Rough landscape, untouched nature, hardly any tourists – solitary vastness is probably the best term to characterise the South of Western Australia. The distances between locations and the possibility of driving for several hours through isolated areas without seeing another face created a perfect opportunity for Jacky Westermann to escape buzzing Perth and explore a new part of Australia…this is part three of three on Jacky’s three day trip.

 

Day 3: 

By Jackie Westermann

 

After a good night’s sleep, I packed up once again and drove to the Tree Top Walk. Generally speaking, I am not afraid of heights. I just hate walking at reasonable height over grating metal-like, swinging bridges – especially with kids running and swinging on them. I was 40 meters above ground and likely finished the walk faster than anyone else has before. Still, I have to admit that it was an amazing view and a great experience.

My next destination was a beach called the Greens Pool. During summer time it is a well known holiday spot, but when I was there, almost no one was enjoying the beautiful rock-like pools with the crystal clear water. Clambering over some rocks, I found the next bay and beach (called the Elephant Rocks Beach). Over the years, all the rocks have been shaped by wind and water; you have the feeling you are facing a herd of elephants right in front of you. It is beautiful.

One quick stop in Denmark (which is nothing like the country in the north of Europe) for petrol and off I was off, following the South Coast Highway towards Albany. Once I’d arrived I enjoyed lunch at Middleton Beach with its dazzling white sand. I made friends with one of the zillion grey-pink-ish parrots, though unfortunately one of them later decided to visit my windscreen while ignoring my honking…

Due to my time limit and the excessive list of places I wanted to visit, I decided to leave Albany – and, for the first time, leave the coast entirely – and travel in a completely new direction. I drove inland for hours and hours without meeting one soul on the way. Every now and then I would stop to enjoy the peaceful quiet around me and let my thoughts buzz around my head, or simply to admire one of the many salt lakes which stood out against the red soil.

At sunset I arrived at the Camping Ground Tresessie’s Museum and Caravan Park, where I spent a night in my car and left the next morning to visit the last (planned) location on my list.

 

 

Day 4: 

When I had told my friends that I wanted to drive all the way to see the Wave Rock in Hyden, they stared at me in disbelief. They could not understand why I would drive such a long way just to look at a rock. They assured me it was, in fact, just a rock – and then added that they always wonder why Europeans want to go there. Well, to put it simply, you hardly find such tall rocks, shaped like a massive wave, throughout Europe. So, all set with hiking shoes, I made my way up on top of the rock first, in order to enjoy an incredible view – and later to admire it from the bottom, so as to better appreciate the height and the perfection of shape and colours that nature is able to create.

 

By Jackie Westermann

 

After a stroll around the National Park in very hot (as in, sun burning down) conditions, I started my journey home. On my way, I discovered a dog cemetery where loving owners had created a nice last resting-place for man’s best friends.

Finally I arrived back in Perth and was very happy about a normal shower and a bed.

If you want to see the ‘other side’ of Australia, you’ve got to visit the South-West of Western Australia.

 

 

Jacky Westermann