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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany July 1st 2016

Day 58 July 1 2016 12.5km The sun is out. Last day. Pack up my soggy tent. Polish off the very last ziploc bag of oats and we thank our hut buddies of the last few days. After my initial disappointment they were such great company- like a comedy duo, really glad I "womaned" up and got over that very insignificant disappointment. Lesson learnt- be prepared to move your goalposts, adjust your expectations, etc. Good lesson. Quickly we are in the Torndirrup National Park. Very typical trails, shrubs, bushes, bird calls and views that have been a constant for this southern section. The walking is easy, if not a little warm! I guess most people at this stage of a hike get a little endorphin rush and the last few km's feels a bit like a ... read more
Show On The Road
Scenic Lookout

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany June 30th 2016

Day 57 Mutton Bird to Sandpatch 12.1km, (08:15 to 14:45 with 2 long breaks and 2 big detours) Another stunning moonrise and wake up to a clear sky. Up at 06:30 but we have a quiet and slow prep to get ready for the second last day. Suboptimal sunrise- ah the problems of first world hiking... The food rations have diminished a lot to the point that I will walk in to Albany with nothing left over, not even my emergency packet of Mie Goreng. Kind of wishing the trail mix I left in Denmark was not in Denmark but in my food bag! The wind turbines come into view almost immediately and are to stay with us for much of the day. Hit the turbines and dramatic coastal views at the 1/2 hr mark. Interestingly ... read more
Grasmere Wind Farm

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany June 26th 2016

Day 53 Denmark to Nullaki 11km Slow start to the morning- with such a short day ahead there is no need to hurry. Indulge in a decent breakfast at the Blue Wren- the kitchen being really well set up we have eggs on toast and yoghurt before making a couple of days worth of lunches and redistributing the food/repacking the pack. Last good coffee (for only a very a few days :( ) at The Bibbulmun Cafe before Mark drops us around the Wilson Inlet to reconnect with the track ($50), there used to be a boat but not anymore, so the options available to us were to walk or catch a taxi. The walking is pretty wet at times as the tide is high and the track inundated. Very scenic wide body of water with ... read more
Looks Like We're On The Right Track
Small Non-Sleeping Hut

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany April 14th 2016

Wave Rock is a spectacular granite formation which is 15 metres high and in excess of 2,700 million years old. Formally known as Hyden Rock, the formation looks like an enormous wave ready to break. It is the sandy grey colour with red ochre streaks which give it the rolling motion appearance. Just nearby are the rock formations called Hippo's Yawn, The Humps, the Breakers and Mulka's cave. The name Mulka comes from an aboriginal legend who was born cross eyed because his mother was not allowed to marry his father, Mulka was unable to throw a spear and hunt and became ostracised from his community. He made the cave his home and turned to hunting little children. Believed to have killed his mother the aboriginal community hunted him down and speared him. The Cave contains ... read more
Hippos Yarn
Aboriginal Hand Stencil, Mulka's Cave

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany October 2nd 2015

Naively I headed back into Esperance last Monday after leaving Cape le Grande national park, with the expectation that I would stock up with fresh food, water and fuel and then head off for the “Fitz” as it seems to be affectionately called by everyone here. I should have left my east coast expectations and beliefs behind me because it was the Queens Birthday Holiday weekend in WA. I knew that. I did not know that it would mean that every shop in Esperance was closed up tighter than a drum. I managed to find a fuel station that was open, and asked them if there was any supermarket that would be open that day. I was directed to a small surburban IGA Express that must have won the lottery, or been granted a licence to ... read more
View East from Mt Barren in Fitzgerald River National Park
View from Cave Point looking at Mount Barren, Fitzgerald National Park
View from Cave Point looking west, Fitzgerald National Park

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany June 18th 2015

Unfortunately its been a drizzly wet day today, not the best weather for being in a Bago and sight seeing. Hopefully this weather doesn't last too much longer. But I'm a little worried looking at the long range forecast, its not looking good. Guess we will have to wait and see. None the less, we were fairly fortunate when we reached the Valley of the Giants and the Tree top walk. Around Walpole and these areas, its heavily wooded, especially with karri, Marri and Tingle trees. They are eucalypts but different to anything you see down our way. They are quite gnarled looking generally. The Valley of the Giants are primarily Tingle trees and they are pretty much isolated to this area. They can grow to 75 metres tall and around the base even as big ... read more
Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany February 12th 2015

One hundred years have passed since this harbour, So quiet today, but then primed for war; Soldiers, Officers, horses and supplies, Separated from all they knew of home, Squashed into the ships of war time convoy, Black smoke billowing, ready to set sail. These men of conflict, known now as ANZACS, Thirty thousand, sailed into the unknown. Letters were sent back home from the trenches, But alas, the flowing line of ink, paper, Was replaced with the horror of blood, sand, Long before mail ever reached Mum, home. The agony of war! Hearts torn apart, Men mangled beyond all recognition, Some died but no one held their quivering hand, Others gone, but no one knows where or wh... read more
Ready for service
Steaming convoy
Looking across the harbour

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany January 10th 2015

From Perth we headed for Margaret River overnighting at Pinjarra, a small town about an hour south east of Perth. Stayed at a nice freecamp till 1.30am when the irrigation sprayers pelted the van with pressure lasting one hour!!!! Think we should have moved down to where the other vans were parked.!!!! Arrived at Big Valley farmstay about ten minutes from Margaret River, nice rustic setting with a few farm animals to interest the kids. We used Big Valley as a base to visit Busselton, great beach, very safe for littlies, did a train ride the 1.8 klms to the end of the jetty. There's an underwater observatory there. Next day went south to Augusta and on to Cape Leeuwin where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. The lighthouse has magnificent views which we did'nt get ... read more
Tony at Cape Leeuwin. December 2014.
Two Oceans Meet. 1

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany October 16th 2014

Hi travel followers. I figured it was time to post another blog as the last week or so has been jam packed with adventure and travels. Well as usual we have been on the move again and this time stopped at a lovely little timber town called Pemberton. We stopped here as it was on our route AND it is the namesake of a friend and former work colleague, Leanne Pemberton. Pemberton is in the heart of WA’s forest country which is home to the massive Karri, Marri, Jarrah and Tingle trees. Apparently these are some of the largest/tallest trees in the world. The Karri is apparently the world’s 2nd tallest hardwood and the world’s 3rd tallest overall tree. While in Pemberton we took the opportunity to visit and “climb” (yes climb)the 75 meter tall Bicentennial ... read more
Sunrise at Denmark
Graeme doing the climb
Denmark river

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany March 4th 2014

Leaving Wave rock and Hyden we head for Albany a town steeped in history with a great sense of pride as being the departure point for 30,000 troops who left Albany for Gallipoli in 1914.Albany's special place in the remembrance of ww1 is recognised the world over.Each year thousands of people gather for the dawn service at the top of Mt Clarence looking over George Sound to commentate the Diggers who perished in the great war.A peace park recently completed on the foreshore is designed to recognize the significance of the city's role in the Anzac legend.There are several other sites around the city which add to the history of the Diggers memory and the contribution they made in WW1. Albany is considered to be Australia's ANZAC Capital. Albany also has a rich Indigenous culture and ... read more

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