Will we find the Wreath Flower?

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 13:21

Navigator 1 (NSW)

6th – 21st August 2015

Whilst travelling south our first impressive area was Kalbarri NP – Last visit 2009. We looked down on the mighty Murchison River and the massive gorge it had carved over the years. Due to overcast weather and rain Nature’s window was not impressive so I included a picture taken in 2009. (We looked better then)

After a night in the coastal dunes south of Kalbarri we past the Pink Lake on our way into Gregory. With overcast weather the lake didn’t look as pink as usual and the ocean was wild.
The Lynton Convict Hiring Station was our next stop. Its place in our countries history has been recognised and major restoration work has been carried out.

Nearby Horricks is still a lovely little town away from the crowds but people are realising its potential and large, impressive homes are being built. The original jetty is still a drawcard for photographers. The general store still stands and serves the best hot chips. We headed out onto the coastal track and selected a spot with an amazing view to spend the evening.


Geraldton was our next stop where we revisited the HMAS Sydney 11 MemorialHMAS Sydney Memorial. It was as moving as before. The last section had been added – a gull in the pool of remembrance pinpointing the resting place, Lat/Long, of the fated ship.

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The Following information about the dome was found on the web:
“These unique Sculptures in a Limited Edition of 645, form a solemn part of the Memorial proper. Each sculpture represents a lost crew member embodied in The Dome of Souls and The Pool of Remembrance, making it a prized commemorative link with the Memorial.
The Solid Silver Gull Sculptures, 300mm wing tip to wing tip are exquisitely designed and individually hand sculpted, signed and numbered by the artists/designers of The National Memorial to HMAS Sydney II.
Mounted on a polished granite base, cast in 98% solid Silver, each sculpture forms part of a Limited Edition of 645 sculptures commemorating the 645 men lost on HMAS Sydney 11 on November 19th 1941.

The new esplanade area at Geraldton enabled us to look over to the loading docks and read about the products that are shipped out and their destinations. This was certainly an ‘eye opener’.http://www.midwestports.com.au/Assets/Documents/Document%20Centre/OriginDestination/Origin_and_Destination_2013-2014.pdf

It was time to head east to Mullawa in search of the Leschenaultia macrantha, the wreath flower. On advice from the information centre we headed a little further east to Pindar and then north 8km. To our delight the sides of the dirt road were adorned with the wreath flowers. Mission accomplished!
Although we were a little early we still saw some beautiful wild flowers enroute to our next campsite at Canna, the site of a bygone town with just the old general store, church and school house. It was then on through Morawa, Three Springs and Eneabba to Lake Indoon where friends, Steve & Alison joined us with their Amesz truck.

After several nights on the lake it was on to Point Louise Lookout at Green Head then Sandy Point – a very picturesque location. Having been into the Pinnacles before we proceeded to Jurien Bay where we camped on the coastal track.

The last leg of this section of our trip took us to the famous Indianna Restaurant at Cottesloe, a favourite spot for coffee and cake and then onto Mandurah where we spent two weeks in the Silver Sands Resort.

Just a few WA wildflowers to make you feel happy...
One day I will name them properly!

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