Shannon's National Park - with pictures
21 Dec 2014
|Roy's place, Denmark, Walpole to Shannon's National Park.
From Roy's Place camp we visited surrounding camp sites and the best one right on the beach 'Cosy Corner' was pretty crowded as people settled in for Christmas. We decided to stay four days at Roy's camp as we couldn't get much better locality wise, it was a short distance from Albany, was nice and quiet in a bush setting and we had the place all to ourselves three out of the four days.
With Christmas just around the corner caravan parks increase their prices dramatically so that also was another reason we decided to stay put a little longer. We visited Albany a few more times, Pete had the ute serviced at a mechanics just across the road from our camp, which was very convenient plus he was very reasonable with his bill.
We had some heavy rain and a big branch came down and was partly in the chook run. Roy wasn't home and Pete saw the chooks up in the fallen branch and thought they may escape from their run so he got out his trusty chain saw and soon had the situation under control. He was given another dozen fresh eggs from Roy's wife in appreciation.
We really enjoyed Albany even though the weather was crazy, hot one day and cold, raining &/or windy the next, it's nearly Christmas and we needed lots of blankets on our bed at night. I'm afraid my tan won't last until I get home as I'm starting to wear long pants (bugger), Peter hates the cold and wants to go north again.
The day we were leaving Roy's wife couldn't start her car so once again Pete came to the rescue. She was going to work and very grateful we were still there, truth be known we both had slept in so she was very lucky.
We travelled west along the coastal highway into the valley of the giants (giant trees) calling in at Walpole on the way. We both loved the drive through the forests and giant trees stretching up to heaven. As we have been in this area on previous trips we didn't stop and do the touristy things. It is a lovely part of WA, very green and lush, so different to up further north.
Our next destination was Shannon National Park campground. It was a well set out camp ground and our site was well away from other campers, very enjoyable. Shannon township once occupied this area however when the forest logging stopped the town stopped also and it's now a national park camp ground. No buildings are left only signs as to where buildings were located. Pete and I went on a bush walk through the old township site and found it very interesting.
Another bonus of Shannon NP Camp was the lovely hot shower, courtesy of a wood powered heater, we felt spoilt. We could hear kookaburra's laughing, it was so peaceful out in the forest.
A slight down side to a great location was the temperature, it was so cold during the night, we even thought we may be heading for a white Christmas (ha ha)