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.
There aren’t many vehicle access points for two wheel drive vehicles along the Cape to Cape, and one of the strategic two wheel drive access points at Redgate Beach is currently closed for an upgrade. They could have found a walk to do but after the first gruelling day I think they were fancying a walk of around around 10 – 15 kms, and there just weren’t many accessible walks on the track of that length with parking at both ends. Instead they decided to do the Dunsborough to Cape Naturaliste trail, which is an extension of the Cape to Cape walk, on the Eastern side of Cape Naturaliste. (The Cape to Cape walk is on the Western side.)
They decided that instead of leaving a car at one end, I could drop them off in Dunsborough, and they would phone me when they were nearing Cape Naturaliste 15 kms away. I could then pick them up and we could go out for lunch.
Paul parked in Dunsborough, and I waved them on their way.
After they set off I followed a little behind them with Mr Tilly. I had hoped they’d still be in sight when the actual track started. Turns out we’d parked at the wrong car park. The Hurford Street carpark at the commencement of the track was approximately two kilometres away. They were long gone by the time Tills and I reached the start of the track. Never mind, it gave Josh a good look at some of WA’s most prestigious homes, homes with views over one of the nicest Bays in our state, most of which are only used at holiday time.
Tills and I checked out the start of the track, then made our way back to the car and came home.
I had planned to do a few chores at home, then head up to our prime whale watching spot at Point Picquet where I would spend a couple of hours quietly watching the whales. I had no sooner left home when their call came through. They had lost the track, could I pick them up early. Damn! I had been looking forward to that couple of hours. The lesson of the day – make sure you drop a car at the other end for the walkers to walk to. That way they have to find the track! Admittedly, looking at a map indicates there are breaks in it, and I know from experience that it’s easy to lose tracks here in WA. In some places there could definitely be better signage. Never mind. Here are a few photos are from their walk.
In the next photo you will notice a dark streak in the water on the far left. That’s a whale cruising past. I had guaranteed Josh that on this walk he’d see whales. He had thought I was making a brave promise but apparently soon realised why I was so sure of myself. Three hours of coastal walking along that track at this time of year, the sighting of at least a few whales can almost be guaranteed. Apparently they spotted dozens of them.
It wasn’t far past this point when they lost the track and decided to call it a day. Not only, but also, they called the next days walk off too. I think perhaps Josh was missing his girlfriend… I get that! Paul and I though, well we’ve been bitten by the bushwalking bug. Neither of us are particularly wanting to do gruelling 20km walks, but we’ve decided we’ll try and do a few short return walks on the Cape to Cape and we made a start this morning……. There are definitely sections of the Cape to Cape I won’t be contemplating, but there are sections I can do, sections I intend to do. I’ll tell you about this morning’s walk from Sugarloaf Rock to Three Bears and return soon……
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Well, I’ll be looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful part of WA when you do your shorter walks.
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Hi Chris. We walk sections of the Cape to Cape frequently, and did the full walk back in 2012. It can be a bit tricky doing short sections due to the access points, but there are lots of options. We sometimes even use two cars if we have to. We are also members of the “Friends of the Cape to Cape” group who organise a monthly walk, usually only 6- 10 km long. We meet at a car park and a bus takes us the to start of the walk, then we walk back to our cars. They charge $5 pp so its a great economical way to see lots of sections of the track. Just last Saturday we walked from Juniper Rd to Willyabrup Cliffs, 6 km of nice undulating track. One of the regular walkers is Jane Scott who wrote the track guidebooks so she has lots of knowledge of the track and also the wildflowers. Most walkers are of our vintage so they are not too strenuous. There are quite a few members from Dunsborough too. If you have a look at the website there are details of the walks. http://www.capetocapetrack.com.au/about-the-friends.html
That’s really useful information. I’ll certainly look into it, as that’s the length of walk I’m capable of, and I’d much rather be doing a one way walk. The transport would be wonderful. Thank you ever so much for this.
Its a very conveneient way of walking parts of the Cape to Cape track, and great having knowledeagble people along. Usually only 15 to 20 max walkers too. By the way, I see you mentioned in another post that you would like to see the Willyabrup clifffs but were worried about the long walk. There is an easy access track into the cliffs from Willyabrup Rd, only about a kilometer each way. There is a car park there, its used by the climbers. You have to step over a fence stile then its a simple undulating walk to the cliffs.
Fabulous, thank you. I shall do that as soon we have a spare couple of hours – one nice day when there’s likely to be abseilers there.
This just popped up on the reader and I thought I recognise that place. I just recently spent a few days in Dunsborough and stayed in a house just behind those houses and enjoyed walking along the seafront. It’s a beautiful place
There are some gorgeous houses there, and that bay it is just stunning.
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No shame in postponing to another time.
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Gosh. Best laid plans come unstuck but to see the whales must have bern incredible.
Lots of reasons/excuses…. I think sometimes endurance is something that comes with age.