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.