Thursday, 15 August 2013

Cape Leeuwin to Albany

Mella is waiting outside in the cold, ready to get going to the most South Westerly Cape in Australia, Cape Leeuwin.

We set off from our cosy room at Bridgefields* and rode south through vineyards, forests and farmland to Cape Leeuwin.

It is very cold, 13.5degC plus windchill. I have plugged in my heated jacket for the first time on this trip. I have also  put on my inner waterproof jacket liner and my winter bike gloves. With all this extra gear on it is not so easy to leap onto the bike seat.

The lighthouse is at the point where the Southern Ocean and the indian Oceans meet. 
 The Indian Ocean does not look as enticing as it did at Coral Bay a few days ago.
Some map checking before we begin our eastward journey...
which takes us through hundreds of Km of tall karri trees...
and rain-saturated green farmland...
to Albany where we stayed at Dog Rock motel.

* Our accommodation at Bridgefields a historic coaching inn in Margaret River was lovely. We had a double room, ensuite and lovely lounge and shelter for Mella for $A145per night including cooked breakfast and wifi. Ask for the merlot room if you ever stay there.
We have found that accommodation elsewhere in Western Australia has been very expensive and wifi, when available, was never free. Northern hosts cite the demand from the mining industry and also that they have a short season.  $A240+ per double room was common even for an ordinary motel room. Dongas which have only a bed were $A120.  Meals - the main courses were $A30-40 range. I can see why mining companies are building their own accommodation and catering facilities.


Dave Browning said...

I hope the weather improves by the time we get down there! We still have 34C up here in Derby - tooo hot. Loving your photos.

Diana said...
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Diana said...

I wondered where all the heat had gone. I knew I had lost it somewhere.
Stay north as long as you can.