Saturday, 29 January 2011

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Dunsborough, Western Australia

Another gorgeous viewcard, this time from Australia, sent by the lovely Heather.

Three views from Cape Naturaliste: Sugarloaf Rock (left), Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, height 20 metres, elevation 123 metres above sea level (middle), and sunset viewed from walk trails at Cape Naturaliste (right), Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.

Cape Naturaliste is a headland in the south western region of Western Australia at the western edge of the Geographe Bay. It is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge which was named after the cape.

Cape Naturaliste is also the site of a lighthouse which was activated in 1904. It is a 20 m high cylindrical tower built of limestone that still uses its original first order Fresnel lens made by Chance Brothers. The lighthouse was constructed of limestone quarried from nearby Bunker Bay, which was also known as the "Quarries".

Great stamps, too! They are from a set of 4 stamps issued in 2010, showing Macquarie Island, a sub-antarctic island of the Australian Antarctic Territory. Listed as a World Heritage Area, the island plays host to a range of marine wildlife in spring and summer each year. There is also a permanently occupied station run by the Australian government.

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