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Kulin Bush Races - The trip there

After a delicious coffee at home we packed up, hooked up, and headed off through some long weekend traffic for the first stage of our trip. Passing through Donnybrook, we stopped at our favourite fruit & vegetable store on the farmers property. On the menu today were delicious crisp pink lady apples, avocados & a small butternut pumpkin. Stopping for fuel at Arthur River we had a decadant box of hot chips. Late afternoon we arrived at Kukerin Caravan Park. We took a stroll down town but, being a long weekend, everything was closed bar the pub, so as you see we just had to go in. Unusual for a Monday night the pub was busy & noisy. We discovered the crowd were the volunteers that helped clean up after the annual Kukerin WA Creek Bed championships & Burnout competition. Apparently it was a fun filled weekend with over 1500 campers. Like the Kulin bush races this event is the major fund-raiser for Kukerin for the year.
Kukerin Caravan Park fees are $15 per night, per van & includes power, water & an ablution block. Both nights we have had only one neighbour, different one each night.

A late start saw us taking a relaxed walk around the town. This is a very quiet town. The 2016 census showed just over 60 people in the townsite. Today there would be a few less than that number. Many others living on farms surrounding the town. The town does have a few facilities that you would normally find such as a Primary School with 3 teachers & 47 students, only 2 children are from town the others come in on the school bus from the farms. There is also a Town Hall, a General Store/Post Office, 1 Pub & even a library. The children have a bouncy pillow, and a children's playground provided through Federal Government funding.

Lucky Lynne, Ian's Sister received a call when we passed a Telstra phone booth in town, this time she picked up & they had a natter.

We took a drive to the Yabby Farm, unfortunately it was closed. The Yabby owners have gone on holidays. We reached the entrance and shortly after 2 motor homes turned up wanting to enter, then to our surprise a fuel tanker stopped. The tanker wanted to deliver fuel but as the gate was locked he too was turned away.

We took the opportunity to take a drive into Dumbleyung. We walked around town and found the hairdresses open, a small memorial garden, a lovely little shop with local & eco friendly goods. We popped into the Shire offices & Deborah offered some suggestions for improvements at the Kukerin Caravan Park & Townsite. We walked through the lovely Community Gardens & into the Community Resource Centre looking for Wildflower information. With info in hand we headed down the Katanning Road until we found some flowers.

Back at the ranch, and because it was International Beer Day, we headed for a walk to the Kukerin Hotel for a pint & shandy to celebrate. We strolled home before the sunset. Tomorrow we head to Kulin.

Posted by iandeborah 05:07 Archived in Australia

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Lovely flowers. Another great journey.

by Mel

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