Thursday 5th April, 2012
made a short walk along the Wilson Inlet when the rain stopped for a
moment. At the river mouth a couple of pelicans where sitting there.
After we continued our journey of discovery. First stop was Swiss
Annie's fine Chocolate Lounge. We ordered a hot chocolate and got
milk and pieces of chocolate. With a stirrer to we could prepare it
by ourselves. The owner asked us where we come from and then told us
that his wife is also Swiss. She then joined us and let us test her
pralines. She told us how she had came here and that she is glad that
it is finally raining. We learnt that there are a few Swiss living in
the region of Denmark.
we went to the William Bay National Park. Here we first watched the
Green Pool. The sea is separated through rocks and it looks like a
pool. We could observe a kite surfer. Then we walked to Elephant Cove
were the sea water flows through an opening in the rocks. Then we
drove past Albany into the Torndirrup National Park. We just started
to walk to the Natural Bridge when we turn back as it started to rain
heavily and we had not put on the waterproof clothes. After the lunch
break and with less rain and waterproof clothes we went to see rock
formations. The sea was heavy and hit the rocks strongly. That was
interesting to watch. We were soaking wet as we were back. It was
colder than in the last few days. Then we drove to the blow holes.
From 33m distance we tried to see if the spray came from the blow
holes or from the surf. It was not distinguishable. We continued to a
lookout and looked over to Albany. Shortly after we were in Albany.
The town has some charm due to the old buildings. First we bought
food, but we were not the only ones. As I wanted to do some
sightseeing we departed so I could peacefully watch the old buildings
and churches. After we decided to to stay in the proximity. We drove
to a camping and paid the Easter tariff of 43 dollars!
26th March, 2012
at 8:45am we sat at a pelican feeding. Unfortunately only one pelican
came. First all children could throw a fish to the animal. Then the
ranger asked who else would also like to do it. I wanted and thus
held out a fish. It is interesting how fast they can snap. After we
drove to the Rainbow Jungle Bird Park. Here we could see many
different parrots and cockatoos. There were many beautiful ones. From
the bird park we changed to the cliffs of the Kalbarri National Park.
First we drove to Red Bluff and got an impression of the cliffs.
After we drove to Mushroom Rock, here we hiked down to the sea. The
cliffs look here like mushrooms. Further we went to the Island Rock,
a rock standing in the sea. Then we continued driving to the Natural
Bride which was eroded into the rocks by the sea. With this view we
left the National Park and continued southwards. We followed
partially the same road as at the beginning our our trip. We left out
the minute's silence at the place of the breakdown. In Northhamption
we wanted to get some cash, but the ATMs did not want to. The first
one did not know about Swiss cards and second one was out of order.
So we continued and could withdraw some cash a bit outside of
Geraldton. With a few stops to photographically capture the landscape
we drove to Eneabba. Our map told that there should be a camping, but
that was not true. So we switched on the navi and were looking for
the next one. There should be one in Leeman which is 31 km away. As
it was already 5:30pm we had to rush as they usually close reception
at 6pm. We passed Lake Loque National Park and the Beekeepers Nature
Reserve. Here a huge salt lake was sparkling in the evening sun. As
we did not have time to stop we will return tomorrow. A bit after 6pm
we reached Leeman and found a place to stay. We parked the camper and
went to the sea to watch the sunset. In the evening we walked again
to the sea and enjoyed an enchanting sky full of stars.
Saturday 3rd March, 2012
the morning we went to the Shoalwater Bay. Here we boarded the boat
and the safari started. Only about 5 minutes out in the sea we
already saw a few dolphins. The next hour we followed and watched
them. For me it is the first time I saw dolphins swimming in the sea,
but not for Konrad. As I had taken my pills against motion sickness I
could stand in the front of the boat and take pictures. Konrad could
not believe it as he remembered of the opposite in Island were the
pills had not helped and I had been very sick. Our ride was not yet
over. The boat went to Bird Island were there are cormorants and
pelicans nesting. Then we met again a dolphin which was playing with
a ray. Next was Seal Island with its seal colony. As it was very
warm, they liked more to sunbath than to move around. We often saw
flying pelicans. At the end of the tour we left the boat at Penguin
Island. Here every hour a ferry goes back to the mainland. First we
enjoyed our pick-nick as there is no shop here. We also observed a
few of the local lizards. One just walked over the pick-nick area.
Then we went onto the two kilometre long path around the island.
First we saw a decayed tractor stand in the middle of the nature.
Passing nesting pelicans we went to the beach. We enjoyed the
refreshing bath and the waves and then we let us dry by the sun. Back
at the start we went to see the feeding of the penguins. A few of
them live in the visitor centre. They are not able anymore to live in
the wild. Four times a day they get fresh fish. After the feeding we
went back to the mainland and from there back to the motel next to
the airport. As there was still some time left we went to the centre of Perth
and walked a bit in the Kings Park. We heard some parrots in the
trees and saw them flying away. The evening we closed with a dinner
with sight to the city.
2nd March, 2012
soon left Perth and followed the highway towards the south. We wanted
to go to the sea. After passing big industrial facilities we came to
Rockingham. A bit ahead of the town we stopped and enjoyed a walk
along the sea. From there we could see a grain terminal where grain
was pumped into big cargo vessels.
Rockingham we soon went to the tourist information to find out about
accommodation possibilities. We got a list and the information that
it might be a bit difficult as in Western Australia there is a long
weekend due to Labour Day. First we walked to a nearby Motel and
asked, but without success. We called different places, all booked
out. But the first Bed&Breakfast we called had still some free
accommodation. With the certainty of having a bed in Rockingham we
went to the quay of the ferry to Penguin Island. Here we booked a
tour for tomorrow. More I do not want to tell yet.
it was only early afternoon, we walked around Lake Richmond. It look
a bit far, but after 40 minutes we were around. In the lake there
were many pelicans, some were also flying. At the lake there were
also thromolites. They are algae and bacteria which together grow to
kind of rock (living rocks). At one point at the shore there were
many information panels explaining the landscape and its formation.
Also the animals living here were introduced. I realised that the
snakes here can get up to two metres long.
we checked-in to the B&B we saw the same white parrots as
yesterday. I was astonished that they also could raise their head
feathers like cockatoos.
drove to Peron Point to watch the sunset. Unfortunately there were
clouds hiding the sun, so we thought that there is no sunset, but
just before it touched the sea, there was a hole in the clouds and
so we still got to see a nice sunset.
20th February, 2012
I wanted to lie in, but my inner clock woke me up already at 8am.
After I moved all my stuff to the car again, I started. To Coles Bay
there is just one road and thus the way was the same as two days ago.
On the way there was someone with a camera standing beside the road
and shortly after an emu. So I made a U-turn and came back. The emu
did not bother. A few days ago I told Konrad, I could fly home as I
now have a picture of most animals. Konrad replied the emu is
missing. There I am. Still I would like to stay a bit longer as I
like it here. Only the weather might get a bit warmer. The only road
to the west goes through the interior. I drove along wines and olive
trees, saw flocks of sheep which had nearly the same colour as the
ground. As I had plenty of time, I drove to the Nine Mile Beach and
walked a bit on it. This beach is just opposite to Coles Bay and
Freycinet National Park. Beside some sea birds I saw again a pelican
swimming in the watter. Then I drove on to Swansea. Here I visited
the Bark Mill Museum. It show how crop was milled in earlier times.
It was the only mill where everybody could mill his crop. In the
village Swansea I walked along the beach and had again a full view to
the Freycinet National Park. There was a strong wind and a few drops
here and there. My trip continued to Spiky Bridge which was
constructed in 1840 and is still in use. Short after 14pm I arrived
in Triabunna. In the tourist office I reserved a got a ticket for the
boat going every morning to the island. Then I was looking for the
camping, as I reserved a room there. The owner showed me my room and
explained that for the same price I could stay in a caravan, this
would be more comfortable. I had a look and decided to stay in the
caravan. Here I can train already for the west coast where I will be
on the road with a friend in a camper. At it was only afternoon I
walked along the sea. Not far from the shore is Dead Island. You make
walk to this small island if there is low tide. A bit later there was
a sign that there are pelicans to see here. I had no luck, there was
none. After a short sightseeing in Triabunna I went back to the
camping and passed the rest of the afternoon reading.