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Visit Mount Romance seven days a week (from
9am to 5pm) at 2 Down Road, Albany.
WHERE THE GIANTS LIVE
Valley of the Giants precinct is an international
destination and rates second as the most visited
tourist attraction (after the Busselton Jetty) in
WA. The "giants" are large red tingle trees that
populate the area, which is a part of the Walpole-
Nornalup National Park.
Perhaps the most spectacular aspect of the
precinct is the Tree Top Walk. The tingle trees grow
up to 80m high and a circumference of up to 16m
at the base. The Walk consists of six 60m-long
lightweight bridges, that at times reach 40m high.
If you're afraid of heights, you can expect this
adventure to test your mettle as the bridges were
designed to slightly sway in order to create the
sensation of being in the forest's canopy.
And did we mention the steel decking's slats
provides consistent glimpses of the long way
down? Take your nerve of steel and soak up the
experience because it's a real buzz.
Back down on earth, the Ancient Empire
boardwalk runs alongside the Tree Top Walk and
provides a less heart-thumping experience but a
beautiful one all the same. There are also quiet spots
to sit and reflect upon the majestic forest surrounds.
In the same area, make yourselves extremely
popular with any kiddie company at the Denmark
Showcasing Australia's only tyrannosaurus
rex, Dinosaur World features many of the tallest
and smallest meat-eating dinosaurs from the
Jurassic and Cretaceous period. If you're a fan of
the Jurassic Park movie, you'll get a kick out of
meeting the velociraptor.
Visit www.dinosaurworld.com.au for further
FINALLY -- A BREWERY!
Denmark is welcoming one of the first breweries
in the region to the Southern End Restaurant
on Mount Shadforth Road. The restaurant
has incorporated a new bar, which houses the
Denmark Brewing Company.
Onsite brewers have developed five beers and
a cider, which will be on tap at the bar from late
Order a tasting paddle so you can try each of
the new brews and if you're feeling peckish, there's
a casual bar menu. The establishment is family-
friendly so your children will be catered for too.
After all the hiking, drinking, eating and general
touring it's time to put the feet up. Get pampered
at exclusive boutique, the Chimes Spa Retreat
in Denmark. Whether you're on a girls' trip, a
romantic holiday with your partner or just want an
individual treatment -- there are a host of treatments
available to make you feel like a new person.
If the chocolates at Denmark's new Chocolate
Lounge weren't enough to satiate your obsession,
go nuts and wrap yourself in the stuff. The
Chocoholics Experience consists of a chocolate
mud wrap and a float tank, followed by a hot
chocolate in the lounge.
Just when you think it doesn't get any better, a
fruit platter with chocolate fondue is brought out
for you to eat while a massage therapists rubs your
feet and hands before wrapping them in warm
paraffin. Complete bliss out.
There are other treatments including scrubs,
facials, massages, dead sea mad wraps and spas
but let's face it... they had me at "chocolate".
Get your dose of rapture and visit
www.chimes.com.au to book in.
If you don't want to leave in your blessed out
state, there are also accommodation options.
BIG ATTRACTIONS: (this picture)
Valley of the Giants; (left) Chimes Spa
Retreat; (above left) T-Rex at Dinosaur
Vintage Blues -- January 9,
Major Lockyer Proclamation Day and March
-- January 21, www.albanytourist.com.au.
Aggragate -- February 5,
Taste Great Southern -- February 26 - March
Porongurup Wine Festival -- Sunday,
February 28, www.porongurup.org.
Festival of the Sea -- April 2 - 5,
City of Albany Harbour Swim -- April 3,
Great Southern Wine and Food Festival --
April 16-18, (Grassy Knoll, York St is the
Harboursound Festival -- April 16-18,
Festival of Voice in Denmark -- June 2010
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