4. Around Ellensbrook
Ellenbrook homestead return.
This is a circular option of walk 2, you can get dropped off at Gilgara Homestead, left, on Caves Road facing north, almost opposite Carters Road about 5 km west out of Margaret River Town. or Ellensbrook house on new Ellensbrook Road off caves Road.
From Gilgara, we walk west into the trees for about one km and pass by Glenbourne Historical House.
We carry on for another km until we reach the Cape to Cape long-distance path, and turn left up a slight sandy hill, from the top you can feel the refreshing breeze and awesome views of the Indian Ocean, from here we walk an easy path and may catch sight of monitor lizards and bobtails. Springtime is particularly pretty when the wildflowers, mostly endemic to this area are amazing.
There are some interesting limestone pinnacles alongside the path as we meander further.
Eventually, we turn off the C to C path and start to walk downwards to the beach where we can rest for a little while on some benches here and watch seabird in this quiet spot before heading back North up the coast.
We will eventually reach and cross Ellensbrook where we turn right back inland and make our way to the Historical Homestead which is set in a lovely open picnic setting. This is a Special Spiritual area for the Wadandi Traditional Owners of this area as it was a summer camp for them for thousands of years. Later in the mid-1800s The Famous Pioneering Bussell family came and built their home here and their families stayed for 60 years.
From here we take the path to the Meekadarabee Cave and waterfall, very green and lush area even in mid-summer. This also is very special to Wadandi people and there is a story to read at the site.
From here we walk through a peppermint grove until we reach the path leading back to the beginning of the walk this can be done early morning or late summer afternoon.
Availability: summer months January and February
Included: Experienced Guide – Coffee
What to Bring/Wear: Hat – Walking Shoes or Boots – Long Trousers – 2 Litres of Water – Sunscreen
Day/s: on request
Distance: Approx. 10 km
Walk Type: half Day
Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (4 Hours )
Fitness Level Required: Moderate Fitness
Starting Point: Ellensbrook house car park
Cost: $75 AU Per Person
Connected to: none
All Walks Available
1. Willyabrup to Ellensbrook$130.00
2. Ellensbrook to Margaret River Mouth$120.00
3. Cape to cape to Boranup Forest$130.00
4. Around Ellensbrook$75.00
5. Grasstree Hollow to Boodjidup$70.00
6. A Forest by the River$65.00
7. 3 Day Weekend Walk
9. Cape to Cape Hamelin Bay 2-day walk$100.00 – $450.00