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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11/11/2017 – Some Surfing Action?

I had asked a friend, David, to join us for a few days and typically he brought his surfboard with him. I was very keen to try out my new telephoto lens that I had acquired for my iphone6, so we left Prevelly to see what waves were around the local area.  (No surfers were hurt during these shots).

A bit blurry, think I moved, it is difficult keeping the phone completely still and holding the long lense at the same time, but at least I got some action here.

A bit more action, I was pretty pleased with this one.

And this one, I think its a girl.

But this is what they seem to look like most of the time.  David has the blue at the top of his wetsuit.

Here he is just about the catch a wave.

Oh here they are again, doing what surfers do best – waiting!!!

Someone has caught a good one here.

Oh dear, bad luck about that!  Now thinking – do I really want to learn how to SUP surf?  It looks pretty punishing, very addictive, exciting and fun, so yes I’ll persevere for a while and see how I get on.  Unfortunately or maybe luckily it is very difficult to get photos whilst one is learning, so boring, who would want to watch me falling off for hours in the hope of getting a good photo?

We ended the day with a nice meal altogether at the Caravan Park.  Liz, Scott, Linda, David, Me.

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10/11/2017 – Prevelly to Redgate – 12.5kms

Quite a surprise early on in the morning, lurking just up a side track was this dugite, a large, poisonous snake.

Scott tossed a twig at it and it raised it’s head up, so we left well enough alone and continued on our way.

Another hot day so we appreciated the shade of these trees.

And I love the gnarly old twisted trees so there is always time to take a photo of one.

Local banksia bush.

Pacing ourselves now, pass the ubiquitous Xanthorrhoea (Grass trees).   Xanthorrhoea is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants endemic to Australia, and is a member of the family Asphodelaceae.  Grass trees are also known as ‘yacca’, which is likely derived from a South Australian Aboriginal language.

The Franz Mouritz Bridge crosses the Boodjidup Creek, it honours the designer of the bridge and the Friends founder member – Frank Mouritz.  Materials for this bridge were all brought in by hand, and it was assembled and erected on site.

Getting close to the coast again now, as the Boodjidup Brook nears the sea.

Walking along the beach towards Redgate.  Can you spot the tiny plovers?

This might help.  Unfortunately they wouldn’t let us get very close, but run away as fast as their little legs could carry them.

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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 is 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.


Walking through a thicket of trees.

IMG_0719Over the next rise, more wonderful colours.


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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