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Home > Travelogues > 2010-2017 Travelogues Index > Augusta > Flinders Bay south, Augusta
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Augusta Boat Harbour and the coastline from Barrack Point to Cape Leeuwin

$36.47 million dollar Boat Harbour was funded by the State government Royalties for Regions,

Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme and the Department of Transport's Marine Facilities

Program. 

 

Construction commenced October 2011 and was completed November 2014 with further improvements still being undertaken. 

 

There are 40 boat pens for commercial and recreational vessels in 2.8 hectares of sheltered water.  The large parking area has car and trailer parking for 160 vehicles.

 

From Transport WA  

 

Faresin telescopic handler owned by Ocean Grown Abalone.  Artificial concrete reefs in Flinders Bay are used for growing Green-lipped Abalone, produced for both the local restaurant trade and for export to Asia. 

 

Abalone are hatched in a hatchery at Bremer Bay and released into Flinders Bay to attach themselves to the concrete frames and on grow in a natural sea environment.  

Seeing the sign “Dead Finish – Disabled fishing jetty” brought strange thoughts of someone in a wheelchair plummeting off the end of a jetty into the sea. This beach gained this unusual name as the place where the sandy beach finishes with a rocky peninsula to the south.  It was known as Beach end, Finish of the beach, Dead End and finally became officially named Dead Finish. 

 

In fact this short jetty with a barrier all round is a great innovation for wheelchair bound people to get out and enjoy outdoor pursuits.

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Continuing south along the coastline towards Cape Leeuwin, a memorial commemorates Matthew Flinders first sighting Cape Leeuwin in 1801, significant because this was where he commenced mapping Western Australia.   

 

The site of this memorial gives view to Cape Leeuwin, the lighthouse and the restored buildings on the isthmus.

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