Visual Art by Tania
Visual Artist, Photographer, Teacher and avid traveller and explorer
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Published October 31st 2020
I have done quite a bit of country driving in the past few months, mostly for the wildflower and scenic photography and a good weekend away with my dog.
I noticed that many people on their way down to Albany drove through each town, in a rush to get to Albany as it is some 5 odd hours from Perth, but you are missing out on so much in-between.
Firstly, there is Williams, a very sweet little town and although only an hour and a half or so from Perth, it is still worth a good look around. There is a large building as you come into Williams called the "Williams Wood Shed" which not only has some unique shops, it has a lovely cafe too. And right next door in the old hall houses the local op shop. Around the old hall, there are some lovely gardens and seating, a perfect place to have a wander around and a break with a coffee and a snack As you continue on through Williams and cross the bridge, there is a large park on your right, with a large car park. If you have kids, they will welcome the long kids' rope slide that is there - I have been advised that it is fun by those who have used it.
Next stop, which although seems a deserted little place, is Arthur River. It just has one roadhouse there but there are also some historic buildings which are really worth a look around. At the top of the hill, just before you go into Arthur River, is the old Church/Parish. It has a plaque that gives you the history of the area and the Parish. Past the Parish at the top of the next hill are 3 other buildings, all with plaques that tell of their history. It seems that Arthur River played a pivotal role in the early days of travel between Perth and Albany. As you leave these buildings just another 800 metres or so towards Albany are 2 other larger buildings, again worth a look. I don't want to spoil it by telling you the history, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the visit, and don't forget your camera or smartphone as I am sure you will want to take some photos too.
Next on the list is the quaint town of Kojonup. As you come over the hill into Kojonup, you will see the bakery on the right, which I have been told and is advertised as being "world-famous", and they do make many varieties of pies and such, so it is a good stop. Right next door and opposite are craft shops that house art and craft from the area.
Kojonup Rose Maze
Please remember the road etiquette when travelling on our Australian roads. Don't hug the white lines, you make the trucks passing you very nervous. Secondly, if you see a car wanting to overtake you, then move a little to the left and most importantly of all be safe and do not drive tired.
I hope you enjoy your next trip to Albany, a lovely town with many sights to see, I actually went to the tourist bureau the last time I was there and discovered even more sights than I had on previous excursions to the region.