Our time in Albany, Western Australia is quickly coming to an end as we will be shortly departing and heading on the next leg to Tasmania. You can track our progress in the “tracker” link above. Before we shove off, we wanted to share a bit about Albany as it is extraordinary place.
|View of Albany city from Mount Clarence|
Albany sits on the southern coast of Australia, near the
southwestern corner of the country. The
landscape is awe inspiring, and in many ways reminds of our time in
Alaska. Bald granite hills, verdant and
diverse foliage and beautiful beaches. The
misty cool mornings make us feel like we are back in Seward, Alaska.
|Wind farm along the coast provides power to Albany|
|Rugged south coast|
Western Australia’s oldest city, it sits on the shore of a huge natural harbor and is rich in history, beautiful old buildings and wonderful cafes. It is also the harbor from which more than 41,000 people departed Australia to serve their country in World War 1. Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) suffered major casualties during the war, and the new National Anzac Center in Albany has become a cultural pilgrimage for many people.
|The Cheynes IV whale chasing ship has been beached|
and is part of the museum
Albany also has a long history (178 years) of whaling, with the closure of the shore based whaling station in 1978. The whaling station has been converted to a museum that was well worth the visit. We appreciated that they documented the stories of the workers, the whales and preserved the equipment and buildings and even one of the whale chasing boats, the Cheynes IV. The whole experience was really well done.
The coast line in the region is simply spectacular. With white sand beaches, the ocean takes on
the most amazing hues of blue and turquoise you can image. Each beach is more beautiful than the
other. It was impossible to pick a
|Blue whale skeleton on display at the old whaling station|
|Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve|
|Hamming it up|