The Heart of the Great Southern

Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Middleton Beach Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Middleton Beach Caravan Park was to be our home for the next three nights.  We had been here a couple of times in the past so we knew that their facilities were top notch and this is reflected in their prices. The site allocated was a bit hard to get into but after a struggle we managed to get the van into position. Luckily we were placed close to the ablutions so at least we wouldn't have to go on a route march should we have to get up in the middle of the night.  The caravan park has all the usual facilities ranging from BBQ and camp kitchen to pool and spar with a games area for table tennis. The facilities are top class and clean. It is situated just 4 kilometres from the centre of Albany and has a great beach stretching to Emu point a few kilometres to the north east. A walk to Emu point, fish and chips at the little restaurant there and the walk back is a healthy way of spending the morning before a relaxing spa.

On our first day after eating our normal breakfast we set out walking along the beach to the boardwalk that had been built with the help of people on a 'working for the dole' project. This boardwalk skirts around the base of Mount Clarence and joins up with Princess Royal Drive which passes the Port of Albany docks and eventually reaches the south end of Albany's main York Street. An hour later we were in York Street with a well deserved drink basking in the sunshine before heading back home via Middleton Road, a round trip of about 10 kilometres. Albany itself is nestled between Mt Clarence on the east and Mt Melville to the west.  It is a great place with everything a traveller might need. Beautiful beaches and rocky shoreline, old whaling station at Frenchman's Bay with displays of times gone by, good restaurants and plenty of holiday accommodation for those unlucky enough not to own a caravan. A visit to the Blow Holes and The Gap are a must and the coastline is spectacular if not dangerous for the unwary or reckless with  large granite rocks overlooking the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean. Our three nights in Albany were soon over and it was time to leave for home 418 kilometres to the north west. As usual we intend to come back to this little bit of paradise which is close enough to home for even a short stay.
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