We went for a long walk every day on our Busselton trip. Most mornings we would start with a walk along the foreshore while we drank our morning coffee. One morning we walked the length of the 1.8km jetty. And we went for many walks through and around town.
The Busselton Visitors Centre were very helpful in recommending great walks to do with a child in the local area. They provided us with a Walk and Cycle brochure which you can also access online.
Their other recommendations were a bit further out but we found them worthwhile.
Ambergate Reserve is a 4km track through bushland, fractured by 2 roads running through the centre of it which effectively broke the walk into 4 parts as you had to cross the road 4 times to carry on the walk. It was a bush track but we were still able to push the stroller through a good part of it. A few times Em had to get off and walk which she had a bit of a whinge about. So we tried to turn it into a game. I was walking first along the track, Rick following and pushing Em in the stroller. We had chosen this strategy as it was still snake season so I was able to look out for any snakes. We were also the first to walk the track that day and we found a number of spider webs across the path. I was carrying a stick trying to clear any as we walked. Every time I cleared one away I would turn to Em, raise my stick in the air and shout “I am the hero! I have saved you from the spider web!” and she would shout back, “I am the hero”. We would have a laugh and carry on.
The walk had signs identifying a number of trees and plants along the way. We found 2 different grass trees – the Balga and the Australis – noticing the difference in the flowers, one had a long stem with hundreds of flowers on the one stem. The other had a shorter stem with a ball of flowers at the end.
Another plant was identified as ‘Jackson Horribillis’ (the name may not be correct but it was something similar to this). We were imagining one of the first botanists to the area naming the plant after the captain of their ship which we found quite amusing.
The walk took us about an hour in total and was lovely and peaceful. Em is much better at walking nowadays (since we chucked the stroller out and gave her no choice!) and I think she could do the walk with no stroller and no problem (she will be 5 in a couple of months).
Cape to Cape Track
3.4km of the Cape to Cape track has been made accessible for everyone. From Cape Naturalist to Sugarloaf Rock we pushed the stroller along the boardwalk and enjoyed the stunning views of sparkling blue water, beautiful coastline and striking rocks.
This walk is incredible and it was great to be able to enjoy a very small part of it. On the day that we did it tiny little birds were flying half hidden between the low lying shrubs. The sun was intermittently shining down on us and then hiding behind the clouds. It was the perfect day for a walk the temperature sitting in the low 20s.
Em did a good portion of the walk herself though at times she filled her pockets with roasted chicpeas and sat in the pram munching on them while we walked, pushing her along. We renamed Sugarloaf rock as ‘Mermaid Rock’ to keep her interested and we made a number of stops to look at rock formations down on the beach and decide which ones were the most likely to be the beach fairy castles. (These are the things you do to keep a 4 year old girl interested on long nature hikes).
Once we arrived at Sugarloaf rock we sat at the edge of the stairs to eat our oranges. They were so sweet juicy and delicious – the walk having made them even more so. As I turned to sit down I saw a pod of dolphins swimming down in the ocean. We were able to watch them for a few minutes swimming and jumping through the waves.
Em was just a bit disappointed she didn’t see mermaids but we told her the mermaids may have been dressed at dolphins that day and she seemed satisfied with that. After our little rest we had to head back to the lighthouse at Cape Naturalist. The walk had taken us 2 and a half hours which we felt was a good effort, though many would do it much quicker without a child.
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