HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 10

In being consistent with our travels, we haven’t travelled very far this week. Having said that, we’ve spent a few days in the caravan taking shelter from storms – yet again. I guess it’s to be expected at this time of year. I can tell you though, that we’re looking forward to reaching the north for some warmer weather 😐

We’re still in South West (SW) Western Australia (WA) and this area alone should take much longer than what we’ve given it in time – there is just SO much to see here.

Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, stretching 1.8 km out to sea from the town. We walked it in late afternoon and were there for the sunset.

Busselton Jetty at sunset

Busselton Jetty at sunset

You can choose to travel the by train instead!

Train ride over the 1.8 km jetty

Train ride over the 1.8 km jetty

Being married to a speleologist (caver) we can’t escape seeing a cave or two out of the 400 + caves that are in this area. I went to NgILGI Cave which has significant Aboriginal Heritage and some 350 steps later, my knees were complaining 😦

One of the many shawls...

One of the many shawls

A celling full of stalactites

A celling full of stalactites

The Canal Rocks are striking, dramatic, ancients and a geological feature on the Margaret River’s Cape to Cape  (Leeuwin – Naturaliste) coast. It’s been created by pounding waves off the Indian Ocean which have sculptured a network of canals into the headland, forming a patchwork of rocky islands.

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks

 Hamelin Bay was beautiful  – again part of the Margaret River area. This is a must see part of the country. Hamelin Bay was notorious for wrecks – its exposure to prevailing weather making it a dangerous location for anchoring or mooring. It was named after the French explorer Jacques Felix Emmanuel Hamelin 

Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay

Not far from Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is the Augusta Historic Water Wheel  The fossilised water wheel is a curiosity worth visiting. It was built to help pump water from a spring up to the lighthouse cottages, and over the years the wood that it was originally made from has been coated in, and partially replaced by minerals. It’s now calcified and frozen in time, like a stalagmite.

Water Wheel

Water Wheel

View under the wooden flume

View under the wooden flume

Wooden Flume

Wooden Flume

The extensive basalt rock formations at Wyalup-Rocky Point were deposited thousands of years ago by flowing lava, and now create a distinctive feature on the Back Beach. These were hard to capture due to the vast contrast on the day.

Wyalup Rocky Point

Wyalup Rocky Point

Wyalup Rocky Point

Wyalup Rocky Point

This SW coast line has over 400 wineries and they looked spectacular at this time of year with the vine turning golden orange. We were very lucky to strike a double rainbow over one of them.

One of the SW 400 + wineries

One of the SW 400 + wineries

Vineyards in the SW

Vineyards in the SW

Last, but by no means least, there’s Gnomesville! Yes, you’ve read it right, Gnomesville. It’s located at the Conner of Wellington Mill & Ferguson Roads, Wellington Mill, WA and has over 3,000 Gnomes. You can bring your own Gnomes or buy them from the Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre. It’s an amazing place, take a look!

Gnomesville, Western Australia

Gnomesville, Western Australia

Gnomesville, Western Australia

Gnomesville, Western Australia

Mr Oz, surrounded by Gnomes

Mr Oz, surrounded by Gnomes

The last of the Gnomes!

The last of the Gnomes!

I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.

As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂

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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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11 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 10

  1. These are such gorgeous stops that you could do a post on each photo. Amazing. I’m not into gnomes and have never understood them or their purpose but I think I’m in the minority. 🙂

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    • I think I’m with you Judy, this is why I found this site so amazing. They’re from around the world, families, businesses, community groups etc. Everyone is running with it!

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  2. Hard to pick my favourite photo here! View under the wooden flume and the double rainbow are right up there. AMAZING!! They look like paintings of a dream land. What a truly beautiful country we live in- you’re capturing it perfectly.

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  3. gfchopstix says:

    Those gnomes are just too cute! Lovely photos and scenery – can understand why you’re not rushing it. The rainbow over the vineyard is beautiful!

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  4. kazg10 says:

    Oh Sonia what a lovely area. Busselton Jetty on my list of jetties/piers as I love them. This one is so interesting with the sheds on it. Beautiful photo as well as a couple of others that were just wonderful being “vineyards in the SW” the composition and colours just lovely, and “view under the wooden flume” magical. Hamelin Bay looks like another bucket list old remains to be captured at sunrise/sunset as well. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful area 🙂

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    • Kaz, you’d go flat out photographing here. The only thing is, if I was to stop in every place to photograph it at sunset, I’ll still be in NSW! There is so much beauty and not enough time …

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      • kazg10 says:

        Haha youre right it would take me forever to get around Australia if i stopped at every pier for the sunset but what a lovely way to go. Envying you Sonia!

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