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.
Sugarloaf rock is a much photographed geographical feature in this area. Christian Fletcher and Phil Hollett come to mind as famous photographers who have taken some stunning photographs of the rock. With a cloudy, colourful, sunset behind it, or on a stormy day it looks amazing.
Walking south from Sugarloaf, the sandy track follows the rugged coastline. There’s lots of flora around, but very little in the way of trees. It’s cool and overcast so shade isn’t an issue on this occasion. If the sun was blaring down, sun screen and a hat would be a necessity.
Parts of the track are on limestone overhangs, so keeping away from the edges is advisable.
Don’t ask me the names of the wildflowers. To me they’re ’the pink ones’, or ‘the yellow ones’.
Arriving at Three bears we had a nice seat on which to sit and watch the surfers. There are several explanations as to how the surfing spot received it’s name of ’Three Bears’. One reason, and the reason that seems to be supported by the local surfers is the rock formations in the water directly in front of the platform. Apparently, they resemble Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear. (I’m not sure my imagination stretches that far).
The surfers, resembling seals, wait out on the water for a wave.
It takes a while, then a few good waves come in quick succession.
I listened to the hardened surfers next to us talking. Apparently the good surf had finished for the day so they had called it quits. I gather the earlier waves had been much bigger – yikes!
It would have been lovely to have kept walking in the southerly direction, but we had to re-trace our footsteps to get back to our car. I’ve since found out about a monthly walk on the Cape to Cape organised by the ’Friends of the Cape’. Apparently a monthly walk is organised in the Spring, Autumn and Winter months, usually for a distance of 8 – 12 kms. The walkers drive to the finishing point, and then a bus takes them to that day’s starting point. Now that sounds tempting! A good distance to walk, and with no transport hassles we can walk in one direction only. We’re thinking we’ll give that a go.
We really enjoyed today’s walk and are looking forward to doing more on the track. Next up though, starting next week is a two week wildflower trip through the wheatbelt towns, including a visit to Wave Rock. I don’t know if we’ll get another walk in before we leave. Perhaps there’ll be some nice walks to do on the caravanning trip, but if not, i’m looking forward to showing you around our wheatbelt towns. I’m looking forward to seeing them myself……