Point D'Entrecasteaux

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, November 12, 2012

Left Northcliffe for a round trip to Windy Harbour and the spectaular coastline of D'Entrecasteaux National Park and cliff tops.

Along the way you can see Mt Chudalup a 187 m high climb up a granite outcrop...the closest I got was a photo from the roadside as the road was closed...probably just as well as I doubt I would have made the climb

Windy Harbour is a holiday settlement situated on 190 hectares of a
Crown reserve, surrounded by D'entrecasteaux National Park on the south
coast of Western Australia. Approximately 220 cottages have been developed on
individual leases since the early 1900's. Leasehold tenure, seasonal
occupation and a strong community spirit have generated a settlement of
unique character.

After the great depression, inexpensive camping holidays on the south
coast were favoured by many of the south west timber workers during the
Christmas break when mills ceased to operate for several weeks. It was
during these times that the strong social ties and community spirit,
which still typify the Windy Harbour settlement, were first established.
Fishing has always been, and still is, a major recreational activity at
Windy Harbour and one of the principal reasons for establishment of the
settlement.

The settlement is the only two-wheel drive access to the south coast
between Augusta and Walpole and provides visitors with spectacular
scenery, safe harbour on the rugged coast line and rewarding fishing.

Next stop was Walpole home of the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. The 600m walkway rises 40m above the forest floor and (I believe) provides a breathtaking experience with a bird's eye view of the forest. I believe...because I am scared of heights and wasn't going to do this for anyone...which meant I also missed the out on walking through the Giant Hollowed out tree, but I shall see other points of interest to make up for it, I'm sure.
I have copied a couple of photos instead.


Giant Tingle Tree


The Tree Top Walk an ideal place to start your Wilderness venture





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