Albany, Esperance and Denmark – The Great Australian Bight on Australia’s remote South-west Coast
Remarkably hardy plants cling to the rocky headlands along this southerly coast; they are battered in autumn and winter by salt-laden winds but cling resolutely to life. Come springtime, they rebound in a gorgeous array of colours.
The coastal waters at this western end of the Great Australian Bight are strikingly clear, the effect highlighted by beaches of bright white sand. But ocean temperatures are deceptively cool due to it being swept by the Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean.
The tempestuous Southern Ocean has plucked many a rock-fisherman off his favourite boulder-perch and drowned him. At favoured fishing spots around this South-west coast rock-anchors are now embedded in many of the rocks for fishermen to tie themselves to. Personally, I have always had a healthy respect (tempered with fear) for the unpredictable nature of the sea and consider this version of fishing to be tempting fate a tad too far.