Contos Beach is on the Cape to Cape Track in the Margaret River region. It is adjacent to the stunning Boranup forest and part of the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.
Overhanging limestone cliffs dominate the beach and create a colourful and dramatic backdrop, especially towards evening. The limestone plays such a central role in the many caves which have formed within the Margaret River region.
Water, from the nearby karri forest area just a few kilometres inland travels underground through the porous limestone, dissolving it with natural acids from decaying vegetation. Eventually, this helps create cave structures.
Contos Spring flows when the local limestone caves have received enough underground water. Usually, from late winter the spring seeps up out of the sand at the southern point of Contos Beach. The spring is the link between the nearby forests, rainfall, and the passage of water to the Indian Ocean.
The many footprints in the foreground are a testament to the beach’s popularity. It is literally on the doorstep of the Contos Beach camping ground which is great if you are walking the Cape to Cape trail.
On this particular evening, there were several parties spread out on the beach enjoying the late sun and solitude. You can just make out a small dot on the far beach of one individual.
4×5 Velvia film at 50 ISO and 6x12cm roll film back, 90mm lens, wooden field camera. No filters required, image is as it appears on the transparency.