Margaret River Tracks and Beaches – Group 1

The Margaret River Tracks and Beaches Road Trip started at BP Baldivis. Because of the large number of vehicles participating and the tight tracks at particular parts of the route the Road Trip was split into three groups.

This is the Report of Brad and Jane’s group including Hyney and Beatrice in their Jeep, Lance and Melissa in a Hilux, Jodie driving a Landcruiser, Max and Lilian in a Patrol and ‘Tail End Tania’ looking after us in her Dmax.

Our first stop was the most important bakery stop at Dunsborough  for lunch and a look around.

We headed off to Cape Naturaliste lighthouse via a cruise through the pretty beachside village of Meelup.

A quick trek to the lookout revealed the first of many beaches along a spectacular piece of coastline. Next stop was Sugarloaf lookout at the end of a smooth gravel road.

We hit Three Bears Track shortly after. We stopped to air down and were confronted by a few surfers charging back towards town, probably late for their shift at work. Some interesting sand driving to whet our appetites, stopping along the way to admire the surf break and as a bonus we spotted some whales spouting and breaching. Beautiful sunny day with clear skies and crystal clear water.

Cruising along Caves Road took us to Yallingup and Canal Rocks lookout.

The footbridge had to be partially rebuilt after being badly damaged in a big storm.

Currents swirl and rip through the narrow passageways at Canal Rocks.

The track into Wilyabrup took us through some sand requiring good driving skills to navigate. Tania, doing an excellent job as Sweep, copped the track after we had all cut it up, however,  she successfully cruised the DMax through. We got to the car park at the end and were not able to get onto the beach as a grumpy fisherman had parked his car and swag along the track blocking the way. I think he was very surprised to see us rock up!

Running out of daylight we went back to Caves Road and took the Boranup Drive turn off which took us though some magnificent tall timbers and were rewarded with a panoramic lookout stop.

We were rewarded with an excellent camping ground at Contos. Great camp kitchen with running water, fire pits and clean toilet facilities. We helped Nick celebrate his birthday, had a big campfire and eventually climbed into bed after a great rewarding day.

Sunday

From Contos to Cockburn via little known bush tracks.

We continued to weave our way back homewards. True to style we avoided main roads and travelled some classic tracks. Such a perfect way to spend a Sunday.

From Contos we headed a little further south before heading inland. First off was Bobs Track, and excellent drive in to the beach. Once at the end of the Track, we could see Hamelin Bay. The spectacular beach is popular.

We came across some interesting local signage.
Brad was doing a great job trip leading but only as good as his navigator – we did three or four U turns. Nothing too major, thankfully. We did take a detour which took us along a short river road and past a very interesting cottage, full of vivid field of artwork.
The paddock was full of paintings of all shapes, sizes and colours of the rainbow.
There were lots of flowers still in full bloom on the roadside, including native orchids.

As we headed north we hit some lesser used tracks with really tight turns. One of the trees had a lot of chunks of bark removed and required a three or four point turn to get around. There was some good obstacles to track around – including a crossing of the Margaret River.

We had to find a path around a fallen tree.
At the Margaret River crossing we found some baby marron, about 25mm long, swimming around the pebbles.

We stopped for a stroll around Frogs Hollow, really cute.

It was an excellent trip at a lovely pace with great company that made for a really enjoyable weekend.
Thank you to our convoy for making it such fun and to the bigger group for sharing our weekend! Tania did a great job as Sweep, keeping us on track and safe. Thanks Tania.
Good on you Brad for first time as Trip Leader. He got us there back and we had fun. Thanks Brad.
The Margaret River Tracks and Beaches Trip was a bit like a tasting platter – tempting you for the next adventure.

CREDITS

Trip Report/Photographs
Jane Dooley

Trip Leaders
Brian Hunt
Nick Carroll
Brad O’Neil

Reconnaissance
Kim Epton
Aaron Howell
Scott Overstone

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