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Whale Trail

Whale Trail

Augusta

DirectionsFrom the centre of Augusta, head south along Leeuwin Road, turning left at the sign for the Augusta Boat Harbour. Continue into the harbour, where you will find ample parking. The trail starts from the Stingray shelter (first photo in the below gallery) where you will find the Whale Trail markers. 

The Hike - After enjoying a nice warm-up walk on the Coastal Walk Trail, I would be immediately continuing as I joined the Whale Trail at the cool looking Stingray shelter at the Augusta Boat Harbour. Why it isn't one singular trail is anyone's guess but this is certainly an easier access point than the start of the Coastal Walk Trail. Heading off into the heart of the new Augusta Boat Harbour, I was stopped in my tracks by a flittered group of male Splendid Fairywrens that were super bright as it was prime mating season. 

Getting a few photos, despite their best efforts to not stay still, that was a nice start to this leg of my Augusta visit. Walking along the footpaths of the boat harbour, it's an impressive area that looks to have been well thought out. Finding the trail is easy thanks to the multiple Whale Trail markers but essentially you just head north and pickup the footpath as it goes along the rock wall and heads inland. Walking along another section of pavement as you leave the boat harbour, this is the best part of the walk for wildflowers as I believe a bit of effort has gone into the rehabilitation of the coastline here. There was a plethora of wildflowers in bloom as I walked in the super windy conditions, including Coastal Banjine, Giant Banksia, both Yellow and Purple Flag, Pepper and Salt, Cutleaf Hibbertia, plus plenty more that didn't make the photo galleries. Rising up a small hill, this provides some excellent views looking south towards the various islands off the coast, along with staring out over Flinders Bay. 

On a less windy day, this would have been much better but these are the conditions I was dealt, so I had to make the most of it. The pavement walking ends after 700m as you reach Dawson Way and follow the markers right. I was enjoying the old coastal town look of having grass edges with no curbing, it just feels more friendly and less orderly. Walking on the grass, you head back towards the coast, passing a few houses with interesting 90s holiday home architecture. Rounding a corner you continue walking on the edge of the road towards the pine trees in the distance. A gap in the coastal scrub revealed a grassy path towards a stone plinth and a wooden lookout. The stone plinth alerts people to where the old Flinders Bay Jetty used to be and the wooden lookout provides a cool little spot to stare out over Flinders Bay, presumedly at the space the old jetty occupied. Weirdly there is a Whale Trail marker here with Start/Finish wording on it, perhaps a mistake given the trail neither starts or finishes at this spot.