Giants on land and in the water.
After leaving Albany we just popped over to Denmark (in WA that is). We did our quick camp set up which we are becoming a well drilled team at now, then took a scenic drive and found Denmark Farmhouse Cheese, which is also home to Ducketts Mill Wines. What a perfect combination, cheese and wine at a one stop shop.
We met the cheesemaker Ross Lewis who was more than happy to tell us about his products while we tasted and he had great stories to tell. He even makes an ash covered cheese.
Wines were pretty good too, so when in Denmark…
We visited Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, both amazing and secluded spots, unfortunately it was a grey day so the colours don’t look as stunning as they can.
From here we ventured out to Boston Brewing Co and Willoughby Park Wines. Another combined establishment, what a great idea! The setting here is ideal for a day’s outing and is also really popular with families with a big playground for kids. Even the pooch is welcome. Beers, wine and food; 16 hour slow cooked, pulled pork on Turkish bread with coleslaw, were all fabulous.
From Denmark we went to Walpole and the Valley of the Giants and took to the tree tops on the gradually climbing treetops walk. At its highest you are 40 metres above the ground in the canopy of the trees and yet some still tower above. The bounce and sway of the walkway is subtle but you are certainly aware of it.
The walkway winds its way down to the ground in a loop and then you can walk through another area at ground level and get an appreciation of the size of these mammoth trees which can be up to 20 metres around.
Next stop was The Giant Tingle Tree, another local landmark which is believed to be approximately 400 years old and yes I gave it a hug. The name for these eucalypts is derived from a Noongar word and they are only found in a few isolated areas of WA.
On we trekked and the next stop on this grand tour was the town of Augusta. Our must see here was the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at the most southerly point of mainland Australia.
The audio tour guided us around the lighthouse and surrounds (never mind the tiger snakes) and is the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Spectacular and windswept area.
Our next stop has been one of the highlights so far of this trip and that was visiting Hamelin Bay and meeting, touching and feeding the majestic stingrays that call the bay home. These creatures are so huge, yet graceful and gentle as they glide by you in the shallows. The experience if you are lucky enough to witness it will leave you speechless.
We love WA! Until next instalment,