Nan and Walt's 1999 - 2000 Sabbatical
August 2, 2000 Report

The Final Episode - Part Ib

Our Trip to South Western Australia


We took a four day drive into the south western area of Australia.  Our trip included

Great Forest Tree Drive

As we continued on towards Albany we saw signs for Birdland and stopped.  Some of the birds had considerable freedom, like the two above, but most were caged.  There was quite a variety.

  

Here's another look at the two above.

Some were friendly - too friendly, even! :-)

  

But, we didn't have to go to an aviary to see unusual (for the U.S.) birds.  This flock of red and gray gullahs were prevalent in many areas that we visited.

Albany is the commercial center of the southern region and the oldest European settlement in Western Australia, dating to 1863, three years before Perth.  The panorama above is of Frenchman's Bay.  We took a little drive there from Albany late in the afternoon.

Our objective was to visit the Gap, which was unfortunately relatively quiet that day...

...and the Natural Bridge.  We also hiked to some blowholes, but alas, we only could hear them.  The sea was just too calm.

  

An added bonus was the Whaleworld Museum in Albany built in a whaling factory and which includes an aviation museum as well.  On the left is one of the last whalers that ran from this port.  On the right, Walt in his Zebness is standing in front of a whale skeleton.

  

Our trip now turned north as we headed to Hyden and Wave Rock.  But first, we had to cross the Stirling Range, pictured in a distance.  We stopped at a spot marked as a photo op to take these photos.

  

A truly Australian tree that we saw nowhere else is the blackboy, pictured in quantities above.

  

Wave Rock is part of the Hyden Rock.  (It seems that all rocks in Australia are named and appear on maps!)  It does indeed look like a wave.  Here's Walt again in one of his Zeb shirts.

  

We climbed to the top of the rock and explored a bit.  That's Walt in the hollowed boulder.

  

We visited Mulka's Cave in the same area.  Actually part of its history is pretty nasty.  You can read about it from the link above.

  

There are hundreds of Aboriginal hand "paintings" in the cave.

The area around the cave was so interesting that we did a little additional exploring.

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Nan C. Schaller
Rochester Institute of Technology
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2 August, 2000