Day 42 :: Long Point to Rest Point
Today we have another 'double-hutter', which will combine Sections 45 & part of Section 46 to leave us at Rest Point Caravan Park. When doing the itinerary this section was problematic in that we needed a food drop (this is the 7th day of this section), and I didn't think we could walk through Walpole to Gardiner picking up a food parcel on the way, so we also needed a place to stay. Rest Point Caravan Park was ideally situated on the near side of Walpole (shortening the day), and also provided a very lazy day through Walpole (for which we developed a plan), as we'd also elected to stay at Coalmine Beach on the way out: this (I had convinced Sandi) would be just as good as a rest day :)
Day 4022 Google Earth Track
Long Point Mt Clare Rest Point
|Length||22.01 km||Day Length||7:18|
|Ascend||1110 m||Descend||1166 m|
Another very nice day. P up and off to Long Point for photo opportunity (He wasn't that excited on return as overcast). Rod still here when I 1st got up so was able to wish him well and then Sandie and Adrian got away as well. Sandie and I seem to understand things in a similar way. P and I then got ourselves organised and we were off and getting along at a good clip.
Away in pretty good time and headed up the sandy spur trail to the start of the Track. Again the spur trail is not included in the Guidebook's odometer! Initially the Track heads out over old sand dunes toward the foot of the Hush Hush Hills.
Fly accompaniment was of dubious pleasure or benefit and there were so many. Lovely low flowering bushes with maple syrup smelling flowers in abundance. Creases in land suddenly having a small respite into trees. Amazing.
I was glad to get through the incessant sand hills up and down and up and down though some very lovely ridges where it was like we were on top of the world with views stretching away in all directions. A boot cleaning station surprised us and provided a very comfy seat for morning tea, very welcome too. Think my punga flower sticks did well up the slippery slopes, so am holding on to them at the moment.
My pack felt noticeably heavier this morning, and I wondered if it was the 1.5 million flies that were perched all over it? I didn't mind them getting a free ride, but it would have been nice if they at least pulled their own weight, or even just flapped a little. When a bush swiped them off, or a sudden jerk of the pack disrupted them, they'd fly around in an angry buzz or head-butt me in anger -- and every one of them wanted to look me in the eye and tell me of their discomfort.
The Hush Hush hills were an amazing section -- stiff climb up through peppermints, then meandered along ridges and numerous valleys. The cockatoos were interesting as they seemed to stay below the ridge-line in the valleys; not hight above the canopy. Still camera shy though.
Stopped for morning tea at the junction with Nuyts Wilderness Trail, where there's a boot cleaning station. At this junction the trail turns North-East leading directly toward Mt Clare (and our intended lunch spot); Nuyts Wilderness Trail covers flat, sandy country before it gets to the base of Mt Clare and the wonderful Deep River before entering forest again (it's been a while).
Pressed on through a quickly changing landscape. Saw lots of enamel orchids, spider orchids, cowslip and donkey orchids, plus the pink ones. Into forest again and a great swing bridge over deep river, which was just that. Rather bizarre: found a note from "Mr C" saying he was desperately short of water just after this, which was odd with all that water in the river (Long Point campsite had some water issues; thankfully DEC brought 3 jerry cans out the afternoon we were there -- good as there were 7 of us overnight).
Then on up a classic track like in Blue Mountains and we went up with no trouble. really lovely and all these huge trees around. Came into Mt Clare campsite in time for lunch. Sandie and Adrian still there, Rod had just left, so were pleased for update.
Climbing Mt Clare was wonderful on a steep, narrow track, very much reminded us of home in the Blue Mountains. Felt like we whizzed up the 200m! Sandie gave us both a wonderful piece of orange she'd carried a very, very long way.
Enjoyed a leisurely lunch then headed. Had gone about 15 minutes and P remembered he'd left the SPOT back there so packs down and I waited while he scampered back there. So grateful he realised then.
If you look closely at the Mt. Clare lunch photo you'll see my hat sitting on top of the shelter's gutter: I always put the SPOT on top of my hat so that I wont forget the little device... only problem was I forgot my hat! I put the SPOT in that position to make sure that a signal was successfully sent (There were only 6 unsuccessful SPOT sends (4%), and this was not one of them: a full review is coming...).
It's almost unbelievable that yesterday morning and the day before, we were wading through swamps, yesterday afternoon we were in sand dunes and today in forests of huge Tingle and Karri trees: the dramatic changes in the landscape has been hard to keep up with!!
After walking down from Mt Clare the track crosses Tinglewood Drive. One amusing track note from the Guidebook had us looking for powerlines when they'd be put under the ground! The Track then follows the South-Western Highway, past John Rate Lookout, and on to Rest Point Road over what was suspiciously like a Rail Formation (though the Guidebook didn't mention it).
The Walpole inlet seemed ever-present since the John Rate Lookout, and what seemed suspiciously like a rail formation gave constant glimpses through the trees. The lookout would be a great afternoon / morning tea stop... AND has a toilet to boot!!
A pretty easy walk then on, but we moved along pretty fast as hard to tell what weather would to. reminded me of walk into Collie, forest with flat leaved tallish grass things and heaps of yellow flowering stuff. Then onto old railway formation through swampy area, very nice to look out across and finally to our turn off to Rest Point. Bitumen road, well always slow, but we made it.
Feet quite sore by the end of the day -- interesting light packs and only 22km??
Food Parcel: Another success!! We've been trying to remember what we put in for dinner as we'd completely forgotten. Delightfully surprised to find Hot & Spicey noodles, Chilli Beef and Beans, Peppered Steak & Onion, pre-cooked rice. Almond biscuits. We're going to be stuffed!! Found the missing matches. How they got into the Rest Point bag I don't know? But now we have about 150 matches too many :)
Sun coming out and lovely just in time for a cornetto (disappointed - fast but not overly brilliant). Camp facilities good, washing happening and wind drying. Washed sandals and self in fabulous shower. Great feeling.
Just wonderful to have a thoroughly good wash in such a long, hot shower. After this seven day stretch started to feel just a wee bit grimy. There were places to wash, but we shared the hut each night from Northcliffe -- shouldn't have made a real difference... but it seemed to.
Rest Point showers rate a very close second to Balingup at this stage. These were great with lots of hot water, airy bathroom. Balingup had a luxury of water flow though.
End of day taken after shower! nice and clean.
Dinner very filling. Sending out some SMS to remind people we haven't forgotten them. [Note from Sandie: Northcliffe pub has a good deep bath]
The FUSE had another difficult day. Thankfully it doesn't matter too much as we'll be able to charge all our batteries at the caravan park.
Today started overcast (almost as usual for the second half [of the walk]), with very weak and watery sun from morning tea. By lunch there were infrequent sun patches, though we were under canopy by then. The walk into Rest Point, being almost due East, had good position, but the sun was more gone than present, and at times drizzle threatened. By Rest Point Road though, the developing sunny patches were getting bigger (longer) until we had unbroken sun from arrival up till sunset.
|Long Point Campsite||0.0||7:50 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Nuyts Wilderness Walk Track||8.5||8.5||800.2||10:09 AM||2:19||2:19||226.2||3.7||3.7||3.5|
|Deep River Suspension Bridge||3.3||11.8||803.5||11:28 AM||1:19||3:38||227.5||2.5||3.3||3.5|
|Mt. Clare Campsite||1.6||13.4||805.0||12:00 PM||12:58 PM||0:32||4:10||228.1||2.9||3.2||3.5|
|Tinglewood Drive||1.1||14.5||806.1||1:30 PM||0:32||4:42||228.6||2.0||3.1||3.5|
|John Rate Lookout||3.1||17.6||809.2||2:11 PM||0:41||5:23||229.3||4.5||3.3||3.5|
|Rest Point Road||3.1||20.6||812.3||2:55 PM||0:44||6:07||230.0||4.2||3.4||3.5|
|Rest Point Caravan Park||1.4||22.0||813.6||3:12 PM||0:17||6:24||230.3||4.9||3.4||3.5|
|Rest Point Caravan Park||35.1|
|Showers / Toilet||4.5|
|Shop / Close to Town / Shops||2.9|
|Dining / Activity||4.3|
|Close to Town||1.0|
Rest Point is a very nice park -- gas stove, microwave and cutlery & crockery. Nice amenities and laundry too: all very spacious. Being on the inlet the outlook is very impressive. We didn't get to go canoeing, as we were busy washing, sorting the food parcel then cooking and eating.
We're quite excited about tomorrow, and have a plan that was hatched some days ago: this was mainly to prevent too much damage if I go strange in town again (unfortunately a far too common occurrence at the moment).
Harry said the cafe is good for breakfast, so that sounds like it will work (we'll set off on the 4.7km km walk after some le snaks and tea). The IGA opens at 7:30am, so it won't matter if we're too early. The stars are bright tonight, so hopefully it will be fine, and we'll take a big lunch out to Coalmine Beach, for a long relaxing afternoon. The following 3 days are pretty easy too, so we're looking forward to an easy few days' walk into Peaceful Bay for our Fish and Chips (which need to be ordered by 4:30pm)!
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