Travel Thru’ The Lens: Western Australia Day 4: Albany

Whale World is the top thing we have in our mind for today but first the breakfast. And the breakfast, this is the best I have taste for sometime thanks to the fantastic cooking done by Sally and her family running the business at the Beach House. The breakfast stack consists of sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato, the works and it was such a hearty start to the day that we missed lunch without a beat.

The patio that leads to the dining area. Fantastic ambiance.

Surprised to see frogs in the nearby water fountain and thanks to the cold weather, it stays in one place while we snapped away.

The typical western breakfast. Poached egg, sausages, bacon, fresh produce = Hearty Breakfast Done Well.

Getting to Whale World is pretty straight forward as we just gone to the tip of the peninsula. Whale World used to be the last whaling station in Australia and it used to be the killing field of Whales and some mighty big sharks.  The place may be small but the educational value of the place is priceless. We are faced with the business of blubber oil. In short the synthetic oil is a blessings for the whales.  I can’t imagine the stink of the place with the blubber and rotting carcasses of humpback whales lying around while being cut up.  And now the whole place is used to educate everyone on the business and indirectly help the cause of whale conservation. Even I was surprised that the money was really well spent especially when one meet face to face with the skeleton of a blue whale.  We are certainly small in comparison.

Whale World. Doesn’t look like much but it is the inside that makes it a must see.

Peter our guide in front of the Cheynes IV Whaling Ship.

Side view of the Cheynes IV. Steam powered and armed with grenade harpoons to hasten the demise of the whale. Poor things.

More reasons to see why whaling should stop. Now we have synthetic oil to replace the oil from the whale blubber used even in cosmetics (eewwwww…)

The majestic animal: The Blue Whale is the largest (and this is the smallest sized) followed by the humpback at the far end.

The tour at whale world is really an eye opener. Not a lot of people in Singapore know how big the mammal is until they see the skeleton.  A good place to show natural conservatism to the young ones here. We are just so sheltered in this small island.  After Whale World, we went further up the peninsular checking out the stony hill lookout, the blow hole, the gap, the natural bridge coastal line and the magnificent wind farm.  All of them provide a spectacular panoramic view of the environs.  For the wind farm is much more spectacular because of the large wind turbines we usually see on Discovery or the National Geographic Channel is all the more awesome when viewing them in person for the first time.

Stony Hill Look Out, Torndirrup National Park. Looking towards North-West.

Enjoying the View.

The Rough Coast Along Torndirrup National Park.  On the way to the blow holes (conditions too good for blow holes).

The Natural Bridge, Torndirrup National Park

The Gap, Torndirrup National Park. This place would be even more dramatic during the winter months! And not to mention colder too!

The Wind Farm offers a Magnificent Sight to Behold.

Some distance away yet it still look so big.

The Sun Peeks Through At The Natural Bridge

The Dramatic Look of The Natural Bridge

The Coloured Sunset Version for good measure.

The day end off with a great shot of the coastal line and an italian dinner at the Venice with Lagsana and their special Special gourmet pizza.  All in, Albany do provide an alternative to the lavish lifestyle of Margaret River, showing us nature’s beauty at its best.  Albany to me is a must-go when visiting Western Australia (and is above Margaret River in terms of priority).  And did I mention about the Fish and Chips? 🙂

The Venice Italian Restaurant. 

The Garfield Favourite

The Venice Special Pizza

The Wild Flowers I Encountered:


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