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Albany’s coastline, Minang Country, WA. Photo Michael Bird.
Albany’s coastline, Minang Country, WA. Photo Michael Bird.

Michael Bird's happy place

Location: Minang Country, Western Australia
Words by: Michael Bird, lifelong Bush Heritage supporter
Published 21 Jun 2024

I spend several evenings a week in my ‘happy place’. It is a short walk, where I meander through Albany’s coastal heath and experience stunning views of the ocean and rugged coast. 

Despite only living in Albany for six years, it feels like home. During my walk, formative memories that are etched into the landscape surface. Growing up, Albany was our go-to holiday destination and where both my parents were from. It’s a familiar and powerful place. 

Mostly it’s just me and nature on the track. The swish and crash of the ocean roar in between pockets of dense scrub. Under the canopy, I might be joined by the flittering of a wren or a New Holland Honeyeater. I’m amazed by the heath’s protection against the elements. It’s like the bushes are also bunkered down, trying to get out of the wind. 

Now, a thriving marine sanctuary, I see in the distance what was once the town’s whaling station. Here, nature has bounced back and continues to go on without negotiation. 

On a lucky day, I’ll spot a sea eagle, a pod of dolphins or a solo seal. The intrinsic beauty and historical context of this walk reminds me of what we are obligated to protect. 

I came across Bush Heritage when Bob was first buying blocks of old-growth forest in the Liffey Valley

Over the years, I’d become increasingly alarmed at the deteriorating state of the environment. The idea made sense and helped address the urgent need to do more to conserve our natural world. I have been a supporter ever since and have decided to leave a gift in my Will to ensure both Bush Heritage’s work and the bush itself can continue.

Albany’s infamous coastline, Minang Country, WA. Photo Amazing Albany.

Learn more about Michael's story and his decision to leave a gift in his Will.


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