Yesterday we took the WOW Wilderness EcoCruise into the Walpole Wilderness and Walpole and Nornalop Inlets. It is impossible to really describe Gary, the guy who conducts the tour, except to say that he is a human dynamo, a Duracell Bunny! Standup comic, raconteur, scientist, ecologist and environmental activist – he is all of these things a
nd more. He is also very personable and entertaining and we had a great time. It was a beautiful morning and we stopped off at Rocky Head to climb over the headland to the beach. We also had morning tea there and watched the pelicans watching us eat home-baked lemon cake.
In the afternoon we went to see the Giant Tingle Tree, a unique specimen thought to be over 450 years old. It is 24m in circumference at its base, the largest living girthed eucalypt known in the world. We did a lovely forest walk to reach the tree and another short walk at the Frankland River to Circular Pool. The constantly-moving patterns on the surface are due to the currents, and the froth which results from all the tannin in the river.
We are now in Pemberton for a couple of nights. Saw a beautiful Red-winged Blue Wren this evening and lucky Geoff saw a Superb Blue Wren when he was out riding this morning.