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Albany, AU was a funny little place to stop.  On the Southwestern shore of Australia, it is a friendly Victorian town.  It was founded in 1827 as a military outpost.  It is actually the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia.  Known for whaling and it’s military base, it also has substantial natural beauty.

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Most of our group went out to the Torndirrup National Park where they hiked to an isolated beach.

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From there, the hike lead to the Natural Bridge.

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Everyone could also see the Gap, where waves rush in and out with tremendous force.

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While everyone else was hiking, Amanda ran the Bibbulmun Track.  The Track is “one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.   

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The beginning of the trail runs through Anzac Park.  In WWI, Albany was the last port that the troops departed Australia from.

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After about 12km, when the rain began, Amanda began searching for a place to rest.  She happened about the Great Southern Distilling Company.  Known for it’s award-winning Limeburners Western Australian Single Malt Whisky, Amanda decided to try it.  The bottles are individually numbered as each batch is hand distilled.  There are three main types of whisky – the Single Malt is 43% abv, the Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky is 61% abc, and the Karri Honey Whisky Liqueur is 30% abv.

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Limeburners also makes gin, vodka, brandy, absinthe, and grape, all sourcing locally grown produce and utilizing wind power.  A true boutique distillery, absolute attention is paid to ensure the finest details are correct.

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Albany and the surrounding region is also known for it’s wine as it is a cooler region.  A good amounts of riesling and cabernet sauvignon are grown here.

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We had lunch at the White Star Restaurant, which is the home of the Tanglehead Brewery.  Some of the best food that we had in Australia!! And definitely great beer.

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After lunch we shopped on York Street, which runs through the old district.

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