GSWW Section 14 – Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

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If you haven’t done so already, check out our Great South West Walk hiking trail summary or go back to GSWW Section 13 – The Springs Camp to Trewalla Camp. Else, let us continue on with this fourteenth section of the Great South West Walk from Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp.

I loved these coastal sections of the Great South West Walk, although on occasion I was rather concerned about my wellbeing, being so close to the edge of the cliff along the way. In fact there are some points on the trail where it has been diverted to a more inland route, because the original trail has fallen off the edge of the cliff. I think my worries in this case were then justified.

So there is a cafe at Cape Nelson Lightstation. Make sure you get there on time! They stop serving food at 2:30pm. They also have alcohol here – enjoy a cold one. Eat more food. Eat lots of food. Foooood. There is also a guided tour available at Cape Nelson Lightstation. It costs about $15 per adult. I cannot comment on it’s value, however quite a few people were doing it.

Mallee Camp is an overnight walkers camp in Cape Nelson State Park set amongst Moonah and heathland. The site is a FUEL STOVE ONLY area and has raised camping pads for tents. The campsite offers shared shelter, seasonal tank water treat before drinking) and toilet.

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Great South West Walk Section 14 – Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Section 14: Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp.

  • Section Features: Cape Nelson – coastal cliffs, diverse birdlife, picturesque walks, Gannets, Cape Nelson Lightstation, Soap Mallee, Rufous Bristlebirds.
  • Reported Distance: 15km
  • Measured Distance: 15.5km
  • Elevation Gain: 505 metres
  • Elevation Loss: 510 metres
  • Minimum Elevation: 0 metres
  • Maximum Elevation: 95 metres
  • Time to complete: 3-5 hours
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Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Trewalla Camp

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Bridgewater Bay

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Bridgewater Bay – Wait a second, what’s that up ahead?

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Shipping containers. 4 stacked high, washed up sideways on the beach. Refrigerated unit – food items no doubt. Must have been a big storm to wash them this high on the beach!

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

It’s a tough slog getting up here. At the end of the beach the trail goes straight up. Straight up a sand dune! There are some stairs under there, but most are covered in thick, soft sand.

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

We were lucky enough to see this guy floating around the skies. What a peaceful view it must be from up there!

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Wind turbines everywhere. 69m tall with a propeller length of 42m.

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

What a funky forest!

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Heading towards Cape Nelson

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Cape Nelson with Cape Nelson Lightstation visible in the distance.

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Cape Nelson

Great South West Walk Section 14 - Trewalla Camp to Mallee Camp

Mallee Camp

Continue on to Great South West Walk Section 15 – Mallee Camp to Portland.

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Last modified: January 30, 2018