Fresh Air

DUNSBOROUGH MARGARET RIVER YALLINGUP EAGLE BAY

Wow, as Spring inches ever forward, the landscape around me has come alive with colour! Each day I am discovering more and more rare orchids and native vegetation bursting with blooms as the peak wildflower season hits. It is one of the best times to get out and about and hit the walking tracks.

I’ve been doing sections of the Cape to Cape Track when I’ve had a spare moment. It runs along the coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin and sits almost entirely in National Park. The Australian Geographic rated it one the Top 10 Multi Day Walks in Australia and its easy to understand why. A bit of research tells me its 135 kms and I have come across a few folks tackling it all in one go. Apparently, it can take anywhere from 5-9 days! I’ve been doing it leisurely by visiting easily accessible parts of the track that can be done without too much preparation.

One of my favourite sections is the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Sugarloaf Rock walk. It is 3.4 kms and includes some paving and boardwalks, which makes it accessible and achievable when time is short. The views are astonishing, the wildflowers have been amazing, and I’ve even spotted one or two whales on my walk, leaving me breathless with wonder. I have done this walk with kids, but they usually can only make one way, so it’s good to have a driver that can pick you up at the other end. There is a great little lookout at Sugarloaf where you can marvel at the wild ocean and try to spot dolphins or the elusive blue wrens.

If the wind blows on the Sugarloaf Rock side, I head to Meelup Bay. The calm turquoise waters of Meelup are so beautiful. A gorgeous walking track can take you all the way to Eagle Bay or Dunsborough’s beachfront, depending on how far you want to travel. There are ocean views for days, plenty of secret beaches and lots of bird life. As the days get warmer, I will be stripping off for a swim and treating myself to an ice cream from the van, which has become a fixture at Meelup Beach.

I recently did a section of this walk with a few girlfriends and with some hours to spare we treated ourselves to a last-minute lunch at Meelup Farmhouse. The gorgeous interiors and excellent service were welcomed and the transition from bushwalk to ladies that lunch was made easy by the beautiful surrounding and farm views. We ordered picnic hampers and shared a bottle of wine on the lawn which also helped. I have been here for luncheons and dinners and enjoyed the a la carte menu and the chance to dress up. I have also heard thru the grapevine they also do a mean brunch so that’s next on my list!