2. Ellensbrook to Margaret River Mouth

Availability: Spring and Autumn (October to December and March till mid-June)

Included: Transport – Experienced Guide – Salad Roll – Entrance Fees to Old Settlement – Beer or Coffee at Micro Brewery

What to Bring/Wear: Hat – Walking Shoes or Boots – Long Trousers – 2 to 3 Litres of Water – Sunscreen

Day/s: Sundays

Distance: Approx. 12km

Walk Type: Full Day

Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm (5 Hours 30 Minutes)

Fitness Level Required: Moderate Fitness

Starting Point: Old Kate Engine, Rotary Park, Margaret River

Cost: $120 AUD Per Person

Connected to: Walk Three

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- The Wadindi 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.

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