I find I am constantly modifying the way I’m travelling. After lugging bags, food and esky up a flight of stairs to accommodation, it gets rather tedious, not to mention heavy. Time to de-clutter I think!
Last night I spent a lot of time booking accommodation for the next few days of my trip and so headed for Walpole today, still not having received a confirmation of accommodation at Jenny’s Lake in Walpole.
Stopped on the way at Denmark, more out of curiosity really, having been to that country in Europe back in the 70s. At least it wasn’t snowing here, but it offered lots of shady trees and a pleasant environment to walk around.
Didn’t stay too long as was keen to do the walk through the famous Tingle trees. These trees are truly gigantic – yet their base is extremely fragile. However they grow up to 70m in height, although the highest point of the walkway is 40m, which was quite enough for me, not being particularly fond of heights!
The walkway system is a wonderfully elaborate feat of engineering, built with the idea that it blends into the tree-scape as much as possible. There were quite a lot of people walking around and the walkways were swinging a bit which was a little unnerving but an excellent overall experience.
On arrival at Walpole The Visitor Centre confirmed they had been trying to contact Jenny’s lake accommodation all day with no luck. So they booked me into a room at the YHA and I love it. I actually have a family room with my own ensuite (there is dormitory accommodation too) but cooked myself a meal in the communal kitchen and got chatting to several of the hikers who were walking the Bibbulmun Track .
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda, east of Perth to Albany and is 1,003.1 kilometres (623.3 mi) long. The name comes from the Bibbulmun, or Noongar people, Indigenous Australians from the Perth area.
The YHA is very well set up with television, DVDs to watch, wi-fi, communal kitchen etc. and apparently there are quite a few ‘mature-aged travellers’ who enjoy staying in this kind of budget accommodation.