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South East Coast Holiday Attractions
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Wynella Heritage Homestead
15km west of Denmark, on the South Coast Highway, this 1913 heritage residence has an extensive cottage garden, lavender maze, traditional teas, games and croquet. Well worth a visit.

Wilson Inlet
One of the largest (36 sq km) inlets of the south coast with ideal conditions for windsurfing, fishing, boating and waterskiing.

Mt Romance Emu Farm
Located on Tindale Road. Visitors are welcome on this 450 acre property, halfway between Walpole and Denmark. Tours available.
Tel: (098) 408 040.

Pentland Alpaca Stud and Tourist Farm
Spend a day in beautiful Karri country and visit the exotic South America Alpacas, prized for their fine and valuable fibre. Children's playground, barbecue and picnic facilities.
Open Monday-Saturday 10 am- 4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.

Bartholomew's Meadery
Situated on South Coast Highway 16km west of Denmark. This ancient drink is made from a variety of local honeys. Other products from the beehive are available for purchase.
Open daily during public and school holidays 9.30am-4.30pm, other times Mon-Thur 10am-4pm.

Valley of the Giants
Take a scenic drive through giant stands of Tingle and Karri trees, 3km east of Nornalup

Thurlby Herb Farm
Situated on Gardner Road. Stroll around the herb garden and see the unique range of herbal product.Morning, afternoon teas and lunches served and crafts also available.
Open daily 10am-5pm except 25 & 26 December.
Telephone:(08) 9840 1249.

Walpole-Nornalup Inlets
These estuarine waters of the Frankland and Deep Rivers provide excellent recreational facilities. Ferry trips and houseboat accommodation available.

The Old Police Station and Gaol
Located north of the Mount Baker on Albany Highway. Built by convicts and opened on March 6th, 1868. It is preserved for its historic value and is furnished in the style of that period.
Open Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Albany Whaleworld
Even before it ceased operating as the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company in 1978, Albany's oldest industry was one of the town's best known tourist attractions. In its heyday, the Station's chasers took up to 850 whales per season. Today, the restored Cheynes IV whale chaser stands high and dry as the centrepiece of Whaleworld. This is the only whaling museum created from an operational whaling station.

Albany Shell Museum
Houses a shell collection gathered from around the world.
Open daily except Saturday and located on Bay View Drive, Little Grove.

The Old Gaol
The Old Gaol was built in 1851 as the Convict Hiring Department and later became the District Gaol in 1872. In the early 1930's it became a store house. After it had stood empty for many years, the Albany Historical Society began its restoration in 1968. The Museum contains a fascinating collection of social and historical artifacts. Visitors can shut themselves in the black- hole or ramble through the numerous small rooms and cells.

The Albany Residency Museum
The Residency was built in the early 1850s and in 1975 it became the first branch of the Western Australian Museum outside the Perth area. It is a focal point for both the social and natural history of the Albany region, and includes a "See and Touch" gallery.

The Old Post Office-Inter Colonial Communications Museum
This beautifully restored building evokes memories of the old coaching days of England. Planned in 1866, it was finally opened in 1870 and had a roof of Sheoak shingles. The ground floor was the Customs and Bond Store, the middle level for mail sorting and post office, and the third (Stirling Terrace) level was the Court, Magistrate's and Jury Rooms and holding cells for prisoners. Today, the building houses a restaurant, and an Inter-Colonial Communications Museum.
Open daily 10am-4pm.

The Old Farm, Strawberry Hill
Tucked away off Middleton Road, it was the site of the government farm for the settlement of Albany. The original cottage was built here in 1831,however the present two-storey stone structure was built in 1836 as home for the Government Resident, Captain Sir Richard Spencer. It has been maintained by the National Trust since 1964 and is renowned for its gardens.

Whale Watching
Southern Right Whales can be seen from July to November calving in the calm waters of sheltered bays in the Bremer Bay area. They can be seen from many vantage points along the coastline, at times as close as only 6 metres from shore, Occasionally Humpback Whales can be seen from a distance as well as other marine mammals such as dolphins and seals.

Esperance Municipal Museum
Located between Dempster Street and the Esplanade. A vast railway goods shed built in 1911 features a unique roof of Oregon pine. The museum houses a fine collection of machinery, furniture and farm equipment. There is also an extensive maritime exhibition and a large and unique display of Skylab which fell to earth near Esperance in 1979.

Pink Lake
This lake is pink and sometimes even purple, depending on weather conditions. The colour of the Pink Lake is caused by an algae.

Archipelago of the Recherche
The Bay of Isles is the common name for one of Australia's most beautiful seascapes near Esperance. The wide sweep of the bay with shining whites and edging the turquoise water of the shallows, and islands scattered carelessly here and there, provide a wonderful sight.

Photos courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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