Albany is a lovely town surrounded by gorgeous coastline. It's also where convoys of ANZAC soldiers left for Europe during WWI. We start a very busy day with a moving visit to the National ANZAC Centre, which uses personal stories and excellent interactive displays to engage visitors. Raquel used a special pen to make the displays speak, and both kids got a kick of the big artillery outside. Kids with guns don't mix, but we made an exception. A highlight for the kids of the entire trip so far was a visit to the Old Marron Farm. It was like stepping into Old MacDonalds Farm (Gali's favourite song), only Sharon and Karl are more lovely and there's a lot of friendly birds. The kids played with horses, ponies, parrots, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, emu, a peacock, donkeys, and a significantly large pig named Percy. They even let Mom and Dad go for a Segway ride around the the property. Raquel finally got to hold a parrot, and some bunnies too. Not too far down the road is the talcum-sandy Little Beach, which actually squeaks when you walk. Gali slept in the car while Dad and Raquel went exploring the rocks and pools. Just in case we needed more convincing of the region's natural bounty, we went to see the Gap and Natural Bridge before sunset. Huge ocean swells smash into a narrow gap into the cliffs casting up spray, and we could see it all from a bridge that juts out of the cliff! The Natural Bridge is a natural archway formed by the waves. We were the only ones there, and even Gali couldn't take his eyes off these natural spectacles. Albany delivered a busy, beautiful day of nature, history, animals and lovely people too.
Lunch: Marron is freshwater lobster native to Australia, and it tastes like lobster (although can be found in fabulous purple). Raquel tried it for the first time, and she loved it! Dad also peeled some yabbeis (a smaller, non-native river lobster) but Raquel is already picky about her seafood. Mom and Dad had healthy and delicious quiche and frittata. Dinner: Emu Cafe is a popular local cafe on a beach and opposite a playground. The kids did the usual kids menu stuff (if only kids loved salad). Dad tried a spearmint milkshake which was pretty cool.
My Favourite Pictures Today
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The Albany Bayside Ocean Villas. We could hear the waves crashing outside the window this morning, but we've been so busy we haven't had time to see the local beach yet!
That ANZACS were seemingly and tragically expendable in WWI. That it's a lot cooler in the south. That lobster look pretty cool in purple. That it would have been so much fun to grow up on a farm with so many cool animals. That the southwest coast has more in common with Antarctica than you'd think. That bunnies are super cute but also have claws. That Gali loves to sweep with a broom turned upside down (this has been ongoing). That cockatoos can sound convincingly like humans. That traffic circles seem a lot more efficient than traffic lights, at least in Albany. That the kids have gone back to school in Western Australia and it's a lot less busy than it was.
Reflection of the Day
Raquel: Touching noses with a king parrot, and having a parrot on my head, and exploring the rocks of Little Beach. Gali: Ee-i-ee-i-oh! Mom: Going on a Segway tour. Dad: Having the Gap and Natural Bridge to ourselves at sunset.
The end of the road in Western Australia.
We'll Always Remember
- Name: Karl
- : Two People's Bay
- : I like seeing new faces
- : Let loose!
- Name: Sharon
- : Two People's Bay
- : I love to see how the world changes, and enjoying the food
- : Respect and be appreciative of where your parents take you
- Name: Katie
- : Home in Albany
- : of the adventures of getting around
- : Work hard for things
Is there anything happier than kid on an animal farm? Especially one that allows you to interact and engage with the animals, and has friendly birds too! We so enjoyed our time at Old Marorn Farm, which reminded us that a young kid's bucket list is so much simpler than our own. We've done a lot of driving in Western Australia, going up and down the coast, and the kids have done great in the Ford Everest (and we have our packing in the Move Yourself trailer down pat). Tomorrow begins the long journey to Perth and onwards with Jetstar to Hobart, Tasmania, where the next chapter in our journey begins.