Cape to Cape Weekend was a 3 day weekend organized for past and present exchange teachers in the Margaret River area. We had a chance to hike the trials, sample the local wineries, see wildlife and sea life, check out the tourist attractions, explore a cave and swim at a beach. The Cape to Cape Track starts from the northwest point at Cape Naturaliste and runs 135 km along spectacular surf beaches, coastline and forests to the Southwest corner of Australia at Cape Leeuwin. Both areas have a tall working lighthouse as a historical landmark. Obviously, you can't do it all in 3 days, but they selected a few sections to walk.
http://www.capetocapetrack.com.au/pages.asp?code=15 See website for a map of the track.Becky and the kids went to Amaze'n Margaret River with a large hedge maze, plus all sorts of ground puzzles and foot mazes to try to solve. Collin hiked for 3 1/2 hours, while the Becky and the boys played for the same length of time at the mazes. Check out the website - http://www.amazenmargaretriver.com.au/
Once, we figure out how to get the pictures off the mobile phone, we'll post some.
The afternoon was spent a Giant's Cave. Margaret River area has dozens, if not hundreds of limestone caves in the area. Only a few are open to the public and we selected one the best. Giant's Cave is managed by the Dept. of Environment and Conservation so they have kept it more natural. There are no lights, except for a supplied torch (flashlight), along the self guided route. We scrambbled over rocks, had a few tight squeezes, and climbed many stairs and some ladders and ropes.
Augusta is at the most southwestern point of Australia. It is where the two oceans meet - the Indian
and the Southern. At the point is a limestone lighthouse and waterwheel from the 19th century. Amazing views, but busy with tourists.
In the background is the lighthouse and the far side to the west is the Indian Ocean. To the left is the Southern Ocean. Next stop... Antarctica, some 5000 km away. We had fun investigating the rock pools as the tides were changing. Caleb spotted a blue manna crab hiding in the rocks and Jackson pointed out a sea anemone.