CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 10

15/11/2017 – Granite Headland to Cape Leeuwin – 13kms

Last day, we approach this with feelings of achievement, and sadness that it is over.  An amazing walk, stunning scenery, wildlife, flora, seascapes and diversity, this trail has it all.

The end is in sight, Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.

Back down to the beach for the last time.  The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse has been guiding mariners since 1896. It is located on Australia’s most south-west point, it is Western Australia’s tallest traditional lighthouse.  Here the Indian and Southern Ocean meet.

A day for posing, make sure we get one last memory of the two weeks spent together.

The Tufa formations around Quarry Bay form from limestone deposited by the water that drips down these cliffs.  It was near here that I nearly stepped on a large dugite snake, sorry no time for photos, we both recoiled in horror and luckily the snake decided to make off into the bushes.

Historic waterwheel, we see so few ‘old’ structures in Australia, and although this is not old by world standards it is by Australian standards.

So unusual to see a structure like this just stuck out on the coast with very little other evidence of human habitation.

Who would have thought!

Shall we pose or just act natural?  Liz is ready for the photographer, Scott and I are still discussing the merits.

One last surprise on exiting from the ladies, my last goanna of the trip.

He was not impressed and skedaddled off.

Thanks so much Liz and Scott for your company on this wonderful trip.  And thanks Linda for your chauffeuring, help and wine tasting skills.

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CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 9

14/11/2017 – Hamelin Bay to Granite Headland  13.5kms

Now camping at Augusta, Scotty is at one with one of the inquisitive, friendly local ducks.

Hamelin Bay has an interesting history. Now the jetty is derelict and has almost disappeared.

View of Hamelin Bay from the lookout.

A different view of Hamelin Island just south of Hamelin Bay.

And off we go a-wandering again, this time the scrub is quite high, not allowing us many scenic views.

But quite soon the scrub lowers and we can once again gaze in awe at our surrounds.

Another reptilian visitor. Quite unruffled by our presence.

Back to the sea.

Rocks, sand and surf.

More amazing granite rock formations before we find the track and slowly climb up to the road to meet the van.

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CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 8

13/11/2017 – Hooley Road to Hamelin Bay 16.2kms

We continue walking through the karri forest, the trail passes through peppermint woodland, liberally sprinkled with grasstrees – Xanthorrhoea preissii.

Another climb up to a high point where the coast line can be viewed north and south.

And then down back to the ocean. What a colour scheme.

Liz is trying to tread in Scott’s footsteps so that she doesn’t sink down in the sand so much. Note the gathering clouds.

Oops, looks like a storm approaching.

The clouds have blown over and we head on to Hamelin Bay.  Hamelin Island is centre of picture with Peak Island on right hand side.

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CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 7

12/11/2017 – Redgate to Hooley Road – 13.5kms

First point of interest was Bob’s Hollow, we climbed up the steps past the grotto and up to the cliff.

Quite spectacular rock formations.

Up and over another rise.

To yet another seascape.

Then the long and unwinding road!

A refreshing interlude into the Boranup Forest.  Good to see that friend David is managing to keep up with our blistering pace – yeah right.

A trifle fuzzy – well they moved. But sure enough, emus on the track.  We saw four in all but they refused to stand together for a picture.

Just love that cool forest with all those bird calls and insect noises.

I have no idea what this plant is – is it indigenous? introduced?  Suggestions please.

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