06.10.2012 - 08.10.2012 24 °C
Had a good chat with Graham and Nancy this morning before moving on. It really is a wonderful spot where they live and the scenery is magnificent.
The first stop this morning was at Margaret River where we walked part of the town and did a little shopping before heading down to Witchcliffe where Bob’s Uncle John lives. He is 94 and certainly has all his faculties about him. We had morning tea with him the drove on to have a look at Lake Cave. There are over 100 known caves in this area but only 6 are open to the public.
There are over 300 steps down into Lake Cave but the views were well worth it. We took a lot of photos.
The next stop was in Boronup Karri Forrest. The trees here were absolutely magnificent.as were some more wildflowers including the very beautiful purple/blue Hovea.
Continuing on we drove down to the junction of the Indian and Southern Oceans and the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin
Very close to here was the remains of a water wheel which was built in 1895 to provide water for the construction of the lighthouse and then to supply water to the lighthouse keepers. It has calcified now but it does look good.
We drove on the where we thought we might camp for the night at Alexandra Bridge Campground however, the place was packed with campers (it is school holiday time), so we drove on to the junction of the Brockman Highway and Stewart Road where we have pulled into for the night.
We have finally started our homeward journey as today we headed east for the first time.
We got up this morning and there was a slight mist about so took some photos of our stopover for last night.
We drove down Stewart Road which is a shortcut to Pemberton, we have never been on this road before and it was quite good. Just before we came to Pemberton we called in at Beedelup Falls. The falls are not that high but the scenery and the trees around here are wonderful.
When we reached Pemberton we pulled into the old railway station. They still haven’t found a driver for the old steam train so it’s not running which is a great pity. We went 25 km down the track and back on it in 1999. It was a wonderful experience. There is quite a lot of old railway gear lying about everywhere here.
We had lunch here near the Gloucester Tree and took a couple of photos of the vans amongst the tall Karri trees.
We drove further south east through Northcliffe to a rest area just 16 km from Walpole. We hung up some of the damp washing and photographed a few more wildflowers (Are you sick of them yet?).
Left our campspot 16km west of Walpole and drove into Walpole itself. On the way we stopped at a lookout to see Nornalup Inlet.
We refuelled and then unhooked our caravan in the Information Centre car park. We packed morning tea and drove up Hilltop Road to have a look at The Giant Tingle Trees but on the way stopped at a lookout to see down to Nornalup Inlet again.
We continued on to the tingle tree car park and went for a walk. There were a number of new wildflowers along the track.
The Tingle trees are really quite large and most of them have had a fire in the buttress at some time or other which has left them quite hollow and interesting.
We had morning tea before carrying on to Circular Pool on the upper reaches of the Franklin River. A chemical called Saponin is produced from decaying plant material in the water which causes the water to foam when it descends through the waterfalls. The waters brown colour is caused by the tannin released by the decaying plant material. The reason that it is called Circular Pool is the marvellous circular patters which occur as the water swirls around in the lower pool.
We drove back to Walpole and hooked our van back on then drove to William Bay. This must be one of the prettiest beaches in Australia and we took many photos here as well as just around the corner at Elephant Rocks. There were many wildflowers here.
We continued on to Denmark which is a lovely town. The riverside has a nice bandstand on the other side and a great park all the way along the river.
We then drove out to Young’s Siding and the home of Glenda and Duncan. Glenda is the daughter of one of Bob’s Cousins. The scenery here is wonderful. The farm is very peaceful and Duncan runs cattle and sheep on it.
Pommy Bob had a great time entertaining Glenda and Duncan's two children; Beth and Jim. We are not too sure who wore out who.