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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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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

Difficulty Rating : 4.6 / 10.0 (Class 6 - Fairly Challenging)


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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 and easy. This is mainly because the terrain Read more
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