Heysen (End to End 14) Walk 5

Section 5: Waitpinga to Tugwell Road

Walk 5 of 60  Distance: 17 km of  1200 km
Walked 74 km to date

We hiked through one of the most spectacular sections of the Heysen Trail. With a beautiful sunny day for the first day of Spring it didn’t disappoint. We had a wet start when we checked in at Investigator College but that was short lived and by the time we regrouped at the start of the trail the sun was shining.

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Amazing views of Newland Head and West Island greeted us we reached our first break. We were there for barely a minute before a keen eyed @Alan Steele spotted a whale breaching in the waters off Newland Head. We will have a truly awesome memory of that magnificent show. It breeched and splashed  for several minutes before heading East towards The Bluff.

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Photo by Mark S

Post by Alan: My most enjoyable days walk on the Heysen Trail. After a strong shower as we left it cleared to a perfect day for our walk along the Waitpinga Cliffs. Stopped for our morning tea break and I spotted a whale breaching near West Island, which continued for a good 10 minutes. Such a great walk supplemented by the many plants coming into flower, together with many new friendships in our walking mob!

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Photo by Ben K

 

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Bearded Dragon Photo by Mark S

Being the first day of Spring everything was in flower including spectacular Xanthorrhoeas (Yakkas). Some were as tall as 4 or 5 metres, and could be as old as 200 to 300 years old!

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Flowering Xanthorrhoea (Yakka/Grass Trees) Photo by Mark S

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Photo by Olga V

Post by Olga – A very scenic walk along the coastal cliffs from Waitpinga to Tugwell road. Thanks to the leaders!

Post by Naomi – Goodbye sand, sea & south coast!

Post by Mark S – Thanks to all of the leaders, our support driver Ken and to everyone that helped to make it such a great day!

Comments also taken from Mark F email and  Friends of Heysen

 

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