On 30th July 1986, 114 false killer whales stranded on the Augusta town beach. After a long battle involving over 500 volunteers, ninety-six whales were saved in what was said to be the world's most successful whale rescue at that time.
The old water wheel provided water from a nearby spring to the Leeuwin lighthouse and cottages. It's now encrusted in calcified lime.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, just south of Augusta, circa 1896, marks the spot where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian Ocean and still serves as an important navigational and weather facility.