THE SHANNON- AN ABANDONED TOWN!
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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ACCOMMODATION: Shannon campground $0
Shannon National Park was just 60 kms north east of Windy Harbour through a lovely forest drive Middleton Road, and we arrived to set up camp in the spacious site 7- around 4pm.
The camping area once was part of the town of Shannon, constructed in the 1940s to house and service the biggest timber mill at the time. After WW2 a shortage of timber led to this fairly inaccessible forest finally being logged. 90 mill houses, post office, pub, golf course and oval were built to house the workers and you can still see evidence of the old town today. The mill was closed in 1968 and all the buildings and equipment were sold off and today it is a lovely camp ground.
The facilities include flushing toilets, hot showers, fuelled by a chip heater and a generous kitchen. Some friends had told us that last year at this time the March flies were so bad that camping out was impossible; this year it is hot and dry, and thankfully, insect/bug free! There were very few campers here and we enjoyed a quiet time.
The 3 km Scenic Walk took us through lovely forest and we had fun distinguishing between the karri, jarrah and marri trees- in the end I think we got it! The forest is Quokka territory and although we didn't sight any we witnessed their destructive attacks on the forest reeds. A few kangaroos kept their distance but eyes on us. There were many currawongs visiting camp hoping for a free feed and pretty wrens flitting about.
The nights were dark and completely silent, and as always we were enthralled by the brilliant stars and the odd satellite hurtling above!
Camping is now free for us in WA as camp hosts with the required voluntary hours accrued.