2015 Cape to Cape Trek Day6

31/12
Last day, sixth day of trek – Wyadup, Smiths Beach, Yallingup, Kabbijgup, Cape Naturalise Lighthouse, 24.9km, 45300steps

Cruisey day to finish the walk.
Left Injinup Beach, wander to Wyadup area with lots of nice rock formation, did a painting. March uphill over the headland and drop down to Canal Rocks and at the end Smiths Beach.
Beautiful weather very good mood, Smiths Beach is packed with young surfers, same as Yallingup. Had another pie & coffee at the lookout, another painting before heading to Kabbijgup (Three Bears). Getting tired 6 days of walk do slowly worn me out.
struggle to see Sugar loaf rock and the last couple kilometres of sealed road walk to the lighthouse feels forever… Made there at 7:30pm. Yipppeee!
Got picked up by two random travellors on party bus in Dunsborough, had yummy thai food and camp at the beach for the last night
Great finish of 2015, so satisfy

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Nice rock formation at Wyadup
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Wyadup
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looking from the top, Wyadup
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Canal Rocks
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crossing the ridge, dropping to Canal Rocks
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More rocks climbing before Smiths Beach
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Long coastline of Smiths Bean & Yallingup to Naturalise Lighthouse
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busy Yallingup
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Climbing up from Three Bears
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After Three Bears
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Sugar Loaf Rocks, getting there!
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Last 3km of sealed road
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nearly there!
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Finishing line
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2015 Cape to Cape Trek Day5

30/12
Fifth day of trek – Gracetown, Willyabrup, Moses Rock, Quininup Beach, Injinup Beach, 32.2km 58670steps

Very long day, extra long stretch of prickly low bush walk at the cliff top, plus the constant blowing wind from the back and overcasted
Start from Ellensbrook homestead, wander thru low bush, passed the very bad vibe scary area before Gracetown, sit down have a coffee in town.
Bit of rock climbing after the town as I missed the turn off again, decided to climb vertically rather than back track too much, scary but fun
Then the day passed as mineless walk as the scernery is so similar – low bush, cliff top, beach river crossing, another low bush….
Passed Cullens Beach, Willyabrup Cliffs, Moses Rocks campsite (which another area doesn’t feel like camping at all)
March on the campsite even feeling extremely tired already.
Reach Quininup Brook later, passing sacred patch of red dirt, arrrr no good for camping either
Lost a bit, met two young perth people want to start fire and extremely windy day next to dry mellaluca bush, too dumb been warned them lucky no bush fire happens
Finally reach Injinup Beach before sun set, tired but satisfy, freaking 32km walk today, couldn’t believe it
The only low point of the trek i’ll say

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Gracetown
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Rocky cliff climb after Gracetown, where the road gone
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More rocks at North Point
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on and on rocky coastline
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Red rock considered as sacred at certain place, beautiful
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Overlooking Willyabrup Cliffs from Bijedup Brook
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Quininup brook
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Colourful vegetation along the walk
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Quininup brook
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Pretty road
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who will like to sit at that look out?
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Injinup Beach, campspot finally

2015 Cape to Cape Trek Day4

29/12
Fourth day of trek – Redgate, Prevelly, Margaret River, Kilcarnup, Ellensbrook, 29.5km, 54570steps

Long day of beach walk / bush walk. Wander thru Redgate Beach till the river mouth of Boodjidup Brook, big sand bar blocked the river exit very dry at the coastline, but getting lushy green when skirting around the stream bank. Long long climb to the top of the otherside after crossing the brook, nice view around.
Heading in Prevelly after bloody hot tele centre walk in midday.
Long break at Prevelly caravan park, met couple of hikers from the other side, nice chitty chatty relax time with coffee and pie (again)
Stop for painting at Margaret RIver mouth, my all time favourite spot
After bit of bushy walk another long beach walk again – Kilcarnup Beach & Joey’s nose, pretty rock formation along the coastline, nice reddish colour
Extended walk, last 10km to Ellensbrook is a drain of energy, reaching friend’s place there at 6:30pm, can’t feel my legs anymore… Record breaking walking distance, and a nice shower and catch up.
Good day

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Redgate Beach
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side of Boodjidup Brook
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Overlooking Boodjidup Brook underneath
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crossing Boodjidup Brook, then 356 steps walk to the top!
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Margaret River, Prevelly
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skater girl at Prevelly – aren’t people so nice they even spray paint an undies for her smile emoticon
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Margaret River mouth
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Looking back to Margaret River mouth from the otherside
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Cape Mentelle before the beach
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Kilcarnup Beach
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Before Joey’s Nose
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Joey’s Nose
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Gnoocardup, long long way to Ellensbrook

2015 Cape to Cape Trek Day3

28/12/15
Third day of trek – Beacon Hill, Contos campground, Bobs Hollow, 23km, 41830steps

Left windy Boranup beach at 6am, overcast start, great. Very fine sand at the beach nearly kill the camera lens!
Got lost 3 times this morning, mistaken junction, then turn too early on a road, then marched on the wrong direction. End up running out of water – 800ml from the start of morning really not enough for 16km walk under the big sun.
Last 2km headed the wrong direction from Point Road campground to Contos campground, lucky got a lift from a family and water.
Rest at Contos campground for lunch under a big tree, end up as someone’s campsite…. Bit embarrased when they pull up. Nice people from Meekathara.
After a nap keep moving, beautiful coastline clifftop walk to Bobs Hollow. Did this the second time, the scenery still breathe taking!
Camp early aroun 5pm under the beautiful melaleuca tree next to the beach. Peaceful

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Windy Boranup beach in the morning
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Fine sands everywhere
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After big lost in the morning, camping with Meekathara family at Contos
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On the way to Bobs Hollow
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Beautiful coastline
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The other side of Bobs Hollow grotto
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Bobs Hollow grotto
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campsite under Malaleuca trees
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from the inside of the tent

2015 Cape to Cape Trek Day2

27/12
Second day of trek – Deepdene beach to Hamelin Bay to Boranup Beach, 18km, 34000steps

Start walking at 5:30am, beautiful sunrise at the beach, peaceful water
Cape Hamelin to Cosy Corner beach is such an amazing walk, from rocky shore to limestone cliff and blowholes to beautiful beach at the end.
Up up up walk to the Foul Bay Lighthouse, a pretty boring looking one, look from the top is awesome though, can see Hamelin Bay
Then a hot walk downhill at midday, dive in the ocean after I see the turquoise beach.
Big rest outside Hamelin Bay caravan park. Best coffee van from QLD selling Yahava coffee – addicted. Also a pie as a standard treat of the trip 🙂
Midday walk from Hamelin Beach to Boranup Beach – 6.5km beach walk, stopped midway setup the tent for a swim and shelter from the killing hot sun, another dive in water – nice and cool
Reach the north end of Boranup Beach just before sunset, struggle to stablise the tent on sand dunes as the wind blows really hard.
Had some nice beer with two Perth fisherman Johno and Eden, good chill out to finish the day

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The keen walker at 5:30am
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Deepdene Beach in the morning
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Cape Hamelin at 6
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A drawing done too early at Cape Hamelin
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And a crab nearly get squashed by my big feet
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Got lost again, ends up climbing on the rocky headland – fight for my way to the next beach
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road walking to Cosy Corner beach, blowholes!
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it’s amazing the blowholes road is walkable
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Overlooking Hamelin Bay (the other side) from Foul Bay Lighthouse
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The peaceful Hamelin Bay on the other side
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Very beautiful beach, hard to believe around the corner there’re hundred of people and boats lying around
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Main beach at Hamelin Bay, overlooking Boranup Beach at the far end – that’s the 6.5km beach walk, all the way to the tip!
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Hamelin Bay caravan park
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To show off my nice backpack, only weight 15kg when packed
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lunch swim and break, paint inside the temporary shelter tent at Hamelin Bay
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Johno at the background, sunset at Boranup Beach

2015 Cape to Cape Trek Day1

26/12
First day of trek – Augusta Lighthouse to Deepdene Beach, 16km, 26000steps

Nice and easy start, not too hot yet
Stayed at lighthouse the night before, headed off at 7am
Passed the waterwheel, Quarry Bay, Skippy Rock
Hiked over the bloody sand dunes, ended up lost at the beach
Asked local Karridale Matt and his friends for direction
Continue marching on journey until 11am, 3hours lunch break till 2pm.
Painting at the crazy eroded coastline
Then another 7km beach walk, sand is reasonably firm, lucky
Reached campsite around 4pm, pretty early
Met the first hiker on track, Sebastan from Germany, a keen walker!
Carrying a super light tent that look like a upside down tinny boat.
Anyway that’s the start of bad sleep for the next 6 nights
oh shit
but worth it
pretty peaceful day
blessed

Trail start
Trail start
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Quarry Bay
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Skippy Rock
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Skippy Rock
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Trail start register station
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First dunes to climb – more to come!
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First lost on the track, for some reason ended up at the beach, after asking the locals, I did 5km more than I thought, not even the same page of map anymore… Anyway topless girl is so full of nature beauty
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3hrs lunch break, over the rock platform, with normal trek lunch – cheese salami and cracker
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crazy coastline at the granite headland
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crazy coastline at the granite headland
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First painting – too intense, slowly tuning to the relax pace outdoor
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crazy coastline at the granite headland
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7km walk of Deepdene beach!
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During 7km walk of Deepdene beach, look back to the Augusta Lighthouse at the south – there’s where i start in the morning
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campsite is hard to locate, and another sandy dunes to climb to reach!
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sharing campsite with last day walker Sebastan, a dedicated german walker carrying a upside down sail tent wih him smile emoticon

Reginald Hill trek

This painting drawn at the end of the Reginald Hill trek at Saltspring Island, a beautiful island 15mins ferry ride from Crofton.

Length: 1km one way
Elevation gain: 235m

Trail head located next to Fulford Harbour, park at end of Morningside Rd and heads up.

Short and steep trail, offering great view on top of granite rock, through dense bush.
Spent some nice quiet painting time here before rushing to more attractions at Saltspring and back to Crofton.

More information of the trail:
https://saltspringmarket.com/hiking-on-salt-spring-island/reginald-hill-trail/