A Travellerspoint blog

October 2018

Intimate gathering at the campfire

It was a sunny day, and what better way to enjoy it, after a walk around the campsite, was a bottle of Moet to continue the celebration of Sharon's 60th.
Above you will find Peter & Anne in front of their New Age Manta Ray while Ian was starting our fire.
Above are Chaz & Sharon in front of their New Age Jewel.
Above are Peter & Ian.
As the sun goes down on yet another near perfect camping weekend.

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Lake Navarino - New Age catchup

2 hours from Busselton & 1 hour from Perth, a great place to have a weekend catchup.

We stopped off for a healthy lunch on our way through at Capel Berry Cafe. IMG_201810..2848486_HDR.jpg

A quick stop at Bunbury Hospital with good news. The ultrasound revealed Deborahs growth on her kidney has not changed in size & she has an all clear for another 12 months.

We headed off up the SouthWest highway & turned inland at Waroona to Lake Navarino. We were greeted by Peter & Anne who had arrived about noon from Kingsley. The caravan park has a lovely bush setting, but a little uneven ground. We set up to find some native flowers along side of us.

Chaz & Sharon arrived from Helena Valley after work by 6.30. Sharon shared a lovely pumpkin soup with us all for dinner.

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A leisurely breakfast, and then a walk down a goat track to see the lake.
Lots of wildflowers, ski boats and people fishing for trout.
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3 days at the 24th Kulin Bush Races

We travelled to Kulin along the Tin Horse Highway. It is a great experience to drive along the highway & see all the man made horse creations. It started off with 1 or 2 to promote the Kulin Bush race & now it is voted as the best tourist drive in the wheatbelt.F8206A0DA6FFD4122444697102B7E86F.jpg

We arrived at the race course a day early than we planned and the camping area was already very busy. We set ourselves up nicely in close proximity to the track & facilities. They had flushing toilets & some basic hot showers for all campers.
No dogs allowed. Camping costs included $50 per night Earlybird ticket for Fri & Sat + $30 Thursday extra night of camping.
We walked up to one of the big rocks to have some amazing views of the area.
Deborah was getting ready for the nighttime fire.
And Ian was getting ready for the nighttime drinks at the bar.
There were activities for the young & the old.

Friday we took up the offer to drive into town for a look around Kulin. What a very friendly town. We visited the Info Centre ( which had hot showers & a 48 hour free stop point. Looked through the hardware, town hall, which had plenty of kids activities available. Some even showing children how to make recycled art from coffee capsules. We took up the offer for a Devonshire tea with scones, jam & cream at the CWA. Unfortunately it was not a patch on the CWA Capels biggest morning tea that we rave about.

Back to the track & 8 Tin Horses were available at the auction. They went from $220 to $540 per horse. Soon after the auction was this tin horse race. It was so entertaining to watch. All of the funds raised from this event went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Saturday Race Day
Some of the events included the

  • Horse Barrel qualifying then racing
  • Perth Highland Pipe Band
  • Hobby Horse racing for 4-5 year Olds
  • Foot races for various boy or girl races


  • Tug of War
  • 2 up
  • A sheep race for the Kiwis whose names were:

Lamb Chops,
Ewe 2,
Wooly West Coast,
Lambs Fry,
Kiss Me Kiwi,
Dam Tasty Collingwood,

  • 8 Horse Racing events
  • Fireworks
  • Bands on the main stage that played till 1am Sunday morning


Ian & I are not big gamblers however we managed to pick a horse each on everyone of the 8 races ($2 minimum bet) and we put a long odds bet on a rank outsider in race 7 called Speedybon. It was announced she was 100 to 1, so we just had to pop a bet on the 13 year old girl. Low & behold the outsider won. The odds dropped to 20 to 1 at the end of the race. We still collected $40. Yippee.

The late night Saturday activities included the fireworks.

On offer was the great Aussie Revival breakfast as people start to pack up & head home.
We hit the road by 7.30am. A great start for us. 11.30 morning tea beak in Collie.
Lunch in Donnybrook.
Visit to see Lynne, Ian's Sister who has had a second knee reconstruction at Capel on our way home, then home by 3pm to unpack & wash the van.

Our thoughts about the Kulin Bush Races was it was great fun with country hospitality. It had a real Aussie flavour. Highly recommend.

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Day 12 Corrie to Kulin

Leaving Corrigin we are reminded of the 'country way' of doing things. Sheep in trailers along the main street.?
Heading into Kulin we travel along the Tin Horse Highway, with lots of creative tin horses.

At the racecourse we fitted ourselves into the many campers already onsite.

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Day 11 Corrigin

We left Bruce Rock for a leisurely drive to our next stop, the caravan park at Corrigin. We paid $33 a night for 2. The caretakers are Happy John & Merry Gwenda. There are 20 overnight bays, 2 separate males & females toilet & shower cubicles, a laundry with a top loader $4 a load & a front loader $6 a load, & 2 dryers. We prefer the solar dryer ourselves.

We are pacing out our free camping spots and powered sites.
Of course using a GPS machine should usually take you via the major roads, but ours which is set to quickest decided some of the minor roads (all sealed) was the quickest way. It doesn't know we have a caravan on the back. So after seeing Ardath pub for a second time, and it was still closed, we made it into Corrigin.

A nice lady at the Information Centre gave us useful brochures, and directed us to the caravan park.
We took a walk around the town which, like several others in the wheatbelt, are based around the train line and the provision of water to the old steam trains.
The Town Hall and Road Institute buildings dating from the early 1920's.
Of course Ian had to find the local library which, as you find in country town's, is based with another service, this one being the Post Office.
Corrigin is part of the 'Granite Trail', so is based near a 'rock', Corrigin Rock. It has a walk trail your with, as you guessed, some wildflowers.
Deborah also found some new, fluffy friends.

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Day 10 Bruce Rock

Today we headed off for a local wildflower adventure. We left Bruce Rock & drove to Ardath which is well known for its little pub. We passed through about 11.30 & it was closed.
We continued on to the little hamlet of Babakin. Known for its underground orchid. We searched high & low but it must have been well underground. We swung by the one shop in town which, according to the main town sign, was still open in 2004 but is now closed. This is a sign we saw in its window.
Town also has a hall, CWA, and cricket club (no sign of cricket club though).
It did have some quirky artwork.
Next stop was Kokerbin Rock. Third largest monolith in Australia. Very nice, but no camping allowed at 'Rocks' anymore.
We checked the Kwolyin 72 hour free camping area for self contained vehicles, this is where previous campers at Kokerbin Rock are now encouraged to go to. It was set up in amongst wildflowers in a lovely bush setting. It had flushing toilets & a gas cooktop. It would be a lovely place to stay.

We headed back to Bruce Rock but stopped off at Shackleton which has the smallest bank in Australia. It's open on Fridays between 3 - 4.30.

We had to stop in and have another freshly baked pie & coffee to support Bruce Rock on our way back to our second nights stay at the 48hour free camp area for fully contained vehicles.

We noticed we had 2 close neighbours, when we returned home.

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Day 9 Merredin Peak to Bruce Rock

We headed off after a peaceful night's sleep into town.
IMG_20181001_113723334.jpg Meredin was a lovely little town with friendly people. We splashed some cash in a few stores in town & checked our Lotto, alas we have found on this occasion there were no rail crossing sounds. We had to check out the bakery and bought a bee sting for Ian & a lamington for Deborah. None of which disappointed with our morning tea cuppa coffee in Bruce Rock. We did find we did not have phone or internet signal.

We visited the information office in the heart of town & picked up some local wildflowers information. The staff were very welcoming, knowledgeable & friendly. Set up the van & had a lovely freshly made pie for lunch. Ian says it's the one of the best pies he has ever tasted.

Our afternoon trip as suggested by the information staff was to Bruce's Rock,
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