Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 12, 2018

On the edge

Our visit to Western Australia took us to the far south, to Albany. Near the town, the edge of Australia meets the fierce Southern Ocean which stretches south to Antarctica. On the summer day we were there the wind was howling all the way from the frozen continent.

It was cold and the air was thick with sea spray. It must have been tough for the early sailors who worked along this coast. I think that wind is a common occurance.

We went to see The Gap, a spectacular channel in the 40 metre granite cliffs. The clever locals have built a viewing platform that juts 10 metres over the edge to give a birds’ eye view of the giant waves below.

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

The construction is suitably sturdy and much safer that scrambling over rocks to see the action.

The Gap WA

Standing on the edge requires a little bit of fortitude. The wind howls and the sea below would pound you to pieces if you fell in.

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

Near The Gap is Natural Bridge, a granite bridge in the rocks. The tide was low the day we were there, but in bigger seas the waves splash in magnificent fashion through the hole in the rocks.

Natural Bridge WA

Natural Bridge WA

The beautiful coast looks inviting, but I doubt that swimming  there would be a good idea.

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

Even in this rugged, windswept environment things grow. Pretty wildflowers find a way to thrive between the rocks.

Wildflowers WA

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

 

It is easy to see which way the prevailing wind blows.

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

The Gap WA

…another magnificent part of Australia.

 

 


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  1. Love it😊

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  2. Reminds me of the coast south of Sydney. Lovely.

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  3. Incredible photos — it must be especially magnificent in person!

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  4. It reminds me of the barrren landscape in Ireland.

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  5. Spectacular

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  6. Beautiful!

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  7. Rocky landscape are so interesting. Thanks for sharing a bit of Australia I didn’t realize.

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    • Australia is a vast and beautiful place.

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  8. We went many years ago to that magnificent part of Australia and there was no bridge so it was quite scary standing on the edge. I think there is always a howling gale. It’s so rugged and beautiful – great photos Deb

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    • The steel structure is a great addition.

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  9. Majestic scenery and to have had the soundtrack of the wind and dashing waves must have been so exciting. The trees and roots are extraordinary.

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    • I’m not a fan of wind, but it is certainly a stunning and dramatic place.

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  10. A very beautiful part of Australia. You need to come back and do some more exploring.

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  11. A ruggedly beautiful environment. As I know I won’t be seeing that part of the world personally, I really enjoyed seeing it through your wonderful photos.

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    • I am happy to share our beautiful country.

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      • It is indeed beautiful.

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  12. Beautiful!

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