A couple of weeks ago I was down in Margaret River walking a section of the Cape to Cape Track and experienced some wild weather on the last few days of official winter! I finished my 2.5-day walk at Prevelly on Saturday morning, and on the short walk from my camping spot behind Kilcarnup, over the cliffs of Cape Mentelle and then across the Margaret River, I was caught in strong wind gusts that almost knocked me over and pelted with horizontal rain – the beginnings of a cold front hitting the coast.
On Sunday morning the swell was almost 4 metres and there was a howling south-westerly blowing so I drove up to Wyadup and Canal Rocks to check out the wave action. I was not disappointed – the ocean put on quite a show with huge waves smashing against the outer rocks and white water churning through the channels between the rocks.
Lots of other people had the same idea as me, as it turned out. There was quite a crowd at Canal Rocks, including a group of boys jumping off the rocks into white water to be swept through the canals on powerful currents before scrambling back onto the rocks and doing it all over again! It looked like so much fun, but if you see my photos and think it looks like fun too, don’t underestimate the risks involved! Canal Rocks can be great for swimming, snorkeling and rock fishing, but click over to this page to see photos of a more appropriate (read: less hazardous) day for it!
Photos of Canal Rocks in High Seas
I walked out along the walk track and board walk, hoping to have a big wave crash through the channel under the bridge. The waves were not quite big enough for that, but fast flowing water rushing under the bridge looked like a bow wave on a boat, or a horizontal waterfall.
I climbed up onto the tall mound of rock on the headland to get even better views. From this vantage point you can really see the canal formation!
Last Updated: 22nd March, 2016.
First posted on 12th September, 2015 by Bonny.
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