A day of whales and wine (I know, not a likely combination)
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August 16th, 2009 – by: sshaunaa
I will admit that it may be strange coming from someone who grew up an hour from Digby, Nova Scotia, which is famous for its whale watching, to be excited about driving 3 hours each way to Southwestern Australia to see whales.
The town is on the southwestern-ist point of Australia, and is known for its past history in whale slaughtering and for where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean meet. It also has a lighthouse that you can pay $5 a person to walk up to and then back to the entrance. The town takes about 5 minutes to drive through and consists of a petrol station, bakery, news agency and a couple restaurants.
Anywho, back to the whalewatching. The drive took a bit longer than we thought but we arrived before the crew started ferrying people over in a small boat, out to the larger boat.
Since this is the time of the year that Southern Rights are in the area to give birth and the whale was exhibiting signs of giving birth, we sailed past it and into the bay to see some humpbacks.
After spending some quality time with the humpbacks, we sailed back in towards the Southern Right. This time, he (or she) was swimming and had a pod of dolphins with him/her, which was pretty dang cool!
Overall the trip out was a lot of fun, with the exception of the couple spurts of rain and the queasiness that comes with being on a rocky boat for a couple hours. We were also hoping to see the whales jump out of the water but they only surfaced enough to get some air and then went back under.
After we were back on shore (thank god!) we went for the quick drive over to the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. The last time I was in the area I arrived 15 minutes too late to see the lighthouse, so this time we went to see it. We also saw where the two oceans meet. I was hoping for a big crashing of waves on that imaginary line, but if you didn't see the sign, you'd have no idea the oceans changed there. But at least with all the wind there were big waves, so I was partially pleased with the $10 entrance fees.
After the lighthouse we headed back north and went to Flutes Restaurant, which is located at the Brookland Valley winery, which happens to be the only winery I'd been to before. The meal was absolutely amazing and the view from the restaurant overlooked a river and part of the vinard.
Ahhhhh .. I'm just having flashbacks of my confit of duck Leg with butternut pumpkin, pine nut and spinach risotto was to die for!
After a very fulfilling meal, we set back off to our home in the woods.
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