11.10.2012 - 12.10.2012 28 °C
We tidied up our vans and when Duncan returned from Wendy’s we had a birthday cake and sing along for Bob’s 75th – a bit of a milestone reaching ¾ of a century. Thanks every one for your emails, skyping and phone calls.
We left Young’s Siding rather late at about 9.30, refuelling in Albany on the way through and then driving out to Bremer Bay which is the last place on our list of things to do this trip that we’ve never done before. The sand is very white and the water a beautiful green/blue colour. Pommy Bob went for a walk in the water and to our delight, got caught when a larger than expected wave got his clothes quite wet. We didn’t laugh, well not too loudly anyway.
We backtracked some 40 km then turned onto a road leading to Jerramungup. On the way we came upon a patch of Albany Banksia that we had to stop to take some photos of.
We stopped at Marra Bridge for Lunch.
More fuel at Jerramungup then on the road again intending to stop at a rest area at Fitzgerald but when we arrived there it was occupied by a rather smelly large cattle truck so we continued on to just before Ravensthorpe where we have camped for the night.
We drove into Ravensthorpe and decided to go out to Hopetoun and have a look at it before returning to Ravensthorpe for Morning tea. The drive out was excellent and we took a photo of the Towns hotel and the well painted toilet block down near the jetty.
The wind is very strong today and driving back to Ravensthorpe it was coming from directly ahead. We found some interesting sculptures in the paddocks on the way; One was of a gyrocopter and another of the Albany banksia.
We refuelled then had morning tea in the rest area at Ravensthorpe, did some shopping including the mandatory Op Shop visit and then started to run to Esperance some 188 km away. We thought we might find a decent rest area close to Esperance to spend the night however, this was not to be and we ended up in Esperance.
We booked into a caravan park and Pommy Bob unhooked his van and we went into town to have a look around. The foreshore is a lovely sight with the port facilities.
We went up to the lookout and had a magnificent view of the bay including all the islands. It’s no wonder it’s called The Bay of Islands’
We took a photo of the amazing Clock Tower which is part of the housing for a miniature steam train which runs around a park.
Back to the vans for ‘Happy Hour’ and for Hiroe to do a couple of loads of washing.