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Albany & Esperance #4

The morning of Day Four was spent aboard MV Seabreeze II cruising between islands of the Recherche Archipelago and spotting wildlife before landing on Woody Island for a nature Bushwalk and scenic views. Back to Esperance to see the new Clocktower and Esperance Miniature Railway Society, explore the Adventureland Park, visit Wireless Hill for 360 degree views over Esperance, take a coastal drive to enjoy the pristine azure waters of Twilight Beach and nearby Picnic Beach. Complete Day Four by wandering through  the grounds of Esperance Museum and Historic Village which is a collection of small historic buildings that have been relocated to the site of the town’s original marshalling yards and now house small specialty stores in a tranquil parkland setting.

Date(s): December 2009. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 158 of 158 Total. 15168 Visits.
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Esperance viewed from Taylor St Jetty
Esperance is a busy port and tourist town located on the southern coast of Western Australia, 721km from Perth.

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Moorings at Taylor St Jetty

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MV Seabreeze II
Ready to board MV Seabreeze II to cruise amongst the islands of the Recherche Archipelago in search of wildlife, before landing at Woody Island for a bushwalk.

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Esperance Coastline

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Rocky Coastline

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Southern Ocean splashes on the Rocks

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Boardwalk access to West Beach

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Ocean Views for the Houses on the Hill
West Beach, Esperance.

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Waves wash the Rocks

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Coloured Rocks of Charlie Island
Archipelago of the Recherche.

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Charlie Island
The Archipelago of the Recherche, or the Bay of Isles can be seen from vantage points around Esperance. There are over 100 islands covering 4000 square kilometres, all of which are A-class nature reserves.

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Australian Sea Lion
The Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) lives only in Western Australia and South Australia and nowhere else in the world.

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Australian Sea Lion
The total population of these animals is only about 10,000 to 12,000, which makes the Australia sea lion one of the rarest sea lion species in the world. They can live for up to 20 years of age.

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Islands of Recherche Archipelago

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Cruizing in Recherche Archipelago

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Cull Island
Recherche Archipelago.

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Four Cape Barren Geese on the Island
Cereopsis novaehollandiae.

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Island Vegetation and Cape Barren Geese

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Landing place for Sheep
Pastoralists used this spot to unload sheep which thrived on the nutrient rich vegetation. All sheep have now been removed from the A-class Nature Reserve.

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Cape Barren Geese in their Island Home
A total of 631 Cape Barren Geese Cereopsis novaehollandiae were counted during a survey in southwestern Australia in April 1993. The population was centred on the Archipelago of the Recherche, where 612 geese occurred on 79 of the 232 islands and rocks surveyed.

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Sooty Oystercatchers searching for food
Haematopus fuliginosus.

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View to the Mainland
Frenchman's Peak on the left is in Cape Le Grand National Park.

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Sea Lion sunbaking on the Rocks
Sea lions have a blunt dog-like snout and can be recognised as 'eared' seals by their ear flaps. The males (called bulls) may reach about 2.5 metres long and weigh up to 300 kilograms. They have chocolate brown fur, with a creamy crown and neck. Females (called cows) are silvery grey above and creamy yellow below, growing up to 1.8 metres long and weighing up to 105 kilograms. Pups are born with chocolate brown fur, which is lost after the first moulting phase.

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Australian Sea Lions
Australian sea lions head out to sea to hunt for squid, octopus, cuttlefish, fish, small sharks, rock lobsters and even birds. They hunt close to the seafloor and can feed in depths of up to 300 metres!

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Australian Sea Lions
Australian sea lions are quite agile on land, where they use their front flippers to prop themselves up. They use their back flippers rather like a leg on land, and as a rudder in the water. They have a second layer of fur under the top fur layer, and this helps them to keep warm in the cold water, together with a thick layer of fat. They are very social animals, and gather in groups of 10 to 15. They spend time sunbaking on sandy beaches and rocks.

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Two Black-faced Shags
Leucocarbo fuscescens drying feathers on guano covered rocks.

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Black-faced Shag in rock hollow

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New Zealand Fur Seal
The New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) is an ‘eared’ seal, as can be seen by its ear flaps. It differs from earless or ‘true’ seals such as leopard seals, which have no external ear flaps and cannot use their hind legs when on land – they have to wriggle instead.

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New Zealand Fur Seal
New Zealand fur seal has a more pointed snout than the Australian sea lion and is a darker grey to brown colour. The bulls have mane can weigh 120-180 kilograms and reach up to 2.5 metres in length and are much larger than the cows, which are only 35 to 50 kilograms and only one to 1.5 metres long.

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Twiggy's Landing on Woody Island
Named after Twiggy the Dog who fell overboard during very rough weather about 4kms from Woody Island in 1976. It was a big feat for her to reach the island, and more difficult for her to land on an island with no beaches when the rocks were pounded with heavy surf. Twiggy was stranded for 3.5 months, surviving on lizards and surface water, before being re-united with her owner.

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Coming ashore on Woody Island

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Woody Island Nature Reserve
Woody Island is an A-class nature reserve which has been set aside for the primary purpose of conservation.

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Woody Island Vegetation
The island is managed by DEC to maintain and restore the natural environment, and to protect, care for and promote the study of indigenous flora and fauna.

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Commencing the Bushwalk

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Bushwalk on Woody Island

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Ocean View from Woody Island

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Saltbush species

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Rose Banjine (Pimelea rosea)

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The Southern Ocean

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Orange Lichen on Rock

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Steps to the Woody Island Lookout

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Granite Bottlebrush
Melaleuca elliptica (Granite Bottlebush) is a shrub which is endemic to the south of Western Australia. Its red flowers appear from September to January (early spring to mid summer) in its native range. It usually grows 1-4 metres in height and occurs near granite rocks.

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Woody Island Lookout View 1

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Woody Island Lookout View 2

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Woody Island Lookout View 3

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Frenchman's Peak
Zoomed to Frenchman's Peak in Cape Le Grand National Park on the mainland.

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Mt Le Grand
Zoomed to Mt Le Grand in the Cape Le Grand National Park on the mainland.

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Full Zoom to Mt Le Grand

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View from Woody Island Lookout

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View to Cape Le Grand National Park

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Tall Eucalypts

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Small Pink Flowers

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Birth of an Island
At one time these islands were imposing peaks on an extended coastal plain. As the climate warmed, the sea rose and gradually claimed the plain, isolating each peak in its turn. Around 8000 years ago a land bridge that linked Woody Island to the mainland was submerged and the island became an ark for the wildlife that remained.

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Ocean View from Woody Island

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Granite Bottlebrush

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Tall Eucalypts and bushy Understorey

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Eucalypt Branches above Walking Trail

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Eucalypts shedding ribbons of Bark

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Woody Island Kiosk and Visitor Centre

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Artistic Drink & Icecream Menu

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Artistic Lunch Menu

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Twiggy's Landing from the Visitors Centre

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Small Pink Flower beside the Path

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Twiggy's Landing

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Kayaks for Hire

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Glass Bottom Boat "Miss Woody"

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Visitors Centre from the Jetty

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Notice for Fishermen

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Returning to Esperance on "MV Seabreeze II"

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Back in Esperance Harbour

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Miniature Lighthouse

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Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)
Taylor St Jetty, Esperance.

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Clocktower under Construction
This project is being built by volunteers and is expected to be completed by Easter. The Esperance Miniature Railway Society is housed behind the roller doors.

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The Clock Chimes
Even though the hands have not been added, the clock chimes already. Bells are positioned behind the arches and when completed, doors will open to reveal the bells ringing. The round circles will display tide and moon information.

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Miniature Locomotive
Esperance Miniature Railway Society.

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Miniature Steam Engine
Esperance Miniature Railway Society.

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Miniature Railway Ticket Office
Esperance Miniature Railway Society.

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Miniature Railway Tracks in Adventureland Park
Esperance Miniature Railway Society.

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Whale in Adventure Playground
This Whale was designed and built by Industry Studies Students 1995-96 at Esperance Senior High School.

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Pagoda for shade

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Granite Whale in Pagoda

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Murals around Pagoda

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Esperance Artwork 1
This wall surrounds the Maze.

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Esperance Artwork 2
This wall surrounds the Maze.

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Esperance Artwork 3
This wall surrounds the Maze.

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Esperance Artwork 4
This wall surrounds the Maze.

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Esperance Artwork 5
This wall surrounds the Maze.

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Bright Gazanias enjoying the sun

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Pond scene in the Adventure Park

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Exiting Ralph Bower Adventureland Park

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Esperance Street Scene

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A Dwelling from Pioneer Days

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Esperance Police Station
The underground power appears to stop here.

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Avenue of mature Norfolk Island Pines
Dempster Street, Esperance.

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Rotary Lookout gives 360 degree views

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Off-shore Islands from Rotary Lookout

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 1
A beautiful view ruined by the thoughtless placement of that mast.

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 2

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 3

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 4

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 5

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 6
Looking into the sun.

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Esperance from Rotary Lookout 7

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Landmarks

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Bay of Esperance

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Esperance Bay framed by Trees

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Flowering Eucalypt

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Twilight Beach 1
Awarded 'Australia's Best Beach' 2006.

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Twilight Beach 2

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Twilight Beach 3

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Twilight Beach 4

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Twilight Beach 5

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Twilight Beach 6

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Twilight Beach 7

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Twilight Beach 8

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Twilight Beach 9

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Twilight Beach 10

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Twilight Beach 11

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Twilight Beach 12

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Twilight Beach 13

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Dunes between Twilight Beach and Picnic Beach

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Picnic Beach 1

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Picnic Beach 2

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Picnic Beach 3

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Picnic Beach 4

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Picnic Beach 5

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Picnic Beach 6

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Picnic Beach 7

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Picnic Beach 8

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Returning to Twilight Beach

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Twilight Beach 14

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Twilight Beach 15

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Twilight Beach 16

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Twilight Beach 17

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Twilight Beach 18

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Shelters at Twilight Beach

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Windmill with Ocean Views

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Esperance Museum and Historic Village

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Agricultural Machinery

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Station Master's Office

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Historic Railway Carriage

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Blacksmith Shop

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Methodist Church 1885-1970

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The Old Court-House 1898-1967

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A J Stewart Chemist 1896

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Matron's House 1926

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Salmon Gums School 1928-1972

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Wind Finding Radar

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Crane lifting Single Furrow Plough

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Crane in Museum Grounds

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Gardens and Pond in Museum Grounds

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Sculpture over Pond

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Esperance Bay
Named and Charted by French Expedition 1792.

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Rocks Woody Island Cruise Panorama
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Woody Island Panorama 1
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Woody Island Panorama 2
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Twilight Beach Panorama 1
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Twilight Beach Panorama 2
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