Trip Start Feb 29, 2012
19Trip End Apr 02, 2012
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No sooner had we finished dinner than we encountered our first steady rain so everything had to be quickly stowed away and we huddled inside for the evening. The rain continued for most of the night but cleared up by morning, so you could say we escaped again.
We packed as much sightseeing as possible into our time in Albany and a fortifying breakfast and coffee at a local café stood us in good stead for the full day ahead
Later in the afternoon we did a whistlestop tour of Torndirrup National Park and experienced different views of the limestone cliffs, granite headlands and sandy beaches along a coastline, which bears the full force of the powerful Southern Ocean.
Following a long downhill track we looked forward to a Blowhole spectacle but despite witnessing the fissure in the rock and hearing the thunderous boom of the waves, barely a puff was to be seen. And in reverse, the uphill climb back to the car – that really got the heart rate going!
The Gap and Natural Bridge is interesting ocean carved features along the coastline, which was connected to Antarctica, as part of Gondwanaland, millions of years ago
Finally, as the evening set in we headed for the wind farm, which provides 50% of Albany’s power, needs. As it was close to sunset, I hoped there would be an interesting sky for photos, but alas, not to be this time. To get a good view we had to follow an extremely steep path to an impossibly high lookout. More heart rate challenges.
And after a busy and tiring day, no camp cooking for us. Despite the fact that we looked like Mr and Mrs Dagg just in from the bush, we stopped at The White Star Hotel (a boutique brewery and restaurant) for dinner and were graciously welcomed. We enjoyed great food and Ivars gave the thumbs up to their beer. Five stars for them, I say. A nice end to our Albany visit.