A LITTLE GEM

TRAVEL
by Steve Ricketts
Is there a better beach in Australia than ‘Little Beach’ at Western Australia’s Two Peoples Bay?
It is the prettiest beach I have seen, and, to add to the allure of the area, there are magnificent walks all around.
I have set eyes on it only once – in January 2007 – but it is picture perfect, calendar worthy view that I will never forget.
We had driven to Albany, from Perth, via Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury (where we stayed two nights) and Bridgetown.
While at Bunbury, we embarked on a lovely day trip to Wellington National Park and the pleasant Collie River, including a beer at the Bull and Bush tavern, Booyanup. For dinner that night, we had red emperor from Broome and local (Bunbury) scallops.
Before Albany we stopped at Goundrey Wines. That night we dined at the ‘Star’ pub, eating local shark, and, in my case, drinking the local Tanglehead Ale. Micro breweries were already on the up in WA, long before Queensland. Jarrah Jack, from Pemberton, was another beer I tried, and it was superb.
The highlight of Albany is the Mt Clarence lookout, which affords great views of the waterways of Albany, from where the first ANZACS sailed on November 1, 2014, bound for the World War 1 battlefields.
The beaches of Gallipoli awaited. Today, because of their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of many other men and women since, we can all enjoy the delights of places like ‘Two Peoples Bay’.
Photo 1: Little Beach 
Photo 2: Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, Mt Clarence.

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