Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I loved the GOR and all the various views. I thought the Apostles were over-rated compared to some of the other sights but you cannot exclude a shot of them when mentioning the GOR.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Umpherston Sinkhole has been made into a very lovely garden. There is even a gas barbecue there.
There is actually an eloborate cave system under the city and it is very popular with cavers.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We are now on our way to Healesville for Christmas so the pace of travel has to pick up a little. The rest of SA will have to wait for another time. Had another excellent coffee at Coffin Bay.
Friday, December 11, 2009
We loved WA, but we knew we had arrived in SA when we went to an ordinary cafe in an ordinary town and ordered, and received good, strong, hot and reasonably priced coffee. Yes!!!!!
Camels played an important part in all the industries on and around the Nullarbor and they are commemorated in Norseman by the camel sculptures made of tin in the town. Norseman is considered the beginning of the road adventure known as crossing the Nullarbor.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The building above is the former city market building, now a shopping complex. The buildings are well maintained and restored
This is the former York Hotel. I thought it was worth capturing it on camera.
It used to be called the Pink Brothel but has changed its name to Questa Casa. There we 12 people on the tour including a 96 year old woman. She was obviously looking for ideas.
The madam was a well spoken attractive woman who bought the establishment 19 years ago upon being widowed. She explained many things about brothels in the goalfields. It was a very interesting and educational tour. It was quite a delight to be able to discuss matters of sex in a frank and open way.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Granite headlands plunge into the azure blue sea. Between the majestic headlands lie sheltered bays of crystal clear water fringed by dazzling white sandy beaches. The sand looks like snow. The beach in this photo is my favourite Thistle Cove. But there are many others just as beautiful.
The terrain of a lot of the south-west of WA remind one of the cliffs around Portugal except the sea around the cliffs there is the Atlantic and not the wonderful azure of the Southern Ocean. When we were in Portugal Andrew kept remarking on the similarities he found with WA coastline. At the time I was unsympathetic but now that I am here in the southwest of WA I can see what he saw. But lovely though Portugal is, there is no comparison to the beauty of this coastline. And I know where I would rather live, Portugal or Australia. Peter Allen knew what he was saying about still calling Australia home.
We also went to Cape Arid NP which is also lovely and very similar to Cape Le Grand but a little further east. Personally speaking, I would not venture further than Le Grand NP. It has been the highlight of thr trip with only Karrijini NP rivalling it for beauty and splendour.
The peak is an eroded landmark so named because the summit uncannily resembles a Frenchman's beret. The summit offers great views over the national park.
The surface is made of granite and there is littel shrubbery on the way up to the summit. It is a 3kms return and it was quite a hard climb for me. Andrew of course took it in his stride.