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Cape to Cape Day 04 – Ellensbrook to Conto's Campsite

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A Wrong Turning


Cape to Cape Track I left Ellensbrook campsite a little later than I had hoped, just after 08:00. Realising that I had over 30 kilometres of hiking to do that day, I would need to hike at an average speed of approximately 4 km/h to reach the next campsite before the sun set - a speed that was definitely achievable especially considering that I was now hiking alone. The clouds didn't look too promising though and I caught myself hoping that the weather would hold up. Everything else was perfect - the shade of the trees that filtered the morning light cast everything in a soft, tranquil light, all the shadows long and stretched out. Read more
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Cape to Cape Day 03 – Moses Rock to Ellensbrook

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Wilyabrup Crags


Cape to Cape Track The three of us left Moses Rock campsite just after 09:00 and turned left at the crossroads in order to continue heading Southward. As the views of the coast opened up, the overwhelming power of the ocean immediately became apparent - the initial reverberating smash of the waves against the rocks, the water being powerfully sucked back out to the ocean in the surge that would always follow, and the soft hissing of the suds as they dissipated.

Despite all this, the other two still seemed pretty discontent. So much so that they were entertaining the notion of pulling out at Gracetown and heading to the climbing crags instead. Read more
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Cape to Cape Day 02 – Yallingup to Moses Rock

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Yallingup


Cape to Cape Track The sky was bleak and overcast as we left Camp Duckworth that morning, with squalls occasionally whipping through the area. As the three of us carried on walking South, I couldn't help but stare at the huge ominous clouds that seemed to be looming in across the ocean from the West.

We passed a junction in the trail about a kilometre in and right after that, we stumbled upon 'The Rabbits' carpark that was located on the Northern edge of the town of Yallingup. The junction that we had passed just before we came upon the carpark was where the 5km Wardanup Hill trail (that passes Ngilgi Cave) merged with the Cape to Cape trail Read more
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Cape to Cape Day 01 – Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup

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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse


Cape to Cape Track The three of us set off along the Cape to Cape track as soon as we reached the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse. In hindsight, I regret not taking some time to explore the lighthouse itself considering that it is a landmark and an integral part, as a start or end point, of the Cape to Cape track. The beginning of the trail was very easy to locate as the sign posts were very clear and very prominent. We set off down the wide, red path shortly after midday, the sun still high in the sky. The path lead us to the registration booth where we took a moment to sign in. Signing in helps the 'Friends of the Cape to Cape Track' to keep a record of Read more
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Cape to Cape Track

Cape to Cape Day 01 – Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup
Cape to Cape Day 02 – Yallingup to Moses Rock
Cape to Cape Day 03 – Moses Rock to Ellensbrook
Cape to Cape Day 04 – Ellensbrook to Conto’s Campsite
Cape to Cape Day 05 – Conto’s Campsite to Deepdene
Cape to Cape Day 06 – Deepdene to Cape Leeuwin
Cape to Cape Campsites

The Cape to Cape Track


Cape to Cape Track The Cape to Cape Track is a 135 km long trail that runs North-South along the West coast of the peninsula between Cape Naturaliste in the North, and Cape Leeuwin in the South. The trail itself mostly follows sweeping, windswept limestone ridges and long stretches of seemingly untouched, pristine beaches. It does however occasionally mix it up by looping inland through woodland and gorgeous karri forests.

Even carrying all the food for the entire hike (without food drop-offs), I personally would categorise the end-to-end hike of the Cape to Cape as fairly straightforward. This is mainly because the terrain Read more
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Echidna Trail


Walyunga National Park


Walyunga National Park is located just next to the Darling Scarp, an escarpment that lies to the East of the Swan Coastal Plain. The park itself is known to contain one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites that can be found in and around Perth, a campsite that has apparently been used for more than 6000 years by regional tribes. Read more

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Ghost House Walk


Yanchep National Park


Yanchep National Park lies on the Swan Coastal Plain, an area that was traditionally under the care of the Yued, Whadjuk, Binjareb and Wardandi Noongar peoples.  The tribal name for the park is 'Nyanyi-Yandjip'; 'Yanchep' having been derived from 'Yandjip', which is the aboriginal name for the reeds that fringe the lakes in the area that are thought to resemble the mane of the Waugul (a snakelike dream-time creature responsible for the creation of the Swan and Canning Rivers). Read more

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Stong Waterfall

Baha's Camp - Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha - Stong Waterfall

Stong Waterfall


The 270m high, seven-tiered Stong Waterfall is reputed to be the tallest waterfall in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located in the 21,950 hectare 'Gunung Stong State Park' that was formerly known as Jelawang Jungle. The directions to the park can be found in the post about Baha's Camp, a camp that is located on one of the higher tiers of this waterfall. Read more

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Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha

Baha's Camp - Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha - Stong Waterfall

Hiking to the Peaks


The group had split with Taner, Jenna and I eager to hike to the three peaks whilst the others decided to stay behind and explore the waterfalls. By the time the three of us set off from Baha Camp it was already 10:26. We made our way to the crossroads that lay just outside the campsite quickly to avoid any guides that may still be lingering around the camp just in case they tried to prevent us from heading up to the summits 'unguided'. Once we arrived at the crossroads, we turned left following the signpost that said 'Gunung Stong. Gunung Ayam'. Read more

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Baha's Camp

Baha's Camp - Mount Stong, Mount Ayam, and Mount Baha - Stong Waterfall

Stong State Park


Baha's Camp lies near the top of the (apparently) 270m high seven-tiered Stong Waterfall, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Peninsular Malaysia, that is located in the 21,950 hectare 'Gunung Stong State Park' (formerly known as Jelawang Jungle). The camp serves as a launching point for trips up to the higher levels of the waterfall as well as for treks to the multitude of peaks that one can find in the area, the most renowned being Mount Stong and Mount Ayam. Read more

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