Cape Leeuwin – The Water Wheel
Historic waterwheel used to supply the nearby Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse keepers with water.
The waterwheel was built to power a hydraulic ram, which would pump water from the nearby swamp to supply the lighthouse and keepers cottages.
It quickly became encrusted with a coating of limestone and is now frozen in rock. Water from the spring still flows through the sluiceway, with the high calcium content protecting this historic feature from the ravages of ageing. The Water Wheel is a short 10 minute drive south of Augusta and four hours drive south of Perth.
Grace Town – South Point
South Point is located directly across the bay from North Point, and is overlooked by the small township of Gracetown. It’s a full/lacklustre left-hander which slowly rolls down the point. When surfing out here don’t race the wave just stay close to the white water.
South Point turns on when big southwest swells wrap round the rocky outcrop at the southern end of Cowaramup Bay. It’s an awesome set up which breaks into a protected bay. The wave surges off the take-off then walls up for hundreds of metres.
Halfway along there is a section that throws a bit offering a chance at a cover up. South Point is protected from the howling southwest wind, making it a good option in the summer months.
Grace Town – North Point
Heading west along Cowaramup Bay Road, then turning the corner and down the hill once the Indian Ocean comes into view, you’ll find North Point, possibly the most heavy duty waves on the coast when the right conditions are in play (south west swell and easterly wind).
The Margaret River Pro was held here in conjunction with Surfers Point, when the conditions are better than Main Break or Box, and if the swell is over 2.5m, pretty much everyone will be down here. A favourite for any visiting pro surfer so a great spot to sit watch and enjoy the action.
Redgate – Redgate Beach
After a day of surfing heavy reef breaks, Redgate offers a nice easy beach break set among beautiful coastal dunes and ancient granite boulders. It can be great for beginners in the right conditions, but beware of rips.
It likes a swell from the south to south-west with easterly wind, but its location offers some protection, so it’s worth a look when all else fails.