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August 2020

Wannamal Rest Area

We left Kirkalocka Station & headed South down the Great Northern Highway. Although we didnt seem to see as many caravans as we had seen on the Coastal Highway we certainly saw some interesting trucks and their loads.
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We stopped for a morning cuppa at Wubin where found a couple from the New Age Tribe who had left the Dalwallinu Tribe Wildflower event. They were on their way to Kalbarri. It was the second event Dianne & Hubby had attended thus far.
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The further South we got the more we moved into the wheatbelt & canola country. The canola fields with the sunshine on it is so bright & yellow & leaves you feeling cheerful.
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We arrived at our destination for Monday at the Wannamal Rest Area which is the site of an old school of 1904. This land in Wannanmal was first leased in 1853. It appears the school started in 1904 & the recreation reserve nearby was created in 1905. The railway had reached Wannamal in 1891. First thing we had a cuppa then went on the Wannamal Herritage walk trail. We passed the sites where the first Post Office was located, the railway Gangers house & Railway Fettlers house, the first store & the old Wannamal Hall. The last section of the walk is a wildflower & orchid walk. Wildflowers could be found even as close to our front porch at the Rest Area. This area is free to park but there is a donation box that you can pop some funds in if you choose. It has a flushing very clean toilet. You do need to be self contained.
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The Wildflowers are a plenty.
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Heading to Perth Central caravan park later today in preparation for our van service & repairs fixed Wednesday. We arrived home safely Thursday afternoon after Ian gave blood plasma to the Red Cross.
We had the most amazing trip away.
Now to plan our next trip away

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Kirkalocka Station for a 2 nights stay

We left Mullewa parting company from Jill & Bernie & their friends Brett & Rozie as they all headed South to Mingenew.
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We drove through Yalgoo which looked to have an influx of Government funds as it had a huge undercover play area. But there was not much else in town. Nothing looked open for a Saturday afternoon.
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We refueled at Mt Magnet $1.41 per Litre. Stopped for a break and had a bite for lunch.

Arrived at Kirkalocka Station mid afternoon.
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The swing arm at the side of the shearing shed, used to move the wool bales into the carts/trucks.

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The new 'kid' on the block.
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The old shearing shed, not used since the property was de-stocked of sheep over a decade ago.
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The old 'donkey' water heater they used to use to heat up the water for the guest showers. Only recently updated to a more modern wood heater.
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The inside of the shearing shed.
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The homestead which is now for holiday accommodation.
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The old Shearer's quarters & kitchen. The kitchen is available for all campers. is also now set up for accomodation.
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We spent our nights by a lovely fire.
The first night we met fellow campers Peter, Sally & Peters Sister Judy & shared Sally's fire.
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The last night we had the Shearer's quarters, kitchen & campfire all to ourselves. Other guests were staying in the homestead so I cooked Ian a roast for dinner.

We went for a walk an explored a quartz quarry & found some wildflowers.
This property also has an operational gold mine.
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Ian had a play on the old fashioned swings. Remember these.
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Heart Of Wildflower Country - Mullewa

It was a short drive from Fig Tree Crossing to Mullewa through the fields of green wheat & golden canola.
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Not to long after leaving camp we spied some strange domes & dishes across on of the fields. A few kms down the road we discovered a sign.
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As we were travelling to Lovers Lane (The caravan park) when Deborah snapped this lovely cloud.
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Out of now where came a train, an iron ore train at that. We stopped and watched the huge beast pass by.
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We were welcomed into Mullewa by some striking roadside artwork.

We set up camp & as we drove to our site Ian thought he noticed a familiar shape of a person. Upon further investigation Deborah confirmed the shapes identity to be Bernie with his lovely wife Jill from Mandurah, needless to say happy hour was set for 4ish.

Went for a walk into town to the info centre as you do & found the staff very informative & welcoming. Picked up our drum stick in the local store & headed off towards the Mullewa scenic lookout via the Rail Heritage Loop. Part of the scenic lookout walk included a section of the Mullewa Bushland trail where we saw some lovely wildflowers & orchards.

Our walk back from the Lookout to the caravan park took us along a section of the Mullewa wildflower walk where we saw a few more wildflowers.
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Friday was discover wreath flower day. First however we went looking for the Butteraby graves. Al9ng the way we also saw the Devils Creek Hall. Built in 1957 the hall is looking a little worse for wear but still a part of the districts history.
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The Butterabby graves is the location where several aboriginal gentlemen were hung for the crime of spearing a white man who subsequently died.
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Next stop, back in Mullewa to see the Monsignor Hawes priest house museum & the church. Father Hawes trained as an Anglican priest & an architect but during his missionary time in Jamaica he converted to Catholicism. Whilst he then came to Western Australia based in Geraldton & Mullewa he designed & had built Cathedrals, Churches & other notable buildings.
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We took a short drive to Pindar to view the wreath flowers. To our delight we found these beauties. We are told in about 2 weeks the flowers will be fully open when they have had a little more sunshine.
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Coronation Beach Campsite

Our drive from Nerren Nerren took us past golden canola & green wheat fields. We even passed through a light shower & saw a beautiful rainbow.
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We arrived today Monday at Coronation Beach where there are 22 bays for campers, pergolas, lookout, gas bbq, & clean drop toilets & dump point. The sup ( stand up paddle boarders) use the beach in the morning as it has Easterlies. The kite surfers use the beach when the strong Southerlies blow. We enjoyed a walk along the beach but found lots of coloured seagrass & blue bottles.
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We had a quick trip into Geraldton today. It was a little different than our stopover from a cruise we did with Andrew and Margot. That stop was on a long weekend and no shops, especially pearl shops, were open. This time they were all open, but no pearls were purchased. We had a great coffee at Taste & Co. & a look around town.
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The Tuesday night sunset at Coronation Beach.
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Wednesday morning.
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Wednesday we are on the road today to our next destination Fig Tree Crossing, inland.
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We are camped by a paddock of sheep. A quiet country stop for the night.
We passed fields of canola, wheat & a purple coloured field, not sure what this is. We walked along the roadside & came across a pet cemetry.
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Carnarvon

A tyre, a tyre my kingdom for a tyre.

We had our night at the free overnight rest area at Barradale & continued our journey into Carnarvon to source the illusive 20 inch tyre. We arrived on a lovely sunny Wednesday & parked up on our spot. (The car wash bay @ Coral Coast Tourist Park.) We had an array of entertainment from 5pm while we were there.

On the second night we had a few bush poets with Bill Gordon & other poets from Boyup Brook who read out poems & told funny stories. The third night we had Sax & the single girl play to us. We managed a few happy hours with Mel & Neil at the park.
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Due to the bull dust we picked up we thought we would take Rocky through the local car wash. Needless to say although he looked clean, he still had plenty of red dust stuck in his crevices.
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We took a 6km walk out to the one mile jetty. It is a bit sad that it's in such disrepair that people aren't allowed to walk it's length.
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We did this by following the old tramway lines across Babbage Island. A lot of the tramway line still exists although it hasn't been used for a few decades, which is a bit sad when you see all the old equipment at the 1 Mile Jetty museum area.
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During our walk we came across a lot of the Native burrowing bees which we learnt at the Cultural Centre the grubs the bees layed were dug up carefully & eaten. The cocoon of honey they lay in, made them a sweet delicacy.

We visited the Gwoonwardu Mia which is the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre.
Displays celebrating the history of the indigenous people of the region. We saw some movie scenes of the season changes & how the nights sky & star patterns change to help them determine when to collect emu eggs.
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Friday was tyre day. After initially being told they could not find the tyre from the shipment in the yard Ian recieved a phone call later that day to say they had stuck gold & found the single tyre at the bottom of the pile. Along he went to get it sorted.

We met Rosie at the Canarvan markets on Saturday. She was literally half the height and size of our Brodie. Such a delight. She eats bananas, watermelon and what the owners ate.
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We had planned to go to the speedway on Saturday night at $5 per person it was not to be missed. We had all agreed Mel, Neil, Ian & I at our seniors pub lunch that if it rained we would revert to have have happy hour back at the camp. The latter occurred.
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Off we travelled today Sunday and decided to rest the night at Nerren Nerren free camping area. There were lots of caravans on the road today. Covid has helped people to look around in our state & see the wonders in our back yard.
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