AUSTRALIA

Albany to Esperance – Western Australia

Esperance is a resort town situated just over seven hundred kilometres south of Western Australia’s state capital, Perth. It is renowned for its stunning granite coastline, picturesque outlying islands, turquoise water and the whitest beaches you can imagine. The drive from Perth may seem challenging but the scenery along the way is diverse and visually appealing. The kilometres just seem to fly by. Visitors can always overnight at Albany which is a leisurely four and a half hours from Perth.

Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It is the oldest permanently settled town in the state. Albany is situated just over four hundred kilometres south east of the capital, Perth. This historic town has a number of heritage listed colonial buildings and is set within a startling beautiful rugged coastline. 

West Beach – Esperance

West Beach is a short three kilometre drive west of Esperance city centre. It is flanked by rocky headlands and is a popular surf and swimming spot.

West Beach, Esperance

Frenchman Peak, Cape Le Grande National Park

Cape Le Grande National Park is a forty five minute drive from Esperance and is my favourite part of the southern region of Western Australia. The park is home to the western grey kangaroo, pygamy possums and a multitude of different species of bird. Cape Le Grande is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, including Lucky Bay, Thistle Cove and Hellfire Bay. There are also a number of natural attractions in the park of which Frenchman Peak is well worth the hike to the cave close to the summit. The views from the cave and its surrounds are majestic.

Frenachman Peak, Esperance

South West Wheat Belt, Western Australia

The Southern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia is renowned for its gentle rolling pastures, shimmering salt lakes and expansive golden wheat fields. Wheat production accounts for seventy percent of total cereal production in Western Australia and a significant portion of the crop is exported each year. Export proceeds are in excess of Australian $3 billion each year.

South West Wheat Belt, Western Australia

Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grande National Park

Thistle Cove is protected by granite outcrops at each end of the kilometre long beach. This helps to moderate the waves and keep it clear of rips. The beach sand is snowy white and the water in the bay is crystal clear.

Thistle Cove, Esperance

Mount Hassel, Stirling Range

Mount Hassel is in the Stirling Range National Park in Australia’s South West and has a popular three kilometre walking trail to the peak. The climb takes about an hour and summits at 847 metres. The views from the top are spectacular and well worth the challenging hike up a rocky path.

Mt Hassel, Western Australia

Canola Production – South West Australia

Canola is becoming an increasingly important crop in Western Australia and the estimated crop revenue for the 2016/17 season is in the region of $1 billion. The flowering canola fields along the roads leading to Esperance add vibrant colour to the landscape.

Canola

Cave Point Lighthouse – Albany

Albany is the perfect place for a holiday or for travellers visiting Esperance to overnight. There are a number of attractions and sights in and around the town, including the Cave Point Lighthouse which is a short drive from the town centre in the Torndirrup National Park.

Esperance Lighthouse

Sydney, Australia

This is my second post with photos of the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge

City of Sydney

City of Sydney Panorama

Queensland Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris), Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Queensland Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris)

Sydney Opera House Nightscape

Sydney Opera House Nightscape

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Sydney Harbour, Australia

2017 is upon us and it is my pleasure to start the year with images of one of my favourite global destinations.

Sydney is often rated in the top ten most beautiful cities in the world and for some leading travel writers it is at the very top of their list. I visit Australia’s most populous city from time to time but have never had the pleasure of visiting to purely take in the sights and enjoy its beauty. A recent article in one of UK’s leading daily newspapers convinced me that it was time to fly the 3,300 kilometres (2,000 miles) from Perth to Sydney to see what I was missing. The clincher for me was that the travel writer who wrote the article in question, had flown an arduous 34,000 kilometres (21,000 miles) return journey and still rated Sydney as the most beautiful city on the planet. The following are possibly some of the reasons why:

Sydney Opera House On Stormy Night

The Sydney Opera House is world heritage listed and is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. The Sydney Opera House has close to one thousand rooms, including five theatres and rehearsal studios, two principle halls, four restaurants, six bars and an array of souvenir shops. The roof is designed as a series of spherical shells that look like sails and the tiles are made of glazed white granite which were imported from Sweden. The Sydney Opera House was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973 and more than eight million people now visit it each year.

Sydney Opera House - Stormy Night

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge took eight years to construct and was opened in 1932. It joins the city of Sydney to the north shore and the bridge climb is rated as one of the top five tourist activities. At night the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a spectacular sight.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Area

The Sydney Harbour area is the city’s main tourist precinct and is a hive of activity both during the day and night.

Sydney Harbour Area

Australian White Ibis

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is in the heart of Sydney and is a great place for a stroll. It occupies over 30 hectares of land and has wonderful views of the Sydney opera House and Harbour Bridge. Besides the multitude of different plant species you will also discover many different birds including the Australian White Ibis.

Australian White Ibis

Camellia Japonica

The Camellias were in glorious bloom when I visited the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Camellia Japonica