Australia: Cape to Cape Track - Cape Leeuwin to Hamelin Bay
|Cape to Cape Track, near Cape Leeuwin|
|Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse|
|Too early to get to the cape, where Southern meets Indian Ocean|
|Looking back to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse|
|Above Augusta Cliffs|
|Beginning to descend|
|Hitting the beach|
We returned to the beach and decided to try the end of it. A granite platform allowed us around the headland and we traversed it for a hundred metres, before beginning the slog along Deepdene Beach. At the end of the platform, the couple caught back up with us, having made the error of climbing up the hill.
With different paces on the sand, Andrew and I split; at one stage a good half a kilometre between us. A brief front blew in which had us donning waterproof jackets. It was a pretty miserable experience.
By the time I had reached Deepdene campsite turn off, I was ready for an extended break. It was about midday, so lunch would be great. I waited for Andrew to get within sight to see I was starting up the track to the camp, where a park bench, toilet, water and shade were awaiting us. It took a few more sand dunes before I was amongst the peppermint trees. The couple were there also, and I replenished my water supply and sat down to chat while I waited for Andrew to arrive.
|Deepdene Campsite turn off|
|Had it with the beach now!|
|Up and over granite near Elephant Rocks|
|Over eight kilometres of beach behind us|
|The occasional drop down to the beach now|
|Rock hopping near Elephant Rock|
|Limestone sculptures and blowholes|
|The final beach|
|The end in sight|
|Looking back from the Headland at Hamelin Bay|
As we returned to the cabin, we saw the dark shadow of a stingray in the shallow waters below, and we couldn't resist getting close.
|An eight kilometre walk out to the bus|