Day 17 - Albany

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, April 8, 2013

Albany….beautiful warm sunny day we start our day by visiting a caravan parts store, we really know how to holiday! Getting back into holiday mode we head to the info centre to find the must do's and head off with our map and head to Mt Clarence lookout, only problem is although it’s a sunny day there is a heavy fog/smog (from we think a burn off) hanging low so no views might head back tomorrow. Next it’s off to the Whale Museum around the other side of the bay opposite Albany Town Centre. We book on a tour of what I can only describe as a heart wrenching account of how such a majestic giant of the sea had been unceremoniously destroyed in such large numbers. Thankfully it is no longer an industry supported in Australia the smell still lingers in the huge silos which were used to store Whale oil. There is such a sad feeling over the whole place, the kids and I find it hard to visit a few of the areas so we stick to the shed with full size whale and dolphin skeletons and facts on these magnificent creatures. Stopping for lunch in the café Emma & I find ourselves a spot out on the balcony with stunning views of the bay and let the others continue discovering. Claire & Liam find the animal park, an enclosure with kangaroos, owls, koalas’ even snakes! Bill heads back into the Whale centre and watches a 3D movie and visits some of the other sheds we had missed.

We leave the Whale Museum and turn off towards the Ocean and visit The Gap and the Natural Bridge magnificent granite rocks carved over the years by the constant pounding of the ocean The gap is a sheer drop of 25mtrs straight down the Natural bridge equally stunning and as the name states A Natural Bridge cut into the granite.

As it’s going to cooler over the next few days we head back to the caravan park, via the tourist trail passing the Old Convict Gaol and Dog Rock, so the kids can have a swim in the pool.

Bill finds a fellow Jeep driver and they have a deep & meaningful discussion about bull-bars (guess I’ll be getting one of those when we return home!) and I watch a "grey Nomad" not only wash down the front of his van he also polishes it then proceeds to drop the side awning on his van and clean it with a broom soap & water then moves on to his car! Poor guy must be having palpitations seeing our big Bullant covered in red dirt and looking very well travelled….(guess if he’s so inclined he could come and give it a quick wash) problem solved after dinner the threatened storm arrives with buckets of rain not only washing our red dust but making it a nice muddy mess!! Wonder what he thinks now?

Muddy Mess Mackays!
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Glad to hear you are having lots of fun. Yes we spent a 1/2 day at the Whale museum as well. We shall have to compare photos when you arrive back.

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