A Travellerspoint blog

October 2019

Horseing around on Kulin Bush Races race day

The night before race day was showery and windy. The rain helped soften the track a little, even if it didn't bring a smile to the farmer's faces.
It is the races 25th anniversary.

The tin can horses built to be auctioned off with prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd. 8 horses line up for their own race. The remainder of the proceeds is donated to the RFDS.

You can vote for the best new Tin Horse. Winners will join the Tin Horse Highway.

And there are many vans, campers and tenters onsite

Spot the van with the triangle

The horses were a impressive sight.

Dust kicked up by the horses was an ever present hazard.

Of course the New Zealanders were catered for...

After the races are finished you can warm yourself by some fires, while the band plays.

Or you can watch the fireworks...

Sunday morning saw us heading off to an unplanned location. Before we got onto the main road we were in a gridlock, full of caravans and horse floats.
And what caused this traffic jam you may ask? A random breathe test station, with one officer doing the testing!

We picked up some morning tea and lunch at Narrogin, at the only place open in town, but supposedly the best pie place. Ran into the bus load of football guys from Busselton, who also had been at Kulin for the races. Some were still a bit the worse for wear, and a couple had trouble staying upright.
Walking back to our home on wheels we came across a couple enquiring about our van and car. They were a couple from Tasmania, who asked where are all the caravans coming from as they were coming from the opposite direction. We enlightened them about the Kulin Bush Race weekend. They also have a New Age van, and a jeep grand cherokee.

Lunch at Collie, where we made the decision to head for Bunbury and the free camping area at Wyalup-Rocky Point. Unfortunately the Info Centre, where you should pick up a permit, was closed so just heading to the parking bay anyway!
The camping area provides you with a great sunset view, and access to beach activities.
Dinner for the last night of this adventure was a Bunbury restaurant with a view, Back Beach Cafe.
Home tomorrow to get Deborah to work on Tuesday.

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We've made it to the Kulin Bush Races 25th anniversary

The Kulin Program

Setting up at the track. When we arrived just before lunch there were 200 vans here. They are expecting 4000 people.
The whole area fills up with swags, tents, campers & vans. It's an amazing event.

Walked past a tin horse sculpture.

Saw an interesting site. A ute filled with beer on the back for delivery to the races with two children inside. The driver stopped, hopped out to talk to a mate in another vehicle and it started to roll back. Luckily for him, the kids & the ute, by the time it rolled back a few metres he jumped in and stuck on that handbrake.
And nothing stops the beer getting to the Bush Races.

We took a walk to the top of jilikan rock to see the view of the campsite and the salt lake.

Headed into town for a trip today. Here are some horses we found along the way.

We visited the motor museum run by the Men's Shed. The gentlemen Keven & Charlie were very friendly & showed us throughout. They were refurbishing a Chevy Ute, Number, Plymouth, Bedford ute, Ford T, Harley Honda Goldwing & a sunbeam motorbike.

Back to the track and the Horses are starting to arrive.

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Wildflower walk and Lake adventure

Set off to find some Dumbleyung wildflowers...

After our unsucessful journey to Tarin Rock Reserve yesterday we went to a spot in town that the local CRC (Community Resource Centre) had suggested. It was next to one of Deborah's favourite locations, the Hospital. We had some success.

Found a scaley fellow crawling around the Bush.

We went for a drive to see the size of Lake Dumbleyung. Wow was it big. 16km long x 6.5km wide. No wonder Donald had plenty of room to float his Bluebird. The view was certainly impressive! Take a look for yourself.

On the dirt road to Lake Dumbleyung we managed to see a racehorse goanna. Unfortunately we didnt get a photo, but fortunately Ian did avoid running over it as it crossed the road to get to the other side, between the front and the back wheels. It must have been on its way to the Kulin Bush Races. We would put $2 on that one any day.

Its wheat, sheep and canola country out here.

We will upsticks today, next stop will be Kulin to prepare ourselves for the races and adventure ahead.

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Gnaala Mia to Dumbleyung

A mid morning departure from Gnaala Mia saw us picking up some fuel at Arthur River. Very friendly service, a step up from the Williams fuel stop. A slight hiccup before we arrived into Arthur River was the loss of the passenger side caravan mirror. We pulled over when safe to do so. Went for a walk back down Albany Highway. Just over a kilometre down the road we were created by some locals who were driving to Perth. They drove past us as we were walking without haste. They spotted the mirror, put 2 & 2 together, stopped, picked it up & brought it back to us. Then kindly drove us back to our van.

We drove past 2 large blue painted trees today.

Our morning tea stop was by the Raging Wagin Ram, a very imposing fellow.
Wagin has even got in on the Tin Horse Highway gig...

Lunchtime we reached our destination Dumbleyung.

Dumbleyung, famed for Donald Campbell's water speed record on Lake Dumbleyung in 1964. He managed a new record of 445 kmh.
This bust, on the main street, is made from layers of chicken wire. IMG_20190930_161618257.jpg


During our walk around town we came across many aspects of the town's history, dating back to its establishment in 1907.

A lovely late afternoon drive through the surrounding countryside found us admiring the vistas...

To support this friendly town we had dinner at the historic Dumbleyung pub, the G.O.D.I., Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inne. Deborah has found another Ginger Beer to her liking.

Our second day saw us spending some Time, and money, in a local shop Dumbleyung Mini Mall. Lovely shop, lovely lady, and she made us a free coffee with biscuits, slices and chocolate brownie. Yum.

Just so you all know, the mini washing machine is working like a dream.

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