7. Three Day Weekend Walk
Availability: Annually Mid-April to Early June and October to December
Included: Transport – Experienced Guide – 3 x Lunches (Salad Roll + Drink) – 1 x Beer or Coffee Per Day – Entrance Fees to Old Settlement
Not Included: Accommodation – email Eileen for suggestions
What to Bring/Wear: Hat – Walking Shoes or Boots – Long Trousers – 2 to 3 Litres of Water – Sunscreen
Day/s: Saturday to Monday
Distance: 42 km
Walk Type: 3 Consecutive Days
Day 1 – 8:30am to 3:00pm (6 Hours 30 Minutes)
Day 2 – 8:30am to 2:00pm (5 Hours 30 Minutes)
Day 3 – 8:30am to 3:00pm (6 Hour 30 minutes)
Fitness Level Required: Medium fitness
Starting Point: Rotary Park, Margaret River
Cost: $380 AUD Per Person
Refer to: Willyabrup to Ellensbrook Walk, Ellensbrook to Margaret River Mouth Walk and Prevelley to Boranup Forest Walk for further details.
Day 1 Description:
Willyabrup to Gracetown and onto Ellensbrook approx. 15km.
We take transport from Rotary Park to Willyabrup road 25kms away. After climbing a stile, walk through lovely open countryside, crossing Biljenup brook and arriving at the top of Willyabrup cliffs with wide open views of the Indian Ocean. Turning south along an easy cliff top path and down steps to Cullen’s beach and up to the clifftop again. there are a couple of viewing platforms along this stretch. After awesome views of crashing waves on ocean rocks we cross Veryiuca brook, Through Whaleback Bay- a low granite headland. Then follow a flat rocky path through granite outcrops and a cascading stream. After a shady path through a poison pea thicket we reach Gracetown town site on Cowaramup Bay, where we can have a coffee/roll at the café/shop here. It is a lovely quiet natural place.
Along the South point headland we turn south on a relaxing easy path through native bush and there are excellent coastal views all the way to Ellensbrook. At Ellensbrook is the Historical Homestead, This is a Significant spiritual area for the Wadindi Traditional owners, as it was their summer camp for thousands of years. Further along a track is Meekadarabee Cave and falls, which is also significant to the Wadandi people and there is a story board to read at this site. Later on in mid-1800 s the early Pioneers the Bussle family, built the house as their first family home, and Bussle families lives here for 60 years.
We get transport back to Rotary Park and take time in the Historical Old Settlement in a beautiful riverside setting, these original buildings, beautifully decorated with original furnishings. Run by volunteers, some are descendants from the early Group settlers that came from UK in 1920 s to clear the forested areas and create dairy farms. And then own these farms.
We walk to a very nearby Micro Brewery for a refreshing beer.
Day 2 Description:
Ellensbrook homestead to Margaret Rivermouth, Approx. 12km walk.
Pick up from Rotary Park at 8:30am. Wait on the Table/ bench by the Old Kate Train Engine.
We will take transport to Ellen brook heritage home site 12km towards the coast.
This Sacred and Historical Site. Firstly for the Traditional custodians of his area- TheWadindii People for it was a summer camp for thousands of years and the name of this area for them, was MOKIDUP, The Home site is also the First home of Alfred and Ellen Bussell, early pioneers that arrived at the site in the mid 1800s and built the home which is Ellensbrook House.
We leave the home site and move down the path to the MEEKADARRIBEE falls in shady trees, is a pretty grotto and you can read here about the Wardandi legend of the moon bathing Place here. This is a registered sacred site of outstanding historical significance to the Wardandi the Cave here is identified as the spiritual Dreaming place of ancestors and was an important function of bringing together different groups of Wardandi/ Nyungar people.
We join the Cape to Cape long distant track here that is 130 km long or Kwirreejeenungup, the Wadindi people used this path to travel along the coast. We walk up a slight hill and experience the stunning view of the Indian Ocean and remote bushland. For the next hour and a half, we meander along a safe and easy coastal path and can catch sight of bobtail lizards and monitor lizards, a multitude of seabirds- and pretty wildflowers endemic to this area.
Eventually, we arrive at Kilcarnup beach with views of the Limestone Cliffs known as Joeys Nose; and walk along its firm white sand. You can spot birdlife, Oyster Catchers, Hooded Plovers, Albatross and Ospreys and many others enjoying the solitude.
At the Southern end of Killcarnup we rejoin the path and rise back up onto limestone cliffs with views of some interesting rock formations here, further on along the path are views of Cape Mentle. We pass through the sand dunes and come out at the Margaret River mouth where visitors hire canoes for the River or boards for surfing the world famous surf breaks.
Here we are transported back to Town and take time to visit a historical Old Settlement that has beautifully recreated the 1920s era when UK immigrants came and lived in Group Settlements in order to prepare land for dairy and eventually own the Land.
We finish off with a beer at a nearby local micro-brewery or a coffee is that is preferred.
Day 3 Description:
Gnarabup to Redgate, then Contos and onto Lake Cave, Approx. 15km
We take transport to Baudin Drive at Gnarabup, 12km, To reach the Cape to Cape path up to the Leeuwin Ridge national park through native bush and emerging top of the 300 steps that lead down to Boodginup brook there are lovely views here of Indian ocean and surrounding bush, these steps where kindly built by the friends of the cape to cape. At the bottom, there is a lovely shaded area and then cross the bridge (again arranged by the cape to cape friends) then follow the brook to the coast and some lovely picturesque views here of the brook mouth.
Here we turn south and walk on the beach to Redgate beach car park, Across the smaller beach we find the Path up into the peppi trees, along the cliffs eventually arriving at Bobs Hollow, here an erected Chain rail helps us climb down and follow a path until we turn and see the cliffs and cave of Bobs Hollow, we start to climb up carefully on the man-made steps for us and get closer to the Cave, however its advised not to go inside the cave as Limestone can easily come loose. Up again we climb to the cliff top and a path meanders along the top with fantastic views of Indian Ocean and granite Cliffs most of the way to Contos Beach. There are a couple of benches on this way to admire these views.
Soon now we will reach the road, we enter the Contos camping area and then find the pretty forested path to Lake Cave where there is an option to go for a hours tour of the cave, as you are here. a café and a shop.
There is an option to vary this walk – same walking distance though starting at Redgate beach and walking further into Boranup forest at the end.
We will get transport from here back to town.
Then we will go to a very nearby Micro Brewery and have a Cool beer or a coffee.
Entrance fees for a guided tour of Lake cave are $22 per adult and the last tour is 4pm if you want to do this before we go back to town.
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