Blogs from Walpole, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole June 17th 2016

Day 44 and 45 Mt Clare Shelter to Walpole and a Rest Day 10.4km (!!! even shorter day!!!!) Another late start with a super short walk into Walpole. I hang around the shelter as it steadily rains. My gas canister ran out on the final boil this morning- not bad- 8 days for the 230g can used only for boiling. In terms of my food supplies I am down to 1 Moroccan beef (surprise, surprise- seriously, it would only be used for a dire, dire emergency and maybe not even then!), my oats for this breaky and a piece of vac packed fruit cake and some trail mix for morning tea. Knowing that I will be in Walpole around lunch time this has worked out very well. My pack weight is feeling good and light-ish as ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole June 16th 2016

Day 43 Long Point Shelter to Mt Clare Shelter 13.6km (!!! short day!!!!) A 4 hr walk today, getting in to Mt Clare at just after 1:30. Wrote this diary entry at 6pm inside my sleeping bag, inside my tent, inside the shelter in a storm. The day started kind of badly after a really, really bad sleep. One of the group from last night had gone to bed at 6pm, the reason for this I guess was that he liked to get up at 4am and spend 2 hours getting ready for his day. Flossing, brushing, breakfasting, crinkling, unzipping, crinkling, packing, zipping, crinkling... we heard every single thing... really frustrating. Anyway, such is life on the track, each to their own, etc- I just wish he'd camped and gotten up at 4am and spent 2 ... read more
Little Cove View Point
Little Cove View Point
Little Cove View Point

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole June 15th 2016

Day 42 Woolbales Shelter to Long Point Shelter 18.5km A very mixed terrain day that took 5:45 hrs of walking and 1 hr and 15 minutes of assorted breaks. Best bits the slippery granite rocks where I took a long early break the big boulder granite rocks dotted throughout the morning last bits of wading through water the last bit of karri forest- beautiful the beach with the sand under my bare feet walking into the sea (only up to my knees - it wasn't that hot!) the sky being blue the absence of rain Not best bits being temporarily lost- at the end of the karri forest was a massive overturned tree (like really massive), I went off track to get around it and completely lost the trail. I thought I'd head through the tree ... read more
Little Bit Of Water
Granite Rocks

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole September 9th 2013

Albany - Granite Peaks State Forest The sun was streaming through the windows this morning, what a lovely lovely start to the day, I think I must have slept through all night and woke up feeling refreshed it was 7am. Although there is much more here in Albany to explore, we decided to move on, today is going to be nice but we think there are storms coming, that said, we will get them anyway as we are still travelling along this coastline, one of the locals has told me that they don't normally get the rain like this at this time of year, it is usually a month or so later. It was a slow start to the day, Andy disappeared for a shower whilst I got Gypsy ready, I left all the shutters open ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole August 5th 2013

The weather people said that there would be a slight break in the rain for two days so we made a run to Walpole to visit the Valley of the Giants and the tree top walk, something we have wanted to do for some years. We drove stopping only for lunch in a small layby. The forest around the road was wonderful. Even though the road is narrow to make it wider would be a huge undertaking because of the number of massive trees which would need to be removed, all old growth I imagine. We passed through some lovely little towns on the way and have decided to stop off on the way back and visit Balingup. It has a medieval festival each year, but it will be too late for us. The decorations were ... read more
002 Road to Walpole
003 Rest Point Holiday Village
004 Rest Point 2

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole July 16th 2013

Heute bin ich um 6h aufgestanden, weil die bisher längste Etappe auf dem Plan war. Wobei Plan zu viel gesagt ist. Der Weg führte mich knapp 400 Kilometer Richtung Süden ans Meer, genauer gesagt nach Albany. Die Fahrt dahin war ereignislos, zuerst noch Regen, im Lauf des Vormittags wenigstens nur mehr bewölkt. Die Landschaft auch eher unspektakulär, vor allem eher farblos ohne das Licht der Sonne. In Albany hab ich mir beim im Department of Environment and Conservation (Behörde für Umweltschutz) meinen Holiday Pass für die Nationalparks geholt. Damit kann ich um 45 Dollar im nächsten Monat mit dem Auto in alle Parks fahren. Nach einem guten Mittagessen im „Dylans on the Terrace“ stand ich vor der Wahl, was ich als nächstes tun wollte. Im Radio waren für Perth und die Gegend bis Albany Thunderstorms (Gewitter) ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole May 30th 2013

Now we are going to look at trees, yes they are the giants in this edition of our tour of Western Australia. What can I say about trees you might ask, well not very much! Only that these particular Tingle trees grow in the Tingle Forest and when I went up on the tree walk my legs were tingling, along with a few other parts, when I was 40 metres up in the air! The really really big Tingle is 33 metres around the girth, but the centre is burnt out which Greg thought was a bit of a fruit tingle. But, as you can see it is a very very big Tingle. I am standing beside this particular one. Kauri, Jarrah and Tingles all grow together in this forest and it's pretty amazing that they ... read more
Very big Tree
Very Tall Tree
Very Old Tree

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole November 9th 2012

The big trees were constant as we travelled east the short distance to Walpole. They continue to WOW us but we also pondered the potential for bushfire and loss considering the closeness to homes and towns. Walpole is set amongst a number of National Parks and though everything is wet, green and lush at the moment, we were left wondering just how much it dries out in the summer months. We stayed in a caravan park within the National Park located on an inlet where the Deep and Frankland Rivers meet the sea. There are two sections to the inlet with the first bay much smaller than the second. The salty but still water tempted those wishing to catch a fish, whilst the shoreline and forest tempted others into bush walking. The views were stunning. A ... read more
Morning coffee in a forest rest stop
Looking out over Walpole
The giant tingle tree

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole March 15th 2012

Busselton / Heaven How to describe this week? We have been 10 days at Mandalay Camping Ground which has to be the best we have stayed at by some margin. The campsites are great, with shade and have matting underfoot and good grass everywhere else. The toilet blocks (most important) are immaculate, almost dinner off the floor standard. All this and its only 75m from a fabulous beach. Add to that the fact that we are only 40km from the Margaret River wine area, and you have an idea of our situation. We’ve been to several vineyards and tasted lots and bought several so that our limited storage is close to full. The commonest brew is called “SBS” which is a sauvignon blanc and semillon blend, not overly exciting. Their chardonnays are fairly thin, not big ... read more
Margaret River
Busselton Wharf

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Walpole » Valley of the Giants February 29th 2012

C’est le 4èmejour et ça devient déjà la routine. On nourrit donc les bêtes, et jusqu’à 10h on enchaîne, chacun ses tâches. Je mets plus de temps que les jours précédents mais c’est parce que cette fois j’ai ma liste. En effet j’avais zappé quelques poules et cochons d’Inde les autres jours ! Pas bien Marion !! Les furets me déplaisent toujours autant, surtout un gros papa furet qui fait le double des autres et qui est à l’écart dans une cage trop petite. Résultat dès qu’on ouvre la cage, il commence direct à descendre les barreaux pour partir, et c’est avec mes genoux que je le pousse, je ne veux pas toucher avec les mains cette bestiole !! Un bébé alpaca est mort cet après-midi et un autre est né, c’est ça aussi la vie ... read more
Début d'ascension
Au point le plus haut
Dans les hauteurs

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