Great South West Walk Day 12

Capes & Bays: The Springs Camp to Trewalla Camp (15km)

After a very cold night and a lack of proper meal the day before, I felt slightly unfit. It was also difficult to get warm without my usual cup of tea in the morning. Still I managed to pack up and leave around 10am.

There were a number of scenic places along the track that day, with the first one being the Blow Holes. It was only a short walk from The Springs, but there wasn’t much to see to be honest. There was a viewing platform, and some tourists were watching, but I think the tide must have been too low to see anything.

The next stop was at the Petrified Forest, a very interesting rock formation where I met a bunch of travellers who couldn’t believe I had been walking for more than ten days already.

Petrified forest
Petrified forest

From the Petrified Forest it was another 5km walk to the tip of Cape Bridgewater. There is a seal colony so I was hoping to get some photos of seals. On the way there I saw plenty of kangaroos and wallabies. One black wallaby first posed for a really nice photo, but then when it ran away I noticed it had a broken leg and was limping, it was awful to watch. Maybe it had fallen off the cliffs nearby and broke the leg.

Strangely there were no seals at the dedicated viewing platform for seals. The colony must have moved around the corner to the other side, because from the other viewing platform at the Cape I saw the seals. They were far away, but with a 500mm lens it was possible to get photos.

Australian Fur Seals
Australian Fur Seals

Suddenly the weather turned really nasty for about 15 minutes, just as I was walking down to the small town that also calls itself Cape Bridgewater. Once I got there however, it turned into a sunny day.

I stopped at the small restaurant at the beach and enjoyed a good meal. I also ordered some takeaway for dinner and then walked on.

After another short walk on the beach the track continued in light bushland just behind, or on top of the dunes.

Fisherman Cove
Fisherman Cove

Trewalla turned out to be one of the nicest campsites I have seen, it was built right into the landscape, hidden in the bush. By then it was a warm and sunny afternoon, so I dried all my clothes, had a proper wash and set up camp. There was even a viewing platform on the campsite, from which I enjoyed watching the sunset while eating the food from the restaurant. A really nice and happy end to an exciting day.

I think of all the parts on the GSWW, I enjoyed capes & bays the most. It’s very diverse, with beach sections, great views, rocky terrain, bush land, but always close to the sea. But it’s also the least remote section where I saw plenty of people every day when passing scenic tourist attractions or towns like Cape Bridgewater.

Sunset
Sunset

Wildlife seen: Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Black Wallaby, Australian Fur Seal, Crimson Rosella.