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Wildlife In and Around Albany - Western Brush Wallaby

The western brush wallaby (Macropus irma), also known as the black-gloved wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in the southwest coastal region of Western Australia. The wallaby's main threat is predation by the introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes) The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the western brush wallaby as Least Concern, as it remains fairly widespread and the population is believed to be stable or increasing, as a result of fox control programs.

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The western brush wallaby has a grey colour with distinctive white colouring around the face, arms and legs (although it does have black gloves as its alternative common name implies). It is an unusually diurnal macropod that eats mainly grass.

Little is known about the behaviour of the western brush wallaby, however much of their behavior is consistent with that of other members of the family Macropodidae.

Although quite small, the western brush wallaby's coloring resembles the larger kangaroos of the region. The western brush wallaby's head and body length usually falls around 1.2 m. Their tail length, which ranges from 54–97 cm, is proportionally long to their smaller body size. The adult western brush wallaby weighs anywhere from 7.0-9.0 kg. Their coloring consists of a pale to mid gray coat with a distinct white facial stripe. Other distinct features include black and white ears, black hands and feet, and crest of black hairs on the tail. The size of the male and female are quite similar.

The western brush wallaby is a herbivore, although there is disagreement on whether it is a browser, eating mainly leaves, or a grazer, eating mainly grass, as there has not been extensive research done. It is a diurnal animal, which is somewhat unusual for macropods, and is active during dawn and dusk, making it crepuscular. It rests during the hottest part of the day and at night either singly or in pairs, taking shelter in bushes and small thickets . The wallabies will consume most species of plants, with the Carpobrotus edulisCynodon dactylon, and Nuytsia floribunda being the common dietary items. One source suggests that the wallaby’s diet is made up of 3-17% of grasses and sedges, 1-7% forbs, and 79-88% browsing material (mainly the leaves of low shrubs).The stomach is divided into four compartments where microorganisms can ferment the fibrous plant material. They appear to be able to survive without free water.

Like all others in the family Macropodidae, the western brush wallabies are characterized by powerful hind limbs and long hind feet. It runs by weaving or sidestepping, utilizing its powerful hind-limbs, while keeping its head low and its tail extended straight, making it very speedy.

Off the beaten track - Mount Manypeaks

Mount Manypeaks is a distinctive peak located approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) north-east of Albany, Western Australia, 10 kilometres (6 mi) north-east of Two Peoples Bay and 6 km south-east of the town of Manypeaks.

By Hughesdarren (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Hughesdarren (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The mountain is the dominant feature in the area and was named by Captain Matthew Flinders in January 1802 whilst surveying the south coast region in the "Investigator". Flinders noted in his journal "There are a number of small peaks upon the top of this ridge, which induced me to give it the name Mount Manypeak". The plural form has now become the accepted form of spelling.

The Mount Manypeaks formation has a total length of 22 kilometres (14 mi) and has a width of 3 kilometres (2 mi). The ridge is made up primarily of a type of graniteproterozoic porphyritic biotite granite as well as adamellite. In places limestone lies over the granite block.

The Mount Manypeaks Nature Reserve forms part of the Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its significance in the conservation of several rare and threatened bird species.

Farming in the northern part of the Manypeaks landscape is mixed cropping (mainly canola, wheat and barley) and sheep production with a change to cattle farming the higher rainfall areas to the south, where extensive areas of blue gum plantations have been established and there are small pockets of intensive horticulture.

Threats that affect the biodiversity of the Manypeaks landscape are many and include altered hydrology, various dieback diseases, introduced predators, inappropriate fire regimes, human recreation, historical and current clearing causing habitat fragmentation, weeds and grazing.

 

Source Wikipedia Encylopedia

Albany - Home of 'The Waifs'

The Waifs formed in August 1992 in as a folk rock band. The Simpson sisters, Donna and Vikki grew up in Cosy Corner in Albany in a Salmon fishing family.  They formed a duo, Colours, in Albany to perform cover versions of Bob Dylan and Everly Brothers at local pubs. Their father, Jimmy Simpson, bought Donna her first guitar when she was 15. In February 1992, 20-year-old Donna and her 16-year-old sister, Vikki headed off in a Kombi van to tour the state as Colours, busking their way across Australia..

Cosy Corner - home of The Waifs

 They stumbled across Josh Cunningham in a pub in Broome as he was touring Australia playing bass guitar for a band. The Simpsons met 18-year-old Cunningham while they were playing in Broome.  After a ten-minute jam session, Donna invited Cunningham to join Colours,
Upon their return to Albany, Colours changed its name to The Waifs (initially styled as The WAiFS) and continued to use their Kombi van from 1992 to 1996 to travel to gigs across Australia.

 “The longer I am away from Australia the more connected I feel to Australia and I keep writing songs about that,” Vikki says. “I grew up near the salmon camp where my grandfather fished, my father played there as a kid and when I go back there now I do the same things with my children. I physically feel connected to that place when I’m there. It’s almost a spiritual thing. It’s where I grew up. It’s where I learned to play guitar, where my husband proposed to me. I’ve had all these deeply personal moments and significant things happen in this one place.”  (source: The Waifs)

2017 marks The Waifs 25th Anniversary. They are commemorating this event by releasing  a new album called IRONBARK.  The inspiration came from the majestic eucalyptus standing sentinel over them as they recorded 25 songs live & acoustic at Josh’s beautiful house in the bushland of South Coast NSW, Australiaand the resilience and inner strength of the wood as orated in the song of the same title. 

Breaksea Island

Breaksea Island Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located at Breaksea Island in King George Sound 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Albany .

The first lighthouse was built in 1858 by English convicts using pre-made cast iron sheeting rising it at the centre of an octagonal stone keeper’s cottage; in 1889 two keeper’s cottage were built. This lighthouse was replaced in 1901 by a cylindrical granite tower built on the rear still active and in good condition.

Image Credit:  Lighthouse.org.au

Image Credit:  Lighthouse.org.au

Before some 30,000 soldiers sailed from Australian shores to fight in World War I, many kept their eyes focused on this tiny, rugged island.  Fay-Catherine Howe, a lighthouse-keeper's daughter, who became well known among the confined Anzacs., lived on this tiny island.

Proficient in the art of Morse Code, 15-year-old Fay relayed messages to the troops from their loved ones as the men waited to set sail. She would then send their replies in Morse code via telegraph and undersea cable, back to Albany, where they were transferred from office to office and printed as telegrams.  This was the soldiers and their families last opportunity to communicate with each other.

In doing so, she became a cherished symbol of home, the last glimpse of it for many.  Although she never met or even spoke to the soldiers, her efforts inspired an untold number of them to write her postcards from the front.

Fay became known as 'The Lighthouse Girl'  She is the inspiration to Dianne Wolfer's book 'Lighthouse Girl' and provides part of the narrative for the Little Girl Giant and she roams the streets of Perth in the amazing Royal De Luxe Theatre’s performance of The Giants. See Dianne’s personal gallery or follow this link for photographs. An Interview with Dianne and the team from Channel 9’s Destination WA on Breaksea Island gives further insights into Fay’s story and shows evocative scenes from the island. ‘The Lighthouse Girl’ by playwright Hellie Turner and Black Swan Theatre opens in Albany/Perth in April 2017.

Breaksea Island is a class ‘A’ nature reserve for the protection of plants and animals. Apart from the lighthouse, the only other buildings on heritage-listed Breaksea Island are a couple of cottages, deserted since restoration attempts in 2009.  The Upgraded facilities on Breaksea Island have helped create interesting local experiences with helicopter scenic flights departing from Albany's Historic Whaling Station.  Breaksea Island was also the venue for Taste of the Great Southern picnic with the finest local beer or wine and canapés provided by Fervor focusing on native Australian ingredients.

Mrs Jones Cafe - Denmark

Mrs Jones Café was been judged the WINNER in two categories of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association’s 2016 Awards for Excellence in Western Australia. The awards were announced on August 29, 2016 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre,

CAFÉ OF THE YEAR - 2016 WA WINNER – Mrs Jones Café, Denmark

CAFÉ RESTAURANT - 2016 WA WINNER – Mrs Jones Café, Denmark

BREAKFAST RESTAURANT = 2016 WA FINALIST – Mrs Jones Café, Denmark

We stopped here for lunch on our way home, hoping to find some vegan food on the menu.  We were surprised to find 3 different options.  Thank you Mrs Jones, the food was awesome and it was so good to have a choice of lunch options.

We chose  Hummus Trio: beetroot, black tahini, chickpea, warm flatbreads and Tofu Tacos with Asian style slaw, avocado, salsa, flat bread. It was really delicious and we experienced the joy of eating delicious whole food .  The other vegan option was Salad Bowl: roast vegetables, mixed quinoa, spiced chickpeas, cucumber, avocado, sunflower sprouts, mixed leaves, tahini dressing.  We will try that next time.

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.

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.

Gilbert's Potoroo is the world's rarest marsupial and Australia's rarest mammal

Gilbert's Potoroo,  sometimes called the "rat-kangaroo"  is a small marsupial teetering on the brink of extinction. Found naturally only in dense scrub on a rugged, windswept headland thrusting out into the Southern Ocean at Mount Gardner headland, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, just 20 minutes from HideAway Haven, in Amazing Albany on the South Coast of Western Australia. Within that small area (1000 ha), it occurs in at least four separate patches of long-unburnt, dense shrubland on the valley slopes It is estimated there are only 30 to 40 animals in the only known wild population. The greatest threat to its continued existence is wildfire.

Gilbert Potoroo's are a medium-sized mammal slightly smaller than a rabbit and bearing some resemblance to a bandicoot, Gilbert's Potoroo has a dense coat of soft grey-brown fur. Adults range from 900 g to 1200 g. Gilbert’s Potoroo feeds mainly on underground fungi.

Female Gilbert's Potoroos can produce young at any time of year. Young are born 4-6 weeks after mating and are approximately 1 cm long at that stage. They spend three to four months in the pouch before coming out for the first time at around 150g body weight. Within a week, at around 190g, they have permanently left the pouch, although for around a month they will still suckle from the mother. Young potoroos begin to eat solid food as soon as they leave the pouch and over the next few months they gain, on average, 6g/day. They remain in their mother's home range for another month or two but at about six months of age, when their weight reaches 500-600g, they will leave. (source: Potoroo.org)  Hand-rearing of large pouch young is successful, but it is very labour-intensive.

What can you do to help with conservation?

  • Learn more about endangered species and spread the word to family, friends and colleagues. Our More Information page is a good starting point for further research and includes links to other relevant sites and a list of further reading.
  • Join a conservation organisation such as:
    • Our Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group
    • Australian Conservation Foundation
    • World Wide Fund for Nature
    These organisations can also often offer volunteers opportunities for hands-on involvement in conservation work.
  • Organise a fund raising activity for Gilbert's Potoroo. Donations can be given to:
    • Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group
    • CALM
    • Perth Zoo

If you think you may have seen a Gilbert's Potoroo, or found animal remains which you think could be a Gilbert's Potoroo, please check our sightings page which gives guidance on distinguishing Potoroos from similar animals and complete the online sighting report; alternatively, you can note down the sighting details as listed on the page and contact us at:
email: sightings@potoroo.org

From http://www.potoroo.org/

HideAway Haven is a luxury 5 star, multi award winning hosted accommodation in Albany, on the Amazing South Coast of Western Australia.  We love creating memories for our guests.  Our passion is sustainability and the care of our precious wildlife.

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.

Beach meets Bush

Albany Region - where the Beach meets the Bush 

Whether you are interested in simply relaxing by the warm, turquoise blue waters of the ocean, while soaking up the sun, doing business in the area, taking a bush walk, a mountain hike or exploring the region, HideAway Haven will offer you a unique and memorable stay.

Albany Region with its seven National Parks, surrounded by the natural beauty of 49 pristine beaches, spectacular granite coastline, extraordinary diving opportunities, two rivers, two harbours, being the oldest settlement in WA, ancient mountains, temperate rainforest and the spectacular Sky Walk in the middle of it and whale watching for four months of the year, there is something for everyone.

I love my early morning walks to the beach (only 2.9km), a short stroll along the beach, listening to and watching the waves as the sun comes up and then returning home via some bush tracks enjoying the wild flowers, birds and wildlife. I especially love looking at how busy the spiders have been during the night and seeing all their awesome webs.  I am so careful not to disturb any of them as it must have taken all night to build.

It really is the perfect way to start every day.  You can experience the same while staying with us at HideAway Haven.

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.

Tourist in our Town - Street Art

Street art is evolving into new and exciting areas of creativity. Find out what the world's leading street artists have come up with in the Albany Region, by taking a walk down York Street.

We did and were impressed by the talent and creativity of these street artists.  Wall art has brightened up the blank façade of many buildings and improved the feelings of the lane-ways.

The artwork celebrates the local area, the ambience and energy of Albany.  We enjoyed how the artists interpreted Albany people and surroundings, our harbour and the ocean, with the outlying islands.  They have captured the unique, breathe-it-deep freshness and wildness that has always been a part of 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

It's variety that makes it so exciting

There is nothing monotonous or boring about our Albany weather, and it's because of its diversity that we have such wonderful landscapes and countryside. 

While most of Australia will be experiencing record temperatures with no end in sight, we will be “enjoying” another cool summer. 

The relentless blue skies and hot burning sun became very exhausting.  In Albany even on a warm day our sea breeze kicks in early afternoon to bring refreshing relief from the heat.  No need for air conditioning, just open up the windows.  

We think "cold" is when the white flakes come down, and we don't experience winters like that in Albany, unless you are on top of Bluff Knoll. Albany winters are quite mild and you can often find a sunny spot on a beach somewhere that is sheltered from wind to enjoy hours of real warmth. 

Most days are very comfortable, but it's important to be prepared for both cold and warm weather. Pack wisely, dress in layers and you will be able to enjoy Albany whatever the weather conditions.

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Just breathe .....

Just breathe,

Where is the one place where you can just stop and breathe?
The one place the mere sight brings a sense of relief?
The one place where the sound brings waves of relaxation?

The Beach.

The Ocean.

With the pure white sands and turquoise waters, Albany truly boosts countless pristine beaches. There will always be a beach where you can walk on, to contemplate life or let go of stress, where there will be no one disturbing the peace that you are seeking.
Early morning walks along the beach, whilst watching the sunrise, is a peaceful way to start the day or late afternoon picnics on the beach watching as the sun slips below the watery horizon is a perfect way to end a day.

What a perfect way to spend time.


Albany Region for the Aspirational Achievers, Dedicated Discoverers and Experience Seekers

Have you been working too hard lately?

Stress levels through the roof?

Do your energy levels need a serious boost?

It sounds like it is time for you to take action and put your well-being, health and happiness top of your priority list.

Booking and planning a holiday, even if it is still months away, will give you something to look forward to and you will be surprised at how good it makes you feel now.

Our time is limited and as such very precious and our holiday time even more so. For many busy working professionals it is important to book a holiday that can tick lots of boxes – an ultimate combination holiday, complete with experiences, discoveries and achievements. Being able to explore a destination that you have always wanted to go to is a wonderful way to reinvigorate yourself to the wonders of the world and its people. Of course you will need some time to rest and have relax in order to recharge those exhausted batteries. Add in some  feel good factor for your body and soul –yoga is great for your body as well as your mind and soul.

Why not book yourself an Rest and Relax Long Weekend at HideAway Haven.  Try Sup Yoga at one of our many stunning beaches, or Flying High Yoga on your deck, indulge in a massage and end the day with a RAW Food cooking class.  

During your stay why not try one of the many Experiences or Discoveries that our Albany Region has to offer, from Sailing to Abseiling, walking or cycling or just discover some of Albany's rich history, ocean wilderness, food or wine.

Albany Region for the Aspirational Achievers - Munda Biddi Trail

The Munda Biddi Trail is a world-class, nature-based, off-road cycling experience. A unique trail where a 1000km track has been built through an undeveloped natural corridor from Mundaring to Albany.  

The Munda Biddi Trail  means path through the forest in the Nyoongar Aboriginal language.

Enjoy a meandering pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and look at the cattle, goats, horses and other farm animals along the trail. In the quiet of the trail keep your eyes and ears alert for the many different of bird calls from the native birds, enjoy watching small animals such as bandicoots and rabbits running across or beside the trail.  

During the wild-flower season enjoy the beauty of as the forest floors come to life with amazing colours.  Surrounded by nature, relax and enjoy as the trail unfolds through majestic trees, such as the Karri that are the third largest in the whole of Australia.

Cross the suspension bridge at picturesque One Tree Bridge, experience  the splendour of the Walpole Wilderness and beautiful coastal landscapes.

Finish at Albany and enjoy the comfort of a pillow top bed and a Jacuzzi to soothe those muscles.  As a cycle accredited business HideAway Haven offers you the basic repair equipment and air pumps to pump up the tires.  While you are here, Albany is a cycle friendly town with many cycle friendly businesses.

Albany Region for the Dedicated Discoverers - Discover the Ocean Wilderness

'Dedicated Discovers' (those who want to discover something new) 

There is nothing like the feeling of being dwarfed by Southern Right Whales or having your breath stolen by a dancing dolphin. The anticipation and exhilaration is just about touchable…. standing on the edge of the boat, eyes focused and scanning the dark blue surface of the ocean for any sign of the of movement. Then, right in front of you, a Southern Right Whale lifts its face out of the water and stares at you! This is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience that you will remember and cherish for the rest of your life. When cruising along, heading back to the shore, you notice a few friendly dolphins jumping along with the boat. Their playful eyes watching you as they move effortlessly and gracefully through the light blue of the shallows. Albany offers whale and dolphin watching tours, which run year round.  (editorial Joslyn van Nieuwkerk)

Albany Whale Tours  can be contacted on 0422 441 484  or  0422 609 553.  There are Winter Watching Cruises, Marine Wilderness Tours and Summer Twilight Cruises.  The love and respect for the ocean wilderness is evident in all areas of their cruises. 

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This was my trip advisor review -  John and Forrest are passionate about the protection and conservation of our ocean wilderness. They deliver a high quality nature based whale tour and educates the guests on the protection of the ocean and the creatures who call it home. All cruises are delivered with heart, passion and integrity. The quality of the experience is the key to Albany Whale Worlds success and is what makes them unique. 
John enhances the tourism experience through his story telling and music which involve his guests emotionally. He is relaxed, confident, passionate and knowledgeable. 
When you take a whale watching tour with Albany Whale tours it’s not just about seeing the whales, it’s the whole experience that leaves you filled with passion and joy. 
Thank you John and Forrest, you are both beautiful souls and can’t wait to be back on your boat again.