Friday, January 10, 2014

Denmark to Albany

We are in Albany for a week, a bit longer than we expected due to hackers getting to my credit card online and spending nearly $2000 on online war games!!! Luckily the bank (Westpac) have cancelled my card and refunded the money to me. So now I just have to wait for my new card to arrive in Albany. Bloody hackers!!! Plus I hate online games!!! 

But it gives us a bit of time to check out Albany and it's surrounds and to also just chill out for a few days. Albany is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia and with a population of around 34,000 is the sixth largest city in the state. The caravan park we are staying at, Albany Happy Days C/P is about 8 kilometres out of town, situated on the banks of the King River. It's lovely and quiet and a very pretty location. 
On the banks of the King River
Yesterday was spent doing "have to" stuff such as buying groceries and
getting stuff we needed and wanted for Myrtle.
 
Today we headed out to check out some of the beaches and scenery. Our first stop was a small beach called Cable Beach. It was a little tricky to get to the beach, you had to traverse over huge rocks, then down a fairly steep staircase and then climb over some more huge boulders. The turquoise colour of the water was beautiful and the power of the waves was mesmerising. Next stop was The Gap and Natural Bridge. After walking over some more huge rocks The Gap was below us, with the wild ocean hammering against the rock face. The power of the waves was frightening. A few 100 meters away was the Natural Bridge which was yet another wonderful sight and spectacle Nature put on for us. Now don't get me wrong, each to their own, but did these backpackers not realise just how dangerous it was walking  and sitting so close to the edge. Just looking at them made my legs go to jelly!! There were signs everywhere saying how dangerous it was and that people had been injured and lives lost! After checking out a couple more beaches and lookouts over this spectacular coastline we arrived at the Albany Wind Farm. With 12 wind turbines this facility produces more than half of Albany's electricity. Verve Energy has put in a great walk with three lookouts so you can really get a good look at the turbines and the rugged coast they are located on. I have seen and visited quite a few wind farm locations but this is the first one I have been able to stand at the base of one of the turbines.
It is amazing standing of the base of this huge 65 metre tower listening to the
whoosh, whoosh as the 35 metre long blades cut through the air.  
 
Lots of stairs down to Cable Beach

Looking out over Prince Royal Harbour

The waves were mesmerising !!

The Gap - the waves were enormous!!

Natural Bridge - notice the tiny people walking over the top - no thanks!!

You are kidding!!!

Miserable Beach - not sure how it got it's name, but it was really pretty

Albany Wind Farm

It was pretty awesome standing at the base of one of these giants!!
Now it is evening and as I sit here by a fire looking up at the stars al I can say is
I Love my Life!!!