Albany to Augusta

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
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Trip End Oct 26, 2012


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Where I stayed
Molloy Caravan Park, Kudardup, Western Australia
What I did
Elephant Rocks
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Albany Wind
The Albany Wind Farm

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

This morning we made our way to the Albany Wind Farm.  It sits 80 metres above The Southern Ocean.  18 Turbines have the capacity to generate 80% of electricity required for Albany. Windy and cold the boys made their way around to the lookout, while Kay and I stayed cosy in the vans.  Arriving back with a lovely flowers for us both.  
From here we made our way to Denmark about 40 minute drive through beautiful picturesque country.  Every where is green and lush with pastures and dense tree forests.  We refuelled at Denmark BP $95.68.  Unfortunately we didn't see much of Denmark the township, as we made our way to the beautiful coastal drive to Greens Pool, William Bay National Park.  Greens Pool was incredibly beautiful, white sandy beaches with crystal clear Teal, Aqua and Blue water.  Sheltered by the huge round smooth rocks there are no waves.  Absolute paradise, could easily spend a few days here relaxing.  I took the opportunity to wade in the salty water to clean my wounded knee. We strolled around the smooth granite boulder rocks taking in the beautiful views.  Then on to Elephant Rocks.  As the name suggests it is just like a herd of elephants paddling in the ocean. Along the short walk to Elephant Rocks again you find a multitude of wild flowers along the path very pretty. 
On the road again we continue onto Nornalup Tree Top Walk situated between Denmark and Walpole, approx 50 minute drive to Tree Top Walk. The journey took us through old majestic tree forests of Karri and Tingle. The Tingle Tree is the oldest living Eucalypt in the world and some of the trees here are up to 400 years old, with a girth of 26 meters and height of 75 meters. 
The Karri Tree is the third largest tree in the world and has a straight trunk only branching very high up.  This tree can be up to 90 metres high.  These trees are enormous on either side of the road the drive through this forest is lovely. We pulled into the car park of Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, had lunch in the vans and made our way to the walk.  Entry Fee is $12.50 each for adults.
The walk took us 40 metres high in the canopy of the forest of trees aged up to 400 years old. Amazing views.  
On the Road again to Pemberton where we stop at the local IGA for groceries, then continue to Kudardup - Molloy Caravan Park, Fisher Road, Kudardup.  This is a beautiful camping area beside the Blackwood River. Rates here for a powered site was $30 per night. Hot showers and clean toilets with camp kitchen if required.  Alive with wildlife including Kangaroos, Ducks,Geese and Parrots, some not so wild.  We had a visit from a poor friendly parrot with one foot, who made himself at home on our table and van door.  Bob was fronted with a friendly but cheeky kangaroo who wasn't taking no for an answer.  Not to forget our poor bung wing duck who looked for sympathy when bread was around.  Bob gave us a floor show this afternoon to a Beatles song - still stone cold sober due to antibiotics.  The wild life probably thought they were safe anyway with his performance.  With more laughs and cocktails and a walk along the river we settled in for the evening and dined outdoors with the wild life.  
 
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