Denmark & Parry's Beach- Movie Set Towns!
Parryville, Western Australia
As we left Albany we knew it wasn't too far to Walpole... our next destination. We decided to take our time getting there and stop in Denmark, the rain had subsided afterall. Yay for the sun! Denmark is a quaint little town, much like Sassafrass or Healesville... Lots of little quirky and interesting stores.
We went into the surf shop to have a look and were greeted by the friendliest person we had met the whole trip... we didnt catch his name but he was a real surfy dude and looked to be a true local. After a fair bit of a chat he pulled out a map of the local sights and beaches for us. He mentioned Parry's Beach and that it was as cheap as chips to stay there.
After a look at Denmark's Ocean Beach where we found a whole lot of sound and lighting trucks, we found out that they were infact filming a a movie based on Tim Wintons Novel 'Breath'. Tara was suitably impressed as Simon Baker was the director and lead actor!
We thought we would just check out Parry's Beach campground. Tristan could tell Tara wasn't too impressed about camping without power... but it had solar showers and flushing toilets... what more did she want? (there were lots of BEWARE of the SNAKES signs so maybe that was why!!)
Being teachers it's in our blood to be organised and one step ahead all the time. We were forever booking parks and sites in advance and for
once we just pulled up...had a look and just said "stuff it, lets just stay here" so that we did. $15 per night was a bargain. The camp ground is run entirley by volunteers and all of the funds go back into the upkeep. A barrow of firewood cost us 5 bucks!
Parry Beach campground was the most secluded little spot we have found so far... no signs off the main road and it had a height restriction so there were no grumpy old Grey Nomads with their excessively large caravans and yappy dogs... (most of them have been very grumpy and unpleasent thus far).
A short stroll out of the grounds put us on Parry's beach which did have 4WD access, but after Lucky Bay, Larry (really Tristan!!!) has been a bit sheepish around sand and beaches. We were lucky enough to see
a controlled burn in the scrub just behind the beach Owen (Tristan's mums partner) was delighted and envious of the photos as he hasn't been apart of such a burn... he works for CFA...Just in case you were wondering!!
That night the OZ pig had its first light for the trip. We were both huddled tightly around it, Tara rugged up with a beanie, neckwarmer and a blanket over her legs... it was COLD and Tristan in shorts (a trademark- he even wore shorts in the snow in America!)
Thanks Parry's Beach, a true highlight!