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    Back at the end of February we were down under in Perth WA for most of March, the main event was our sons wedding, after that there had to be more exploring of the state.



    Perth's autumnal skyline, in the end we only had 1 day of light rain out of the whole 4 wks. Line up of cars are 4 customers cars of the dealership where he works, they agreed to chauffeur the groom, best man and two ushers to the venue at Matilda Bay, across the Swan River from the city. There were several other weddings along the shoreline so when these appeared and then eventually departed in convoy it caused quite a bit of kerfuffle especially as they made a fair bit of noise while staying within the law!






    Cottislow is a famed city beach and every year they have an arts do, this was an aussie angle on this entry from IIRC Japan, it took a while to click what the puddle was. (the wee blob is John Maddock!)






    We had a house hired for a week with its own version of wildlife, the plan was for our daughter, S-I-L and twin grandsons to be there with us but the boys came out with chickenpox just days before flying.............so just the two of us rattled around in it on our own.







    Don't know that I'd like to get fresh with any of those sort of gals! - WA is quite big on the fact that they try to produce/supply all their own milk. The Ute was a nice newish version of their traditional work vehicle. Why don't they flog them here?







    After the wedding the 2 of us went off exploring some of the bits we had missed back in 2014. We went north this time heading for Cervantes. Once away form the city you see lots of roadtrains, quite a lot were running limesands to farmers inland as seeding was due to kick off soon. There seemed to be quarries every where so later on when a farmer told us they have only 10 more years supply out there it seemed odd.







    Cervantes is famed for it Pinnicles- sandstone columns over about 250-300 acres They were originally hidden under sand but changes in the environment started to uncover them a lot more. The experts are still arguing exactly what they are, one popular theory is the remains where plant roots were millions of years ago, covered in sand and then when rotted away, replaced with sand that locked together forming the pinicles.



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    More pictures of the pinacles








    View across the road from the B&B we stayed at in Cervantes, a lobster fishing port, there are tractors and boats everywhere. The trusty Chambelain I think




    Heading off north to Jurien Bay up the coast. Pretty dry time, lots of places in the aftermath of a dry harvest. Several places the stock were trying to live off nothing. Saw a lot of dust storms here






    Roadtrains move all and everything. Spotted a triple Bunnings roadtrain- the new owners of Homebase here in the UK- don't think they will have those delivering here!











    Geraldton. A main sea port that is linked to HMAS Sydney lost in the 2WW not that far out in the indian ocean, all 645 crew were lost when both she and the German raider were in action and sunk. The memorial is set up on the hill overlooking the harbour. The dome has 645 seagulls forming the roof as memorial to each sailor of HMAS Sydney lost that day.

    In the port you can see several Ships, there is quite a lot of grain that goes out of here seeing as it was their post-harvest time then.


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    Re: Western Australia revisited.........

    Great set of pictures. Don't know why but some of them won't enlarge... Don't know if its me or not. Perth is a great place isn't it. Want to go back one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springermad9 View Post
    Great set of pictures. Don't know why but some of them won't enlarge... Don't know if its me or not. Perth is a great place isn't it. Want to go back one day.

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    Next stop was a bit further north up the coast to Kalbarri. Once you get here, going further north means you are supposed to keep enough water in your vehicle for a couple of days supply. The area has a fairly dramatic rock coastline and there isn't so much cereals, more stock, and dust!


    Not the Northampton from home by the look of the long and winding roads











    Saw more of these grain stores alongside the highway- all crammed full by the look of it.
















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    Bit of a barren landscape, with a fair bit of dust blown where the the few livestock have grazed it all away over summer and now their autumn breezes pick it up








    Just a few of the nice rugged coastline, and the famed setting sun on the Indian Ocean. Saw a few of them again this time.




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    Having ticked Kalbarri off the list we then backtracked to Geraldton leaving highway 1 there and heading inland on highway 123 towards Mount Magnet, suppose it got that name seeing as its just a huge iron-ore mining area, an Ozzie policeman based there painted it as not really a tourist place! We were just heading that way to Mullewa and then turning south onto the Wubin road. Knew we were heading into the grain belt area as the sign as you turned off stated the condition of several roads as well as the Wubin road and whether they were passable !!



    Yet another Chamberlain out to grass! Then we picked up Geraldton Freight lines hauling more grain to port, saw 12-15 of these that morning!








    Came across this interesting farmhouse. Different if nothing else



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    Here we are just entering Geraldton, look who's heading out of town!









    Heres one of the boats waiting for a load





    Then when we headed east we passed Mr Claas's depot







    Worth saying a bit about the roads given the first image below, in WA they tend to grade the sand soil and roll it down hard with a vibrating roller while applying copious amounts of water that seems to lock the sand grains together, then they spray tar followed by chippings. Makes a dammed good road , that is until the heavy rains come and wash whole roads away


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    Still heading inland, caught a freight train, then a road train













    Then a billy-no-mates, still he did wave a finger at the camera!






    Here in the distance there are more heaps of their gypsum lime, then we reached the unfortunately worded sign for a minor road south to mingenew. Here there was a scoreboard at the roadside telling you which roads were open, or not! Did a couple hundred Km's mostly on this central tarmac strip, with the occasional pull-over to the left- still travelling at a fair lick so as to pass a vehicle doing the same towards you. Started to notice a big cloud formation coming in from the north and going our way







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    Here's the dust storm being kicked up by the storm we were running parallel with- later we found that to the east of us they had torrential rain and lightening that wiped out the telstra mobile phone network for a couple of days- thats to only one that really works out in the sticks too!






    More grain stores, not sure if the shed is more of a prison than a grain terminal building? Spotted the 1st of many name places where they used disc harrow blades as "flowers"- maybe they got a good deal off of some machinery dealers??







    Spotted a bit of kit as you do, just lurking as we headed on south towards Dalwallinu. Got to the bit where seasonal flooding can close the highway. All ok at the moment and the road has now widened a bit too. Then the welcoming committee goes into overdrive with a rainbow. Luckily the rain side stepped us, although they would of been glad to of had some






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    Got to Dalwallinu, sort of the centre of WA's northern grain area- first 3 pics are the local established dealer









    Heres "Farmstay" WA style. Hidden out the back of a local farm yard is a basic, but with all mod cons chalet where we had booked to stay for the night. Behind it is approx 7,000acres farmed by two brothers and a student or two





    This tree looks to of seen some action, I called it the "hanging tree"- closer inspection reveals the chain and bar used to hang/butcher carcases







    Heres the local dealers, connected with South Africa IIRC and not liked too much by some of the old school type farmers in the area

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    Bit of stock in the yard of the dealer, someone must like him then?






    Bit of a play on words, followed by a sizeable truck and then only 16km to our destination





    But before we got to New Norcia we came across some farmers version of the sandstone Pinnacles up by the coast. Not sure what the game was?



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    Hmm.. Ff, I thought I'd already explained the last pic: they are turds of the recently re-discovered Giant Western Wombat, thought to have died out in the Pleistocene era.

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    FF,
    I suppose you danced through the Pyramids in the nude a la Billy Connolly.
    Presumably you must have turned in land before Monkey Mia.
    Feeding the Dolphins there lived in my wife's memory forever.
    I wonder if they till do feed them?
    I envy you your trip, wish I could do it it again, but it was one of my most treasured memories with my wife
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    Quote Originally Posted by john maddock View Post
    Hmm.. Ff, I thought I'd already explained the last pic: they are turds of the recently re-discovered Giant Western Wombat, thought to have died out in the Pleistocene era.

    JV
    I had to look twice John, thought you had called it the "plasticine" era
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Caley View Post
    FF,
    I suppose you danced through the Pyramids in the nude a la Billy Connolly.
    Presumably you must have turned in land before Monkey Mia.
    Feeding the Dolphins there lived in my wife's memory forever.
    I wonder if they till do feed them?
    I envy you your trip, wish I could do it it again, but it was one of my most treasured memories with my wife
    Jack Caley

    Have to admit Jack that we didn't copy Connolly and we didn't do Monkey Mia either- todate over two 30day visits we have managed to see just a small slice of the bottom corner and perth coastal area of WA. They estimate 10 UK's will fit inside WA's vast expanse but we to have seen some varied and memorable things there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Footsfitter View Post
    I had to look twice John, thought you had called it the "plasticine" era
    No, no. that came much later, in the 1950s

    JV

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    Back at the end of February we were down under in Perth WA for most of March, the main event was our sons wedding, after that there had to be more exploring of the state.



    Perth's autumnal skyline, in the end we only had 1 day of light rain out of the whole 4 wks. Line up of cars are 4 customers cars of the dealership where he works, they agreed to chauffeur the groom, best man and two ushers to the venue at Matilda Bay, across the Swan River from the city. There were several other weddings along the shoreline so when these appeared and then eventually departed in convoy it caused quite a bit of kerfuffle especially as they made a fair bit of noise while staying within the law!






    Cottislow is a famed city beach and every year they have an arts do, this was an aussie angle on this entry from IIRC Japan, it took a while to click what the puddle was. (the wee blob is John Maddock!)






    We had a house hired for a week with its own version of wildlife, the plan was for our daughter, S-I-L and twin grandsons to be there with us but the boys came out with chickenpox just days before flying.............so just the two of us rattled around in it on our own.







    Don't know that I'd like to get fresh with any of those sort of gals! - WA is quite big on the fact that they try to produce/supply all their own milk. The Ute was a nice newish version of their traditional work vehicle. Why don't they flog them here?







    After the wedding the 2 of us went off exploring some of the bits we had missed back in 2014. We went north this time heading for Cervantes. Once away form the city you see lots of roadtrains, quite a lot were running limesands to farmers inland as seeding was due to kick off soon. There seemed to be quarries every where so later on when a farmer told us they have only 10 more years supply out there it seemed odd.







    Cervantes is famed for it Pinnicles- sandstone columns over about 250-300 acres They were originally hidden under sand but changes in the environment started to uncover them a lot more. The experts are still arguing exactly what they are, one popular theory is the remains where plant roots were millions of years ago, covered in sand and then when rotted away, replaced with sand that locked together forming the pinicles.



    I've fond memories of Perth and Western Australia in general. Spent 3 months there in 2009. Watching the firework display from Kings Park on Australia Day was one of the many highlights!

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