Tag Archives: Orchids

Gave up on sun….chase Wildflowers instead!

Due to some things not working correctly we headed back to Geraldton for a week and stopped in a van park near town. Then we left and re-visited Cliff Head as we like this campsite. The weather beat us again so we left and went inland towards Eneabba again but camped at Lake Indoon. Found a lovely sheltered spot away from the day picnic area.

We spent our time taking walks around the lake and photographing heaps of orchids. We enjoyed cooking up feasts on our fire pig and I practiced my scone making. We only had a short time left on our ‘Sun Journey’ so we headed to the Wildflower areas we missed last year. Coorow Van Park was our next stay for a couple of nights. We took a drive to Carnamah, Three Springs and Perenjori. We headed towards the Rabbit Proof Fence Road to view more everlastings and they were magnificent. We went to a Talc Mine Lookout, Camel Soak (rock) and back via Latham to view more orchids and wreath flowers at a gravel pit nearby.

We had the Ford booked in for a repair in Perth so we headed to Bindoon again – did I mention they have a great Bakehaus!! After a couple of days we did a final run out to Wongan Hills (where we had a problem with van springs) then to Cadoux, Koorda & Bencubbin. We visited the Pergandes Sheep Yards (all made from granite slabs), Mt Marshall, Trayning, Kellerberin to Shackleton. It boasts the smallest bank in WA and Steves Sculptures. For the night we stopped at Kwolyin Camp, another new camp area with new amenities in a now obsolete town.

Then it was back to the wheatbelt farm to prepare for doing hay harvest and grain at end of September. Due to wet weather it has been delayed for a week, hence me catching up on our travels!

 

Advertisements

Looking for sun….heading east to Goldfields

Due to bad weather we headed to Geraldton to a van park to wait out the rain & wind. But after a couple of days we realised we’d just have to head off…somewhere!

So after checking out some more coastal towns, Horrocks Beach & Coronation Beach we went inland to Northampton then on to a tiny town called Yuna. It’s a 72 hr stopover with toilet & water behind a hall. Quiet and surrounded by crops. We had very cold days & nights due to the wind, but good time to catch up on stuff.

We met a number of Travellers that kept us entertained over the 3 days. Then we moved on further east to Yalgoo as I’d read a van park had just been refurbished and it had good reviews on Wikicamps (my 2nd favourite travel bible after Camps Australia). The reviews were right – nice neat small park, brand new mud brick uni-sex amenities, reasonable rates & friendly managers (also Travellers).

So we made it our base for a couple of weeks. As it was mid July by now the wildflowers were coming into bloom which gave the area a pretty lift. We visited Joker’s Tunnel – an old gold mine. It had it’s own tenants – bats. We also did a day drive to Payne’s Find via dirt road and the everlastings were breathtaking. We also encountered Emus, Roos and Wedgetail Eagles along the road. The Gold Battery was closed so we kept going to Mt Magnet. As we’d been there before we headed out on a backroad to Dalgaranga Meteorite Crater – the smallest in Australia. (Don’t go out of your way to visit it, it’s very under-whelming).

Early August we headed back to Geraldton to get some things fixed. We stopped in Geraldton’s new RV Stop near the Info Centre in the car park. It had a great Esplanade to walk along and seals that sun themselves on the rocks. It’s right next to the port so it’s a bit noisy and it’s very well lit! You can watch the tugs guiding the ships out of port for some entertainment! Once all our repairs were done we headed to a favourite spot east of Geraldton – Ellendale Pool.

It had been raining and it was a bit sloppy getting in, but we managed and set up camp. It has two areas to park, flushing loos & a dump point. The cliffs opposite are beautiful in the am & pm. If it wasn’t for the bad weather and Jeda being sick we would have stayed longer. We encountered heaps of orchids and 3 visiting Echidnas!