Sunday, 28 September 2014

South Cape Bay

Saturday 27th September 2014

South Cape Bay
The road down to Cockle Creek was the usual maze of potholes on the gravel section between Ida Bay and Cockle Creek. A new bridge has recently been constructed over Cockle Creek which meant we could drive to the normal car park at the start of the walk.
We set off at 0815 on the track which alternates between a board walk and normal track. The track is easy to follow and is fairly level with only slight undulations. The sign states 4 hours return and it took us about 2 hours to be standing on the beach. A new set of stone steps has been constructed to provide access to the beach since I was last here in 2011. We had the place to our selves, which was very pleasant. The day was perfect, with very little wind. We walked along the beach and found a convenient log to stop for a snack.
We were going to continue walking along to South Cape Rivulet, but I had my doubts about the track over Coal Bluff. Last time I was here this section of track was quite wet and muddy. However, we did start off on this track, but after about 1.0 km. the track became very boggy. I figured that we would run out of time if we continued on, as progress was slow. We walked back to the point were the track first arrives at the top of the cliffs and had lunch.
After a good break we walked back to the car.
This is a great and easy walk with spectacular coastal scenery.
There is a map and GPX file on the South Cape Rivulet walk here.
South East Cape

South Cape

South Cape and Lion Rock

The cliffs where the track arrives at the top

On South Cape Bay beach

Small surf rolling in

Lion Rock

South Cape Bay from Coal Bluff

Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers

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