Saturday, November 28, 2009
But what no tourist brochure tells you about is the FLIES. These are dreadful and the worst I have ever experienced. Andrew told me that the flies would get worse as we headed south but I did not believe him. They have been pretty bad in patches but here at Fitzgerald NP they are as bad as anywhere. My cork hat is in its element here as is the hat with the mosquito netting. The best thing to do is to pick up any branch with a bit of foliage on it and constantly fan yourself as you walk or sit outside, doing anything. They fly into any available orifice and can drive you insane.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The goanna is quite tame as well. We gave it a couple of eggs - they love them. Some goannas are big enough to swallow the egg whole but this one's jaw was too small , he had to crack the egg first. He kept hanging around for more.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The whaling industry, begun in the 1940s defined the town until the closure of the industry in 1978. The Whale World is the only whaling museum in the world created from a working whaling station (The Cheynes Beach Whaling Company) with vivid photos of the hauntingly grizzly work that went on here.
Andrew was on the last whaling inquiry held in 1978 held under the Fraser Government and Albany has some poignant memories for him. He appears as the “bearded public servant” in Chris Pash’s book The Last Whale which was recently published.
(Photos of the rugged coastline follow.)
If only the weather was kinder. While we hear on the news of the rest of the country sizzling the temperature here is about 22C. But the people of the southwest enjoy their cooler climate, unlike the northern part of WA where temperatures near 40C are common.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The one near Walpole in WA is a 600 metre tree top walk over the canopy of the giant tingle trees. The walk is 40 metres up from the ground along the steel constructed walkways which sway as you walk.