The beach wasn’t entirely free of footprints…
But we were certainly the only people there at the time.
The view up the beach was even wilder. Not surprising, since this beach faced the Southern Ocean. There’s nothing between Salmon Beach and Antarctica.
On the beach at last! And what a beach it is. I love the contrasting colours in the sea, sky, ochre cliffs and pale sand and grass. Wonderful.
The sea grass became ever longer, and we get our first peek of the wild beach.
The dune system behind the beach was extensive. We’ll walk over them to get to the beach.
We’re looking down on Salmon Beach. The beach car park is in the dunes, and the path you see passes through it. The beach is wild – you’ll see how wild when we get down there.
We move one more K around the coast to the hills above Salmon Beach. We’ll visit the beach later and concentrate on the hills today.
When you’re married to a geologist, you are pointed out things that you ordinarily don’t notice. Take the landscape above. Apart from its barrenness, what can you about its past?
Well, the rock is very porous, so it is made of limestone. Being limestone, you know that it’s been underwater sometime in the past. You can also see that the layers of debris that has been deposited over time is now at a precarious angle, meaning that there’s been a lot of upheaval over the last couple of hundreds of millions of years!
Now you know that, take a look at this.
Plenty of evidence of movement there – the entire layer has cracked and fallen over!
Having a closer look at the craggy cliffs. There looks to be quite a few caves up there.
The view from Tookalup is also spectacular with limestone crags, cliffs, beach and sea. I commented to BB that the scene looked similar landscapes in the Mediterranean, which is also a limestone coast, except that the plants are completely different.
We found these flowers, which look quite a lot like flowers on the east coast.