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Western Australia Tour Part 2 - Esperance, Albany and Denmark

Nicholas Atkin - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The first leg of the Western Australian tour was along the southern coast.  Esperance being the first port of call and then heading west along the coast through Albany on to Denmark.


Esperance is the picture postcard place for white sandy beaches and the crystal clear aqua waters of the Indian Ocean.  The coastline of this area is full of hidden coves and beaches and seclusion is almost guaranteed if you are willing to drive off the beaten tourist track.


The coastline is also filled with sand dunes and huge white bluffs of fine powdery sand.  These have become the playground for 4WD enthusiasts along with a myriad of other off road recreational vehicles. 


 Esperance Sand Dunes, WA

                                  Esperance Sand Dunes


One of the highlights of the trip was a sunset on the third day.  After a long day of shooting, we headed back into town hoping to have some good light for a sunset over the Esperance tanker jetty.  When we returned to town, the sky was dark and covered in dense storm clouds.  Not to be perturbed I hunkered down on the jetty and waited, hoping for a glimpse of the setting sun.  The sun gods must have been watching, as only moments before the sun was to dip below the horizon, the clouds parted slightly and the suns rays were allowed to dance through the clouds and paint the scene with amazing colour.  This shot below was the result.



  Tanker Jetty, Esperance

                                   Esperance Pier, WA


From Esperance we headed west along the coast to the towns of Albany and Denmark.  This area also boasts claim to some incredible white sandy beaches and hidden coves.



                                 Two Peoples Bay, Western Australia


Albany also lays claim to a magnificent wind farm.  The turbines are perched along a coastal ridge line overlooking the Indian Ocean.  I am a huge fan of sustainable energy, and if all energy could be produced from such beautiful machines, I would be all in favour of this monolithic type of landscape. 



Blue Haven Sunrise, Esperance

                                 Wind Farm, Albany