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 37,000 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.