A Travellerspoint blog

October 2021

Dodging Showers

It’s not good when you wake up & read the forecast and it goes something like rain & possible thunderstorm….oh well I’m still going to Walpole. So I spent the day dodging the rain.

I just drove in the general direction of Walpole & stopped at whatever took my fancy like Peaceful Bay.

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And then Conspicuous Bay

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I did climb the lookout & feel totally unfit.

I drove around a drive trail by the water, checked out town and then hit every pothole on the Tingle Drive but hey I got to see the Giant Tingle Tree & Circular Pool.

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And then I felt like a coffee, thought ild find one at the tree top walk, get there coffee van in luck…closed! So I did the tree top walk not once but twice just cause I could.

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I also did the Forrest Walk where I saw Grandma Tingle & a spider orchid just hanging out on the edge of the path.

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Now I’m hiding in the camp kitchen (which is no warmer than my car) avoiding the rain.

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There’s No Controlling Me

After a couple of relaxing days in Bunbury catching up with friends I hit the road (I’m sure you don’t want to know how much I ate, what movie not to see, how my legs hurt after climbing the tower or the Jurrasic Park marathon).

I had seen some pictures of Manea Park in Bunbury so seemed a good place to start. I saw a million sun orchids most not out but also a variety of other orchids & flowers on my walk.

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After stocking up I hit the road, took random stops wherever took my fancy, like Greenbushes Pool where again I found more orchids.

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I pulled into Muirs Lake lookout despite the rain I braved the boardwalk & from there I saw pink & purple enamel orchids, cowslips & some pink spider orchids couldn’t get close enough for photos. There were also black swans nesting on the lake. So I ventured back to the car & noticed where others had walked along side the boardwalk, with a well if they can do it I can to attitude off I went…went to get wet shoes, socks & pants of course. But I did get photos of the enamel orchids the spiders I wasn’t so lucky, I draw the line at walking through water.

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Now I’m just relaxing in the freezing cold of Denmark.

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Don’t Wander Off The Track

Mum may have told me not to wander off the tracks …. So what do I do pull up on the side of the road cause something caught my eye a few meters into the bush. The something ….
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Ok it was the purple enamel orchid that caught my eye but I managed to find three orchids in total today on my explorations around Collie.

The caravan park had given me a few maps and one had a trail for out of town so off I went with no real plan, I only got lost/took a wrong turn/turned to early four times that’s not bad I think.

There was Minninup Pool
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Black Diamond Lake
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St David’s Church
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Potters Gorge
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Wellington Dam (recommend a BLT from the cafe)
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The mural is amazing but my tip don’t walk around with your camera ‘She looks like a photographer’ I ended up taking several groups of ladies pics for them.

Rapids
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Gnomesville
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Watched some mining at Shovel 6
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(I’m there for size comparison)

And finally Stockton Lake
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I might go for a walk around town in a bit if I feel like it.

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On The Road South

Cooper asked if I was going to blog while on holidays…My Mum backed him up so here it is…

The day started with an abrupt stop barely out of the town boundary when a big kangaroo decided to step infront of my car, holiday almost ended there.

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(This one is for size comparison, this is a tiny kangaroo)

I learnt that if the first overwidth is still making its way across the bridge with a bank of trucks waiting patiently, you have enough time to go through New Norcia (maybe a little above the speed limit) and get out the other side infront of the second escort…however the planned toilet stop had to be postponed until Bindoon.

I detoured into Serpentine Falls for a look where it was just me & another couple so basically had the place to myself but there was no way I was taking a dip.

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Took a few little detours, stopped in a parking bay for lunch and ended up walking the wall at Harvey Dam.

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I eventually made it to Collie where I’m spending the next couple of nights, took a walk around town before relaxing at the Caravan Park.

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(Wouldn’t let me take this back to the Caravan Park when I decided I didn’t want to walk back up the hill)

Whose idea was it to go camping down south at this time of year???? It’s not even 7pm & I’m freezing!!!!!

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