Continued from Part 1....
From Margeret river we travelled further south to Augusta, where the Indian and the Southern oceans meet. It also has the tallest lighthouse in Western Australia and is the southernmost part. We spent a bit of time here looking around and checking out the lighthouse before heading off to the Valley of the giants. We drove through Pemberton which is supposed to be really nice - we did however get lost trying to find the Big Brooke Dam seein as the signposts led you a merry dance.
Having got lost we decided to move on to Walpole - the interbred capital of Western Australia. We stayed overnight here in the "tingle all over" YHA with about 5 people in it!! Which meant we were able to use the kitchen facilities for a change as no nips were present. We had bangers mash and pasta in a cheesy sauce hmhmmhmm.
In the morning we headed to the tingle tree forest - home of the giant tingle tree - it is the largest of its kind in the world and stands at 24m tall. A short drive away is the Valley of the giants, this forest is home of the tree top walk a suspended bridge climb which takes you 40m above the forest floor and gives a true birds eye view of the entire forest - what the leaflet doesnt tell you is that the slightest movement makes the whole bridge shake and swing - which dan pooed his pants over! After the tree top walk we trotted on through the ancient empire - home of the veteran tingle trees. These trees are over 200 years old and have had the bottoms hollowed out through disease and insect damage which make it look awe inspiring.
Conspicuous cliff was next on the map and gave great 360 degree views over Peaceful bay. We continued eastward to green pool beach which is the nicest beach we have seen so far on our travels and also elephant rocks. We proceeded onward to Denmark which is where the toffee factory is based - we were given a leaflet on this and decided to go and find it. When we arrived in Denmark we found that the leaflet was out of date and that the factory had moved about 20km in the other direction - so we had to give that one a miss.
Our final overnight stay was at Albany - the biggest city we stayed in on this tour, it is basically Torquay in Australia! Here we stayed in the nicest accomodation so far and even met an old school buddy of Joels!! A chap called Gaz and his girlfriend Anita - from Bewdley its a small world i guess. We cooked ourselves a nice curry for dinner and had a drink with everyone at the hostel which was a good laugh. We actually stayed in a dorm room tonight but it was still just me and shell in there - which was nice.
In the morning we ventured out to the gap and natural bridge on the Albany coast which were higher up than the pictures actually show. The blowholes were also situated here and these basically blow out air and water from the pressure of the sea - unfortunately it was fairly calm that morning so we didnt see anything major - gutted. Our final sight was the Princess royal fortress - more of a house than a fortress! But it still had nice panoramic views over the bay and was really quite pretty.
This was our final day on our tour and we then departed back for Perth a 402km drive - my legs feel like im 90 years old! We did make time for one quick stop at a town that loved dan so much they named it after him. We arrived back in Perth at around 6pm and cooked ourselves a nice lasagne for our tea and had ourselves a nice early night.
Hope your all doing well x x x Dan and Michelle x x x