Tozer’s Bush Camp

Tozer’s bush camp started it’s life as a farm. Toze, the owner, came here as child and, along with his family, farmed the land until early this century. Apparently it was as Toze was preparing to clear more land, and was thwarted by a particularly long wet winter, followed by a spring bringing to life the myriad of wildflowers, that the light bulb moment came. If Toze could sit on his verandah and admire nature’s bounty, would other’s appreciate the opportunity to experience it too. His idea took shape, the necessary groundwork was laid, and by 2012 Tozer’s Bush Camp opened its gates to the public.

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Busselton to Tozer’s Bush Camp

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.

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The 2nd days walk

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.

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A short walk to Quinninup Falls along the Cape to Cape track

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.

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The broadwater wetlands

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.

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Mirrors in the garden

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.

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Lag in IPad keyboard

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.

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