Bicentennial Tree, Valley of the Trees, Williams Bay National Park & Albany

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Cape Luewin - most westerly point

Another 6am start today! We started first at Cape Leuwin at the most westerly point, marked by a lighthouse. We jumped off the bus to take photos, but not of the lighthouse, we all ran to snap the beautiful crepuscular rays that were stretching to the sea from a long crack in the grey morning clouds. After the quick stop here, we arrived at the Bicentennial Tree, a towering tree at 80m with a spiralling ladder all the way up. There were 2 pit stop stations one third and two thirds the way up before the final hut at the very top. To the amazement of our driver, of the 24 people on the bus only 10 declined to climb leaving us scardey cats in the sad minority. The rest of us wandered around the forest, marvelled at the intrepid climbers or played football.

From there we drove to the Valley of the Trees, a canopy walkway through a special forest of 'Tingle' trees.

(Half of) 80m tall Bicentennial Tree
The aborigines revere these trees and here is the only place you can find them anymore. The Tingles are remarkable because of triangular holes at the base of the trunk where insect infection eats away at them when they are young so the whole tree is supported by a thin layer of bark/trunk and forms a very shallow root system. This triangular space forms a special place for sanctuary, ritual and protection and they would have lit fires underneath. You can imagine these would look beautiful with the light shining out in the dark from the main openings and from the smaller spaces between the roots.

The canopy walk itself was also very beautiful, and allowed us to see parts of the tree and leaves usually reserved only for birds. The canopy walk sways with the movement of the wind, and the movement of people walking on it, so it can be slightly disorientating, but adds to the airy atmosphere of the walk.

Then on to lunch at a beach in Williams Bay National Park where we barbecued, and then to the Green Pool beach nearby. A few of us walked across the rocks and dunes to the quieter Elephant Cove and I enjoyed some time reading in the sunshine while the others swam in the chilly blue water.

After that we headed to Albany where we made a spaghetti bolognase for the group and had a few drinks before turning in at 10pm shattered from the early starts.

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Cape Luewin - most westerly point
Cape Luewin - most westerly point
(Half of) 80m tall Bicentennial Tr…
(Half of) 80m tall Bicentennial T…
Valley of the Giants - canopy walk
Valley of the Giants - canopy walk
Tingle Tree
Tingle Tree
Green Pool, William Bay National P…
Green Pool, William Bay National …
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photo by: Adrian_Liston