We had a long weekend last week due to Labour Day, and V and I snatched the opportunity to drive down south to Albany. At 4.5 hours (if you do not count the stops), it was the longest continuous drive V ever had to do, but we made a few stops to stretch our legs and get something to eat or drink, and I dare say even V found it quite enjoyable. It was something we never got to do in Singapore or Indonesia, because a car cost an arm and a leg in the former and because traffic was horrible enough to make you regret a holiday before it even started in the latter.
We set out from Perth at about 8 am on Saturday morning and reached the small town of Albany before 1 pm. Our bed and breakfast was part of a small, charming house right off the city centre, and Christine, our host, was really nice and friendly. We were excited to have arrived, so after dropping off our stuff, we immediately went out for lunch and checked out a few places of interest.
I would highly recommend the Albany wind farm to whoever visits the southern coast of Western Australia. There’s a trail which gives you a splendid view of a bunch of wind mills facing the ocean. The air was rather misty that day, otherwise the photos would have been breathtaking. I think the wind mills look so futuristic, almost alien! Don’t you?
We also checked out the blowhole, the gap and natural bridge, and all along I was telling V how incredible it was that there was nothing between us and the Antartic!
The next day we went diving. The visibility was bad though, so bad that on the first dive, V and I lost our guide and had to ascend immediately. I also got seasick, so I ended up staying on the boat while V went down for another dive. He said the contour was interesting, but visibility only improved a little. I was just so glad when we finally got back on dry land.
We rested a while and spent the rest of the day visiting the nearby town of Denmark. We only had a few hours to spend there, so we followed the advice of the kind lady at the Denmark Visitor Centre (there is a visitor centre everywhere in Western Australia, it’s definitely helpful for impromptu travelers) and went straight to Greenspool, the best beach in Denmark. As soon as we got there, I regretted not having a swimsuit with me. The green/blue water was so inviting!
We ended the day with dinner at the Denmark Tavern, a highly recommended restaurant in the area. They were fully booked for dinner, so we had to eat at 5 pm. But it worked out perfectly for us as we managed to get back to our bed and breakfast at Albany to watch Professional Master Chef and Elementary! We had a good night’s sleep, and returned to Perth early morning the next day.