Leave the car behind and get knee-deep in nature this spring – it’s the very best time to experience the region’s glorious floral displays says Tori Wilson.
With its lush forests, sweeping coastline and clusters of flowers scattered like hundreds and thousands on an ice-cream cone, the Margaret River Region is a nature enthusiast’s haven and there’s no time to discover it like spring.
Sean Blocksidge of the Margaret River Discovery Company tells me all about the best walks to embark upon this time of year, how to prepare and what to look out for. He says that spring is the best time to look out for a rainbow of wildflowers and the migrating whales, with the potential to see 50 or more in a single day.
“The Cape to Cape Track is the jewel in the crown of WA walk trails, five to seven days of awesomeness that varies between beach, forest, cliffs, rivers, gullies, alleys and epic views at every turn. No two days are the same.” – Sean Blocksidge, Margaret River Discovery Company.
If you’re an adventurer planning to tackle the complete track, start to finish it extends 135km from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. The expected time to complete the track is five to eight days so preparation is essential. Sean recommends good quality hiking boots, more water than you assume and the Cape to Cape Guidebook by local legend Jane Scott.
“If you are going to do the whole thing you definitely need to do some training while wearing a pack,” he says. “Pack light as possible and invest in good gear. Modern camping gear is ultralight these days and worth every cent.”
While the northern section of the track has a paved path that’s suitable for everybody, the remainder of the walk requires good mobility and reasonable fitness – the beach sand at Deepdene Beach is where this will especially come in handy.