A little technical hitch, like the computer charging lead breaking, has put us even further behind in our posts! Here goes with the catch up…
After weeks of enjoying WA’s beautiful coastline we decided it was time to head inland and we made our way to Mt Stirling…and what a great decision that turned out to be.
The journey was broken up by a stop at West Cape Howe cellar door near Mt Barker. We couldn’t resist our final opportunity to grab one (or two) more cases of red before departing this great wine growing region.
The Stirling Ranges is known for its spectacular peaks and it was the highest one we had in our sights, Bluff Knoll. Although the walk is only a walk of 3.5 kilometers, it is steep and unrelenting all the way to the top.
After almost five months of travel through some spectacular places this has to be the most impressive bushwalk we have done (maybe ever!). The walk was awash with gorgeous wildflowers and wildlife and the views were amazing.
Perched on the top of the bluff and having a snack was breathtaking, although we had to be very conscious of how close the kids got to the edge of the cliff. It is a sheer 50m drop to the jagged rocks below.
The following day was gloomy and threatened rain from the outset. Thankfully the showers held off for the packup and then we made our way to the Granite Skywalk (Castle Rock) for another walk.
The highlight of this short walk is the spectacular man-made viewing platform that encircles the granite tors at the top. It is very impressive and affords uninterrupted 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Well worth the effort.
The rest of day was spent at Albany checking out the Natural Bridge and The Gap. The relentless surf that pounds the coast has carved out these two features out of the pink granite that lines the coastline.
That night we managed to find a secluded little campsite east of Albany (Many Peaks – Norman’s Beach) that we had all to ourselves. Quiet and peaceful, just the way we like it!