Albany

 

After leaving the Stirling Range we headed south to spend a couple of nights in Albany on the southern tip of Western Australia. Before checking-in at the Dog Rock motel in Albany, we visited the Valley of the Giants.

 

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With some of the tallest trees in Australia, the Valley of the Giants is well worth a visit – it also has a new canopy walkway that gradually lifts you 30m into the trees.

 

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The gum trees in the valley are incredible: evidence of fire on the older trees is apparent and, like this example, has resulted in trees that you walk through!

 

After visiting the Valley of the Giants we headed into Albany to check-in at the Dog Rock motel.

 

The following day we toured the Albany area: there are stunning beaches and a whaling museum that is well worth a visit.

 

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At a bay near a rock formation called Elephant Rocks there is a gently shelving beach with safe bathing.

 

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Julie couldn’t resist!

 

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It takes a lot to get me in the sea however!

 

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Can you see the elephants?

 

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Elephant Rocks has a very sheltered and secluded bay. And again Julie couldn’t resist a paddle.

 

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I have my own way of enjoying the beach…

 

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I did end up in the water eventually!

 

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Albany had a thriving whaling business until the moratorium ended Australian involvement in the 1970’s.

 

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Skeleton of a pigmy blue whale; a smaller relative of the largest animal in the world, the Blue Whale.

 

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As with other areas we visited, Albany has some beautiful plants…

 

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It’s a botanist’s paradise!

 

The holiday was almost over…. We next drove back to Perth in readiness for the flight home the next day.

 

 

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