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Circumnavigating Australia — The Beaches of Esperance


Esperance Area Beaches

On this day our tour took us to many Esperance area beaches, which we visited while transiting Twilight Beach Road. Some of the beaches we visited this day included names such as Fourth Beach, 2 Mile Beach, Twilight Beach, 9 Mile Beach, 10 Mile Lagoon, 11 Mile Beach, 13 Mile Beach, and other equally originally named areas.

Pounding surf

While the skies were not very cooperative this day, the crashing waves and pounding surf made up for the cloudiness.

Crashing waves

The rocky landscape in many of these areas also made fascinating photographic subjects:

Blue Haven Beach

We even saw the occasional surfer on our tour:

Surfing

This next beach scene is reminiscent of an old Western:

Chicago Aermotor Windmill?

Some of the beaches this day were signed, and many were not. Here’s the signage for 11 Mile Beach:

11 Mile Beach, located 11 miles from Esperance

Two more beach scenes before we move on to Pink Lake:

Esperance Area Beaches

Esperance Area Beaches

Next stop the formerly pink Pink Lake, with an explanation of why it is no longer pink:

Pink Lake is pink no more

And a finally a panoramic view of Pink Lake:

Pink Lake panorama

 

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Circumnavigating Australia — Esperance


Esperance Clock Tower — by the jetty

We arrived to our next destination on February 27, but here we had to tender in from Radiance of the Seas. This week we will take a look at this destination, Esperance, Western Australia, which is situated along the southwest shore of the Great Australian Bight.

Everything was just ducky at the Miniature Railway

On this port we once again had a tour planned, and we met up with our tour guide just outside the tender jetty area. Spots of interest on this van tour included the Pink Lake (no longer pink), Rotary Lookout, and numerous nearby beaches. many of which were named from their mileage from Esperance (for example: “11 Mile Beach). But first we had to walk a bit from the jetty, during which we passed this charming miniature railway:

Train station for the Esperance Miniature Railway

One of the stops we made on this tour was the Rotary Lookout high above Esperance and the surrounding areas. Here’s a view of West Beach:

View of West Beach from Rotary Lookout

While we were up here, Ursula asked to take a photograph of your favorite mystery author, and here it is (not my best angle):

Me hanging out at the Rotary Lookout

Now, I’m a huge fan of old English cars. I particularly love the cars from the ’60s and ‘702 heyday of English automotive design and technology, back when the English car industry led the world in unreliability, defective Lucas electrical systems, and the like. Indeed, from this era I’ve owned three such vehicles — 1977 MGB, 1972 Triumph TR6, and an Aston Martin DB6 — all of which I positively loved. Why bring this up? Here’s why, as seen from Rotary Lookout:

Rover 3-Litre P5 Mk III

What you’re looking at is a classic Rover 3-Litre P5 Mk III from the mid-’60s. This beauty was in pristine condition, and I simply could not resist drooling over it. This particular example even came with Rostyle wheels, which were the same style of wheels that were original equipment on my old MGB.

Rover 3-Litre P5 Mk III

On Wednesday we’ll look at Pink Lake and tour some of the beaches we encountered on this tour. As for now, I’m going to skip ahead to the end of the tour for a look at the town of Esperance itself with these final two images:

“The Book Box” — a former train station

“Our Heroic Dead” 1939-1945

 

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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating Australia; Perth Favorites


Sunbathing

Today’s Fun Photo Friday favorites of Fremantle and Kings Park:

Chillin’ on a Bench at the Beach

State War Memorial Cenotaph

Of Palms and Pines

Busy Bee

The Flame of Remembrance

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