|Helen's mum arrived on Friday night and after staying in the lovely Comfort Inn we drove down to Albany on the south coast.
Albany isn't a hugely exciting town, but compared to some places we've been recently it was a bustling metropolis! We chilled out, went to the beach and generally enjoyed staying in one place for more than two nights.
On Tuesday we went up to the Stirling Ranges and Porongurups, both National Parks but more of the same sort of thing for us really.
On Thursday we went west to Denmark which was a lovely little country town, and on to the Valley of the Giants. This part of Australia has the perfect climate for growng very tall karri trees, hence the name. Unfortunately this involves a lot of rain and we spent the days getting soaked and walking on dangerously slippery things like the Treetop Walk which probably should've been closed given that it's about 40 metres up in the trees and made of metal! We also stopped at Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, two very scenic places which might have been more enjoyable without the driving rain!
We found a great local to spend our nights in called the Esplanade Hotel, aparently Albany's pride and joy! So at least after all that we had a log fire and lovely wine (or beer for Doug) to warm us!