Boats rides and more beaches!
Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
30Trip End Feb 24, 2011
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Where I stayed
Esperance B&B by the sea
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
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
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
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
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.