The Rocks and a bit of nostalgia

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 00:00

Member - LG__ (WA)

Day 3 - We leave Lake King with a fully operational dual battery system charging the deep cycle battery... as it should. We stop off at Holt Rock for a quick visit as this was one of the places 'Himself' had been many years ago. Turning right onto a narrow sandy track near the back corner of the wheatbins will take you to the water tanks and a pleasant area to have a picnic. I still marvel at the ingenuity of our ancestors, as well as the craftsmanship which allows us to see their efforts today.

A quick stop at Varley for an iced coffee and 'powdering of the nose' ;)

We enter Hyden marvel at the price of fuel at the first roadhouse we see. Luckily we had been told by an ExplorOz member about the BP depot just out of town so we pop out for a look and find the fuel is 20c per litre cheaper! We are told at the IGA that they don't have a butcher in town any more so the only meat available is what is on the shelves - mostly large hunks of meat to feed a large family. We were hoping to pick up a few '2 person' packs of fresh meat but settle for some diced steak and sausages.

Again, an ExplorOz member had told us about Tressies Museum and Caravan Park at Karlgarin, just 18km away. We had already decided to stay there the night instead of Hyden, and made our way out. We nearly turned left when we saw the Karlgarin sign, but realised the caravan park turn off was straight ahead about another 300 metres, on the right.

What a fantastic caravan park it is !!! Not only do they cater for the big rigs, but they haven't forgotten about those of us in tents either. We had a lovely raised grassed area with power boxes, next to the amenities block.
There was also a grassed area without power close to the camp kitchen

Everything was spotlessly clean, well maintained and well thougth out. It is very obvious a lot of effort goes in to making this a place you would recommend to others!

We took the tour of the museum and marvelled at how many items on display were things we used not that long ago (feeling old again now!). As Merv says 'Every collection has to have a limit' and he has set his at the year decimal currency was introduced, so most items are pre-1966. Although we had originally planned to spend only one night at Tressies we ended up staying for two.

After a late breakfast and relaxing for a little while we wandered back in to Hyden to do 'the rock'. It was a pleasant day with a light breeze blowing - thank goodness! It was lovely and cool in the shade walking along the tracks at the base of the 'wave', but by the time we got up on to Hyden Rock things were getting rather warm. Well worth the effort though! Who would have thought we would see so much on top of what at first appears to be barren rock. Boulders and trees so big it is amazing you can't see them from the ground. I like the interpretive signs along the way.

We had lunch in the cafe at the Wave Rock visitors centre and did a tour of the Wildlife Park then headed back out to Karlgarin.

I had planned to buy some fresh milk from the Karlgarin store [to help small communities survive] but when we got there we found the owners cleaning out the last of the damaged items from a storm earlier in the year during which they lost the roof and extensive damage was done - more than the insurance company would cover.

Tressies has new budget accommodation units due to the very same storm destroying the original ones.

After a pleasant few days we headed out to the place that triggered this trip in the first place - The Breakaways!
Life IS Good! No matter how much manure you have to deal with - it's all just fertiliser ;)
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