Within minutes of leaving camp I nearly stumbled over an enormous tiger snake, who either didn’t seem too fazed by me or was deliberately playing it cool. Eventually, the snake slithered off into the grass in front of me.
The dramatic weather only enhanced the wild, exposed feel of the coast, particularly as roaring winds whipped up even bigger waves to crash against the shore. The whole experience was loud, uncomfortable and awe-inspiring.
After a few hours of bad sleep, I woke up at around 1:30AM to the whine of a squadron of mozzies dive-bombing me. I dabbed my face with DEET but they were persistent bastards, so I gave up.
We could see much of the ground we’d covered during the day, including the plains and the many forest islands. Watching the canopies of the karri trees turn gold in the fading light was simply spectacular.
Solo hiking is an amazing challenge. Let's go... and keep going!
A writer from Perth, Australia
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