We woke up at 8am. Our genial host had tea with us in her back yard.
We walked down the street to the town centre, stopping at the supermarket for supplies.
We had to cross over an old bridge.
There are fishing platforms installed at either end under the bridge, which you access via stairs from the footpath.
There is a new bridge being built next to it.
I was surprised to see that the old bridge was supported by massive wooden beams.
After that, I read the map carefully and plotted a path through parkland so that we wouldn’t be walking on the street much.
This led us to a conservation park – a long strip of bushland next to the Peel inlet.
The view opened up.
We came next to a jetty where three pelicans rested on wooden poles in the water.
We then walked on a bitumen path through parkland.
And then we cut across to the ocean side. We arrived at Falcon Bay, a delightful spot to have some lunch at an old fashioned style Australian beach cafe and a swim. We enjoyed ourselves so much we stayed for 2 hours.
We walked along the coastal path.
And arrived at Port Bouvard, which is one of Mandurah’s artificial marinas. This one includes an artificial island which has an impressive, almost mediaeval looking gatehouse on its bridge.
From around the corner, it looked like a modernised version of Venice.
There was pleasant parkland,
and as we headed back towards the Peel inlet, we reached a high point, where you get a 360 degree view of the area.
Then we arrived at the cut, a canal cut through the land to provide a second link between the ocean and the inlet to enable the water to flow between them better. There are walkways underneath the road on either side of the bridge. We saw dolphins jumping in the water, but I didn’t manage to get a photo of them.
On the other side we walked alongside the road for a short while before crossing into a bushland reserve.
We headed back to the inlet side and walked along the shore for a while….
…before cutting inland again through parks….
and then we arrived at the shops in Dawesville.
We had timed it perfectly since the bus back to Mandurah station arrived only a couple of minutes later.
The sun was setting as we crossed back over the bridge across the cut.
And that was that. 160km of coast walked over 6 days.