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

Perth – City & Surf (cont.)

I recently visited Japan on a skiing holiday and, as always, it was a delight to return home to the warmth and familiarity of Perth.

This is a follow-on from last week’s post with captures of the beaches and the city centre of Perth, Australia.

Mossy Rocks of Trigg Beach

Trigg Beach Rocks, Perth

Rio Tinto Building, Perth

Rio Tinto Building, Perth

South Perth Jetty

South Perth Jetty

Perth Beach Sunset

Perth Beach Sunset

Scarborough Dog Beach, Perth

Scarborough Dog Beach, Perth

Perth – City & Surf

This is my final post of 2016 and I felt it was appropriate to end the year with photos of my home city, Perth, Australia. I wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2017. May all your dreams come true.

Perth is renowned for its beautiful sandy white beaches which stretch for miles and are not congested like many of the well known beach destinations around the globe. It is less known for the city itself which is small in comparison to its more illustrious east coast peers such as Sydney and Melbourne. Perth has been receiving a facelift over the last few years and is becoming increasingly attractive as a city destination. This week’s post shows both sides of Perth with evening shots of both the beaches and the city centre.

Scarborough Beach South, Perth

Scarborough beach is one of the most popular tourist beaches in Perth and has visitors almost all year round. If you want solitude, however, you only have to walk a few hundred metres to the north or the south and will invariably find space to yourself.

Scarborough South, Perth

Perth City Centre

A late night walk along the deserted streets of Perth City Centre is both peaceful and safe.

Hay Street, Perth

Sorrento, Perth

The suburb of Sorrento has a rocky coastline which is well known for its excellent snorkelling and is a superb place to catch the setting sun.

Sorrento, Perth

The Colours of Perth’s Nightscape

The many colours of Perth reflect off the Swan River.

Perth City Night

Perth Train Station

Perth city is renowned for its modern infrastructure and cleanliness. It also has an excellent public transport system.

Perth Train Station

Next week’s post will again be devoted to the contrasting beauty of Perth’s city centre and it’s magnificent coastline.