Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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We blasted down the Highway to Albany on the southernmost tip of Western Australia, stopping only for a curry pie at Kojonup. I say blasted down, the max speed limit in most of Australia is 100kph (60 mph), occasionally they let you do 120kph (72mph). However, in Northern Territory they let you go as fast as you like as there is no one else on the road to hit.
Western Australia’s colonial history began in Albany with the arrival of the Brig Amity full of soldiers & convicts from Sydney in 1826. A replica of the ship was built in 1976 to mark the 150th anniversary of this event; the ship is now a museum.
Australia is now one of the major opponents to the slaughtering of whales.
I saw an apt bumper sticker; it said “Save a Whale – shoot a Japanese”.
At Denmark we stopped for a pie at the award winning bakery; they had about 50 different types but still no “cuddly koala bear” pies.
Denmark Visitor Centre’s claim to fame is “The Bert Bolle Barometer” (excuse the alliteration) a 12m high water in glass barometer that Bert brought all the way from The Netherlands, it’s in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest barometer.
We saw the Gap, the Natural Bridge, Greens Pool, Elephant Rock & Conspicuous Cliffs. My pen ran out ticking all the boxes !
As you walk along, the structure sways, you feel a bit like Tarzan swinging through the trees. When back on terra firma you follow a boardwalk which meanders round these giant 400 year old trees, most of which have been hollowed out by fire & look very precarious.
The drive into Margaret River was along the pretty Caves Road which passes several accessible caves & dozens of boutique wineries.
The first vines weren’t planted here until 1967 & now there are over 80 vineyards in the area.
We stopped at the Leeuwin & Voyager Estates hoping for a light lunch, but they only served expensive set meals with bottles of their finest wines, whereas we wanted a ham sandwich with a glass of plonk.
We liked Margaret River with its trendy cafes & gourmet restaurants, which wasn’t as expensive as we had feared.
We carried on up to Bunbury where we stayed in an old hotel. The receptionist looked just like Edna Everidge & when she spoke just like her, I nearly had hysterics.
We were going to stay another night further up the coast, but when you have seen one gale, you’ve seen them all – so we scuttled back to Perth.