Muddling around Mullewa

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Well on Monday our holiday from our holiday was over and we left Kalbarri.  It was a beautiful sunny day and before we knew it we had left Australia.  We were in Hutt River Province.  Sadly we were not enticed to stay long as the place was tired and badly neglected.  Things were "open" but we didn't see anyone to speak to.  Where was Prince Leonard and Princess Shirley?  We saw the Post Office and stamps etc but no helpfull sales staff there.  The Government Offices were open but not a public servant to be seen.  After ten minutes we left!  Our next destination was Northampton - a lovely old historic town with a good little Lions Park for a picnic lunch.  Boy it's a hard life.  Off we went through the amazing Chapman Valley where the farmers must be rubbing their hands with glee.  For as far as the eye could see we saw the lushes crops of cereal and canola all gorgous greens and yellows.  They've had a two year drought and fantastic early rains this year to get them all productive and happy again.  Finally we finished our day bush camping at Ellendale Pool.  This is a scenic gorge with a large permanent water hole on the Greenough River.  We lit our campfire and cooked our meal in the camp ovens and had a really peaceful sleep - except for more Corellas at sunset and sunrise.  Oh and I have to mention the wildflowers in this part of the world, the cameras are still working overtime.
The next day we visited a wind farm with 54 turbines and one which you could drive right up to and hear the amazing noise they make and get a real feel for just how big they are.  Our destination was Coalseam Conservation Park which still has stripes of coal layered through the soil and river beds.  They did try to mine it but it wasn't viable because it was in too thin a layers even though the quality is good.  The park was really well done with an excellent camping area and lookouts etc but we only stayed for lunch because we were heading for Mullewa to see a lovely little Catholic church hand made about 80 years ago by Monsignor John Hawes (he was responsible for about six of them in the district).  We must thank Lorraine and Ian for telling us not to miss this, pity we were a couple of hours too late for the guided tour.  Mullewa is also famous for the wildflowers there but I think they will be even better in a week or two.  We bushed camped again at Teninewa Pioneer Well site a few kms down the track.  Here we had a carpet of white everlastings as well as yellow, pink and blue wildflowers.  I have to stop going on about them.  Now the weather has been perfect in the daytime but so cold at night.  This morning when we got up there was condensation inside our tent and ice on the car outside.  It must have been close to zero degrees.  Hope that makes all the SA people feel a little better because we here its still wet and cold there.  After a couple of nights in Geraldton we will send another travel pod because we then head out east again for a few days and will be bush camping and off line.  Were thinking of you all at home and know we will be back there soon.
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starlagurl on

Nice descriptions...
Those fields sound beautiful, and the pictures of your campsite are also great. Thanks for the great writing, keep it up guys.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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