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Places to enjoy on your road trip - Queerearrup Lake

You will find this salt lake about 30 kms west of the Woodanilling townsite, on Queerearrup Road along Douglas Road, approx 37km from Albany Highway turnoff. The lake has a pink tinge to it due to the caroten microbes.

Image Credit WHERE IS WITCHWAE

Image Credit WHERE IS WITCHWAE

Woodanilling is prided on its peaceful surrounding and its ability to get close to nature, and has been recognised as a popular area for bird watching and possess many locations bursting with native and rare wildflowers and flora.

Located northwest of Woodanilling, Queerearrup lake in its former glory offered a large variety of recreational and leisure activities from skiing, swimming and picnic areas. The lake has a significant historical value to Woodanilling. However, due to falling water levels the lake is no longer used as a skiing or swimming location, although native flora and fauna, including black swans can still be admired throughout the reserve.

Thurlby Herb Farm - Walpole

Thurlby is a delightful place to visit.  They maintain a philosophy of ethical, environmental and family friendly values. The Thurlby Herb Farm Gift Shop is a colourful and unusual haven of stylish gifts, including Thurlby handmade soaps and natural aromatherapy products. 

Thurlby Herb Farm Cafe

Changing with the seasons, the menu reflects a passion for healthy, delicious food at reasonable prices.

We enjoyed a gourmet vegan burger - Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Burger – Thurlby's famous homemade burger with basil and pine nuts served in  Turkish bread with salad and Thurlby Chutney.  We were pretty excited to find vegan food at this out of the way spot, only 1km from our Wilderness Retreat.  Of course we had to bring home some chutney and do some early Christmas Shopping.

Conspicuous Cliff - Walpole Wilderness

Conspicuous Beach is a beautiful unspoilt surf beach 20 minutes drive from Walpole on the south coast of Western Australia. It's one of only 3 places along the Walpole Coast that's accessible to 2WD vehicles.  Access to Conspicuous Cliff Beach is via a boardwalk, small stairway, and a walk across the shallow waterway emptying into the ocean.  Great excuse to take of the shoes and walk barefooted through the sand and breathe in the ocean air.  This is what holidays on the South Coast are all about.  We had the whole beach to ourselves, surrounded by beauty and breathtaking views,   A beautiful way to spend the last couple of hours of our last day.  If you are travelling to albany via Walpole it is worth taking a small detour to visit Conspicious Cliffs and Beach.

The beach is named for the small, yet indeed quite conspicuous, limestone cliff perched atop a tall, steep hill that towers over the beach.

Then we saw more stairs and just couldn't resist climbing to the very top.  The views were quite spectacular and the wind almost blew us away. 

 

The Tingle Forest

We love walking through the bush and chose our accommodation in the middle of the ancient Tingle Forrest.  The walks through these Tingle Trees was a unique experience.  We felt so little in amongst those giant trees.  The Red Tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii) of south west Western Australia is one of the tallest trees found in the state.  The common name, “tingle”, is believed to be derived from a Noongar word for these trees.

The Red Tingle is the tallest of the three trees ( Rate's Tingle Eucalyptus brevistylis and Yellow tingle Eucalyptus guilfoylei  are the other two) typically growing to a height of 8 to 55 metres (26 to 180 ft) and has rough, stringy and furrowed grey-brown or red-brown bark. It can have a circumference up to 24 metres (79 ft) round at the base and grow to a height of 75 m (246 ft). The tree can live for up to 400 years.

It has a dense compact crown that forms a heavy canopy. The tree flowers between January and March producing a white blossom. The trees often have shallow root systems and grow a buttressed base.  Forest fires often act to hollow out the base of the trees creating a large cavity.

The distribution of the species has been shrinking due to climate change over the years. They are now found primarily in Walpole-Nornalup National Park and in a few isolated sites outside the park in the Walpole area at the juncture of the South West and Great Southern regions along the south coast of Western Australia where it grows on hillsides and in gullies in loamy soils.

Wilderness View Lookout - Mount Frankland

We were standing high above the forest floor and enjoyed uninterrupted views of the Walpole Wilderness from the Mount Frankland Wilderness View Lookout.

The granite peak of Mount Frankland (411 metres) dominates the skyline and vegetation ranges from karri, jarrah and tingle forest to vast expanses of treeless heathland.

It was raining heavily so we did not have the opportunity to take it all in, but it was certainly spectacular.

 The walk from the car park to the Wilderness View is only 600m return and is an easy walk. The trail is suitable for wheelchairs

Walpole Wilderness

We recently had a few free days, after a very busy end to last year and a busy start to 2017.  We packed the car and headed to the Walpole Wilderness.

Mount Frankland National Park is a national park in the Walpole Wilderness, in the South West region of Western Australia, 327 km south of Perth.  Dominated by an impressive granite peak, Mount Frankland National Park covers approximately 31000 hectares of karri, jarrah and tingle forest as well as expanses of treeless heathland.

It covers the low granite hills to the north of the town of Walpole and is covered largely by forests of karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) and red tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii), two of the world's largest trees. The three tingle species are unique to the area between the park and the coast and the only eucalypts to be buttressed, a feature which reflects the moist conditions prevailing within the park. On exposed areas where continuous rain washes away soil, a low heathland is the dominant vegetation.

From the top of Mount Frankland you have 360 degree views of the Walpole Wilderness. The forests, wetlands and heathlands below you are home many unique plants and animals.  Mount Frankland National Park is home to a rich array of birds, from eagles that soar high above the peak to colourful fairy wrens and robins that flit through the forest.

We followed “The Summit trail” to the towerman’s lookout on top of Mount Frankland. While the walk was strenuous, the views made it worthwhile – on a clear day you can see the Porongurup and Stirling ranges in the east and the Southern Ocean to the south.  It was pretty cloudy when we were at the top but still worth the climb.  To get there we needed to climb a ladder and over 300 steep steps.  That was a challenge for Maggie as she has a fear of heights, but bravo!! She did it.

Swap the sound of noisy traffic for chirping birds

I love my early morning walks down to the beach and watching the sun climb out of the ocean as I welcome another amazing day in the Albany Region.  

But a sunrise in the middle of the bush is just another magical start to the day.  Away from the noise of traffic, people, dogs I love welcoming a brand new day with the chirping birds, calls of the wild and the breeze rustling through the leaves. I love listening to the magpies as they chatter to each other, the little birds singing in the trees, the kangaroos grazing in the distance and other Aussie Critters rustling through the undergrowth. 

Good Morning and welcome to another beautiful day in our town - our Albany

HideAway Haven 5 star hosted luxury accommodation in Albany on the South Coast of Western Australia.  Bed and Breakfast with a comfortable bed and gourmet breakfast.

Sunrise, morning mist and ocean = beauty of Nature

Autumn Sunrise in the Albany Region

When you wake up in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is
to be alive, to breathe, 
to think,
to enjoy and
to love

- Marcus Aurelius

Every morning you have two choices; continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.

 The stillness of the early morning scene enables me to take in and enjoy many things which pass me by during the bustle of the day. It is so peaceful at this time of the day! With the kiss of ocean mist dancing on morning waves lapping against a sandy shore, this is perfect time to stand still and and breathe in the salt air.  I love my morning walks along the beach especially in Autumn.  The morning temperature is brisk aka freezing  but once the sun rises it is warm and I could walk forever.  The beach is a short 3km walk from HideAway Haven or a 5 min drive.  

Why not enjoy the sunrise over the ocean and return for your gourmet breakfast and coffee on your deck.

Albany Region for the Experience Seeker

In every out-thrust headland,
in every curving beach,
in every grain of sand
there is the story of the earth. 

- Rachel Carson

John will take you closer to the awesome coastline of Albany than any other boat trip and at an exciting and exhilarating pace with his Wave Rider. Leaving Discovery Bay John will take you on a adventure around Bald Head towards the new viewing platform at The Gap. 

On your return John will take you to see Limestone Head, Bald Head, Isthmus, Salmon Holes, Peak Head, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Cable Beach and much more.  John is working on plans to make this a regular trip.

I love seeing the open ocean stretching forth endlessly into the distance and riding the waves on that open ocean was just awesome.

Thank you Skyprints for your awesome photo and video footage.

Autumn in the Albany Region

Autumn at HideAway Haven - our favourite season

"bliss in the bush"

"Yet Autumn is here, like another Spring, 
a ministering, kindly season, healing the wounds of that too ardent love
which Summer gave.  - C. J. Dennis

The mornings are cool and crisp with mist settling into the valleys. Watch the sun rise and mist lift as you sit on your deck, wrapped up in your cosy white gown with a warm cuppa in warming your hands.

With a huge variety of beautiful natural scenery and so many things to do and experience, Albany Region is a destination to discover and experience in autumn. 

Albany’s mild and mostly-sunny autumn weather is absolutely perfect for enjoying the outdoors on a picnic or a long hike in one of our many National Parks.  See our Walks and Hike guide.  Some days the weather is warm enough to spend the day at the beach and enjoy a swim in the crystal blue waters of the Southern Ocean.  

And to mix it up a little there will be some cool and rainy days to entice you to go for a scenic drive, wine tasting or maybe a long winery lunch at one of the many wineries in our region.

"Make the change from visiting to discovering and experiencing the Albany Region" 

Heritage Week 16 - 24 April, 2016

Australian Heritage Week is an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. It is an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.

In 2016, Australian Heritage Week will run from Saturday 16 April until Sunday 24 April.

Heritage Week Events in Albany

DIGGING UP THE PAST

STARTS:MONDAY, 18 APRIL 16
ENDS:WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL 16

Pick up a trowel and get your hands dirty. Explore what archaeologists found when they excavated the site and take part in activities where you too will make a discovery!

Old Strawberry Hill, 174 Middleton Road, Albany, WA

 

FREE ENTRY SUNDAYS @ OLD FARM

STARTS:SUNDAY, 17 APRIL 16
ENDS:SUNDAY, 15 MAY 16

Visit Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, the oldest Government Farm in WA, established in 1827 by Napoleonic War hero Richard Spencer and his wife Ann. Learn more about this fabulous site and its history by exploring the vegie patches and wandering through the interior where you can view information panels.

Old Farm, Strawberry Hill  174 Middleton Road,  ALBANY, WA

The Old Farm, Strawberry Hill was considered old more than 100 years ago. As far back as 1890 it was given the name ‘The Old Farm’, in recognition of being the oldest farm in Western Australia, established even before the Swan River Colony

Albany Region for the Experience Seekers - Paragliding

Are you adventurous and do you enjoy a variety of experiences in one location? -

We will explore the endless opportunities available in the Albany Region.  So why not book your stay with us and enjoy some unique experiences.

Paragliding can be pictured as a unique experience, maybe similar to the flight of an eagle in the skies. It is considered an air sport in which a pilot flies an unmotorized foot-launchable aircraft. With them we can experience, at least in part, the thrill those early pioneers must have felt as they explored the unknown. They take us into a world driven not by the laws of man, but by the laws of nature.

WA Paragliding, based here in the Albany Region, provides great sporting entertainment at one of the world’s premier paragliding locations. Paraglider pilots come from all over the globe to fly over our magnificent coastline. WA Paragliding Academy offers a 30 minute tandem instructionnel flight with an experienced professional, and you will get a great birds’ eye view of Albany and its surroundings, flying over the beautiful white sandy beaches, maybe even catching a glimpse of the dolphins and whales splashing in the water below  Fly amongst the pelicans and sea birds, and look down over the National Parks to see the kangaroos and all the other wildlife that this fantastic area has to offer - as you’ve never seen it before!

Hang Gliding spots in and around Albany can be found at

Mount Clarence
Sand Patch
Shelley's Beach
Mutton Bird Island




Take time to enjoy the sunrise

When was the last time you got up early enough to watch the sunrise? And, no, I don’t mean peaking out your window. I mean, sitting outside on your private deck, wrapped up in your fluffy white bathrobe or blanket, sitting in solitude, and watching the sunrise from start to finish. From the point where the stars are bright until the last of the circle is above the horizon.  There’s just something about having a flat landscape and being able to see the entire scope of the horizon that makes it special – being able to watch the whole world wake up.

One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be that we are moving at an ever-increasing pace.  There is more to life than increasing its speed.  Life has a lot of simple things you can enjoy. But if you move too fast you will overlook most of them. Sometimes in life we must hurry. But overall, life should be less hurrying and more noticing. Life is the present. There is a beauty and clarity that comes from the simplicity of standing still and watching a sunrise. 


Don't waste time doing anything important when there is a sunset you could be enjoying

There is nothing more romantic than snuggling up together on a soft blanket on top of Stony Hill, gazing at the brilliant, silent sunset over the Southern Ocean.  Create a beautiful memory of this experience that will last a lifetime. All you have to do is show up before the sun sets, take some wine and cheese and enjoy a romantic evening.

“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.” 
― Jo Walton

Sammie Jo meets Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley is a 1964 children's book written by Jeff Brown. Stanley and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their father to display pictures and posters. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley's bed. During the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his altered state, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite. One special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope. 

The Flat Stanley Project connects children with other children participating in the Project by sending out "flat" visitors, created by the children, through the mail. Children then talk about, track, and write about their flat character's journey and adventures.  

You can read more about the project on the website HERE

This week Flat Stanley came to visit HideAway Haven.  Flat Stanley was sent by a 9 year old in The United States.  A friend of ours Linda, brought him to visit.  The had a great visit, chatted together about the life of a kangaroo and Flat Stanley enjoyed the cuddles.  Thank you for visiting Flat Stanley.  We enjoyed meeting you.