Arrived into Albany-a lovely spot. Booked into a Big 4 at Middleton Beach. Amazing facilities-kids paradise. A massive recreation room, with pool table, ping pong, and arcade games. A heated pool and spa, a lounge with tv, board games and movies. As well as the best camp kitchen-with a wood fire heater in it!! All of this nestled into a lovely bay, with white sand beach.
We went to visit Ken and April, at their lovely home, then we all headed out to dinner. It was great to catch up, and hear all the exciting things happening in their lives too.
A lot to do in Albany-visited the historical museum, which contained European and aboriginal histories of the area. Did a tour of a replica of the Brig Amity, a ship used to deliver convicts to the area in 1827. Also visited Whale World. The last whaling station to close in Australia in 1978. Here we did a guided tour, with graphic recounts of the processes used in whaling. An eye opener for the kids (and adults), and made us all feel for the whales killed for oil. The museum is well set up, and you walk around the actual whaling station, and can board the Cheynes 4, the last whaling boat used in Albany.
Also plenty of Natures wonders to visit in Albany, the coastal islands and natural harbours are spectacular. The highlights were the cliff formations along the coast such as natural bridge, the gap and some awesome blowholes. Aden thought they were way to loud and scary though. A quick shop that afternoon saw us heading for Esperance the next day..... Our biggest single day drive in a long while.