West Coast Xpress

Published 15-02-2021

Thanks to Hildegunn, Anna, Hannah, Kylie, Megan and Wendy, who all rocked up to Marrawah and joined the West Coast Xpress on the weekend, although it didn’t pan out as originally planned. Sometimes that happens, and the nice thing is our event schedules are not set in stone and democracy always prevails.

After leaving the beautiful Marrawah, where we could have stayed for a week and surfed until we dropped, we drove down to Arthur River and the Edge of the World to marvel at the beauty of the Tarkine Coast. Everyone agreed a women’s weekend here wouldn’t go astray.

Then we took the Western Explorer, a gravel road that serpentines through the wilds of the Tarkine and over several ranges, including the Balfour. It can be a teeth rattling journey (also tiring), but we managed to see a devil trotting along the side of the road.

When we arrived in Corinna, we were ready for pizza and a camp fire. As Corinna was fully booked, we setup at the free camp site near the lovely Savage River bridge. Our cookie extraordinaire Anna cranked up the Weber and had delicious pizzas rolling out in record speed. Then the fire was lit, with a little help from Wendy, hand sanitiser, and some wild dancing around the flames.

The next morning at the crack of dawn, the troops assembled for a race up to the top of Mt Donaldson. There was early mist and low cloud but by the time we reached the top, blue sky was pushing its way through and covering everything in lovely sunshine. The hike up showcased the absolute magic that is Corinna, the Pieman River and the Tarkine. Definitely a spot all of us would like to return to with a women’s week of activities including more hikes in the rainforest, kayaking on the river and swimming along the coast, and eating pizza.

Great achievement to all of you to make it up Mt Donaldson. See you on the next West Coast Xpress, which will probably start and use Corinna as a base. Thank you again for your support, and all the energy you bring to the events!

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