Since last night was a late one out & about, a sleep in was required and with a friendly farewell from the Harbourside Motel owner, a quick refuel and brekkie got us on our way towards home, the very long way!
Weather didn’t look too warm and inviting when it came to the gravel turn-off towards my fave Mandalay Beach so I pressed on towards Salmon Beach, a 20km detour from the main tarmac near Windy Harbour and Point D’Entrecasteaux which always had me curious about this quiet little corner of WA. A relaxing beach-side lunch was had on the beautifully long, sweeping shoreline of Salmon Beach and I took the opportunity to get some more drone flying hours in this picturesque setting.
Time was pressing on and I continued on to Augusta, now realising how close I had come to visiting this far southern corner of WA in the past! After a quick fuel top-up and chat with the Scottish lass that served me, I put my warm jacket on with her quote fresh in my mind “I have to pinch myself that I’m not in Scotland any more, gets really windy here at the best of times”.
Not far away is Cape Leeuwin, home to mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse and it’s no wonder why, with a birds-eye view again it becomes apparent how rough and rocky the coast is here. Unfortunately my arrival was 90mins after closure of the lighthouse, but with a great choice of ultra-modern holiday homes here and Hamelin Bay still on my to-do list, I’ll be back again soon.
With sunset in the rear view mirror and a 307km drive ahead, the only stop was in Margaret River for a quick bite and a continuous 2H57M drive to my door, probably the longest non-stop drive to-date. So that concludes Journey 22, a fast-paced adventure ticking many boxes, made all the more enjoyable by a stay in Albany that was surprisingly NOT windy!
When’s the next Journey? Soon, stay tuned 🙂