BUSHWALKING

ROTTNEST ISLAND GREAT ESCAPE 2018

3/03/2018 – Action Outdoors Association March long weekend

It is always great to be back on Rottnest Island. This year I celebrated with an super duper ice cream.

Saturday morning a group of us went on one of the newly publicized walks – Gabbi Karniny Bidi, about 10kms, it was interesting to see some different aspects of the island, and to get to places that cannot be reached by bicycle.

We stopped to watch the birds on one of the salt lakes (they all escaped the camera).  Rottnest has a system of salt lakes which covers 10% of the Island at more than 200 hectares.  There are 12 lakes in total with seven being permanent, while parts of the wetlands and 5 of the salt lakes dry up in summer.  The pinkish colour is caused by the algae Dunaliella Salina. It contains a naturally occurring pink substance called beta-carotene.  When shrimp eat this algae it gives them a pink colour also.

Another salt lake showing pink tinges in some places.

This lake is an important area for migratory birds.

It was nice to finally reach the coast again.

However, long weekends do have their drawbacks, and there were plenty of party animals over at Rotto this year, there was also a concert on in the afternoon and evening, so drinking and loud music was the go.

Here is Thomson’s Bay on a long weekend, it looks as if you could walk across the bay on boats.  We retreated to our quiet corner of the island to play tennis and have a few quiet wines.

And I had to get a quokka selfie this year after all of the publicity over Federer getting one.

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PORONGURUP NATIONAL PARK

5/02/2018 – On the way home from Albany

We stopped off at Porongurup National Park, the Porongurup Range lies 48 kilometres north of Albany, the range has distinctive granite domes which are the remains of massive bubbles of molten rock that rose from deep in the Earth’s core.

Soon enough we were amongst these massive giant granite masses.  Changes in the temperature and in the weight of the overlying rock have caused the granite to fracture.

Balancing Rock – not hard to guess why it was named so.

On the way to the Granite Skywalk.

Once on the Skywalk stunning views can be observed.  A nice tourist offered to take our photo.

The Granite Skywalk is a suspended walkway around the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock. There are spectacular views of the park and across undulating farmland to Albany, plus views to Mount Gardner and Mount Manypeaks.

There is however, further to go, and this requires much scrambling over rocks and climbing a ladder bolted into rock. Some people have already turned back, puffing and red in the face, but we are intrepid – and forge onwards!

Quite a stunning view, I especially like the straight fracture of the granite rock. Great weekend away David.

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A VISIT TO ALBANY

3/02/2018 – Weekend Trip with David

Friend David is a FIFO worker, for those who don’t know, that means Fly In Fly Out, many people in Perth are FIFO because there are numerous mines in the north of the state and many oil and gas exploration companies offshore also.  David works for two weeks away and then flies back to Perth for a week, so he has a three week swing.  Since we met in September we have been enjoying each others company on his one week back in Perth.  He has a brother in Albany who he wanted to visit, so we decided to make a long weekend of it and take his surf board and my SUP board with us.

Friday evening walk after arriving in Albany, up behind the back of Simon’s (brother) house and past the famous new Anzac museum.

This is the new National Anzac Centre, located in Albany, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.

The next day we are off fishing in Simon’s boat, not much luck, I caught one small flathead but nothing else.

As usual the West Australian coast is perfect.

See our crystal clear water.  We were walking along Frenchman’s Bay with Simon and Caz, prior to having a barbeque on the beach.

I think I could get a job with the West Australian Tourist promotions, look at that water.  To the left, that mound is Bald Head where I have previously walked.

Here is the view from Simon’s house. See the big ship in the harbour.  Albany has a lot going for it, so many walking trails, cycling tracks, surfing, fishing, beaches, rivers, the list is endless.

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NEW YEARS AOA CAMP AT KALGAN RIVER – PART 4

30/12/2017 – Point Possession Heritage Trail

Starting along the beautiful cliffs above Whalers Cove, the walk takes you through wildflower filled woodlands and on towards the loop section that lets you walk along the pristine Brambles Beach. The climb up to Point Possession provides some of the best views of King George Sound before you head down to the picture perfect Barker Bay Beach.  The blue line on the above map shows this walk.

Just setting off we can see snorkelers on the left and fishermen on the right.  Seeing them fishing on those flat rocks reminds me that many people have lost their lives rock fishing in rough weather, hard to imagine in this weather, but a large wave could easily wash somebody from those rocks.

Nice to see some Banksia bushes along the way.

After a short climb we can see where we are heading, go down, along the pristine beach then up to the point ahead.   There was a quarantine station located on the left of the peninsula, for early settlers with contagious diseases. You can see from the map above what an excellent spot this would be for quarantining anybody.

Everyone is happy to get to the beach as it is rather a warm day.

Looking good.

Just look at that beach!  We love our country.

Time for a snack, and some have a paddle.

Looking back along the beach I can now also see Bald Head, where I was walking the other day. This is the land the farthest to the left that gradually slopes upwards, you can just make out some of the ups and downs also that we traversed.

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