Western Australia

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 Yallingup and were driven off to the Caravan Park to set up camp for a few nights.

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CAPE TO CAPE RECONNOITER

1/10/2017 – Short Trip Down South

Linda and I are going south for a few days to check out the camping spots and access points on the Cape to Cape walk that I am going to do in November with two friends from Kangaroo Island.

Above is a view from the first access point at Rabbit Hill car park.  It is a heavenly day and difficult to stop taking photos with the beautiful views.

The view walking down to the Left Handers car park.

A small grotto just on from the Ellensbrook Homestead.

Fabulous Margaret River.

The Boranup Lookout, discovered while searching out the Boranup Forest campground where we will camp for a few days on the walk.

Hamlyn Bay.

Pink flowers on the walk down to the granite headland.  I think that I actually managed to find this one in my Australian Wildflowers book. Pink Rice Flower Coastal Banjine.  Pimelea ferruginea

From granite headland.

Some interesting plants with red (succulent?) leaves. Please message me if you know what this plant is.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 3

24/09/2017 – SUPing down the river

As the only member with a Stand Up Paddle board, I created a group of one to take the same course as the kayaks down river to the river mouth at Guilderton.  Having an inflatable board I hurried off early to be prepared and ready before the kayaks hit the water.

All went well, except for several spots of rain.  I was so happy to be out and free on my paddle board, no one to keep up with, I could go where I wanted and go as slowly as I wanted.

A group of cormorants hung around looking wet and miserable, but it wasn’t cold, I pulled in for a closer look then went on my merry way.

I must be nearly there now, no kayaks have overtaken me yet and I can already see the start of the sand dunes. The rain has eased off and the water is smooth.

I paddled right up to the river mouth, you can see that the sand bar has now broken and water is going out to the sea.

I borrowed this picture from Hui Lin, who was around when the sand bar broke yesterday.  Apparently children often tunnel across, delighted to see the two waters mixing.  This looks pretty rough, and you can see the brown water going out into the ocean.

At last the kayakers catch up and we all had lunch together.  I was getting a bit cold by this stage as I managed to fall in when Julie shouted to me from the shore, “PAMELA”, surprised I turned and whoopoh, there I go straight into the water.  Very apologetically she invited me to sit inside their vehicle while we waited for the kayakers, and I managed to dry off a bit.

On the way back, I know that the kayakers will soon be ahead of me, sure enough, here comes Hui Lin.

But it is not a race, and I plan to enjoy the return journey.

I can stop when I like and have a break.  However, the clouds are looking a bit ominous and I don’t really want to get soaked again, so onwards I go.  A great day.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 2

24/09/2017 – Campsite and Evenings

The usual array of colours, shapes and sizes. My recently acquired 3 man beige dome tent is central, with nose of my car showing on left. By the way, there is no way 3 men would fit in that tent, I would be lucky to get one in there!  I have to sleep diagonally myself to avoid my pillow sucking in moisture from outside.

This is what we do when we are not kayaking, paddling, walking or cycling – we chat, drink coffee or wine and socialize with each other.

In the evenings, someone organizes a music quiz – easy if you follow his genre of music, otherwise impossible.

Or another someone has a go at charades.  Either way it is always an enjoyable time, even though quite cold as you can see by the clothing.

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