From Coalmine Beach Caravan Park, the Bibbulmun Track goes westward towards Walpole, about a 3 km walk. In town, many Bibbulmun hikers rest up for a day or do, and get their shopping and laundry done. On Wednesday morning, I decided to walk into town on my own to see what I could see without distractions. There were lots more flowers than I would have expected at this time of year.
|Red flowering gum|
|Beaufortia beside the track|
|Kangaroo paws out of season|
Most of the Nats had gone for a boat trip around the inlet, with morning tea on the sand dunes looking out to sea. I had done this trip a few years previously and didn't want to pay good money to do it a second time. Instead I had a nice cup of coffee in town and then walked down to the boat ramp to meet everyone coming back.
|Wilderness Ecocruise boat returning|
We had a picnic lunch near the Visitors Centre and then did a short circular walk behind the Centre, a spot where the local horses were corralled in the early Group Settlement days.
|Karri Sheok with lovely bark and lichen. The bark resembles Portuguese cork trees.|