4. Around Ellensbrook
Availability: January and February and on request other months
Included: Transport – Experienced Guide –Coffee
What to Bring/Wear: Hat – Walking Shoes or Boots – Long Trousers – 2 Litres of Water
Day/s: Saturdays and on request
Distance: 9 km approx.
Walk Type: Circular Walk
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am (3 Hours)
Fitness Level Required: Moderate fitness
Starting Point: Ellensbrook House
Cost: $75 AUD Per Person
Connected to: No Connection
Read more below.
Gilgara to 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.
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 breeze and 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, endemic to this area are amazing.
There are some interesting limestone pinnacles alongside the path further on.
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.
30th march 2022