23.09.2012 - 25.09.2012 23 °C
There was a nice looking wheat field opposite to where we camped last night so took a photo.
We drove to Mingenew and called into the Information Centre to obtain some maps. Hiroe purchased some lupin cereal while there. A good sculpture of wheat in the park.
We had a slight change of planned route and went via Three Springs where we walked the town and took a few photos.
Next stop was at Carnamah where we turned left for Perenjori. The wildflowers along this road were great and even though we didn’t stop we had a good viewing. We arrived in Perenjori in time for lunch and a walk around. There was a good mural on the wall of one of the shops and a metal sculpture near the railway station.
Onwards to Caron Dam which was a water collecting system for the old steam trains which used to operate here. Rain fall is quite low out here so they devised this system where a huge catchment was covered in bitumen and when it rained, the water then flowed down a sealed channel into a huge storage tank. Some good wildflowers around here as well. We were going to stay here for the night however it was still quite early so we pressed on.
We turned south again through Latham and again the wildflowers were out in abundance so we stopped and took some photos.
We finally arrived at Buntine and drove 3 km out to Buntine Rock where we have camped for the night. We went for a 1 km walk to have a look at the rock and after climbing up to the top, took some good photos of the surrounding countryside.
The rest area at Buntine rock was lovely and quiet and we all had a great nights sleep because of this.
First stop today was at Wubin where we refuelled before continuing on to Dalwallinu.
This is an extremely tidy town with lovely gardens and flower beds down the centre of the main street.
We visited the towns very modern Discovery Centre and obtained good information about the district and maps of the area.
From Dalwallinu we travelled on to Kalannie where we stopped for morning tea. Wildflolwers are everywhere again. Continuing on we drove to Koorda and Richard and Mui’s home where we will stay for the next 4 nights.
We have been travelling through wheat, canola and lupin fields for the past 4 days and there is more to come from here.
First thing after breakfast this morning we went for a walk around the town of Koorda and on the way saw some interesting wildflowers.
Rick showed us around including the old Police Station and Lock-up.
We called into the Post Office and discussed purchasing a USB Modem for Mui. It will have to be done in Perth but recharging can be done here in Koorda.
We did some sitting around and chatting this morning then it started to rain, YES, that’s right – RAIN in KOORDA. We decided that we would go for a drive after lunch as the rain seemed to have stopped so we all piled into our car and drove out the gravel road to the local wildflower park. Well, we had just got started on our walk when it started to rain so it was a mad run back to the car. By the time we got there it was pelting down, the wind was driving and the rain was freezing cold so that was the end of that excursion.
We decided that we would drive the back road to Bencubbin. The road was gravel and wet but we got there OK. We found that the hotel in Bencubbin has closed down and looking through the windows we could see it was empty apart from a couple of furniture items. Don’t know where the local drunks go here.
We visited the local Info Centre and the lady there was very inquisitive about where we have come from and where we have been.
This town was one in which sandalwood was harvested in the past and many items are on display here from this era. We took some photos in the memorial park.