CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 3 – Part 2

7/11/2017 – Moses North Carpark to Gracetown – 16.6kms – Second half

Another trail post with marker for Cape to Cape Trail showing. Magnificent granite boulder.

The stairs up the south side of Biljedup Brook valley, passing through a Melaleuca lanceolata grove.

More sand and surf.

Then, just more sand.

Then, more surf.  It was always nice to see some surfers out trying their luck. There were relatively few access points along the track considering its length.  This has resulted in a fantastic “untouched” feel to the trail.

New stairs, and a great view of the rock platform formation.

A very rocky beach needed circumnavigating by the trail.  Soon after this Linda picked us up at Gracetown boat ramp and we headed to the Gracetown Caravan Park.

Here is my newly acquired three man tent, not very big, but quick and easy to put up.

The local bird life checking us out at the end of a long day.  Just look at those beaks!

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CAPE TO CAPE – DAY 3 – Part 1

7/11/2017 – Moses North Carpark to Gracetown – 16.6kms – First half

Lots of wonderful views on this day, so many photos.

Liz and Scott anxious to get going and see more.

Me, a bit further along the trail. It was always nice to wander inland a bit, we appreciated the change of scenery and the shade it afforded us.

Here Liz is walking towards a tiny bridge going over a brook.

More photos.

Down on the beach to cross Wilyabrup Brook.

And we don’t want to get our feet wet do we?

And yet more sand, however we are very grateful that we are not carrying full packs, as this would have made the walking in sand much more unpleasant.

Looking towards Wilyabrup Cliffs.

Amazing trees with roots growing into and through the rocks.

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CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 2

6/11/2017 – Smiths Beach South to Moses North Carpark – 16.4 kms

SuncreamFaceUp fairly bright and early, lots of suncream on the face and off we go again. Another beautiful day.  I am decked out with new walking poles and rucksack, loving breaking them in.

IMG_0700We head up the rocky slope south of Smiths Beach, over every climb in another breathtaking view.

IMG_0704 Canal rocks.

IMG_0708I think this is what West Australians call a Bobtail. I think it is a blue tongue lizard, (could be wrong).  This one was moving pretty slowly and let me take a photo.

IMG_0709What can I say – another fabulous view.

IMG_0714The wind catching waves makes another stunning picture.

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Walking through a thicket of trees.

IMG_0719Over the next rise, more wonderful colours.

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The trail follows slightly inland giving us a change of scenery, lots of wildflowers, lots of sand.

IMG_0724Scott admiring the view before another downhill run.  This shot shows one of the Cape to Cape track markers which need to be carefully followed.

IMG_0864Here I am getting ready to take another photo.  By the way, all of the photos on this walk were taken with my iphone6 and I am pretty impressed with the way they have turned out.  Considering the difference in weight to my camera I think it is an acceptable alternative.

IMG_0733We finished up at Moses North Carpark where Linda picked us up and took us back to the Caves Caravan Park in Yallingup for a good nights sleep.

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CAPE TO CAPE WALK – DAY 1

4/11/2017 – Cape Naturaliste – Start of Cape to Cape – North to South

Way down in the South West corner of Western Australia lies a famous walking trail, 135kms going from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin along some of the most breathtaking coastline and peaceful forest you will ever encounter.  (see red line).

You will see from my “Reconnoiter blog” that Linda and I had already been down south to check out some of the meeting up points along the track. My walking companions are Liz and Scott from Kangaroo Island, valued friends of previous adventures, with another appreciated friend, Linda offering to drive the ‘sag wagon’ and carry our tents, cooking equipment, food stuffs etc.  We were aiming to walk approximately 15kms most days, a slower pace than most, but one which we felt would suit us and enable us to truly enjoy the environment without spending the end of each day just wishing for the walking to be over.

So here we are at the start of the Track, eager to get going.  All smiles.

A beautiful day, we bounced along.

Walking happily along the coast, and sometimes a fraction inland through low scrub.

Then a welcome toilet stop. I dived in first, Scott followed close behind, only to duck out again and enquire “Pamela, did you see the visitor in the toilet?”  Uh Oh, what had I not spotted?  I went back in for a closer look – top right corner.  Right above me had been a …..

rather large carpet python.  I didn’t make that mistake again, always ensuring that I had a diligent look around before making myself at home!   (What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger)

Soon after this we came across what we thought was a baby snake, but on later research (thanks Jim) I determined was a legless lizard, Pygopus Lepidopodus.  Either way it was pretty lively and we watched it disappear into the vegetation.

These amazing formations were next to catch my eye, I will get some prints of the pictures for my dad who is very keen on miniature gardens.  Limestone turrets that have collected seeds and sand and now have their own little micro ecosystem in place, very appealing.

Amazing what wind and water erosion can produce!

Looking south towards canal rocks.

A lovely shot of Liz and Scott towards the end of the first day, looking out to sea at the last lookout before Yallingup. 18.2 kms the longest days walking.  A wonderful way to start the adventure.  We met Linda at Smiths Beach South and were driven off to the Caravan Park to set up camp for a few nights.

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