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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany September 7th 2013

Cape Le Grand to Albany After a leisurely start to our day we left Cape Le Grand National Park, the sun is shining on another beautifully warm day. Going back out the way we came, we pass "Stonehenge", not really sure what that was all about, but it was a very fake looking stonehenge, there are no stopping signs along the road and there is a barrier which obscures vision to the stones, so it looks like no stopping for photo's either. We didn't want to stop for coffee either as it was too early in our journey so we decided to push on. Eventually we are back out on the main road, but just as we make the turn the fuel warning light appears on the dashboard, and the only thing we can do is ... read more
Bleak Weather Today

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany May 14th 2013

After doing some Toyota fault finding and web forum searching, radiator flushing and "a lot" of crawling around, under and everywhere else we packed up and headed toward Albany, but alas that heat gauge began to rise again. After a couple of middle of no where emergency stops we were able to slowly roll into Albany and in particular to the Middleton Beach Caravan Park. Odyssey Issue No. – Car overheating Matt knuckled down to contacting mechanics whilst the girls and I were keen to explore what activities the park had to offer on another wet and rainy day. What we found were: · Pool · Heated spa · Games room · Camp kitchen with flat screen TV We were certainly impressed by the facilities and of course the girls were straight off to the pool ... read more
Our Little Home
Small and Cosy
Night Owl

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany April 3rd 2013

16th-24th March 2013 The boys and I went on a road trip before our friend and flatmate Neil leaves to go over east. We hired a car and drove along the coast from Perth to just past Albany and back 9 days and over 2000km. This is what we got up to.... Day 1 We drove to Bussleton in our flash hire car. We were absolutely packed into the thing with barely room to breath. We drove slow and took the scenic route along the coast rather than the freeway and stopped of at a nice beach on route, the first of many. We got some supplies from the town centre then went and set up at our first campsite, Peppermint Park. A really nice campsite but about 10km out of town so a little bit ... read more
Here we go...
Beach Number 1
Im struggling here...

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany February 24th 2013

Soon after departing Duke of Orleans Bay we turned onto the road for Cape Le Grand National Park, where we came across Esperance’s own version of Stonehenge, a full scale version of the ancient English archeological site as it may have looked millenia ago. Not long after we arrived at the park entrance and I was happy to finally use the national parks pass which I arranged prior to departing Adelaide. I was keen to climb Frenchman's Peak, named by you guessed it the French in 1789. The climb started off easy enough but the humidity was high and I soon began to struggle a little. Eventually I made it to the top and was rewarded with superb views of the national park and nearby islands; the climb down was torturously slow at times but safety ... read more
Entering the park
That is Frenchman's Peak behind her
The park from the summit

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany December 18th 2012

The drive fromPerthtoAlbanytook five hours and wasn’t particularly scenic. We were on theAlbany Highwayfor the majority of the trip which is one very long straight road and was very quiet apart from the occasional road train (lorries pulling two loads). When we finally reachedAlbanywe checked into the Emu Point Motel which was pretty decent to say it only set us back $85 a night. We followed the sign for the beach on foot and after a very short walk discoveredMiddletonBeach– the first of many beautiful beaches in the South West with white sand and clear water. The weather was quite cool and cloudy which wasn’t ideal for sunbathing but great for sightseeing so we set off for a scenic drive aroundAlbany’s natural harbour. We followedGap Roadand saw ‘The Gap’ and ‘NaturalBridge’ which were the highlight of ... read more
Natural Bridge
Albany wind farm
Giant tingle

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany December 14th 2012

14thDecember 2012. Woke to the sound of birds chirping and wind blowing. After breakfast we packed up and continued our journey. Our first stop was Pemberton. A small country town with amazing trains and lots of history. We stopped at a little bakery and enjoyed a beautiful lunch by the park. We refuelled and headed towards Walpole and stopped at the famous Tree Top Walk. We have been on them before on our last trip and unfortunately we arrived too late and the centre was closed. We did stop and have a cuppa (just what our batteries needed) and continued on our journey. We stopped at a rest area just before Albany where we had dinner. We couldn't camp here, so we drove through Albany and camped just outside town.... read more
Pemberton
Pemberton
Pemberton

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany December 13th 2012

I did not realize that such huge trees grew in Australia! In southern Western Australia there are major national parks dedicated to preserving these giant old growth eucalyptus trees which grow to 70 or 80 meters tall and can compare with the Californian Redwoods. We toured forests of tingle trees, jarrah trees and the karri trees. We walked on the Tree Top Walk in Denmark which is an engineering marvel which takes us 40 meters high in the canopy of the tingle tree forest. We really felt one with the birds up there!! It was very cool. Driving along these tree lined roads brings that distinctive, peppery smell. Certainly one of the highlights of visiting this area was a visit to one of many furniture and art galleries. Jarrah wood is heavy and red, somewhat like ... read more
Glouchester tree is a Karri tree
tree top walk
big enough to drive a car through!

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany November 18th 2012

Geo: -35.0239, 117.884Continuing with the tree theme, just outside Denmark we wandered through the Valley of the Giants. This famous area derives its name from the large red tingle trees which are found there and the walk meanders around, and sometimes through, the old trees. This is the only place where the red tingle tree is found. This buttressed, rough barked tree can live over 400 years and grows up to 75 metres in height, and with a girth of up to 26 metres. While tingle trees are often hollowed out by fire and fungal attack, their robust structure allows them to continue growing. Not sure how true it is, but we were told that the tree had developed a self defense mechanism (particularly in the hollowed out interiors) that has it storing water near the ... read more
Non Functioning Harpoon
Look Way Up
Hollowed Out Trunk

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany November 15th 2012

It was just a short hop to Albany. As promised, the tall trees were suddenly gone, replaced by smaller eucalypts and sometimes heath land. In Albany we found ourselves in a caravan park that would be every caravaner’s dream. Every site was spacious and drive-through. For those without on board ensuites at least half of the park had individual site ensuites. A quick shop re-stocked the larder. This was followed by a lunch of delicious pies we picked up from the bakery as we exited Denmark, This allowed us plenty of time to look around this historic town. At the Princess Royal Fortress Museum we viewed photos and artefacts from various wars. We were surprised to find out that the first ANZACs actually departed from Albany Harbour. The duty officers, as elderly ex-military soldiers were very ... read more
View over Albany seaside
A whaling ship seen from the harpoon deck
Manning the harpoon




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