900 metres, plus return (750m) via Blubber Head Rd. about 45 mins

Glimpses of the classic Adamsons Peak are seen through the trees, until you emerge next to Wrack Cove. Both the wrack and the wind pruned shrubs along this coast attest to the gale force sou-westerlies that whip across Port Esperance from the Antarctic south. Some evidence of flensing has been found here from the whaling past, but all traces have now vanished.

A picnic table overlooking the bay provides a great place to stop and rest.

Snorkelling and swimming are good pastimes on a still sunny day when the bay becomes a sparkling underwater garden, replete with octopus, crayfish and abalone.

Woodland Birds

As you wander down, note the copses of bushes under the open eucalypt canopy.

These provide nectar staggered throughout the year and habitat for insects that are such an essential part of any birds’ diet when feeding and rearing young. Look for the small yellow pillars of banksia – a wonderful nectar source for birds, insects and the tiny mammals alike. Even the Lyluequonny used banksia’s rich nectar to make a sweetly alcoholic drink.

Dense hiding and nesting places provided by the bushes ensure that a variety of woodland birds can survive. Predators such as the Collared sparrowhawk find it more difficult to chase their prey down when the little birds can dart sideways into a twiggy bush. Aggressive colony-forming birds such as the Noisy miner like to chase other birds out to form their own province. Here, though, they cannot compete, because there are plenty of hiding places for the others to find a refuge.

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