It’s been amazing showing Australian fast bowling sensation Mitchell Johnson around the Cape to Cape Track in the Margaret River region this week! He’s loved experiencing the geology, flora, fauna, marine environment and indigenous culture of this magic corner of Western Australia.

Hiking for a great cause with Legacy WA

Making it all the more special is that Mitch is an ambassador with Legacy WA. And he’s hiking Margaret River’s favourite multi-day coastal trek over 7 days with military veterans and their families this week. Among them are some who have lost loved ones. Legacy is an amazing charity dedicated to supporting the families of those who have served Australia. And we’re honoured to be looking after the group and spending time with these legends on the Track this week. It was also a truly special way to commemorate Anzac Day. As a group, the hikers and guides took a moment of silence at Yallingup before the beginning our hike. It was a moving tribute to those who have given their lives serving Australia. And it was also a reminder of the great work Legacy do, delivering on a promise to help the families of those who served.

Mitch bowled over by the Cape to Cape Track

Mitch retired as an Australian cricketer in 2015 and is best known for his ferocious left-arm fast bowling. He’s widely considered one of the greatest fast bowlers of his era. But he said the hiking the Cape to Cape was an exhilarating experience. “It’s great. I love the scenery obviously. Everything I’ve seen so far has been awesome,” he says. Mitch went on to say: “I’m learning about rocks and geology. I’m learning about nature and ocean currents. That was fascinating to me. I’m not a smart guy… but when I hear someone talking about nature in that way, I just find it fascinating. It’s been great so far. I’m enjoying it.”

Walking in Margaret River puts Mitch in the present

The fast bowler superstar also said the 124km hike was proving great for his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “I’ve got ADHD so this for me is actually quite nice. Taking in different scenery, different paths. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do this Cape to Cape hike. It was just to make my minds off things and be in this present moment, enjoying things. It’s good for me personally.”

He said helping put the spotlight on the great work done by Legacy WA was also a big motivation for hiking. “I’ve always had an interest in the military. I almost joined the army when I left school. I had a friend who is an ex-SAS commando and he contacted me. He was unable to be a part of this and asked if I’d do it. The cause and the people are great. I’ve really enjoyed the lead up to it and now being a part of the hike. It’s exciting for me to be here and trekking with all types of people.”