Steady I keep my post
And laugh at the southern rollers large
For I am guard of the southern coast!'
And so goes the first verse of a poem that my class learned off by heart in Grade 6; 'The Song of Cape Leeuwin'. I loved that poem so much, I taught it to some classes during my time as a classroom teacher.
This land feature is in Western Australia and on our recent visit there, I knew I just had to visit Cape Leeuwin!
The European history of Western Australia features mainly British and Dutch explorers with the Dutch dismissing the area as pretty inhospitable. And this is true of Cape Leeuwin. In the poem it is 'the Cape' telling this story...as the second verse states...
' I watched the Dutchmen on their way
In the days of long ago
But they set no foot on my rocky shore
Where the billows break in snow.'
It is indeed an area of big rocks and rough seas and it's an area where two oceans meet; the Indian and Southern Oceans.
'They gave me my name and sailed away
And then the English came
With their straining sails on their plunging ships
And their flags flew out like flame'.
I've always thought that the poem needed another verse, but that's just me; the poet obviously thought not!! 😉
So on our WA holiday I waited patiently for the day when we would visit Cape Leeuwin. My plans were...I would walk up to the lighthouse and go to the lookout area behind it and look at where those two oceans mingled. If there weren't too many people around I would recite the poem...😆.
We started the audio tour...look at that lighthouse!
Steadily we climbed the hill...I stopped to take a photo of the part of the slope that we'd already climbed. ( good excuse to stop for a breather lol!)
And then as we rounded a bend in the track...
So all we could do is make our way downhill again...