Boats rides and more beaches!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
Trip End Feb 24, 2011

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Esperance B&B by the sea

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Woke at 4:45am as I was planning on heading down to the jetty we visited last night to admire the sunrise, but the weather was overcast. Hmm! Nonetheless, waking up to a view of the beach below is breathtaking. All I have to do is open my eyes and the sea is right there.  It's only about 200metres away down the hill.  

At breakie Heather our host had once again cooked up some gorgeous scrambled eggs and bacon.  We munched away whilst talking to the new couple that moved into the downstairs room.  A lovely English Couple in their 60s I guess, but full of adventure.  We all decided to take a half day tour out to Woody Island.  Heather was great she called aged and booked the four of us in.  It was still overcast, so I was praying for the sun to come out!

The boat was of a medium size, but well under half full.  We sat on the top and got chatting to another British couple. Brits everywhere!  It was a bit chilly today so suk was well wrapped up, whereas I braved it out in shorts and a T-shirt.  The boat took us out to some isolated rocks popping out from the sea and to our amazement we saw three differed breeds of sea lions dozing on the rocks and the boat quietly pulled up really close to them!  Above them the guide pointed out two huge birds as sea eagles.  They were really big.  We could throw fish out to them and watch them dive to catch it. Awesome!  The boat continued around to other rocks and we got to see many more sea lions.  Suk loved them and said how cute they all looked, but some of them were incredibly big!  By the time we reached the island I was feeling rather queasy!  Really hate boats sometimes, especially in Australia! 

Woody island is so called because it is the only rock that actually had trees growing on it unlike the others which were just huge lumps of rock.  We left the boat a bit jaded and stumbled into the visitor's centre where we were treated to gorgeous homemade chocolate cake, and a nice cup of tea.  We sat around the table enjoying the murky views out to sea, fighting off the birds as they were very eager to take a morsel of cake at every chance. It was nice we sat in a group of 6 and got talking.  We were told that we could stay here and relax, or join the guide for a quick tour of the island, well a 30 minute walk out to a viewpoint and back

We followed everyone else and set off on the hike.  We were warned about the fire ants as we walked.  Huge ants with a distinctive red bottom, and as I was only wearing sandals, I was a bit paranoid about being bitten.  Even more so when one of the guys in our group yelped with pain as he was bitten.  He was fine, just a nasty sting, or so he said.  Anyway the walk to the viewpoint wasn't anything amazing.  The highlight being seeing a pod of dolphins circling for food just off the rocks.  What a bonus!  
We made it back to the boat, which promptly sped off back to Esperance.  It took no time to get back, 30mins I think, whereas it took about 2 hours to get out to the island.  It was about 1pm and we had the rest of the day at our leisure.  We were long overdue some food, so as recommended by the couple from Sydney, we made our way over to the famous coffee cat, a trailer right in front of Tanker Jetty that sells the best coffee in Esperance.   We bought two huge flat whites and together with our rolls and snacks relaxed on the nearby benches overlooking the bay.  We fed the seagulls and watched some young kids playing in the sand.  It was nice just to sit there.  We were then rewarded with a rare viewing of the one and only Sammy the Seal, he showed up for some food, and seemed to be enjoying the attention he was getting from everyone.  He is quite clearly well looked after out here.  Right, so with coffee and food finished, it was time to go exploring again.  This time we thought we’d take in the whole great ocean drive loop, and spend some time marveling at some of the beaches and sights. 

First stop was Blue Haven and Salmon beach.  Both beaches had huge crashing waves, and as it was still overcast and cloudy neither of us dared going in.  Wise move I think.  We watched some guys enjoying the surf and took a nice walk along the beach.  We pretty much had the whole beach to ourselves, however, all I wanted to do was get some good photos and I was desperately waiting for the sun to emerge so that I could get some pictures.  All my photos look so plain when the sun isn’t out.  We didn't’t have much luck though, nothing I tried seemed to be able to capture the real beauty of the place, so we simply sat down and took in the marvelous views while snacking on some nuts.  Very nice indeed!  Salmon beach was very much the same, but seemed windier and that kind of put us off exploring more.  Suk was content with just admiring the sheer force of the ocean. So that’s what we did. 

We then set off once again, driving in awe at the glorious views around us pulling in at 9 mile beach.  Finally the sun was beginning to emerge and appeared spectacularly from behind some clouds to light up the sky and send amazing rays of light down on to the sea.  Now I could get some pics.  We wandered down onto the endless beach and apart from a solitary fisherman; we had the entire beach to ourselves.  Incredible!  The sky and the clouds looked fantastic against the crashing waves, and in the distance a sea mist was forming over the horizon.  I looked on in amazement at the rugged coastline and wished that I never had to leave this place.  Everywhere you go in Esperance is deserted; it seems that there are more beaches than people.  I could quite easily live here! I’m sure I’ve said that before somewhere haha. 

We decided to give up on visiting pink lake, as we had heard that it wasn’t anything special, and that we wouldn’t be missing a great deal, so instead we drove back along the winding road, past our b&b and on towards Rotary lookout.  I was hoping to get a nice sunset from up there.  However, we were now rather tired, and it was pretty windy, so we gave up on the sunset.  It would have been nice, but Suk wanted to head back.  It had been a long day AGAIN so we headed back to the B&B for a rest. 

That evening we splurged on a lovely meal at the Loose Goose.  $55 each for two courses.  Arhh, that’ll mean more ham rolls for tomorrow then I guess.  But it was well worth it, the food, atmosphere, and service were second to none.  

Today’s’ highlights- seeing the pod of dolphins off Woody Island, seeing Sammy the seal while enjoying a wonderful coffee from the coffee cat, admiring the amazing views over 9 mile beach, and of course the splurge at Loose Goose.  Tomorrow we have the long drive down to Albany.  Can’t wait!  Fingers crossed we have some sun.

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