing geological find. It was discovered in 1901.  On our tour of the cave were a number of grey nomads and a family with three delightful little boys who made asides and comments particulary identifying the sights of the caves with Harry Potter books. We reflected that these amazing caves do somehow resemble sci fi and children's sets except of course they are the real thing. 

Ray at the entrance to
Jewel Cave

One of the many photos taken inside the
cave - none of which really do justice
to the reality.

We descended this time 172 steps or 42 metres below the surface into a wonderworld of a number of adjoining cavernous spaces full of stalegtites and stalegmites and we today discovered the "heliotite" that grow horizontally. This cave is beautifully lit for tourist purposes and has many unique formations.

We travelled on for another half hour to Augusta and then on to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse which is the most south westerly point of mainland Australia. We ascended about 170 steps to the top of Australia's tallest lighthouse and experienced panoramic views and strong winds - apparently it was only a zephyr there today. From this point you can clearly see the waves of the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean intersecting and in fact colliding.

Ray and Glenys Oceans apart!
Ray in the Southern Ocean
Glenys in the Indian Ocean
The waves collide in the background
between them.

Before leaving the Lighthouse precinct we called Ray's mum, Nell, to wish her a happy birthday. The reception was so clear it sounded like she was just next door.

 We are now in a town called Pemberton for the evening and tomorrow on our way to Albany.

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