|A relatively early start for a drive to Augusta to visit the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. We travelled down the highway and arrived in time to take the tour to climb the lighthouse. Little did we know that the narrow steps were the start of many that we were to take today. It was a beautifully sunny day and the views from the top of the lighthouse were spectacular - the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean at the furtherest South-West point of Australia. We also had a look at the water wheel that was connected to the springs that was the original water supply for the lighthouse. It is all seized from the mineralisation. The boys just loved climbing all over the rocks. We then drove back into Augusta and took the Albany Crescent scenic view along the opening of the Blackwood River. We were given the suggestion for the drive by Paul the guide at the lighthouse and it was a lovely drive. We had some lunch under a tree next to a small jetty. Augusta is a very pretty place and well worth a visit. We then drove back along the Caves Road to Jewel Cave, a few kilometres from Augusta. This cave was only opened to the public about 50 years ago and did have water in it but sadly as is the case along much of WA, the water has disappeared. It would have been quite spectacular. We walked about 800m mostly up and down steps and it was a large and beautiful cave. The root structures of the giant Karri trees coming down through the ceiling was incredible. A complete skeleton of a Tasmanian Tiger was found here - dated about 3000 years. We then had one of the most spectacular drives so far on the trip when we drove through the Karri forests along the road which was covered by a tunnel of trees. There was one section just before the Lake Cave which was magnificent. We stopped at Lake Cave, a wet and growing cave. It only had 300 steps, mostly at the beginning when we had to walk down a series of steps/boardwalks through the large opening in the ground (where the cave collapsed about 700 years ago) before we reached the tight and steep opening of the cave. This cave was only about 80m long and relatively flat because it had water in the bottom which gave the most spectacular reflections. The water dripping from the ceiling takes about 10months to get from the surface down to the cave. The water flowing in the bottom from the water table takes about 5 years! The walk back up was a bit heavy going. In some ways this smaller cave was more spectacular than the large Jewel Cave. After all the walking we decided to splash out and drove back past Margaret River to Cowaramup to Miller's Ice-creams to have a treat! Back to Margaret River in the late afternoon to recharge the batteries for another cave tomorrow.......