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Murchison River Gorge - Day 2

Murchison River Gorge Index

The Gorge


It must have rained throughout the night as the air felt moisture-laden as we packed up camp that morning. After a while, the sun peaked out from the clouds and the warm rays seemed to sweep away any residue of the lingering morning dew that was left. It didn't take long for the remaining clouds to dissipate, leaving a clear azure sky in their wake, perfectly reflected in the mirror-like water of the still river.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 1

Murchison River Gorge Index

Hardabout Pool


The trip began with a long, 573km drive from Perth. The group had brought two cars, with the first departing slightly earlier so as to be able to stop at various points along the route that were accessible by road. The whole point of this was to be able to leave food drops at hidden locations in the bush (that were then waypointed) so that they could be collected along the way. I chose to carry all my provisions for the entire hike as I personally felt that food drops made things a little too convenient. Read more
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Murchison River Gorge

Murchison River Gorge – Day 1 - Hardabout Pool
Murchison River Gorge – Day 2 - Onwards
Murchison River Gorge – Day 3 - Hawk's Head
Murchison River Gorge – Day 4 - Little Z
Murchison River Gorge – Day 5 - 4-Ways
Murchison River Gorge – Day 6 - The Loop
Top Trails of Western Australia

The Murchison River Gorge Hike


The Murchison River Gorge is a spectacular riverine gorge that can be found in Kalbarri National Park in Mid-West Western Australia. The 80 kilometre-long gorge has been carved out by the mighty Murchison river, the second-longest river in Australia, as it meandered over millions of years towards the end of its (currently) 780 kilometre journey, just before swerving towards the township of Kalbarri and the Indian Ocean.

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Stirling Ridge Walk - Day 3

Stirling Ridge Walk Index

The Third Arrow to Bluff Knoll


Since we still had a considerable distance to cover, the group set off with a renewed sense of urgency at first light. It took just over 10 minutes to reach the second arrow and we rounded the top and descended it without any issues. I was somewhat surprised by how much easier it was compared to the third arrow. The trail was clear, the incline gradual, and there were no obstacles that needed to be overcome. Read more

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Stirling Ridge Walk - Day 2

Stirling Ridge Walk Index

Ellen's Peak to the Third Arrow


I woke up the next morning feeling damp, cold, and irritable. To my dismay, the lingering moisture from the mist had left my hammock and sleeping bag covered in condensation, completely stripping the goose down of its insulation properties. I lay there for a while feeling miserable and thought it ironic that I had been seen as something of a paragon of resilience, had been called 'a machine' and had been likened to Jason Bourne, just the day before. Read more

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Stirling Ridge Walk - Day 1

Stirling Ridge Walk Index

Fence Track to Ellen's Peak


Despite taking almost two hours, the long 6 km walk along the Boundary Fence Track from the (Phytophthora cinnamomi) dieback control barrier (just after the Gnowellen Road junction) to the entrance of the Stirling Range National Park was rather uneventful. Everyone seemed to be in an intrepid mood despite ending up with soggy boots early on after foolishly attempting to cross a flooded section with our footwear on. Read more

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Stirling Ridge Walk

The Stirling Range is unique in many, many ways. Suddenly and abruptly rising from amongst very flat, nondescript lowlands, the range is a prominent feature in the landscape and can be seen clearly from vast distances. Spectacular cloud formations are frequently seen here, which explains the Aboriginal (the Wagyl Kaip people being the traditional custodians) name for the range, 'Koi Kyenunu-ruff', which means ‘mist rolling around the mountains’. Read more
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Cape to Cape Campsites

Cape to Cape Index

Cape to Cape Campsites


Cape to Cape Campsite 1 - Camp Duckworth
Cape to Cape Campsite 2 - Moses Rock Campsite
Cape to Cape Campsite 3 - Ellensbrook Campsite
Cape to Cape Campsite 4 - Cantos's Campsite
Cape to Cape Campsite 5 - Deepdene Campsite
Most of the campsites that you will find along the Cape to Cape track are equipped with a shed that functions as a toilet that is next to two large rain water tanks - I would always recommend treating the water from the tanks prior to consumption (either by using water-purification tablets, a steripen, or by just boiling the water). The campsites also have picnic tables with benches for your perusal. You can use the links above to access the pictures and short descriptions of each of the campsites. Read more
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Cape to Cape Day 06 – Deepdene to Cape Leeuwin

Cape to Cape Index

Ominous Weather


Cape to Cape Track I broke camp at 08:10 that morning and made my way from Deepdene Campsite down the 390 metre trail to the dune blowout. I was greeted by dark, ominous clouds, a sure sign of impending drama. I had had enough of the blistering sun by then and welcomed the brisk sea breeze as I pushed my way onwards with my sights transfixed on the tiny lighthouse in the distance.

I found that stepping in the footsteps of those that had gone before me somehow made the going much easier. Perhaps it was due to the compacted sand or perhaps because less energy was being used to maintain my balance as the soft sand crumbled Read more
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Cape to Cape Day 05 – Conto's Campsite to Deepdene

Cape to Cape Index

The Boranup Karri Forest


Cape to Cape Track I was very eager to get away from the crowds of Canto's Campsite that morning, so I packed up my hammock quickly and skirted the hoards of campervans and oversized (and excessive) tents in order to make my way out of the campgrounds. I arrived at the sign outside the entrance and turned left down the trail, circumventing the boundaries of the massive campsite. The trail was refreshingly thin here and undulated around the bushland for approximately 900 metres or so with views opening up of the beautiful green carpets of the canopies of trees off in the distance to my right. I reached a junction that branched off left back to Canto's (that is how big the campgrounds were!) and right descending into the woods along a firebreak that carved through the foliage as far as my eye could see. Read more

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