The Indian Pacific arrives in Perth on time at 9:10. We take a taxi to down town $13.20AU, pick up our rental car and are heading out of town by 10:30. Perth is a new, pretty, modern city from what we see. The Swan River runs though the city and there are parks along the river giving it a very open feel.We get a bit turned around for a while, but arrive at the quaint little village of York about noon and have lunch at the city park beside the Avon River. We then work our way down to Albany. The countryside is mostly rolling hills, covered with wheat fields and some sheep. The road is deserted as are the little towns. As we get near the coast we begin to see wineries so we stop at one, Plantagent, and buy a magnum of Omrah, a nice shiraz. In Albany we stop at a food market and pick up enough for a light breakfast and lunch for tomorrow and head west along the Lower Denmark Road to our lodging for the next four nights.
We are staying at Cape Howe Cottages. We arrive about 6:00 and are shown our cottage, The Wardroom. It is delightful...Carolyn may never leave! The Cottage is a new two bedroom affair with, almost, wrap around glass, big front and back porches situated on a rise which allows for a view of the Southern Ocean about 1km away and the national forest which starts across the road. We fix some drinks, sit out on the front porch and enjoy the sight and sounds of the ocean. Magnificent!After a simple dinner of spaghetti and salad we turn in.