Our last day in the Margaret River region dawned clear and sunny, perfect for a morning walk. The Meelup Trail starts at Old Dunsborough beach
and follows the coastline for 11.5 kilometres to Eagle Bay. We fortified ourselves with coffee from the Silver Bullet Espresso van, a gorgeous Airstream caravan parked at the boat ramp.
The detail in this lovely sculpture doesn’t really show in silhouette. Sculpture by the Bay is an exhibition of works held on the foreshore each March as part of the Dunsborough Arts Festival. This was the winning piece from 2015, installed near the boat ramp.
We walked past some beautiful homes with stunning views
before the trail narrowed and we were embraced by dense coastal vegetation.
It was a bit early for most of the wildflowers,
but the magnificent Barrens Clawflower was putting on a wonderful display. Endemic to the south-west of Western Australia, the name is from the location where it was found in 1920, West Mount Barren.
Further on, the trail opened up and the coastal views were spectacular.
Strategically placed seating invited a chance to rest and take in the view and perhaps spy a passing whale.
Granite rock formations lay scattered throughout the landscape
and along the sheltered beaches.
Lunch time was approaching and there were more wineries awaiting us. We returned along the same path,
encountering this Shingleback lizard basking in the dappled sunlight.
Isn’t he handsome?