The beautiful Kalgan River. As you have already read in my travelogue we stopped at Matts place for tea and scones. He lives right on this gorgeous river.
It's on the way to Little Beach and Nanarup Beach so if you plan to go here, then you need to stop for a while near the bridge over the Kalgan River.
Here is a couple of pictures that might tempt you :o)
We viewed this wild beach from the end of the unmarked bumpy road that we traversed and then travelled down closer for a better look.
If you are into fishing then this is probably a good start.
The beaches in Albany are natural, untouched and rugged. As you have probably already read about in my travelogue, please be careful of freak waves. Many a fisherman or surfer has been dragged out in a rip that is too powerful to fight.
It is nice to stand back from a distance and admire these beautiful beaches with respect.
This is a local secret.... so don't go telling everyone..... ok?...
Looking for an awesome beach to camp for free? How about a place to do some wild 4x4 dune bashing? I have also heard that the fishing is good here.
Yes, Nanarup has it all plus a stunning beach with pure white sand and gorgeous lagoon inlet.
Check out my wild adventure story travelogue for more info on the fun we had here. I totally recommend this off the beaten path locals secret! ...... shhhh, don't tell everyone!... ;o)
If you have access to a 4x4 car and you want to have the time of your life then head on down to the Nanup sand dunes near Two Peoples Bay and hang on.
I had so much fun,I was on a VT members trip and although this was a private drive I am sure Albany would have some sort of tour that would include the sand dunes.
It was so bumpy I lost the batteries from my camera but was able to take a couple of pics and a short video before that happened.
I was fortunate to go on a 4x4 bush track ride on an unknown track in the Albany area of Western Australia which ended at the top of Ledge Point overlooking a part of the Great Australian Bite.It was such a thrill going up and down these tracks which are only driven on by locals and the wild flowers in September were amazing.
Don't despair there are lots of bush tracks open to the public and no doubt you will have the time of your life.
HMAS Perth was scuttled on November 24th 2001 and is now used as a dive wreck. You can see sponges, mussels, oysters, scallops, cuttlefish, large kingfish, and a heaps of other local fish.
Permits are required to dive this site. They are available from the Albany Visitors Centre, City of Albany or Local dive shops.
The Albany Orchid Society hosted all West Australian Orchid Societies for a weekend of fun and a challenge to see which Society could provide the best display. The display was held at the Esplanade Hotel and was well supported by the public. Many beautiful flowers were on display, the weather was fine and sunny which allowed visitors to enjoy this magnificent tourist town located in the Great Southern.
A great hike is up to Mt Clarence through the local bush for a few kilometers. It is worth the effort for the breathtaking views of King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour plus sections of Albany. For those who choose not to walk you can drive your car most of the way.
Wherever you go you will see Pelicans always tend to linger around boats. I do not think it is because they like people, it is because fisherman always give them fish heads , old bait etc. A good place to hang around for a feed of fresh fish.
The boat harbour is located in the safe waters of Oyster Harbour very near Emu Point and a few kilometers further along Middleton Bay. When we visited everyone was returning to shore as a serious bad weather report had been issued and the storm clouds were approaching. If you are interested in boats it is well worth the drive as you will see commercial vessels and pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes. In actual fact the bad weather report was accurate with several hundred kilometres of coast taking a hammering, particularly Australind where 30 homes were destroyed and several hundred others damaged. Our holiday home at Mandurah was damaged which spoilt some of the pleasure of our visit to Albany.
From Middleton Beach you can walk the boardwalk up the hill which follows and looks down on the harbour shore. At some stages you are well above the harbour and can get magnificent views of Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound. If you are lucky you may see a whale. As you continue the walk into the town centre take time to admire the local landscape of native wildflowers which look spectacular during the late winter / early spring flowering season.
The Blowhole area not far from Albany is a most dangerous area with lives being lost each year. The day we visited the sea was calm and the "Blow" emerging from the rocks was a slight spray, but on a rough day it will spray 3 metres skywards. The blowholes have been formed over thousands of years where the pounding ocean has worn a hole through the rocks and when the huge swell makes contact with the rocks some water continues up through the rocks and sprays into the air. On the 2nd photograph you will see a small notice near the middle, this is where the "blow" will emerge.
Late the next afternoon the southern West Australian coast was hit by savage storms and an unlucky tourist was swept off rocks further up the coast and lost. Be careful even on calm days as King Waves often arrive.
Midshipman Ransonnet brought his exploration party into the sheltered waters of Two Peoples Bay in 1803. They sailed east to explore the this uncharted area. In the 1840s, up to 12 ships anchored in Two Peoples Bay during the whaling season, to hunt humpback and southern right whales in the bay and surrounding waters.
Two Peoples Bay.
The Tree Top Walk is a steel walkway which rises up to 38 metres above the forest. The highest point in the 600 metre loop is about 40 metres. It is wide enough and accessible enough for even wheelchair use. High up off the ground you get a wonderful view of the canopy of the forest.
Tree Top Walk - Walpole.
This area east of Walpole is known as the Valley of the giants and is part of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park which covers nearly 20,000 hectares of Karri and tingle forests. It has become a popular tourist attraction in the area. Admission to the park is free but there is a small fee for the tree tops walk.
Location: Valley of the Giants is on South Coast Highway past Nornalup townsite to Valley of Giants Road. This sealed road leads to the Valley of Giants recreation area.
Distance from Town Centre: 13km from Walpole (Approx. 20 min by car)