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Topo: Wilyabrup

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Wilyabrup


Wilyabrup is by far the largest climbing crag in the Margaret River region. Most of the routes on this stretch of red granite are trad routes but there are also a fair amount of bolted routes scattered around. Although the crag lies three hours drive south from Perth, the majestic views of the coast and the fantastic roar of the crashing waves down below makes the long drive more than worthwhile. You can even head off down the Cape to Cape track from the cliffs if you want to explore the surroundings. Read more
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Kitty's Gorge

Top Trails of Western Australia

Serpentine National Park


Serpentine National Park is located at the foot of the Darling Scarp, just east of Perth. The Serpentine River that runs down the slopes has carved out a valley of polished granite that ends at the well-known Serpentine Falls. Read more

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Topo: Mountain Quarry


Mountain Quarry


Mountain Quarry is located in Greenmount National Park and is one of the most well-developed outdoor sports climbing crags within Perth's vicinity. There are numerous bolted routes spread out over several walls. There are also a few trad routes located here. Read more

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Stirling Ridge Walk - Day 3

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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