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.
You can choose to travel the by train instead!
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 😦
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.
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
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 It was built to help pump water from a spring up to the lighthouse cottages, and over the years the wood that it was originally made from has been coated in, and partially replaced by minerals.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.
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂