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Exploring from Margaret River to Albany

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A March 2012 trip to Australia by Drever

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Quote: This journal covers a car journey we made from Margaret River to Albany in Australia

Rainbow Coast

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Attraction | "A Drive Along the Rainbow Coast"

Rainbow Coast Photo, Western Australia, Australia
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Travelling along the Rainbow Coast to Albany by car the scenery enchanted us so we often stopped for a walk and to see it close up.The oldest rocks, the gneisses, along the Rainbow coast pre-date almost all life on Earth. They formed between 1300 and 1600 million years ago. The granite formed when the Australia and Antarctica tectonic plates collided 1160 million years ago to form the continent Gondwana. It caused such friction the Earth’s crust, between the two continents, melted and rose slowly, cooling into the masses of granite visible today. The continents broke apart about 45 million years ago and today the rock formations along the Rainbow Coast still match rocks on the...Read More

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Rainbow Coast
Southern Edge Coastline
Western Australia

Valley of the Giants

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Attraction | "The Valley of the Giants"

Valley of the Giants Photo, Denmark, Australia
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On our car trip from Margaret River to Albany we arrived at the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and Walpole Wilderness Area. It is 430 kilometres south of Perth, on Highway 1. The park has spectacular landscapes encompassing estuaries, forested hills dissected by rivers, and extensive unspoiled areas.We stopped at the world-famous Valley of the Giants containing gigantic tingle trees some over 400 years old. A spectacular lightweight bridge gently rises 40 metres above the forest floor into the treetops. It consists of a series of sixty metre lightweight steel trusses built on steel pylons to form a secure ramp which is wheelchair accessible.The walkway allows visitors to experience t...Read More

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Valley of the Giants
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Western Australia, Western Australia

Busselton Jetty

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Busselton Jetty Photo, Busselton, Australia
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My wife and I stayed two nights in Busselton and during our stay visited Busselton Jetty now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia. It is a must see for any visitor to the Margaret River wine region.Stretching 1.8 kilometres across the protected waters of Geographe Bay from the town of Busselton it is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Shallow water inshore called for a long jetty so ships could secure alongside for loading cut timber.Construction of the jetty began in 1853 and by 1865 the first section of the jetty became available for shipping. Bigger ships and drifting sandbanks called for extending he jetty into deeper wa...Read More

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Busselton Jetty
Beach end of Queen Street
Busselton, Australia
+61 8 9754 0900

Busselton Museum

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Busselton Museum Photo, Busselton, Australia
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The Busselton Museum housed in the town’s Old Butter Factory is the largest museum outside Perth. It provides an insight into the events that helped shape Busselton. The community put the museum together for the benefit of the community and visitors alike and is an incredible collection of items of every sort and size from all around the area. The collection pays special attention to the Group Settlement Scheme of the 1920’s which shaped the South-West development. This federal, state and British governments' Scheme saw a wave of settlements in the region. Under it settlers were to work in small groups to develop dairy farms to address Western Australia's reliance on imported dairy product...Read More

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Busselton Museum
Old Butter Factory, Peel Terrace
Busselton, Western Australia
(08) 9754 2166

In Praise of Mokare the Peace Maker

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The brig Amity  Photo, Albany, Australia
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This is the story of Albany’s early history and the critical part played in its founding by Mokare a Noongar Aborigine. He held the respect of both his people and the British colonists. The information presented here comes from various sources including the Western Australian Museum in Albany and the plaque on the memorial statue of Mokare set up in his honour in the centre of Albany.Exploration of the coastline by Europeans around what is now the regional centre of Albany began in 1627, when Dutchman Pieter Nuyts sailed the 'Gulden Zeepaardt' through the Great Australian Bight. Later explorers included George Vancouver who entered in 1791 and named King George III Sound. A decade later Ma...Read More