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Albany

To the east of the south-western capes and the karri forest is the vast Great Southern region of Western Australia's south coast, stretching from Walpole to Esperance. The area is renown for its spectacular beaches and some of the best mountainous national parks in Australia. Most notable are the Stirling Range and the Porongorups.

We start our drive across the Great Southern with a day from Pemberton to Albany.....

 

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Giant Tingle Tree

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As we approach the Valley of the Giants we take a few minutes to see the Giant Tingle tree which is a form of eucalyptus tree that only grows in this location.

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the wildflowers are beautiful

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...it's big!

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we are getting quite laid back about the snakes now

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nice nobly bits

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Valley of the Giants

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As we drove the road to the Valley of the Giants almost brushing the Tolkienesque trees that crowd up to the road, a sense of anticipation builds.

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The 600m long walkway takes you high up into the tree canopy some 40m above the ground providing stunning views and a few heart-in-the-mouth moments as the height and the wobble and sway of the gantry occur.

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the tingle trees are fascinating

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an Ent !!

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Kairen poses by the 'Billy Bollocks' track for Charlie

Green's Pool & Elephants Rocks

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Jim at Pemberton had recommended that we visit here. As you can see it was crowded!

 

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Green's Pool

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Elephants Rocks

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Laurie takes a well earned snooze

Over the hill and we get to Madfish Island from which the winery gets its name
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on the way to Albany

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Established before Perth in 1826, Albany is the oldest European settlement in WA.

Albany has pristine beaches and a rugged coastline.

It was a thriving whaling port until the late 1970's

 

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Proud of its heritage a keen to preserve it's past.  This is a replica of the brig that brought the first settlers to Albany.

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It really is this quiet.

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beautiful old buildings

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Our hotel (Vancouver House) was on the historic Sterling Terrace

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John & Linda looked after us and spoilt us rotten, with fabulous breakfasts and more teddy bears than a picnic.

Highly Recommended:

www.vancouverhousebnb.com.au

 

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We even had morning tea in bed, with a carnation!

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Two days in Albany to explore the history and charming town.

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the public loos!!


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