This weekend I took a trip to the southwest of WA with my family and friends. We travel to Albany each year for the Great Southern Weekender, an event for classic and vintage cars involving two hill climbs and an Around the Houses event which draws tens of thousands of people to the town.
On Saturday afternoon, Shaun, Paul, Tony and I drove to the Walpole Wilderness National Park where we visited the Valley of the Giants, a forest filled with ancient Tingle trees.
At the park, there is a walkway that travels up some 80 metres, leading you on a walk through the treetops. There is also a walk through the forest floor, gently curving around and sometimes through the immense trees. The treetop walk was amazing and scary. Next time, I should know better than to walk on flimsy walkways with a fear of heights and a group of teasing guys. Those walkways shook!
Shaun and Paul enjoyed practising their ‘hipster gazing’, and I revelled in the cool climate of the forest floor.
On our way back, we visited Greens Pool. This is a secluded area of shallow ocean, bordered by the characteristic large boulders of this area of the southwest. The water in the pool remains relatively warm and still year-round, but we definitely weren’t game for a swim. The moon was up behind us and the sun was close to setting as we gazed out over the Indian Ocean.