A Travellerspoint blog

Day 36 - Sunday 10 June 2012

Albany

We woke this morning to a temperature of 13 degrees, heavy overcast skies, an expected top temperature of 18 degrees, and a forecast of 2 days of rain and stormy weather. We started the day with a visit to the Albany Boat Shed Market, thinking that it might be a sea-food market. Not so - it was quite a small market with only a handful of stalls selling mixed produce and hand crafts. There was one seafood stall, however at the best the could do was mullet, leatherjackets, and squid - we gave it a miss. There were almost more stallholders than customers, perhaps both were affected by the rain.

Given the bad weather we decided to visit Whaleworld thinking that the Museum guided tour might be inside - a big mistake! Whaleworld is a museum developed at the Albany Whaling Station that was closed down in 1978, and uses the old buildings and oil storage tanks to house the exhibits. It was still raining so we had to dash through the rain from one exhibit to the next with our tour guide. The Albany Whaling Station operated 4 whalers, Cheynes I, II, III and IV, the first 3 were converted mine-sweepers, while Cheynes IV was purpose built in Norway and is now a museum exhibit.

Whale World

Whale World

Di looking a bit windblown with Cheynes IV

Di looking a bit windblown with Cheynes IV

Harpoon gun on the bow of Cheynes IV

Harpoon gun on the bow of Cheynes IV

Triple expansion steam engine from the scuttled Cheynes III

Triple expansion steam engine from the scuttled Cheynes III

The Flensing Deck

The Flensing Deck

Winches to hawl whales onto the flensing deck

Winches to hawl whales onto the flensing deck

Sperm Whale skeleton

Sperm Whale skeleton

Blue Whale skeleton

Blue Whale skeleton

At the finish of the tour we shared a seafood platter for lunch in the restaurant. On the 50 km drive back to Albany we stopped at the Blowholes, The Natural Bridge and The Gap, and as the rain had eased we managed a few photos.

No action at the Blowholes - wind from the wrong direction

No action at the Blowholes - wind from the wrong direction

The Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge

Coastline near the Gap

Coastline near the Gap

The Gap

The Gap

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

About 5:30 pm Di got a message from her brother Geoff asking how we were with the wild weather in WA - Di replied that it had just been wet in Albany. Within half an hour we were outside strugging to roll up our awning in a 40 knot wind storm that came out of nowhere. The caravan park is nested between Albany's hills and the sand dunes and is really very sheltered.

Posted by TwoAces 18:33

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUponRedditDel.icio.usIloho

Table of contents

Comments

David and Di,
You could use our photos of today's attractions, at least it was sunny last year when we were there. :)
Keep safe with all that wind and storms in your area.
Thinking of you.
Hope you have some decent weather soon, here in Cloncurry it is 25 and cloudless blue sky. Sorry I had to say that.
Wayne (Your Trailblazer twin)

10.06.2012 by snowman3195

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint