Aurora is a quaint little town on the West Coast with an interesting history. It was here that a French astronomer set up an observatory and declared that the world was pear-shaped – a finding that had the astronomical world up in arms for decades whilst they tried to prove that it was not true. Situated 43 kilometers northwest of Piketberg and 29km south of Redelinghuys, it forms part of a beautiful route in Spring as the flowers are abundant.
The town was Established in 1906 and when you drive in it seems as if time stood still. A sleepy village with very busy residents who lead busy lives.
The name of the town seems to have some controversy as some say it was named after a Roman Goddess , however, the town is named after Ceylonia Aurora Perreira, the daughter of the first Dutch Reformed minister in the area. The town boasts beautiful architecture, and it is really a pleasure to take a stroll through town and to admire the beautiful old homes, lovingly restored. Add to this, the incredible night skies leaves you in awe. An abundance of flowers is to be found here in Spring, beautiful mountain scenery with dramatic rock formations, and a wide variety of bird life which makes Aurora a must for birdwatchers.
The Dutch Reformed Church is really worth a visit as well as a trip to McClear’s Beacon, this is a national monument situated on the farm Klipfontein. Danielshoogte Private Reserve has the most spectacular views of the valley, and on clear days you can see Table Mountain and St Helena Bay.
Photograph by courtesy of Ancoise Strydom