SPRING and autumn are the most popular times of year to hike the Cape to Cape Track. But winter has a magic all of its own – just ask 74-year-old Berneice Loch.
She made the trip across to Western Australia’s Margaret River region from her home in Rockhampton, Queensland to tackle the Cape to Cape 4 Day Highlights Tour with friends Theresia Tina, from Brisbane, and Perth’s Moira Truelson.
The threesome braved a few patches of wind and rain. But they said the payoff was hours of solitude on the Cape to Cape Track. And the backdrop of a wild and beautiful Indian Ocean.
Landscapes the star of the show
“We struck some weather here and there but the days were essentially beautiful. The country itself was first and foremost absolutely beautiful,” Berneice says.
“The waves, the coast, the beauty and the amazing colours of the sea are what stands out in my mind. The sea and the waves were coming in very hard but it was really very beautiful.
“Going in winter meant there weren’t many other hikers on the Cape to Cape Track. We’d go for hours at a time when we saw no-one. That was special.”
Friendship and hiking
The trio have been friends for more than a decade. And they said the hiking holiday was a good excuse to catch up together in the great outdoors.
They opted for a self-guided tour. That meant the logistics including transport and accomodation were organised by Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.
“We all like bushwalking. And we thought it would be a great way to spend some time together,” Berneice says.
“And we were very impressed with the way Cape to Cape Explorer Tours catered for us. They took us to our starting points and retrieved us, including coming to the Margaret River to get us across by canoe. That was fun!”
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