Bushwalking

NEW YEARS AOA CAMP AT KALGAN RIVER – PART 4

30/12/2017 – Point Possession Heritage Trail

Starting along the beautiful cliffs above Whalers Cove, the walk takes you through wildflower filled woodlands and on towards the loop section that lets you walk along the pristine Brambles Beach. The climb up to Point Possession provides some of the best views of King George Sound before you head down to the picture perfect Barker Bay Beach.  The blue line on the above map shows this walk.

Just setting off we can see snorkelers on the left and fishermen on the right.  Seeing them fishing on those flat rocks reminds me that many people have lost their lives rock fishing in rough weather, hard to imagine in this weather, but a large wave could easily wash somebody from those rocks.

Nice to see some Banksia bushes along the way.

After a short climb we can see where we are heading, go down, along the pristine beach then up to the point ahead.   There was a quarantine station located on the left of the peninsula, for early settlers with contagious diseases. You can see from the map above what an excellent spot this would be for quarantining anybody.

Everyone is happy to get to the beach as it is rather a warm day.

Looking good.

Just look at that beach!  We love our country.

Time for a snack, and some have a paddle.

Looking back along the beach I can now also see Bald Head, where I was walking the other day. This is the land the farthest to the left that gradually slopes upwards, you can just make out some of the ups and downs also that we traversed.

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NEW YEARS AOA CAMP AT KALGAN RIVER – PART 3

29/12/2017 – Bald Head Walk Trail

Located in the spectacular Torndirrup National Park, the Bald Head Walk Trail is a challenging 12.5 kilometre return traverse of the Flinders Peninsula providing stunning views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound.  This is the red line on the map.

Just starting out, we have the Southern Ocean on our right and King George Sound on our left.

Here we are looking back the way we have come, with yours truly in the front trying to keep feet firmly on the up and up.

Looks like we are near the end, but looks can be deceiving.

Again, looking back to see some of our group navigating a downward slope.

A much deserved morning tea break.

A view of the ocean side, rugged and spectacular, reminiscent of my Cape to Cape walk.

Lunch stop, on our way back now, someone mentioned that it was my birthday, and Annie had brought some cake with her, so I got the song and some cake.  A great way to spend my birthday, thanks guys.

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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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