Read part 1 here. The next fuel restop was Cocklebiddy. I remembered stopping here on the way over a year ago. They have two rescued wedge tailed eagles, Samantha and Bruce out the back that are a very interesting story. There is a small welcoming bar and diner inside, but not for me this trip. Cocklebiddy caves are nearby and reputed have the longest cave in the world, at 6km long, and 90% of that is underwater. It was a quick refresh stop here, then back on the road again.
Brave is the word most people uttered when they heard I was intending to drive from Western Australia eastward across the Nullarbor plains into South Australia, on my own. I did not necessarily think I was brave. I felt very prepared for the crossing. Research had been done, I had packed plenty of water in both my car and caravan. The vehicles had been serviced. A playlist of audiobooks was ready on the stereo to relieve boredom. “What could go wrong?” I pondered. I was soon
Nannup is known for its annual Music Festival, annual 4 week flower and garden show, walking trails, mountain or road biking, and art and craft galleries. With around 12 coffee shops and food venues, as well as the Nannup Hotel, there are plenty of places to eat here. A population of 600 call this town home, and it is a 282km (174mi) drive from Perth. These are my top five things to see and do in the gorgeous country town of Nannup, even on the rainy day I last visited there.
Greenough, Western Australia is an historical settlement 400km north of Perth, and 24kms south of Geraldton. 1. Leaning Trees The leaning trees here belong to the species Eucalyptus camaldulensis, River Gum. The strong southerly winds burn off the growth on the windward side. This tree is still growing. 2. Wesley Church The foundation stone for this gothic style church was laid in 1867. Ticket of leave convicts built this limestone church and it was opened in 1870. It is bein
Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Cathedral in Geraldton, Western Australia with volunteer tour guide Linda. Eight years ago the Cathedral precinct was built. This is not just an area for religious observation. It is a community area, with a sense of community belonging. The Labyrinth is an ancient form of meditation. It is hard to see the lines in the design, but that is the purpose. As you concentrate your thoughts on the design, you
The old Geraldton Gaol was in operation from 1856 – 1985 and is now utilised as a craft centre. In 1989 a group of Geraldton citizens started cleaning up the old gaol. Now the old cells are rented out to crafters who sell their wares here. Some of the old cells are also used to house displays of memorabilia. You can even play prison darts, or have your photo taken in the stocks. The walls are covered with information about previous occupants of the gaol, rules and regulations
The Geraldton Museum is full of interesting artifacts and information. Visiting here was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. SHIPWRECKS The shipwreck exhibit details the wrecks of the Dutch VOC. Their headquarters were in Jakarta and the pride of their fleet was built in 1628 – the Batavia. Like the Titanic in later years, the Batavia sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628 off the coast of Western Australia. Sadly, the similarity ends here. The Batavia had over 300 people aboa