If you want to read about Day 8 prior to lunch, you can find it on our previous post.
After lunch, we decided to visit Mt Clarendon while the sun was shining (it did, some of the time). There is a new lookout being built on the top of Mt Clarendon that is supposed to give a 360* view over Albany and the surrounding area but we doubt it ever will given the height of the shrubs around it. The views to the north are already blocked by their growth. There is also a memorial to the Desert Mounted Corps which depicts “a mounted Australian Light-Horseman defending a New Zealand Mounted Rifleman standing beside his wounded horse”. (Information from War Memorials in Australia website)
It is a replica of the one that used to stand at Port Said in Egypt but was desecrated during the Suez War of 1956. The granite base is the original, shipped from Egypt with permission from the Egyptian government. Through the efforts of Ross Steele, of the Albany RSL sub-branch, with Federal government funding and a road built by the Apex Club, the memorial was rebuilt on Mt Clarendon and unveiled in 1964. It overlooks the harbour where the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand ships stood at anchor before leaving for Egypt and Europe.
Near the monument is a pine grown from a seed from Gallipoli. ANZAC dawn services are held on Mt Clarendon on 25th April every year.
Also on Mt Clarendon, is a military museum, complete with an old fort and guns pointing out into the harbour. We didn’t have time to view the museum, which apparently takes two (or more) hours, but the guard on duty allowed us in for five minutes to view the lookout overlooking the harbour.
We then returned to town where Himself took photos of the Old Gaol. We chose not to go inside as we have been to other museums in disused gaols and wanted to move on to see the sights unique to the area.
Near the Old Gaol is a replica of the brig (a small sailing ship) Amity, which was the vessel that brought Major Edmond Lockyer, a handful of militia and thirteen convicts to Albany. This was the founding of the first white settlement in Western Australia. We also chose not to board the vessel as we had only two hours of daylight left and many things to see.
Next stop, Torndirrup National Park to see The Natural Bridge and The Gap. The Southern Ocean rushes into both places with such force that if someone fell in, they would almost certainly be killed — either dragged under and drowned or dashed to pieces on the rocks.
It was blowy and quite cold but nowhere near as cold as it was at the lookout overlooking Jimmy Newells Harbour. The harbour, discovered by a fisherman during a storm, may be protected but the lookout sure isn’t!
On our way back into town, we decided to stop at the Wind Farm. The views of the coast were fabulous but the sight of eighteen wind turbines stretched out along the coast was also spectacular. We were impressed by their design, their size and their output. Not to mention the thought that goes into the “little” details — like how to avoid problems with lightning strikes or in extreme wind conditions.
This is a view over the coast from the wind farm.
This is the view towards Albany township from the wind farm.
We returned to our campsite at Middleton Beach and, after a “barbecue” dinner (as in Himself cooked the meat on the barbecue to avoid filling the van with cooking smells while Herself cooked the side dishes in the microwave) worked on getting our blog up to date.