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Dongara via Lesueur National Park to Cervantes

Highlight - Lesueur National Park


View 2012 Perth to Mingenew Wildflower Roadtrip on aussirose's travel map.

FAVOURITE PHOTO

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TODAY WE ARE TRAVELLING DOWN THE COAST ROAD TO CERVANTES WITH A DETOUR THROUGH LESUEUR NATIONAL PARK.

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ALONG THE COAST THE SURROUNDING VEGITATION IS LOW LYING PROBABLY DUE TO THE COASTAL WINDS. IF YOU TRAVEL NORTH TO GERALDTOWN YOU WILL NOTICE MANY LEANING TREES DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS.

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LESUEUR NATIONAL PARK

HEAD SOUTH FROM DONGARA ON THE INDIAN OCEAN DRIVE. TURN LEFT ONTO COOROW-GREEN HEAD ROAD, THEN TAKE A RIGHT ON COCKLESHELL GULLY ROAD WHICH TAKES YOU THROUGH THE NATIONAL PARK AND OUT ONTO JURIEN ROAD TO JURIEN BAY.

IN SPRING LESUEUR NATIONAL PARK BURSTS ALIVE WITH A GLORIOUS SEA OF COLOUR.

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NOT ONLY IS LESUEUR FAMOUS FOR WILDFLOWERS BUT IT IS ALSO A BIRDERS PARADISE WITH SOME 122 SPECIES INCLUDING THE ENDANGERED CARNABY'S BLACK COCKATOO. MANY OF THESE BIRDS RELY ON THE MANY WILDFLOWERS HERE FOR SURVIVAL. IN FACT THERE ARE 820 IDENTIFIED SPECIES OF WILDFLOWERS MAKING LESUEUR ONE OF THE WORLD RENOWN NATIONAL PARKS FOR WILDFLOWERS. BE MINDFULL NOT TO WALK OFF THE MANY WALKING PATHS AS THE PARK IS IN DANGER OF SUFFERING FROM DIEBACK DISEASE WHICH YOU MAY HAVE ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOES.

AFTER MY FIRST WILDFLOWER TRIP I BECAME A CONVERT :) I LOVE TROPICAL FLOWERS WITH RED HIBISCUS BEING MY FAVOURITE FOLLOWED BY FRANGIPANIS. I ALWAYS THOUGHT AUSTRALIAN WILDFLOWERS WERE NOT AS PRETTY, HOWEVER I AM NOW AMAZED AT THE MANY VARIETIES AND COLOURS. COLOURS RANGE FROM WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, RED, PINK, PURPLE AND BLUE. A LOT ARE VERY SMALL, ESPECIALLY THE ORCHIDS. HUBBY AND I HAVE FUN TRYING TO SPOT VARIOUS SPECIES AND THEN IDENTIFYING THEM. WE HAVE A COLOUR CODED SPRING WILDFLOWERS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA BOOK THAT IS A GREAT HELP. I PROBABLY GET SOME WRONG THOUGH AS I AM NO EXPERT HAHA. YOU ARE WELCOME TO LET ME KNOW PLEASE IF YOU SPOT A MISTAKE.

SO HERE GOES -

White Flowering Gum

White Flowering Gum

Cowslip Orchid

Cowslip Orchid

Kangaroo Paw up close

Kangaroo Paw up close

Red Kangaroo Paw

Red Kangaroo Paw

Orange Flame Pea

Orange Flame Pea

Fringe Lily

Fringe Lily

Cottonhead

Cottonhead

Purple Kunzea

Purple Kunzea

Pink Kunzea

Pink Kunzea

Morning Iris

Morning Iris

AND SOME OTHER RANDOM PIX JUST FOR FUN -

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JURIEN BAY

JURIEN BAY IS A NICE PITT STOP FOR LUNCH. WE BOUGHT A PIE AND CHIPS FROM THE GALLERY CAFE IN TOWN AND TOOK THEM TO THE PARK ON THE BEACH FOR A PICNIC.

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CERVANTES

ARRIVING IN CERVANTES, HIT THE TAVERN ON THE HILL FOR A WELL DESERVED BEVERAGE.

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BEER TOO COLD THIS TIME OF YEAR.....BRRRR.
A NICE RED WILL HIT THE SPOT :)

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~~oOo~~

TOMORROW WE'LL VISIT THE FAMOUS PINNACLES AND DISCOVER THE OLDEST LIVING FOSSILS ON EARTH!!
STAY TUNED.

Posted by aussirose 18:34 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip wildflowers blog cervantes 2012 jurien_bay aussirose wa_wildflowers lesueur_national_park Comments (2)

Cervantes - Home of the Pinnacles

Highlight - Stromatolites


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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CERVANTES IS THE GATEWAY TO THE FAMOUS PINNACLES WHICH ARE LOCATED IN NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK NEARBY. MORE ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE.

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BUT FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE NOT SO FAMOUS STOMATOLITES - A UNIQUE OFF THE BEATEN PATH TIP.
WHAT ARE STOMATOLITES YOU SAY?.....

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STROMATOLITES ARE THE OLDEST LIVING FOSSIL ON EARTH. PRETTY AMAZING HEY!! :) THERE ARE 2 PLACES YOU WILL FIND THESE UNIQUE LIVING THINGS, HERE AND NORTH IN HAMELIN BAY, SHARK POINT.

THE STROMATOLITES ARE LOCATED JUST OUT OF TOWN AT LAKE THETIS. YOU WILL TRAVERSE A WOODEN WALKWAY THROUGH WHAT LOOKS LIKE BARRON MUD FLATS TO GET TO THE LAKE. AT FIRST I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS TRYING TO FIND, BUT A QUICK GLANCE AT THE NOTICE BOARD AND BACK TO THE LAKE ..... AND I WAS IN AWE!! THIS TIDAL LAKE HAS SALINITY LEVELS TWICE AS HIGH AS THE OCEAN, CREATING PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR THE FORMATION OF STROMATOLITES.

THESE LIVING ORGANISMS ARE SOME 3.5 BILLION YEARS OLD! IMAGINE LIVING THAT LONG! NO WONDER THEY LOOK LIKE A HUGE OLD ROUND SHRIVELED ROCKS ..... HAHA. BUT SERIOUSLY... I WAS PRETTY AMAZED BY THIS. SO INTERESTING, UNIQUE AND CERTAINLY A GREAT OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE THAT I TOTALLY RECOMMEND.

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PINNACLES

VISITORS FLOCK FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO VISIT THE FAMOUS PINNACLES HERE NEAR CERTANTES. LOCATED IN NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK WHICH IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM PERTH, THE PINNACLES IS A POPULAR DAY TRIP. SO IF YOU ARE STAYING IN CERVANTES OVERNIGHT, THEN IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU HEAD OUT TO THE NATIONAL PARK EARLY TO AVOID THE TOURIST RUSH AND ALSO OBTAIN SOME NICE MORNING PICS.

THE DIRT TRACK ROAD LINED WITH ROCKS TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T DETOUR OFF AND GET LOST IS ABOUT 4 K'S LONG AND TAKES YOU IN A BIG CIRCLE AROUND THE PINNACLES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES TO STOP ALONG THE WAY FOR PHOTOS OR WALKING.

THESE PINNACLES ARE AMAZING NATURAL LIMESTONE STRUCTURES FORMED ABOUT 25,000 YEARS AGO AFTER THE SEA SUBSIDED, LEAVING DEPOSITS OF SEA SHELLS. COASTAL WINDS REMOVED THE SURROUNDING SAND, LEAVING THE PILLARS EXPOSED. SOME PINNACLES ARE ALMOST 5M TALL. I ENJOY FINDING UNIQUE PINNACLES :)

Scary monster

Scary monster

Dog rock

Dog rock

Mountain rock

Mountain rock

Small mountain rock

Small mountain rock

Turtle with big mouth rock

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Tallest Pinnacle?

Tallest Pinnacle?

Friend Gillian from UK amongst the Pinnacles

Friend Gillian from UK amongst the Pinnacles

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I HAD A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER GREAT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BUT UNFORTUNATELY.... THESE HAVE BEEN BURIED ALONG WITH MY DEAD EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE... :(

~~oOo~~

NEXT UP - LAST DESTINATION BEFORE PERTH - YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK.
DISCOVER KOALAS, KANGAROOS, CAVES, ABORIGINAL SHOW, WALK TRACK AROUND THE LAKE AND AN OLD INN WITH COZY FIRE, DINING .... GREAT AUSSIE GIFT SHOP AND MUCH MORE.

Posted by aussirose 02:22 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip pinnacles blog cervantes 2012 stromatolites nambung_national_park aussirose lake_thetis Comments (4)

Yanchep National Park - Last Stop

Highlight - Wildlife, Photo opportunities and the Inn


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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IT WAS A BIG TOSS UP FOR MY FAVOURITE PHOTO. YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK HAS SO MANY WONDERFUL PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AS YOU WILL SEE BELOW.

YANCHEP NP IS ONLY 1 HOUR DRIVE FROM PERTH SO IF YOU WANT A NICE DAY OUT AND YOU HAVE A CAR, THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU PAY A VISIT.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG WITH ME ON THIS GREAT WILDFLOWER ITINERARY, THEN THIS IS THE LAST STOP. YANCHEP IS THE OUTER NORTHERN SUBURB OF PERTH. ONE DAY EVENTUALLY THE RAIL LINE WILL GO ALL THE WAY TO YANCHEP MAKING IT EASY TO VISIT BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, BUT FOR NOW DRIVING IS BEST.

YANCHEP NP HAS SO MUCH GOING FOR IT - RESIDENT KOALAS, KANGAROOS, BIRDS, CAVES, AN ABORIGINAL SHOW, A QUAINT GIFT SHOP, A CAFE, A PICTURESQUE LAKE TO WALK AROUND, PLENTY OF PICNIC AND BBQ SPOTS AND A FANTASTIC OLD INN. LUNCH OUTSIDE ON THE WEEKEND IS COUPLED BY LOVELY LAKE VIEWS AND COOL ENTERTAINMENT. DINNER IN THE INN IS BEST IN WINTER WHEN THEY HAVE THE FIRE ROARING.

THERE IS ALSO ACCOMMODATION.... WHICH I WOULD RATE AS ABOUT 3 OUT OF 5. TO BE HONEST, THEY COULD REALLY MAKE A LOT OF MONEY BY UPGRADING THE ACCOMMODATION, MAYBE BUILD SOME CABINS IN THE BUSH, INCLUDE PRIVATE SPAS/JACUZZIS AND ADVERTISE MORE. TOURISTS JUST LOVE THIS PLACE. GEE.... US LOCALS LOVE IT!! :) WITH THE ABOVEMENTIONED UPGRADES, I'D BE STAYING OVERNIGHT MORE OFTEN. BUT THEN I SUPPOSE BEING A NATIONAL PARK, AND WITH THE WIDE VARIETY OF WILDLIFE HERE, IT IS PROBABLY BETTER TO KEEP IT LOW KEY AND MORE NATURAL. I GET THAT.

THERE IS ALSO A GOLF COURSE HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

KOALAS

THE KOALA ENCLOSURE IS SO NATURAL AND VERY WELL DONE. EVERY TIME WE VISIT WE SEE THEM. JUST LOOK AT ALL THE FORKS IN THE TREES.

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KANGAROOS

KANGAROOS ROAM AROUND WILD HERE. THE BEST TIME TO SEE THEM IS EARLY MORNING OR LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. AND THEY ARE ALWAYS ON THE GOLF COURSE.

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CAVES

THE CRYSTAL CAVE TOUR IS OK. THERE ARE BETTER CAVES DOWN AT MARGARET RIVER HOWEVER THAT IS FURTHER AWAY. KIDS LOVE IT :)
THEY ALSO HOLD WEDDINGS HERE. THAT WOULD BE UNIQUE, HAVING YOUR WEDDING IN A CAVE WITH ALL THE NICE LIGHTING.

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THE LAKE

THERE IS A WALKING TRACK AROUND THE LAKE. IT IS EASY AND NOT TOO LONG. THEY HAVE ROW BOATS IN SUMMER AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF DUCKS AND GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES. LOOK OUT FOR THE TAP TREE :)

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I HAD A PRACTICE PHOTOGRAPHING ROCK IN THE MUD SPLASHES WHICH WAS FUN :)

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CAFE AND GIFT SHOP

I LOVE THE GIFT SHOP HERE. WHENEVER I WANT TO BUY A SPECIAL PRESENT FOR MY OVERSEAS FRIENDS, I USUALLY HEAD HERE FOR SOME NICE ABORIGINAL POTTERY.

THE CAFE SELLS A WIDE RANGE OF HOME MADE CHOCOLATE. I MUST SAY THAT THE PUMPKIN SOUP HERE IS GREAT TOO.

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Looking down towards lake from Gift Shop

Looking down towards lake from Gift Shop

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YANCHEP INN

THE INN WAS BUILT IN 1936 AND DURING WWII BECAME A REHABILITATION UNIT FOR SERVICEMEN. AT THE END OF THE WAR THE RAAF VACATED AND A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE TOOK OVER. TODAY YANCHEP INN IS A GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILYS TO ENJOY LUNCH, DINNER OR JUST A WEEKEND DRINK ENJOYING THE ENTERTAINMENT, SCENERY AND LOCAL WILDLIFE.

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SURROUNDING THE LAKE IS A WALKING TRACK AND THERE ARE PAVED PATHS AS WELL WITH PLENTY OF PICNIC TABLES AND BBQ'S. YANCHEP IS ALSO A BIRDERS PARADISE WITH MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES AND LOTS OF DUCKS TOO.

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zoomy shot :)

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WILDFLOWERS

PAST THE CAFE AND HEADING TOWARDS THE KOALA ENCLOSURE IS A NICE NATIVE GARDEN WALK WITH MANY BANKSIAS AND GREVILLEAS THAT ATTRACT AN ARRAY OF BIRDS AND COLOURFUL PARROTS.

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and caterpillars

and caterpillars

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AND LASTLY ... A STUNNING SUNSET OVERLOOKING THE LAKE :)

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THE END

Posted by aussirose 03:02 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip wildflowers blog 2012 aussirose wa_wildflowers yanchep_national_park yanchep_inn Comments (0)

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