The South (of the West)

After our adventures in the Southwest, small Walpole was our base for the next two nights.

High above the Grounds

We first explored Mount Frankland. After a short hike and a climb up two iron ladders, we reached the top from where we had an absolute astonishing 360-degree view.

Grogeous View from Mt. Frankland
Gorgeous View from Mt. Frankland

There is also a fire watch station on top which is used in the hottest months to spot fires and coordinate firefighting activities. Speaking of fires it seemed to be a very bad year for Australia. The country has been hit with some of the worst fires in years.

Afterwards, we drove to the Big Tingle Tree which is several hundred years old. The Red Tingle can only be found in this region of the world. A lot of them are semi-hollow due to fires which burnt their inside out. Surprisingly they are still alive and continue to grow as all their lifelines are near their bark.

Amazing Red Tingle Tree
Amazing Red Tingle Tree

In the park, we also met two Swiss retirees who travelled from Switzerland to Bangkok by motorbike and are currently waiting for their bikes to be shipped to Australia – and we thought that we are crazy travellers.

Trees were also the stars on the next day as we tackled the Big Tree Top Walk. The walkway is more than 40 meters above ground.

Tree Top Walk - 40 Meters above Ground
Tree Top Walk – 40 Meters above Ground

We walked right along the crowns of the majestic Tingle and Karri trees. Even vertigo suffering Kevin liked it. Besides the walk, we also enjoyed an excellent guided tour through the park. Especially the gigantic Red Tingles are very impressive.

It's High, alright
It’s High, alright

Afterwards, we followed the coast and stopped at the gorgeous Green Pools where we went for a swim and also visited the nearby Elephant Rocks.

Elephant Rocks
Elephant Rocks

After driving along some more farmland and stocking up on cheese we arrived in Albany where we pitched our tent for the next three nights.

Lots to do in Albany

After a rather cold night (probably not more than 10 degrees) we headed off to a nice two-hour walk along Possession Point Heritage Trail which offered some good views. Hazel’s mood was great due to her new fly net (Kevin still preferred to go without and eat flies instead).

Happy Hazel with Fly Net
Happy Hazel with flynet…
...stubborn Kevin with no Flynet
…stubborn Kevin with no Flynet

Afterwards, we visited the impressive Gap an overhanging steel platform from where we got first-class views of the waves smashing against the cliffs. We just loved the colours. For once we were happy that the weather was a bit rougher and the waves, therefore, a bit bigger.

The Gap at Albany

Next stop was at the nearby blowholes. However here the waves were not strong enough to push the water through them and therefore there wasn’t much to see.

Last stop for the day was a nearby windfarm which was quite an impressive sight. The blades were over 30 meters long and the sound they produce when you stand right beneath them is rather eery.

Windfarm near Albany
Windfarm near Albany

After a rainy night which was no match for our tent, we decided to explore Granite Skywalk. After a bit of detouring thanks to google maps (but with some nice bird-sightings), we reached the carpark.

From there the hike up the small hill was only about 2km long but we got really crazy weather. Within ten minutes it was sunny, rainy and we even got some hail (yes hail). At least we were rewarded with some good views from the top.

Granite Skywalk
Granite Skywalk

On the way back we meet a couple where the guy just proposed to his fiance on top of the Skywalk – not too bad a place we have to admit.

As you can see the region really has to offer a lot.

Practicalities

Where to pitch your tent:

Kangaroos

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