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Donnybrook Apple Festival 2021

First to arrive was ourselves. We took the location under the tree. The rest gradually arrived in their own time. Two groups from Perth, one from Denmark, another all the way from Konnongorring & two groups from Busselton.
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Happy hour started when everyone was settled & another camper DJ Nige gave us some samples of music to entertain us from the back of his working DJ truck with spinning disco balls & smoke pumping out. A plan was made for the following day. After a sleep in, cause the Festival wasn't starting till 10am we all headed over for the start. Depending upon interests we all went slightly different ways to all enjoy the Festive atmosphere. Our first stop was BronnyDs caramelised apple stand & we made a purchase. We also bought a variety of local apples & pears.
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Displays included machinery, vintage cars & motor cycles, an Australian draft horse working display & on top of that wine, cider, cheese, honey (we purchased some of this amazing honey, it's great to make a cuppa tea, just a teaspoon in your hot water) & fruit (picked from the tree yesterday), tastings, & lots of local produce.
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We had another local couple visit for the day, Sunday to see the Festival & join in on an early Happy Hour session before returning home to Busselton.

The fun of the fair entertainment that we viewed included the wood chopping, Freestyle Motocross jumping by local lad Josh Sheehan &
his team, cooking demonstrations by Anna Gare & Fiona Klein. The Festival finished at 3pm Sunday.
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We all had a great time spending quality time over the lovely Easter long weekend.
Some have rebooked sites with BP Donnybrook for 2022 as we exited of the transit park.

Arriving back home. There is no place like home!
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Northam Silos


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On our trip home from Merredin via Northam we passed the last Silo for this trip.

In March 2015 artists : "HENSE " & "Phlegm" transformed 8 x 38 metre heigh silos over 16 days. This created Australia's first ever painted silo mural.

"Phelgm" drew his signature whimsical characters on the left.
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"HENSE" painted his silos simultaneously. Working across all 4 silos as 1, each design bleeds into the other.
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In total the artists used around 740 Litres of paint.

Here endith the WA Silo Art Trail.

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Merredin Silo's

Street Artist: Kylie Hughes-Odgers

This artwork concept tells a story about Merredin. It's natural environment in the colour palette, its diverse community in the abstract forms & figures, & its landforms & agricultural history in the symbols & representations. Creating the artwork was a labour of love, this was Kyle's biggest canvas yet, required him work in beating sun & slicing wind, 35 metres from the ground & around the clock.

Created : August 2017
Litres of paint used : 200
Surface area painted : 1540²
Days spent painting : 14
Silo Height : 35 metres
4 Silo's

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Sunrise shot.

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Afternoon shot.

We managed to catch up with Russell who is carting wheat at the Merredin CBH grain terminal in his new trucking business. We wish him every success for the future.
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Newdegate Silo's & surrounds


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June 2018 saw 'Brenton See' painting native Western Australian wildlife on the Silo's at Newdegate. Brenton had to conquer his fear of heights to paint the 20 Metre high murals.

The murals feature a shape resembling a drop of water, which is half-white & half teal, the white represents the salt lakes & the teal represents the freshwater lakes & the rain.In the background are coloured squares showing how the land appears from above, green for the bush land areas & brown, orange & red for the dirt & rocks.

A Mallee Fowl, which is another local bird of the area, is a symbolic depiction of the Region.

The Red-Tailed Phascogale, which is a rare marsupial found only in the Wheatbelt area and a Thigh Spotted Tree Frog.

Litres of paint used = 120
Surface Area Painted = 600M²
Days spent painting = 13
Silo Height = 20 M
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First we visited the Silos at Lake Grace as seen above. We then took a drive out to see a ghost town near Lake Biddy.
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Lots of desolation at the abandoned townsite.
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We visited the Newdegate cemetery and found a lovely chap sunning himself.
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A drive past the many salt lakes & beside the wheat fields, with a storm brewing.
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Went on an exploration south of Newdegate to find some gnamma holes. Permanent water holes the first Australians used. These were along the Holland track.
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On our walk around Lake Grace we noticed this delightful metal tree at the back of the St John ambulance building.
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Also a tile pathway leading up to the hospital and the old Inland Mission Hospital telling it's history & mosaic's children made now installed as a pathway around the hospital.
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Painted murals on the buildings in town, depicting local women who have influenced the region.
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In honour of Ian's birth year they brought water to Lake Grace in 1958.
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Back home for a cuppa & rest as a storm hit before our last night at Lake Grace.
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Pingrup


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After leaving Katanning to head to Lake Grace Caravan Park we passed through Pingrup. Pingrup is the home of a 25 metre high artwork painted by artist Evoca1 in September 2018, on giant grain storage Silos.

This artwork is a tribute to Western Australia's tenacious, resourceful farming communities.

It's figurative depictions of the towns iconic Pingrup Races, it's Merino sheep, it's people, cattle dogs & even a tractor based precisely on one found on the main street of town, all tell a story about the character of it's community.

230 Litres of paint were used.
Surface painted is 1500M2.
Days spent painting totalled 15.

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Katanning


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Although it is not a Silo town, Katanning is a town of murals.
In 2017 the Silo trail people/artists stopped in Katanning to transform Western Power electrical boxes & walls with murals.
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They even have artwork inside the shops...the icecreamery.
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In addition we couldn’t help but visit the old flour mill that has been transformed into a spectacular.ar Dome cafe, boutique hotel & intimate bar.
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We stayed a t the Katanning Caravan Park (Kui). We took a look at Lake Ewlyamartup, 17 km east of Katanning it has water most of the year & allows 24hr self contained camping. There are supposedly 95 species of birds of which we saw 2. It has a boat ramp & water skiing is allowed or you could kayak or swim in the lake. Toilets & bbqs are free to use.
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Silo Trip - WA. Ravensthorpe then Hopetoun. Albany Silos.

We visited the Ravensthorpe Silos on our Hopetoun trip. A Fremantle based artist Amok Island, painted the 6 stages of a banksia baxteri, a 25 metre high mural on the CBH group silo in August 2016 & here it is.
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First nights stop was at the Muir's Bridge Rest Area- free camping. There was plenty of water in the river & great for wildflower spotting.
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Set-up at the Porongorups.
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Whilst staying in the Porongurups we took a day trip out with Mark & Lauren to view the Silo Art in Albany.
The dynamic artist duo the Yok & Sheryl painted this CBH grain Silo in March 2018. It was one very happy looking marine creature ( and local resident), the ruby seadragon.
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It was recommended we view (self drive) some wooden sculptures.
Low & behold Darrel Radcliffe carves these by chainsaw. This hidden gem in Albany & is amazing.
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Thursday found us looking for a small religious building. St. Werburgh's chapel is a small family chapel about 10 KMs out if Mt Barker. Surprisingly the building is unlocked, allowing visitors easy access. The building was completed around 1872-74 by George Edward Egerton-Warburton. The same family seems to be involved in the upkeep and running of the chapel. Also of interest was the link the family, and the building, has with Ian's home county of Cheshire and county town cathedral in Chester.
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Afterwards we took the scenic route up to the ABC tower which has great views across the landscape around the Mt. Barker region. At 184 metres tall it's pretty impressive.
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We had a pleasant morning tea at the bakery before heading off for lunch at Ironwood winery.
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This was followed by some further wine tastings at Castle Rock
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And then Duke's winery. Meet Duke.
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Manjimup for our neices engagement party

Clothes & food packed. Ready set go. First stop was the Nannup bakery for lunch. Then a quick at the Nannup Furniture Shop & off off we wander.
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We arrived at the Manjimup Central Caravan Park.
Just curious, do any of you read the welcome pack rules before you park up and disconnect from the van? Well, we don't untill we are set up & usually sat down for a cuppa in our lovely van.
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The rule we are referring to at Manjimup is, "All of our sites are on a slope due to council regulations. Wheel chocks are advised."
Imagine this, sitting inside the van in our dining room, Ian was looking out the window and noticed a van backing in. They unhitched as one would normally do. As the car was driven slowly away from the van it appeared the van had a magnetic attraction to the car and started to roll down the hill. Ian jumped up & ran outside to assist. Fortunately the van jockey wheel was going sideways, so rolled onto the soft grass beside and came to a halt. Quickly the owner threw a slab of wood underneath to keep it from deciding to roll any further as they hooked up the car to the van again to reverse the van back into its rightful place. Well chocked, they then safely parted.
Such excitement.

In the park we found Neil & Mel parked up.
We notice rally cars rolling in. They were here for a round of the Karri Rally championship. This year no spectators were allowed. It was lovely to see the cars.

We picked up Mel & Neil in our courtesy shuttle. We headed to visit Jocelyn & Dan for a look around Koomal Creek, the Farm & Vineyard. Jocelyn led us in a convoy around the property by providing a thorough commentary of the farms history via walkie talkie. Followed by a chat about the Vineyard winemaking & some barrel sampling by Ian, Daniels Dad. Thanks Ian.
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The evening was quite cool. A bbq was underway in the shed. Richard, Jocelyn's brother was the cook on the night.
We met Daniels Mum ( Louise) & Dad (Ian), his Sister (Crystal), her husband (Dave) & daughter (Sky). The neighbouring farmer (Rod). Some of the Christophersen family got to meet the family & celebrate Joc & Dan's Engagement.

Saturday we went for a walk & visited the Farmers markets. We found beautiful fresh picked fruit & vegies that were picked the same morning for sale. We came home with grapefruit, brussel sprouts, blueberries & two seedlings destined for our garden.

After a cuppa out we popped for an enjoyable walk down the main Street just around the corner from the park.
We stumbled across the Tall Timbers Brewing Company. It is based in a large area next to the Manjimup Hotel brewing beer onsite. The Official opening is planned for this Halloween 2020. A must to visit on our next trip to the Cherry Festival in December.
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Just down the road we came across some farm art.
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We found a shop in town of interest. Keep your eye out for this shop as the owner is in the process of establishing a shop in Busselton. It will be more affordable than a similar one currently at the shed but priced more affordable.
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Everyone conveened at the Deanmill Workers Club to officially celebrate Joc & Dan's engagement.
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A fabulous time was had by all.

Sunday we visited the Tallest slide in WA. It is 18metres tall. It is built for both the big & little kids. The play equipment is varied and has a variety of swings & flying foxes & offers great variety. If you have taken the kids to the Apple Park in Donnybrook, we would say put this on your list of places to visit & play. Us older ones can enjoy a bbq or picnic & watch the youngens have so much fun.
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The gardens around the Timber & Heritage Park are glorious. Just have a look at these beauties that are in flower right now. They certainly made our heart sing.
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To round out the weekend Melanie channeled her inner firebug Sunday night and got the campfire going for us all. What better way to end a weekend than enjoying pizza, wine & whiskey by the fire with Mel, ( Sister In Law) +Neil ( Ian's Brother), Christopher ( our nephew) & Mandy (Chris's life partner).
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We are now home safe & sound. What a brilliant weekend away with family.
Love you guys!
From Aunty Deborah & Uncle Ian

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Perup Natures Guesthouse


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After leaving Borden travelling along the Northern side of the Stirling ranges we came across a few more free range emus, at least these ones ran in front of us but away into the bush unlike others we have seen that run at you. The views as we travelled through the Stirling Ranges was spectacular.
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On our way home from Borden we caught up with the Busselton Naturalist group for a 2 night stay at the Perup Natures Guesthouse.
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The majority of the group stayed in onsite accommodation, we on the other hand stayed on our mobile accommodation. We mingled with the group during the day. The first night, Friday we went on a spotlighting walk & managed to see Kangaroos, Brushtail Possums, one with a baby on its back, a Woylie & the Tawny Frogmoth. Whilst sitting in our caravan enjoying a cuppa a couple of Tammar Wallabies.
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Saturday took us on a morning walk through the Native Reserve, unfortunately it rained & our walk was cut a little shorter.
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In the afternoon we all went for a short drive to the Tone River Bridge Rest Area which is also a free camping spot. We found some amazing orchids.
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Saturday we had a communal shared nibbles, dinner & a happy hour that went for a few hours. Needless to say wine, port & whiskey were shared also.

Sunday, we all headed home. Ian & I drove through Donnybrook & stopped for a late morning tea at the Donnybrook Transit Park. We drove home through the Tuart Drive in the Tuart Forrest, such a relaxing comfortable drive.
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We are now home safe & sound from another feel good relaxing holiday & hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend.

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Borden overnighter (Free camping)


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A quick morning tea stop in Ravensthorpe. The other intrepid couple Margôt & Andrew caught up & said a final good bye as they headed North. We took the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the Seat Art Project.
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Our overnight stop tonight is Borden. This is a one shop town although it also has a Tavern which is our dinner destination. The friendly general store Lady directed us towards an area near the sports oval where there had been some sightings of Wildflowers & Orchids. Borden is never mentioned as a place to view Wild Flowers but boy did we see some flowers. If you like flowers put it on your list of places to visit.
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Was thinking of picking up some fuel, but Pump said no...and they're very safety conscious in Borden.
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Borden street Artwork
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The primary school had this lovely Lady.
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Hopetoun


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Hopetoun here we come. We drove past the famous Lilly, Dutch windmill, near Borden.
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Morning tea stop at Jerramungup saw Ian finding a new friend.
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We see more rolling fields of green wheat & vibrant yellow canola. They do fill my heart with joy.
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We passed the Ravensthorpe silos.
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We visited Yummy Licious, Candy Shack the tallest freestanding Lollipop in the world.
https://ourgems.com.au/attraction/1654)
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We found a shop called Crazy Grannies. A fabulous shop where three crazy friends who all happened to be granny's got together & opened this gorgeous little shop. Well worth a stop. If you love patchwork quilts you will find this shop irresistible. https://ourgems.com.au/attraction/1954
Ravensthorpe is an old country town, but we didn't believe that the old thunder boxes (outdoor loos) were still being emptied. Although we did find this double thunder box. Just reminded us of emptying the caravan cassette.
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The amazingly creative Farm Gate Art Trail, Art.
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The Ravensthorpe Wild Flower Show had almost 700 species on display and was spectacular with a $5 entry fee.
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Also on display were rocks from the area which included Tourmaline & Mica of which we have recently been viewing & collecting from the Pilbara. There are gold & lithium mines in the area.
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Wednesday and it was Danish, what Danish? There it was, sitting in the display cabinet taunting us. Is that lonely Danish available?, Ian asked the local bakery shop assistant. Ian had been sent into town on a mission with Andrew to get morning tea, for Deborah specifically a Danish. The response from the bakery assistant to Ian's question was that the lone Danish was unavailable. So he bought a citrus tart which went down a treat with Deborah & Ian had a strawberry custard tart.

The four intrepid travellers headed out with the picnic basket & flask. A nice drive through the Fitzgerald River National Park, in particular Hamersley Inlet, for lunch. Ian met another new friend, Margòt named Russel.
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On our way back we stopped to look for Wildflowers & Whales. The Whales were shy but the Wildflowers were happy to see us.
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By chance Andrew mentioned that there was a 48 hr rest area for self contained vehicles in Hopetoun, which is located along the Esplanade. There is a box for travellers to add receipts of purchases in town during your stay. It could be nice for a summer stopover as it's right next to the beach & a very short walk into town.
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Rather than cook we decided to walk to the pub tonight which is at the caravan park for the final meal together on this trip. It's been fun.

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Hopetoun - Stage 3 Porongorups


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Three nights stay.

The planned departure from the farm was delayed slightly after Farmer Andrew went out on his tractor to feed his cows some hay. He noticed a calf hoof exiting a cow. We took the Polaris out on a recognoita Farmer Andrew, Farmer Margòt & Deborah to find the cow & see it was okay as it was calving. About an hour & a half later, no sign of the cow, it seems she had found a hidden birthing area on the 100 acre farm.
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After a quick stop at the Mt Barker Bakery we arrived at the Porongurups Tourist Park. Needless to say we made a fire on our first night.IMG_20200912_173843419.jpg
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We took a walk to the local shop & tearooms & came back with firewood from along the road side for another fire.
We took a drive for lunch at the scenic Ironwood Winery. The views were spectacular from our socially distanced lunch spot. The blue wrens & the red firetail finches. As we looked along the fence line we saw a huge bunny on steroids hopping along.

Next stop another winery for a tasting & a cuppa. Zarephath Winery. The Monks established the winery & brand until the new owners took over 14 years ago. We enjoyed their wines and even bought some Pinot Noir which was comparable to the Devil's Corner Resolution we once tasted in Tasmania. Normally a wine we don't appreciate.
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On our last full day the three intrepid adventures set off to climb the 600 metre high Castle Rock. The ultimate destination was the Granite Skywalk. To get there. it was a steep 2.2km uphill trek. Just in over an hour after leaving the carpark we reached the lower viewing platform. Wow the views were spectacular. See Farmer Andrew who was the first to walk the Granite Skywalk.
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To reach the Skywalk was a scramble up & over huge granite rocks, with steel handles bolted into them. See Ian's shoe in the bottom of the first photo.
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Again some spectacular views. Farmer Andrew was the first to make it up the 6 metre steel ladder up to the Skywalk. Deborah was convinced she had come so far she needed to pluck up the courage & climb the ladder to view the amazing scenery. You can see here, the fear on her face as she prepared to fight the fear + just do it.
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Deborah was so afraid she didn't even take the camera, sorry folks can't share the highest sorted with you this time. I challenge you to take the walk yourself if your up to it.

Here Deborah is at the top of the ladder on the Granite Skywalk. It was a great achievement & feeling. This photo was courteously of Farmer Andrew & his iPhone.
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The walk back down was the same track, but took almost as long. All up, about a 3 hour jaunt.

We took an afternoon scenic drive finishing with a wine tasting at Dukes Winery underneath the rainbow. We enjoyed the taste & all managed to purchase some fine quality wines.
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Tomorrow we are off to the next destination for 3 nights.

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Hopetoun - Stage 2 Denmark


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We left Pemberton in convoy. Morning tea was had at the Shannon National Park. Lunch at Walpole. The major change we found at Walpole was the availability of 4 bays for stopover of 24 hours for self contained vehicles.
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Parked up at the farm in Denmark for a couple of nights on Andrew & Margot's Farm.
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We saw a few large Karri trees in Pemberton but there are quite a few at the farm. So beautiful to look at, smooth to touch. Deborah and Andrew decided to climb a tree. This one was easy to climb as it had recently fallen over. On its way down it took out a power line on the farm, which also supplied several of the neighbouring properties. It's similar to many others on the property, which are still standing.
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It gave us a chance to have a look around Denmark. We enjoyed lunch at The Boston Brewery, it had good sized meals & a relaxed atmosphere & it just happened to have a large fire.
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A visit to the Swiss Annies Denmark chocolate lounge. What a beautiful location & the gardens were beautiful & full of vibrant flowers.
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The farm & views & our rainbow after a showery day with parts of fine weather in between.
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Hitting the road tomorrow to our next destination.

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Hopetoun here we come - Stage 1 Pemberton

Why not try Hopetoun in spring? Well we had been dared to go by Andrew and Margot, so we thought why not. We'd tried the weather further north recently and it had been relatively fine and warmish, not cold.
We had a nice pleasant drive through some Karri tree country before arriving at Pemberton which was our first 2 nights meet up with Andrew and Margot.
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Pemberton, a place we had driven through numerous times but never actually stayed there. We booked the caravan park for 2 nights, and definitely had the Pemberton Tramway on our 'to do' list.
Parked up in the caravan park, which was a little squishy due to heavy rains the week before.
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We even had a few locals welcome us to the park.
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A quick look around town saw us finding some local wildlife.
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And a new addition to the social drinking scene...
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Pemberton does have a local swimming pool, much like Manjimup does, a natural water catchment along the river. Deborah contemplating a swim but decided it might be too cool at the moment.
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The Pemberton Tramway was a highlight, and took us over several bridges towards the Cascades, before returning us to the station.
The station had a few interesting relics.
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The trip, scenery and Cascades were great.
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We even got to stop the traffic a couple of times....
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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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