The Coast Walk from North Haven near Laurieton to Grants Head near Bonny Hills can be done in sections, quite varied, and not always well signposted.
It was only because we got a bit lost that we found this wonderful avenue of flannel flowers through low banksia forest. It was an unmarked sandy sideways trail that did reconnect with the Coast Walk and its much taller forest.
There were few other plants in bloom at this late stage of Spring, so those that were, like this melaleuca(?) or callistemon (?) were even more appreciated.
The track leads one to the beach before Grants Head, where this seemingly man-made rock mirrored its slope in reverse.
To avoid retracing our beach steps — plus the tide was coming in — we walked up through a low heath.
Here candles of creamy blossoms were out in profusion amongst windswept low banksias.
My new plant guru Robyn tells me this bountiful and hardy plant is Hakea teretifolia.
The walk winds back down to take you back past peaceful paperbark swamps, now mostly dry but with healthy reed carpets.
This coastal area is a paperbark paradise… !