Published: April 15th 2012April 11th 2012
One of these days I will visit a place that hasn't had its' place name replaced by a European word - but not yet!
Today we headed off to Albany. We drove along the peninsula through Torndirrup National Park on Frenchman Bay road, there were many short hikes to stop and take. First we visited the wind farm, wandering amongst the turbines on immaculately groomed paths, admiring a vivid blue sky and ocean. It was, as the Lonely Planet said, a little surreal. Next, a couple of short jaunts to admire some cool geological formations, the Gap, a natural bridge, and some blow holes. Apparently there is an exact match between some of the rocks on this part of the Australian coast, and on Antarctic from the time before they split apart many eons ago. Last stop: Whale World. The whaling industry here flourished until 1978, when increasing fuel prices, declining stocks, energetic Greenpeace activity, and finally a federal decision to protect all whales in Australian waters resulted in the closure of the last whaling station in Australia. Fortunately however, the whole Cheynes Beach Whaling station -lock stock and barrel -was passed along to the Jaycee club who have created a
museum to preserve the history about whaling, and promote knowledge about whales. After saturating ourselves with whaling knowledge we walked through a display of native animals. Then we drove into Albany and toured the colonial district ( circa 1825). After some shopping we went out for a great Indian food dinner, then back to Denmark for the night. Regarding the pictures - I do rotate them before adding them in, but somehow the blog doesn't seem to register that. Sorry, you will just have to twist your neck!
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