We left home at 7.30am and headed through the wheatbelt towns of Katanning and Gnowangerup towards our destination of Tozer’s Bush Camp, near Bremer Bay in WA’s Great Southern Region. We haven’t done a lot of travelling through the wheatbelt areas, so this was a change of scenery from the main highways which usually follow a more coastal route. It was a refreshing change to be meandering down rural winding roads with vineyards, crops, cows, sheep, dams and farmyard buildings to look at on the way.Continue reading
This 5.2km return walk on the Cape to Cape track is an easy section with lots of wildflower colour at this time of year. The track has a few rocky parts, and some steep sections, but these are all short so its not a difficult walk. After a leisurely breakfast we set off from Sugarloaf Rock around 11am.Continue reading
Sorry to disappoint anyone who was looking forward to following along for a few full days of Cape to Cape walking. The guys bailed out! There were reasons….. One reason was the second day was to have been from Ellensbrook Homestead to Rainbow Caves Road, which would have been around 15.5 kms, providing they could walk directly there across the mouth of the Margaret River. In the summer the rivermouth forms a solid, walkable sand bar, but in the winter, when the river breaks through the sandbar, the only way to the other side is to walk a reasonably boring additional 7 km detour, some of which is on main roads. Currently the sand bar is still forming, and they didn’t fancy the boring detour.Continue reading
I picked up my friend, Kaye, on my way to drop Paul and grandson Josh off for today’s walk on the Cape to Cape walking track. They were doing more than 20 kms today, which is more than Kaye and I care to walk. Never-the-less, we couldn’t let them have all the fun. After they set off towards the south on the track from Moses Rock North car park, Kaye and I set off for a shorter walk towards the north.
We live in the suburb of Broadwater, so named because of the broad expanse of wetlands at the rear of the suburb. The suburb is approximately 1 km deep from the centre of the Broadwater part of the wetlands to the coast. Our unit is in the middle of the complex directly under the B of Broadwater on Bussell Highway on the map below. That means we’re approximately 500 metres walk from the bay, and approximately 500 metres from the wetlands.Continue reading
When a friend first saw our little unit for the first time she tentatively asked if we would find the closeness of the fences in the rear courtyard claustrophobic. Living on a large property bordering the beach I can certainly understand how this would be the case for her, but coming from a small suburban block I had no doubt the confines of a courtyard garden wouldn’t bother us. However, her comment still prompted investigation into successfully creating an illusion of space.
I’ve been having difficulties with my I-pad again. The touch screen types ok for about a sentence, then it starts to lag, a little at first, but after a few sentences it’ll lag behind for a full sentence. Because of the lag all of the automatic punctuation and corrections don’t happen, so typing has become very frustrating, and has required a mountain of corrections.
This 123 kilometre walking track runs from the Cape Naturalist lighthouse, approximately 13 kms from Dunsborough, to the Cape Leuwin lighthouse close to Augusta. It’s a beautiful track with a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging sections. Some of the easy sections are on good, wheelchair friendly, paved tracks. Some of the challenging sections are on lengthy stretches of beach with what I’ve heard described as ’soupy sand’. Many years ago Paul and I did a day walk along one of the sections. It was so long ago that I don’t remember which section we did. However I do remember that it included a short section of that ’soupy sand’, an experience I won’t be repeating any time soon. It was only about a kilometre in length, but geez, it was tough going.
Our grandson, Josh, came down here with a friend last autumn to make a start on the track.