Sleepless night

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Miami Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, October 22, 2012

I was disappointed that I missed Fremantle and a few other places on the way down to
Mandurah, but I'm sure Perth residents were grateful for the rain.

However, as I got further away from Perth the sky was clearing up and I could see blue sky on the horizon...yeah!
The thought of rain for the next few days was rather daunting, especially in the van with
the dogs.
By the time I reached Rockingham the sky was almost cloudless, and the sun's rays were a
welcoming relief, as the wind outside was very chilly.I didn't find Rockingham very interesting and just drove along the beach road until I found a park where the dogs were allowed...on a leash of course...and let them out for a run.Quick stop at the local shop and off to Mandurah, where I booked into a park for the night.
Didn't get much sleep though, the noise I heard weeks ago of gnawing was back, encroaching my silence, and this time much louder and I couldn't figure out where it was coming from, but it certainly had me guessing. What the hell is it? Where the hell is it? And what the hell is it doing in the van?
Next morning I opened the cupboards and the proof of this annoying 'pest' was all over the place. Packets had been gnawed into and there were droppings everywhere. YUK! Has to be a mouse I picked up somewhere.
Leaving Mandurah I stopped at the first big shopping centre and bought a mouse trap.

From Mandurah I weaved around the scenic coast road, then it was a leisurely drive to Lake Clifton and the Thrombolites, by this time the sky had covered over concealing the Thrombolites under the water, a quick lunch followed and then the last leg to Australind.
So far the trap is still empty... :-( However, taking the food out and unwrapping it and putting it in plastic bags, helped me have a better sleep last night.

(Mandurah has grown from isolated holiday communities along the shores of the Peel-Harvey Estuary to a major regional city in just over a decade, in a similar vein to the Gold Coast in Eastern Australia, in recent times forming a conurbation with nearby Rockingham and the capital Perth along the coast.The waters of the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary (one of Australia's larger inlet systems) form the centre of Mandurah. The estuary is approximately twice the size of Sydney Harbour. The city lies in and around this freshwater system which in turn feeds into the Indian Ocean. The city and its suburbs have many kilometres of ocean coastline most of which is sandy beaches. Mandurah also has a number of suburbs built around artificially created canal systems that extend from the Peel Inlet, such as Halls Head, Dudley Park and Wannanup.

In terms of geology, much of Mandurah lies on the dune systems which dominate South Western WA's coastline, progressively grading towards the Swan Coastal Plain as one travels inland. The area has infertile soils due to the dunes being rather sandy, having poor water retention qualities. Limestone outcrops are found to the north of the city especially along the Mandurah Line. Mandurah is the closest city to Yalgorup National Park which is home to modern thrombolites as well as an array of flora and fauna).

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