Duke of Orleans Bay – Esperance

Duke of Orleans Bay is an eighty kilometre drive east of Esperance. It is situated just outside Cape Le Grande National Park. It might seem like a long drive but the surrounding coastline has some of the best beaches in Australia. Wharton Beach is one of the gems in the area and, for me, it is the most stunning beach I have ever visited.

Wharton Beach Twilight, Duke of Orleans Bay

As the sun dips below the horizon it is sometimes possible to get a clear image of the landscape coupled with the beautiful colours of a sunset. I was lucky enough to get the image below of my favourite stretch of coastline, Wharton Beach. Notice the only footprints on the beach are my own. This is paradise!

Wharton Beach, Duke of Orleans Bay

Duke of Orleans Bay – Sandspit

Duke of Orleans Bay is is nestled between Cape le Grand and Cape Arid National Parks. The sixty metre high granite headland at the car-park end of the bay is a superb place to take in the sunset.

Duke of Orleans Bay

Wharton Beach Surfing

Wharton Beach is located less than three kilometres west of Duke of Orleans Bay. It is the most popular surfing spot in the area. My nephew, Matteo, braved the cold water and tricky rip to have an afternoon of surfing that he will remember for life.

Duke of Orleans Bay - Surfing

Duke of Orleans Bay Silhouette

The Duke of Orleans Bay beach slopes very gradually out to sea. This makes it a perfect spot to capture the clouds reflecting off the water as the tide reaches towards the highest point.

Duke of Orleans Bay Silhouette

Wharton Beach Sunset, Esperance

Wharton Beach at the end of the day is very likely to be deserted. It is also very hard to beat the beautiful sunsets that you will experience on a partly cloudy evening.

Wharton Beach Sunset, Duke of Orleans Bay

Return to South Western Australia

I just don’t seem to be able to get away from the stunning southern coastline of Western Australia. The beaches in this area are some of the best in the world and the ocean is crystal clear. My nephew has been visiting from Italy and it gave me another opportunity to travel to one of my favourite destinations. Our itinerary included Busselton, Denmark, Esperance, Margaret River and Cowaramup. We were both captivated by the beauty that we experienced!

Kangaroo on the Beach

I have for a considerable time wanted to photograph a Kangaroo on the beach, which is easier said than done. Kangaroos usually feed at night and spend much of the day sleeping. They look for shady spots and hide in thick foliage. A prime spot for beach kangaroos is Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grande National Park close to Esperance. I have visited this spot on a number of occasions in the past, and have seen kangaroos in the surrounding bushland, but never on the beach. On this trip I was most fortunate to see a kangaroo on the Lucky Bay beach more than once.

Esperance Kangaroo

Sunset at Duke of Orleans Bay

Duke of Orleans Bay is approximately eighty kilometres east of Esperance. It is not only stunning but has the added advantage of being uncrowded. Lucky Bay might be the most renowned beach in the Esperance region but, for me, Wharton Beach is the most beautiful. It might be a long trek back to Esperance but, if you are able to, try to catch a sunset in the Duke of Orleans area. You will mostly likely be totally on your own and the view will not disappoint.

Esperance Sunset

Busselton Jetty

Busselton is just over two hundred kilometres south of Western Australia’s capital Perth. It is known for its sheltered beach and seasonal humpback whale populations. It is also home to the two kilometre long Busselton Jetty which was originally constructed in the 19th century. Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the world and is a popular tourist, recreation and fishing spot. Attractions include the jetty train, an interpretive centre and an underwater observatory at the very end of the jetty. Busselton Jetty

Wyadup Rocks

Wyadup Rocks are at the south end of Injidup Beach a short drive from Yallingup. It is a great place to catch the many colours of the rocks at sunset. Yallingup is a small resort town between Busselton and Margaret river. It is renowned for its stunning rocky coastline, limestone caves and closeness to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Wyadup Rocks

Margaret River Wine Region

Margaret river has within a relatively short period of time become a world renowned wine producing region. This area produces almost twenty percent of Australia’s wine from over five thousand hectares under vine.

Margaret River Winery

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia

Elephant Rocks is a sheltered beach in the William Bay National Park close to Denmark, Western Australia. The rocks look like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallow waters.

Elephant Rocks, Denmark, WA

The Birds Of Caversham Wildlife Park (cont.)

Caversham Wildlife Park

I will be publishing two posts this week as I have a backlog of photos and new adventures to share. Today is a continuation of Tuesday’s topic featuring birds of Caversham Wildlife Park. This is my third and final submission on Caversham.

Great Egret  – Breeding Plumage

The great egret is also known as the common egret, large egret or great white heron. This impressive bird is over three feet tall and has a wingspan of almost five feet. It is common throughout Australia, with the exception of the vast majority of arid areas.

The Great Egret gets spruced up during breeding season with long hair-like feathers or nuptial plumes hanging across the lower back. The bird in picture was one of a number that I came across at Caversham Park. 01b Whiteman 636

Australian Wood Duck

The Australian Wood Duck is widespread across Australia except for desert regions in the centre of the continent. It is classified as a dabbling duck, which means it feeds mainly at the surface rather than by diving.

It is not that usual to see a duck in a tree, however, wood ducks nest in tree holes above or near water.

Australian Wood Duck - Caversham Wildlife Park

Sooty Owl

Owls are some of my favourite birds as they generally have wonderful haunting calls and are always regally beautiful in looks. Caversham Wildlife Park houses a large number of different species of owl, including the Sooty Owl.

Sooty owls are strictly nocturnal and hide during the daytime in the darkest and most secluded or sheltered positions in the forest. They have a call that sounds like a piercing shriek. It lasts about two seconds and is known as the ‘bomb whistle’

Sooty Owl - Caversham Wildlife Park

Cape Barren Goose

The Cape Barren Goose is one of the World’s rarest geese. As such, viewing a number of these birds at Caversham Park was a privilege. This unique looking goose is found in small areas on the south-eastern coast of Australia, the southern coast of Western Australia and in south-eastern Victoria. Cape Barren Goose - Caversham Wildlife Park

Australian Brush Turkey

During the 1960’s the Australian brush turkey came very close to extinction. This resulted in them becoming protected. Since that time their numbers have increased dramatically and they are now a common sight on the east coast of Australia. Caversham Wildlife Park is one of the few places on the east coast where you will be able to view this ground dweller.

Australian Brush Turkey -  Caversham Wildlife Park