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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 (more information on the trails around Yallingup can be found here).

As we descended the wooden stairwell from 'The Rabbits' carpark down to the beach below with seagulls (Laridae) and hangliders floating gracefully in the air above us, we were engulfed by the moisture that lingered in the air from the spray of the heaving waves that were crashing into the shore just a couple of metres away. This was the closest we had been to the ocean so far and was the first stretch of beach that we had to walk across - it was to be the first of many.

At the end of the beach, another wooden stairwell brought us back up to Yallingup Beach Road and followed the signs that were pointing to the Slippery Rocks carpark. The path we took was shared with a section of the Torpedo trail, which was a 2 km loop that would take an estimate of 1 hour to walk along. We passed the wooden viewing platform (3.64 km mark) just when the sun began to peak through the clouds right before the trail cut inland once again amidst waist-high heathland.

Yallingup Coastline

We were met with the junction that turned left to the Quenda and Torpedo trails shortly after but took the right fork instead along the Cape2Cape track, which cut down to the long stretch of beach once again, past the Super Tubes and on to Smith's Beach.


Smith's Beach


Smith's Beach

Smith's Beach

After veering up to the road (6.1 km mark), the trail continued on through a rocky section called 'Smith's Point', where we encountered a large round boulder that seemed to be perched precariously, amidst low shrubs that lined the path. The path made a quick descent down into a rocky gully before almost immediately ascending back out again as it undulated in and around the ubiquitous rocks that were scattered around. I found the contrast of the saturated peachy pink rocks that were strewn amongst the green shrubs to be very refreshing.

Smith's Point

Next : Cape to Cape Day 02 – Yallingup to Moses Rock (Part 2)

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Mercurial Weather


The path cut through the underbrush causing the sharp needle-like ends to seem to almost reach out to grasp at any sign of exposed skin on my calves as I walked by. This did not last for too long however as the foliage changed from waist-high shrubbery to trees 2-3 metres tall. They occasionally became so thick that the branches would all but envelop the trail, encroaching up and over the sides of the trail to create a tunnel of twigs. These twigs were grey and destitute and seemed to be waiting agonisingly for the coming of autumn and the rains that would undoubtedly follow. As the trail once again opened up and the tangles of twigs melted away, we were greeted by magnificent vistas of the ocean as we stumbled to a stop at another lookout point at the 7.55 km mark.

The Cape to Cape Coastline

The path plunged once again into the grey forest of spooky, barren tendrils that reached for the sky. It undulated around and through rock caps that lead down past limestone outcrops before giving way to a wooden fence that fringed a pristine green meadow. The path then veered inland and cut across a road before heading Southward once again through more unending shrubbery.

As we descended back down to the beach once again, the squalls that had whipped through the area ceased for a moment giving us a brief but well-deserved respite. It seemed as if the mercurial weather had been placated somehow, giving way to parted clouds and emerging colours - the vivid greens of plants, the saturated reds of the rocks, the bright yellow of the stretches of sand, and the deep and tranquil blue of the sky and ocean.

The track once again veered inland up a wooden stairwell, completely bypassing Injidup Point. The stairwell lead up to a carpark with a small wooden shack (that I presumed was a small outhouse) before dipping once again into a grove of trees. Beyond this point lay large sandy swaths of very uninspiring 4wd tracks, leaving me with no choice but to remain fixated on the storm front that was swelling and swirling in as it moved in from across the ocean.

The Cape to Cape Coastline

The Cape to Cape Coastline

Next : Cape to Cape Day 02 – Yallingup to Moses Rock (Part 3)

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Fields of Boulders


Just after we hit the 20 km mark, we encountered a section of relatively severe hills, which ended by joining a small road that once again (unsurprisingly) lead down to another beach. This section of the beach was a little different from the previous ones that we had encountered - although the sand was still soft enough to swallow our feet, there were stones and boulders of various shapes and sizes strewn around everywhere. There were a lot of shells that were also scattered around with countless crabs scuttling across bird tracks and green filament-like algae.

Fields of Boulders before Moses Rock

I found the landscape here pretty mesmerising and the antics of the scuttling crabs fairly entertaining, so was a little disappointed to find that this section of the beach ended abruptly and began to veer back inland. It began to drizzle once again as we struggled up the steep and strenuous sandy path that lead to the two Moses Rock lookouts. After meandering through more shrubbery, we came upon the Moses Rock campsite shortly after. It was a good thing too as the 28 km that we had covered that day seemed to have taken its toll on the other two. At that point I just hoped that a good night's rest would do everyone a bit of good!

The viviparous, blue-tongued, Bobtail Skink

The viviparous, blue-tongued, Bobtail Skink (Tiliqua rugosa)

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