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Heysen Trail Part III – Tappanappa Campsite to Balquhidder West Campsite

My wonderful wife Aki joined me for this leg of the Heysen Trail. Thank you Grandma and Wob for looking after the little ones.

We did this section in reverse – starting at Balquhidder and heading down the hill to Tunkalilla Beach for 4.5kms along the sand and then a 6km climb back up to Tappanappa. This leg wasn’t as hard as the previous, but doing it the “right” way would have been a nice reward for getting through Deep Creek. It took us about 4.5hrs.

For much of the way we were escorted by frolicking butterflies and the views were once again magnificent. Aki couldn’t stop proclaiming, “This is HEAVEN”. Although Aki was on the constant lookout for koalas (head pointed towards treetops) on this day we only came across kangaroos, crows, other birds including a kite, a small lizard and a handful of bluetongues.

For the photographer readers – I used a D700 with 100mm macro for most shots and a 18mm 2.8 prime for some shots down the beach.

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (1)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (2)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (3)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (4)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (5)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (6)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (7)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (8)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (9)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (10)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (11)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (12)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (13)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (14)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (15)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (16)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (17)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (18)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (19)

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Hilary - So…. This is what you two were up to while we were dealing with poo spew and a two year old who likes to hide from adults!, seriously the photos look fantastic,, my favorite is the one with the kangaroo in silhouette. Looks great

Joel C - Yup! Thanks again Mum. Was heaven in the peace of not only nature but in the absence of the kids =)

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