THURSDAY 20 MAY ALBANY TO WALPOLE 119kms
Nice day, with pleasant driving conditions.
We took the highway along the coast, westwards. Actually, although it was the South Coast Highway, the route was somewhat inland from the coast, so we saw a mix of farm land and bush land, rather than coastal vistas.
At Denmark, we visited Goldfields Timber and Burls – an inspirational place with an excellent variety and supply of special timbers and tree burls from WA species. John obtained details of how he could make purchases from home, and have them transported.
Our next stop was at a place producing honey and mead, where we bought some wine and honey. I guess mead was mankind’s first wine?
The final activity for the day was at the Valley of the Giants, where we wanted to do the Tree Top Walk – on an elevated walkway through the canopy of a tingle forest, some 40 metres up.
As we pulled into the car park there, yet another tyre went flat. Well, that was number three out of the four that had been on Truck at Fowlers Bay. John refused to admit cause and effect, but I was convinced. We changed the wheel before doing anything else.
The 600 metre long Tree Top Walk was not the most comfortable experience, given my aversion to heights. It seemed very high up, and swayed. But I was very pleased to have had the experience – it was an unusual perspective and good value.
Then we did the Ancients Walk there – this time at ground level, on a pathway that took us through a little forest of old Red Tingle trees – unique to this corner of the world. This was actually more impressive than the Tree Top Walk.
At the inevitable associated shop, I bought a National Parks book and a jarrah waiter’s friend that John took a liking to.
Continued on towards Walpole, turning off just before the town, to go to the Coalmine Beach Caravan Park. We wanted to stay there because it was right by the Nornalup Inlet, and had a really bushy setting.
The park was a Top Tourist. After discount, cost $18.90 a night. It was really pleasant.
There was a free fish dinner night happening, which we took advantage of. Quite a few people attended. The fish was really nice, too.