Definitely the highlight and best two days of our trip. From the outdoor teatime along the river to the unbelievable grilled fish, grilled cheese (yes, grilled cheese) fresh salad and wine, to the remarkable guide, the first day was truly exceptional. The things that we got to see up close and personal were sensational
North West Wilderness Tour
This day explores the remote north west corner of the island where the wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park converges with some of Australia’s tallest cliffs.
Explore the lighthouse settlement including a tour through the precinct and the small cemetery, Scott’s cove, Harvey’s Return and the backtracks of Western River cove.
Perched on the tall cliffs at the north west corner of the Island, this lighthouse is still active - both as a lighthouse and a weather station. The timeless tradition of firing a cannon daily to enable passing ships to check their clocks has been maintained here as part of the heritage experience. A walk to the cliff-tops gives a bird’s eye view of a sea-lion haul out on the rocks far below. For those interested in maritime heritage, a tour of the precinct and small museum can be organised on request.
Scott’s Cove Lookout
The lookout is a great vantage point out over Scott’s Cove, a regular anchorage for the Island’s rock lobster fishermen, and the inlet at Harvey’s Return. Harvey’s Return was an integral part of the lighthouse settlement as it was here where the lighthouse stores were landed and hauled to Cape Borda to keep the station operating. Further west is Cape Torrens whose towering cliffs shadow the final resting place of the shipwrecks Portland Maru and the Master Jack.
Western River Cove
There are 2 well-defined roads into Western River - we know a third and this one gets you way off the beaten track. Western River Cove is a short crescent of white sand wedged tightly between massive headlands plunging into the sea. Take a wander down the river to the sea to explore the cove and some extraordinary geology.
At the mouth of the Middle River is Snellings Beach - backed by hills created by the Island’s most significant fault scarp. The deep bay is a popular local swimming and fishing beach. This is an example of the early independent settlements serviced only by sea when produce was hauled out to sea on wagons to load up the coastal ketches.The small cemetery in the orchard is a reminder that isolation and mortality were constant companions.