Rab & Lesley's Big Trip
Days 94 - 98 - Perth to Albany
Day 94 - 3rd March 2016
Our Aussie cousins took us on a tour of the Swan Valley visiting wineries, breweries, distilleries, chocolate and cheese producers.
But we started with a visit to All Saints Church claimed to be the oldest in Western Australia
Then the serious business of tasting - Cane sugar rum
At the top of the valley you get a distant view of Perth
And before we returned to their house we had a few minutes on Burns Beach just before sunset
Day 95 - 4th March 2016
We will depart Australia from here in two weeks time but paid a visit today so that our hosts could check out where they need to drop us off in the port.
There was a yacht race on when we arrived
Lots of old buildings
And converted trams
Day 96 - 5th March 2016
Cousins kindly loaned us one of their cars so we are traveling again but in the wheat belt with limited mobile signal (and internet). We were heading for Southern Cross where our daughter worked for 3 months while she was backpacking around Australia 7 years ago.
Stopped for lunch in Merredin where we saw this old signal box
Lodgings for the night was a cottage on a farm
Indoor loo complete with reading material
And our neighbours...
Day 97 - 6th March 2016
Early start at the farm with an early morning call from our neighbours
Went for a walk before breakfast and found a lot of retired farm vehicles
and a parrot I hadn't seen before - a Ringneck type decked out in Jamaican colours.
The locals call them 28s and they are are very shy taking flight as soon as you look at them
After breakfast our host took us on a brief tour to see some of the farm workings and machinery
It is a wheat farm and these are the grain silos
The pink and whites took the tour too. This was only about a quarter of the flock that followed us around.
We finally made our farewells and drove down miles of dirt road
to Southern Cross where we had lunch in the hotel where our daughter used to work
And then down more dirt roads to Wave Rock at Hyden where we are tonight (with no internet)
Day 98 - 7th March 2016
Leaving Hyden this morning we passed an art exhibit that depicted the towns history in scrap metal
On the drive south we passed a number of salt lakes, this was the largest
Finally arrived in Albany on the south coast where the Australian and NZ forces mustered before shipping out to Gallipoli
It is not a large town but retains a lot of its original architecture
There is a train line right along the front.
This was hauling 56 bulk carriers but I don't know if it was ore or grain
Small pier used by fishermen
Think this house wants to be a castle
Sunset over Albany. The bulk of the wind farm is out of shot to the left
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