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Cape Arid

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sunny 40 °C

Cape Arid is a National Park about 113km east of Esperance with a number of different camp grounds. Due to recent flooding most of the roads in the park were closed and the only camp grounds open were at Thomas River. There are 2 camp grounds to choose from here, a lower one near the river and one higher up the hill which has nice sites separated by thickets of tall banksias. The lower camp ground was occupied by the local fishing club and all the sites large enough for a camper trailer were taken so our only choice was the higher camp ground which has new amenities and camp kitchen.

Cape Arid is a remote place with a magnificent white sandy beach stretching as far as the eye can see and rocky headlands and islands at the western end. The weather here was hot, particularly the second day when it reached 40C. On our second day we walked the Tagon trail early before it got to hot. The trail takes you over headlands to stunning white sandy beaches and high viewing areas. The walk took us 3.5 hours and takes you to Dolphin Cove, where sure enough we saw a pod of half a dozen dolphins very close to the beach, Little Tagon Beach and then the much larger Tagon Beach. We had a refreshing swim at Tagon Beach before tackling the return leg. The scenery on this walk is stunning and we would highly recommend it.

After finishing the walk we had another swim, then lunch back at camp before driving half way down the beach and pulling out the awning for some shade. We spent the afternoon here reading, swimming, fishing and keeping cool on a very hot day. The fishing produced plenty of herring but nothing else. A light sea breeze sprang up late afternoon to cool things down and that evening there were thunderstorms close by, but very little rain with it.

We stayed 2 nights here and would have stayed for an extra night if it wasn’t for the march flies during the day and the swarming mosquitoes at night. Cape Arid is a beautiful unspoilt coastal wilderness that warrants further exploration another time when the rest of the park is open again.

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Posted by OzJourney 22:50 Archived in Australia

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