On contemplation we really should have headed directly north as far as we could drive if we wanted a warm and sunny winter. (Word of warning to anyone wanting warm weather in winter).
We left the farm mid June to check out some areas we hadn’t visited last year or revisit some we enjoyed. I did my usual research in brochures about the Turquoise & Coral Coast and Northern & Central Wheatbelt. We decided to head towards the coast on the way up via some lovely towns – Beverley & York. Beverley has some Art Deco buildings and a railway gallery. We stopped overnight in their free parking area opposite the river.
Next day we ventured to a place outside of Beverley called Avondale Discovery Farm. It’s National Trust listed and they have a huge range of memorabilia from this farming area, along with friendly Clydesdale horses, emus and birds everywhere. We spent a couple of hours walking around and yakking to the volunteers – very enjoyable (and Jeda could come through the museum too).
After lunch we headed to York to stop in their overnight powered parking area near the Avon River. We walked the streets (as we always do) and admired the architecture of the street frontages. We wanted to visit the Motor Museum, but we didn’t have anywhere to leave Jeda so we packed up and moved on towards Toodyay. Pretty town with an old mill, Connors Mill. Bad weather followed us so we continued on to Bindoon in the Chittering Valley and booked in for 3 nights in their park on an oval. We setup in the pouring rain.
Next day we walked the town and found a wonderful bakery, Bindoon Bakehaus. Very scrummy! Oh, and they also have a great op shop (ADRA) and sell very cheap and delicious citrus on roadside areas. We enjoyed a visited to the local museum and Arts & Crafts at the Brockman Centre not far from town. Just had to stop at Bakehaus one more time to try their pies – ok, we’ve had better.
Being Queenslanders we had to watch State Of Origin – fantastic game – Qld 26-16!!!! After 3 days of miserable, cold and windy weather we decided it was time to head to the coast to hopefully find better climes! We headed west towards Gin Gin, Guilderton, Ledge Point and Lancelin. Sun was out, wind was blowing – we decided a gravel pit was tonight’s accommodation option. And no the weather wasn’t any better on the coast!