South Coast of WA - Twilight Cove and Eyre

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 18:13
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Hi all,

I went out a few months ago, south from Cocklebiddy to Twilight Cove and Eyre Sandpatch.
Here's is a video:



This was done in a day, however two days would be better to get more of a feel for the area if you are new.
I hope you get something out of the vid :-)
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 20:25

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 20:25
Great video Alan and thanks for sharing.

How old is your new mate?

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 20:51

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 20:51
Thanks Stephen,

Gibson (Gibbo) will be two next month.
She is a welcome addition to the family.

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 20:59

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 at 20:59
We sadly lost our 13 yo Rusty a few months and the pain was unbearable and got a new Kelpie mate now as well.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 06:50

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 06:50
Video brings back memories of our trip to WA & a night at Twilight Cove, Alan. Walked down onto the beach, was almost breathtaking!

After a slow run down the OTL, descended at Wyllie Scarp & did a beach run past Bilbunya Dunes to Israelite Bay. I can understand your trepidation doing that beach run solo. There was 4 vehicles in our group!

Look forward to the next chapter………..

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Reply By: Pepper - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 08:23

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 08:23
great video thankyou for the opportunity to share your adventures..really appreciate your effort.
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Reply By: Phil G - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 09:36

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 09:36
Gday Alan,

Thank you for the video.

I did the same trip in 2003 and a mate who knew the area well and wouldn't drive the beach. Instead we took the inland track behind the dunes, and only had to do the last few hundred metres on the beach near the Eyre Bird Sanctuary. There was a boat washed up there.

The Eyre Telegraph Station (now Eyre Bird Sanctuary) has a great history dating back to the 1800's - it was a repeater station on the line from Adelaide to Albany. It was used for 50 years then closed in 1927 and the building was restored by Birds Australia in 1977. The caretakers at the time made us fresh scones!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 18:01

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 18:01
Hi Phil,

I remember the washed up boat - not sure what happened to it.

The telegraph line sure has a great history - still plenty of wire following the route.
Speaking of Telegraph Stations, I'm surprised Balladonia hasn't been restored yet - its still has its roof.

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Follow Up By: Phil G - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 18:11

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 18:11
Yeah I have no idea what happened to the boat either. I have good memories of that trip. This was the boat in 2003:

And the mighty cliffs at Twilight Cove:
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 00:11

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 00:11
The wrecked fishing boat was buried. An excavator was brought in, an area was cleared not far from the EBO, a big hole dug, and the boat dragged up and buried. I cannot recall exactly, but as far as I can remember it would have been in a westerly direction from the EBO and about 300 metres. Chris
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 15:12

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 15:12
Took the screen shots below of the well in 1997 and 2021. Depth to water in 97 is halfway up the sloping plank on the left. This year it looks say 0.5 to 0.8m lower to sandy bottom. Maybe the water is lower if it has been dry the last 6 months and it has not filled in with too much sand. You should have jumped in and dug down to see if any water seeped in LOL.
Enjoyed the video as we did a 5 km run west down the beach from the Bird Obs in 2018. Banks of weed a metre high and a couple of seals. Link: https://www.exploroz.com/places/61873/wa+kanidal-beach



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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 18:42

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 18:42
Hi Warrie,

I'm not sure where the water levels are at, however notice that there is less vegetation around in '97.
I wasn't game to jump in - knowing my luck it would have gave way to a deeper full well lol..


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Reply By: batsy - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 17:58

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 17:58
Like Bob Y & Phil G we did that trip in reverse the same year as Bob Y I think. Equinox you have heightened my need to do this type of trip again. The seaweed was indeed at least a meter high & some of the sand covered the seaweed in a dangerous way. We left Cocklebiddy at first light & arrived back a long time after dark totally exhausted but so enthused for the country we saw.
Thanks for the video.
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Reply By: Member - Soft-Trailer - Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 19:27

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 19:27
@equinox,

Thanks so much for the video. I'll be taking my border collie on the same trip, and it's fantastic to see the surrounds you've brought to us. If nothing else, with my Long Service Leave I am about to take (just me an dog) it shows me where I can get to.

Thank you.

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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021 at 07:27

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021 at 07:27
Hi Guys,

Without wanting to put a “dampener” on things, given that (as far as I know), dogs are not permitted in Nature Reserves, and the whole of the coastal area you looking at is a Nature Reserve, I would be wary of having a dog with you. This was the main reason that when we travelled through this area back in 2017, we did not get to these places, even though we wanted to. We travel with our dogs.

By the way, loved the video. :-)

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Reply By: Member - OzJourney - Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 08:56

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 08:56
I also did this trip in 2016, spent 5 days solo filming the birds. The first time I did the beach run waited till the tide was right out and no dramas, a couple of days latter did the same run again just after high tide which meant I was driving higher up the beach, when I got to the section were the rocks are down I went. I carried some old sand mats and was quickly out but what I discovered was a fresh water soak. I never noticed any sign of it previously.

Great video by the way, realy like how your filming the travelling shot.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 17:02

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 17:02
Thanks for the words and recollection Steve,
Any pics of the soak you found? :-)


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Reply By: Member - OzJourney - Thursday, Nov 25, 2021 at 07:36

Thursday, Nov 25, 2021 at 07:36
This is the video
Twilight cove 2016

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