to the Big Grove Bed and Breakfast website. Whether you are interested
in staying at our home at Big Grove; visiting Albany; or simply wish to
view our site; please feel free to look around. We hope you find
something of interest and enjoy your online stay at the website.
The site contains a virtual reality tour of Big Grove
Bed and Breakfast; a booking form; some information on the history of
Albany, and advice on upcoming events in and around Albany and the Great
host is Jim Hillis who moved to Albany to enjoy the lifestyle. He
invites you to share in his piece of paradise at Big Grove.
Jim was born and raised in Dumbarton, Scotland,
and grew up climbing mountains, catching salmon and generally revelling
in his native Scotland. He is now a retired engineer, sometimes antique
restorer and woodworker extraordinaire. Not to mention his gardening
skills. Jim has happily called Australia home for the past 30 years.
Located in the South West region of Australia,
Albany sits at an altitude of 15m. It is a thriving rural and tourist
centre with a population of around 28,000 people. The climate is one of
cool summers and mild winters.
Albany is Western Australia's first and oldest
settlement. With magnificent scenery, its historical significance and
natural wonders, Albany has something for everyone and is a popular
place to visit all year round. It is particularly well known for its
whale watching season from August to October and the spring wildflower
season around September, but there are many activities all year round.
Big Grove B & B is located near the Torndirrup National Park, where
the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites
and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous
ferocity. The Blowholes, a crack line in the granite, 'blows' air and
occasionally spray. The noise is quite impressive. Windswept coastal
heaths give way to massive granite outcrops, sheer cliffs and steep
sandy slopes and dunes. The area was one of the first in Western
Australia to be gazetted as a national park, in 1918, though it was not
named until 1969. Torndirrup was the name of the Aboriginal clan that
lived on the peninsula and to the west of what is now Albany.