October 27, 2003

Walpole

Rainy day. Pretty annoying. After going to Leeuwin lighthouse where the Indian and Pacific oceans meet (about 8km from Augusta), I went back south to visit Jewel Cave (A$15.5) where I was greeted by the guide with a 'Your country is Germany, right?'...errr absolutely not, sorry, it's France.

It really puzzles me this Germany think. I have been listening my voice as I left a message in a mobile phone a few days ago, and there is absolutely no doubt that I have a French accent (despite all my efforts) so I fail to realize why so many people think I'm from Germany. It looks like they all expect French to speak with a real thick French accent.

Anyway, Jewel Cave was entertaining but a step down compared to Ngilgi Cave. After that I went to 'visit' Hamelin Bay which is known for Stingray feeding. It's really a hole, so I was there about 2 minutes before heading to Walpole.

While on the road, despite the showers, I visited Beedelup Falls,which is absolutely striking for being all but...striking (basically it is a fall like you can find it anywhere where water flows...), I have been driving inside Warren National Park to look at the giant Karri Trees and stopped at the Bicentennial Tree (75m high, I did not climb it as it was slippery due to the rain and falling from 75m with no one around is probably not a good idea) and the Marianne North Tree (named because this English Lady did a painting of it around 1880).

Strangely, I have the feeling that most of the 'tourist spots' around where a desperate attempt to create attractions to develop tourism and the countryside. Some are really all but 'normal'.

As it was raining constantly, I decided to stop at Walpole a small town about 100km West to Albanyand I'm now staying at Walpole Backpackers. I have to have better weather tomorrow to enjoy the trees around.

Water-wheel system to bring water to the builders of the lighthouse Augusta Lighthouse. Where the Indian and Pacific Ocean meet Augusta Lighthouse. Where the Indian and Pacific Ocean meet A kangaroo nearly jumped on my car after I took this picture. Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Jewel Cave Beedelup falls. Give it a miss. Marianne North Tree Bicentennial Tree. 75m high. Sorry for the lighting, but that's what you get when it is raining... Bicentennial Tree. 75m high. Sorry for the lighting, but that's what you get when it is raining... Birds next to Gloucester Tree

 
Posted by stephane at October 27, 2003 12:26 PM
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