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Monument for the Mounted Horse Regiment

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Looking down on the monument

Padre White lookout over Albany

Guns in position to protect Albany

Memorial rose garden for women who have served

The wind died off overnight, so we woke to a dull, but calm morning. We had planned to drive into Albany today to see exactly how far it was from our camp and to determine whether we were going to move to a caravan park in Albany to make it easier to see the sights around the area. Well, it didn’t take us half an hour to get into Albany and our first stop was the Albany Heritage Park which houses the National ANZAC Centre and other ANZAC memorials. What a magnificent site. I hadn’t appreciated that Albany was the last bit of Australian soil many Australian and New Zealand troops had seen before heading overseas in the 1st WW. Two mass convoys of ships left here - one on 1st November 2014 and the other on 31st December 1914, many of whom went to Gallipoli. There was also a large mounted horse regiment that left from here and the memorial for the mounted horsemen is magnificent. Albany is a really picturesque, mostly hilly town set around a large protected bay. Albany Heritage Park is set high on one of the hills with almost 360° views over the town and the sea. The bay was so calm this morning it was almost like a mirror. There are original (obviously no longer operational) guns still in their bunkers that were used to protect the town, original ammunition store, etc on the site. Padre White Lookout is identified as probably the site for the original dawn service. Back down at sea level there is another memorial where the locals lined the water’s edge when the flotilla of ships left on New Year’s Eve 1914. It would have been a pretty amazing sight.

After spending quite some time at Albany Heritage Park we drove back into town to pick up some more information about what there is to see around town, got some lunch then drove down to the foreshore to eat lunch and listen to the running of the Melbourne Cup on the car radio. Twelve midday is the earliest I’ve ever listened to the cup! We then did a bit of shopping before heading back to camp. By this time the sun had broken though and it was a lovely afternoon for Ian to spend some time fishing and for me not to do much other than take the dogs for a walk on the beach just before the sun went down. I am missing the sunsets over the Indian Ocean already, but it is still one of life’s simple pleasures to walk along a beach as the sun goes down. Ian met some local fishermen who gave him some tips regarding the best fishing spots, so we will see how he goes tomorrow night. I think we will be staying here for our time in Albany!

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