A Bit of Geology

The Natural Bridge is a granite formation that looks just like a giant rock bridge! This ‘bridge’ is caused by the gradual wearing away of the granite rock by the Great Southern Ocean. 

The natural bridge formation is a reminder of the power of the ocean. It is incredible to watch the waves roll across the ocean, crashing into the granite cliffside and rushing under the bridge.

1,600,000,000 year old rock formations.
There are 2 distinctive rock types here that resemble granite, a common rock on the south coast- granodiorite and gneiss. The former is an igneous rock that is rich in silica while the latter is a metamorphic or changed rock, and pronounced as ‘nice’.
Waves breaking in the Gap
Mirnang People

Albany and Around

Albany from the Lookout at Mount Melville.
Caution shared trail.

Albany is a city at the southern tip of Western Australia. It’s known for its beaches, such as popular Middleton Beach. East of the city, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve is home to secluded Little Beach.

CHEYNES IV is a whaling vessel built in Norway in 1948. It came to Australia in 1970 and worked from Albany until whaling in Australia was halted in 1978. CHEYNES IV is now located at Whale World in Albany WA and is Australia’s only sea-going whaling vessel on display. It represents the final chapter in Australia’s commercial whaling industry.

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, a former whale processing plant, now houses a museum.

Migrating whales pass off the coast at Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations

Fish and Chips at the Whaler’s Galley Café
Humpback (left) and pygmy blue whale skeletons.
Binnacle and wheel. Cheynes IV
Steering gear on Cheynes IV the whale chaser.
Sunbathers! possibly King’s skinks. (Egernia kingii)
Rust with spider silk

Fremantle and the Journey South

This memorial to the great a Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is located in the Esplanade Reserve, across the railway line from Fishing Boat Harbour. Its creation was inspired by the strong Portuguese community in Fremantle.
Ceramicist Edgar Nailor
Sculptor Ciare Bailey
Designer John Kirkness

14634 km (9093miles) Keynsham to Fremantle
Possibly the best fruit market stall in Australia.
The Coastals Scottish Pipe Band rehearsing in the Esplanade Reserve.
Esplanade Youth Plaza, we watched some great antics performed on bikes and skateboards.
Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of Cunard Line. She was constructed to replace the then ageing Queen Elizabeth 2, which was the Cunard flagship from 1969 to 2004 and the last major ocean liner built before Queen Mary 2. Queen Mary 2 had the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) prefix conferred on her by the Royal Mail when she entered service in 2004, as a gesture to Cunard’s history.

Our happy hut and the Angry Bird in Fremantle
The galley from the up ladder bed loft.
We had to reinvent the dumb waiter to get things up to the sleeping loft! i.e. the green shopping bag on a string!
Fremantle Maritime Museum and the shipping container installation.
The Parry Endeavour.

https://joyofmuseums.com/museums/australasia-museums/australian-museums/museums-in-perth-australia/wa-maritime-museum/parry-endeavour/The Parry Endeavour
The America’s Cup
Western Australia Maritime Museum, Fremantle
Memorial Hill
The Angry Bird at the Worsley Alumina Mine.
Tea in the Wool Shed, Williams, on the road south to Albany.
Leaving Williams
The End

Queens Park and the Matagarup Bridge

A little way from our hotel we found Queens Gardens established in 1899 on the site of a brickworks. An oasis of green amongst the flood lights of the WACA , tall office blocks and hotels of the city. Situated as it is just across the road from the WACA it must be a busy place on match days. The Western Australian Cricket Association was officially established on 25 November 1885, the WACA ground was officially opened, occupying a site of old swamp land to the east of the city. The association has a 999-year lease over the land (which expires in 2888).

The black swan is the emblem of Western Australia and it adorns many public buildings and it is featured on the Western Australia State Flag.

There’s a replica of Sir George Frampton’s famous statue of Peter Pan, which was presented to the children of Western Australia in 1927 by the Rotory Club of Perth. the original is in Kensington Gardens London, only 4 copies have been made from the original mould.

Little Egret

In November 2017, the Government announced that the bridge would officially be named “Matagarup Bridge”, where “Matagarup” is the Nyungar name for the whole area – waters included – around Heirisson Island, and which means “place where the river is only leg deep, allowing it to be crossed”. It had previously been referred to as the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge.

The structure is designed as a 3-span steel cable-stayed bridge, with the two piers in the river bed. The bridge maximum height of 72 metres (236 ft) is reached in midspan of the central span. The length between the abutments is 400 metres (1,300 ft), with a 160-metre-long (520 ft) central span. The total length of the pedestrian crossing is 560 metres (1,840 ft), which includes a 100-metre (330 ft) ramp at the East Perth end to route pedestrians away from nearby residential areas.

The bridge’s structural shape resembles two flying swans, with the bridge arches representing the wishbones, but it can also be seen as a swimming dolphin, a Wagyl serpent or a ribbon. 900 metres (3,000 ft) of multicolour LED lighting cover the bridge. (The Wagyl is the Noongar version of the Rainbow Serpent in Australian Aboriginal mythology, from the culture based around the south-west of Western Australia).

Design modifications were made to allow bridge climbing as a tourist attraction. The modifications include the addition of handrails along the wishbones and a viewing elevated platform. The structural design already included stairs for bridge inspection and maintenance works. The addition of a zip-line from the top of the bridge to the ground is also being considered.

The estimated cost of the bridge, as of June 2015, was $54 million by January 2018, the construction cost had increased to $91.5 million.

Cormorant drying out.
Detail of the chest feathers
Bright red bottlebrush (Callistemon).
No seafood for supper then!
Another view of the bridge.
The End