|Our camper-van, parked, with great skill, in a cousin's garden|
Western Australia is a dry country, and we were to discover that many of the towns along the highway that links Perth and Kalgoorlie are only viable thanks to the remarkable Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme. The man behind it – and the big, fat pipe that carries water hundreds of miles east from the Mundaring Weir near
|The old pumping station at Cunderdin, now replaced by an electric motor...|
|...and its identifying sign|
|We arrived after harvesting, and right after the stubble-burning - the peaks of the Stirling Range in the background|
|Not exactly a view of Albany, but we were able to see ships at anchor outside the harbour|
|It was almost impossible to get the whole of Albany in a single shot, but this gives you an idea - of a modest sized place scattered around a series of natural harbours|
From Albany we returned to the Stirling Range for a couple of days' rest in a beautiful, peaceful camping ground. Our aim was to climb Bluff Knoll: not a great height, but one of those walks which offers very little in the way of resting-places. You just keep climbing and climbing for three hours or so and there you are, at the top. A picnic, a few photos and then it's time for the long, non-stop descent.
|We got lucky at Bluff Knoll. The peak was obscured all morning, but as we made the last few hundred yards the clouds were swept away, leaving us with superb views|
From Bluff Knoll we made our way to the coast again, at Bunbury. More cousins, more stories of the old days, and a memorable evening stroll along a huge deserted beach lapped by warm waves.