A Travellerspoint blog

Entries about road trip

Perth to Toodyay via Swan Valley Wineries

Highlight - Glamping or a Cabin with a Spa....


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

FAVOURITE PHOTO

868843677169467-WA_Red_Hakea..rose_Perth.jpg

I AM SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FAVOURITE LITTLE OUTBACK TOWN.
YOU KNOW.... THE ONE THAT HAS A COSY INVITING ATMOSPHERE THAT YOU ENJOY EVERY TIME YOU VISIT.
THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT TOODYAY.

LIKE MOST OUTBACK TOWNS, TOODYAY HAS ONE MAIN STREET WHERE THE ACTION IS.
IT HAS CONNOR'S MILL WHICH IS A LOVELY STATELY BUILDING. THE CAFE ON THE CORNER ACROSS THE ROAD FROM CONNOR'S MILL IS GOOD FOR COFFEE AND A CAKE. THERE IS PARKING BESIDE THE CAFE OR YOU CAN PARK AT IGA.
THERE ARE A FEW QUAINT GIFT SHOPS INCLUDING AN AWESOME TEA SHOP. I BOUGHT SOME FLAVOURED TEA LEAVES AND A TEAPOT WITH A WILDFLOWER PICTURE.
FREMASONS HOTEL NEAR CONNOR'S MILL IS THE BEST PUB FOR A FEED IN TOODYAY.
SOPHIA'S MEDITERRANEAN IS THE BEST RESTAURANT IN TOWN. NOT CHEAP... BUT I CAN GUARANTEE THAT THE FOOD IS WORTH WHAT YOU PAY FOR. IT HAS A LOVELY OUTSIDE GARDEN ALFRESCO DINING AREA.

Connor's Mill

Connor's Mill

Tea for Toodyay Gift Shop

Tea for Toodyay Gift Shop

331387317550654-Tea_for_Tood..se_Toodyay.jpg

439118247550652-Tea_for_Tood..se_Toodyay.jpg

964931007550653-Tea_for_Tood..se_Toodyay.jpg

804172637550655-Tea_for_Tood..se_Toodyay.jpg

Toodyay main street

Toodyay main street

Sophia's Restaurant Toodyay

Sophia's Restaurant Toodyay

841922097550641-Sophias_Rest..se_Toodyay.jpg

281951927550642-Sophias_Rest..se_Toodyay.jpg

139472737550640-Sophias_Rest..se_Toodyay.jpg

FOR SOME REASON YOU WILL ALWAYS SEE A VINTAGE CAR IN TOODYAY. TOODYAY SEEMS TO HAVE A LOVE AFFAIR WITH VINTAGE CARS.
DON'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE A STACK OF BIKERS TOO WITH THEIR FLASH HARLEYS :) MOTORBIKE CLUBS IN PERTH ARE BIG. I CALL IT MIDDLE AGE BOYS WITH THEIR TOYS :) SOME WEEKENDS THE COUNTRY ROADS ARE INUNDATED WITH BIG BIKE GROUPS ENJOYING THE WEEKEND TOGETHER.... ESPECIALLY LONG WEEKENDS.

Toodyay Vintage cars

Toodyay Vintage cars

938218296461939-Toodyay_Vint..se_Toodyay.jpg

697262816461940-Toodyay_Vint..se_Toodyay.jpg

WHEN WE GO ON OUR WILDFLOWER TRIPS WE USUALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND.
IF YOU ARE VISITING IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER AND WANT TO DO THE WILDFLOWERS, YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE. ALTHOUGH IT IS WINTER HERE AND THE WEATHER CAN BE DODGY... THE WILDFLOWERS ARE SO POPULAR THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION EARLY.... EVEN IN THE REMOTE OUTBACK TOWNS.

SO....... GLAMPING OR A CABIN WITH A SPA....?

BOSHACK

GLAMPING IS GREAT IN SUMMER AND ALSO GREAT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. GLAMPING IS BASICALLY GLAMOUR CAMPING.
IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN.... GLAMPING IS FUN. YOU CAN ALSO DO THE FARM ANIMAL THING. BOSHACK HAS IT ALL. THERE ARE BIG TENTS AND ALSO A-FRAME TIN SHED ACCOMMODATION. YOU CAN INCLUDE ANY COMBINATION OF BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER IN YOUR BOOKING. WE HAD DINNER WHICH WAS A FABULOUS GOOD OLD AUSSIE STYLE BBQ.

516996186444268-Reflection_P..WA_Toodyay.jpg

999013546444263-Stay_at_Bosh..se_Toodyay.jpg

154301296444269-Photography_..WA_Toodyay.jpg

274476186444264-Boshack_near..se_Toodyay.jpg

783814686447583-Photography_..se_Toodyay.jpg

703421626447580-Golden_hues_..se_Toodyay.jpg

265879136444266-Light_painti..se_Toodyay.jpg

701930426444267-Light_painti..se_Toodyay.jpg

160740646456698-Boshack_Farm..se_Toodyay.jpg

438996416447585-Boshack_Tood..th_Toodyay.jpg

200693156447693-Toodyay_Bosh..se_Toodyay.jpg

302480926447586-Boshack_Tood..se_Toodyay.jpg

6447578-More_About_Boshack_Toodyay.jpg

334297726447579-Fisheye_phot..se_Toodyay.jpg

BLACK WATTLE RETREAT

WINTER.... AND WILDFLOWER SEASON, I WOULD SUGGEST THE CABIN WITH A SPA. BLACK WATTLE RETREAT CABINS HAVE POT BELLY STOVES WHICH ARE LOVELY TO SIT AROUND WITH A GOOD GLASS OF RED, CRACKERS AND CHEESE. ........... EACH CABIN HAS ITS OWN OUTSIDE SPA JACUZZI PLACED IN A POISITION OF PRIVACY BUT STILL WITH A VIEW OF SURROUNDING BUSH. TOWN IS NOT TOO FAR AWAY FOR SUPPLIES. WE BOUGHT OURS FROM IGA GROCERIES WHICH IS UP THE STREET BESIDE CONNOR'S MILL.

107123107550649-Black_Wattle..se_Toodyay.jpg

43382427478229-Black_Wattle..se_Toodyay.jpg

810744687478227-Black_Wattle..se_Toodyay.jpg

902570967478234-Log_fire_Bla..se_Toodyay.jpg

aussirose tries to shoot stars in Toodyay

aussirose tries to shoot stars in Toodyay

SWAN VALLEY.

OF COURSE YOU NEED A GOOD WINE TO GO WITH YOUR CHEESE AND CRACKERS :)

GOOD TRIP PLANNING INVOLVES FORWARD THINKING. DON'T WORRY.... I HAVE DONE THAT FOR YOU ;)
ON THE MAP BELOW YOU WILL SEE THAT I HAVE DIRECTED YOU PAST THE SWAN VALLEY... HOME OF MANY FINE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WINES.

Perth to Toodyay Map

Perth to Toodyay Map

SANDLEFORD MAKES SOME GOOD ONES, IS VERY POPULAR, HAS A NICE GARDEN SHOULD YOU WANT TO DO LUNCH, AND THE WINES ESPECIALLY THE ELEMENTS RANGE ARE WELL PRICED. OLIVE FARM WINERY DOES SOME REAL FINE WINE AND NEXT DOOR IS THE CHEESE BARREL.

YES...CHEESE! :) CHILI CHEESE, BREE AND A GOOD SHARP CHEDDER ARE MY FAVOURITES. THEY ALSO HAVE A NICE QUINCE PASTE WHICH IS SEMI SWEET AND GOES FABULOUSLY WITH THE CHILI CHEESE ON A CRACKER. ACTUALLY A TASTING PLATE HERE IS BETTER THAN SANDFORD IF YOU PREFER TO EAT LIGHTER. THEY HAVE A VERANDAH WITH ROOF THAT OVERLOOKS LOVELY NATIVE BUSH.

NOW IF YOU WANTED TO INCLUDE ANOTHER WINERY... MY FAVOURITE IS LANCASTER. IT ALSO HAS MY FAVOURITE CHILI CHEESE :) BUT YOU WILL NEED TO DO IT AFTER SANDALFORD AND THEN BACK TRACK TO THE GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY AND OLIVE FARM.

OR OAKOVER WHICH IS BEFORE OLIVE GROVE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

Swan_Valle..ape_Vines_1.jpg

795136043462679-Stephanie_Ge..Upper_Swan.jpg

IMG_1535.jpg

aussirose gets creative in the gift shop after a few tastings <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

aussirose gets creative in the gift shop after a few tastings :)

CANOLA FIELDS

TOODYAY IS IN THE WHEATBELT AND ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENTS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SO IT IS NOT SURPRISING TO SEE FIELDS OF GLORIOUS CANOLA IN BLOOM. CERTAINLY MAKES FOR LOVELY PICTURES.

332565247478689-Canola_Field..se_Toodyay.jpg

139531147478686-Canola_Field..se_Toodyay.jpg

59431997478684-Canola_Field..se_Toodyay.jpg

716873057478677-Canola_Field..se_Toodyay.jpg

AND NOW FOR THE STAR OF THE SHOW....

WILDFLOWERS

YOU WON'T SEE FIELDS OF COLOUR HERE IN TOODYAY.... APART FROM CANOLA.

BUT IF YOU STOP OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND TAKE A WALK IN THE BUSH, YOU WILL DISCOVER SMALL SINGLE WILDFLOWERS LIKE ORCHIDS, PEAS AND KANGAROO PAWS. OBVIOUSLY THE FURTHER NORTH YOU GO, THE MORE WILDFLOWERS YOU WILL SEE. NEVERTHELESS, TOODYAY WON'T DISAPPOINT. REMEMBER, ORCHIDS ARE VERY SMALL SO KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.

IT'S GOOD ALSO TO GRAB A SMALL BOOK ON WILDFLOWERS TO HELP ID THEM. THIS CAN BE FUN, TRYING TO FIND THE WILDFLOWERS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN IN THE BOOK. WE BOUGHT OUR BOOK FROM KINGS PARK IN PERTH - A COLOUR GUIDE TO SPRING WILDFLOWERS. THESE BOOKS ARE SET OUT IN COLOURS SO THAT IT MAKES IT EASIER TO IDENTIFY THE FLOWER. WE HAD A MINI COMPETITION ON OUR WILDFLOWER TRIP SOUTH IN 2013 TO FIND AND ID THE MOST WILDFLOWERS. (CHECK OUT MY OTHER BLOG).

Purple Enamel Orchid

Purple Enamel Orchid

Spider Orchid

Spider Orchid

Cowslip Orchid

Cowslip Orchid

Bacon and Eggs Pea

Bacon and Eggs Pea

Cowlicks Orchid

Cowlicks Orchid

Triggerplant

Triggerplant

Bristly Cottonhead

Bristly Cottonhead

Grannys Bonnet

Grannys Bonnet

Spider Orchid

Spider Orchid

Red Hakea

Red Hakea

A NICE WAY TO MAKE SMALL WILDFLOWERS STAND OUT IS TO CARRY SOME WRAPPING PAPER IN YOUR CAMERA BAG TO PLACE BEHIND THE WILDFLOWER. COLOURED CELLOPHANE ALSO WORKS WELL AS YOU CAN SEE IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS ABOVE.
HERE I REMOVED THE STEM IN PHOTOSHOP :)

7169461-WA_Pink_Wilflower_by_aussirose_Perth.jpg

A SPLASH OF RED IN THE BUSH :)

Our friend May Sue from Malaysia

Our friend May Sue from Malaysia

~~oOo~~

NEXT UP - WE VISIT A MONK BREWERY, FABULOUS WILDFLOWER WALK AND A COCKIE TOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

Posted by aussirose 14:20 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip photography blog swan_valley 2012 toodyay aussirose wa_wildflowers boshack_glamping black_wattle_retreat aussirose_favourite_flowers connor's_mill Comments (2)

Toodyay to Three Springs via New Norcia and Badgingarra

Highlight - Badgingarra Wildflower Walk


View 2009 Cairns to Darwin Roadtrip on aussirose's travel map.

FAVOURITE PHOTO

593721647687550-Blue_Wildflo.._aussirose.jpg

THIS PART OF THE TRIP IS A LONG DRIVE - ABOUT 5HRS ON THE ROAD, SO I WOULD SUGGEST HEADING OUT EARLY.

Toodyay to Three Springs Map

Toodyay to Three Springs Map



DON'T FORGET TO ENSURE YOU HAVE YOUR COLOUR GUIDE TO SPRING WILDFLOWERS BOOK HANDY (PURCHASE FROM KINGS PARK IN PERTH) BECAUSE ON THIS PART OF THE TRIP YOU WILL BE INUNDATED WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF GLORIOUS WA WILDFLOWERS :)

FIRST STOP....

LAKE NINAN

NO NEED TO STOP HERE FOR LONG. BUT THIS PLACE AFFORDS YOU SOME GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES.

IMG_0282_small.jpg

IMG_0298_small.jpg

IMG_0292_small.jpg

IMG_0300.jpg

WANGAN HILLS

NEXT STOP, WANGAN HILLS. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE CHRISTMAS ROCK WALK TRAIL HERE. I LIKED THE SEA OF ORANGE WILDFLOWERS THAT COVERED THE GROUND AROUND HUGE ROCKS AND THE MANY VARIETIES OF RED BOTTLEBRUSH. DON'T WASTE TOO MUCH TIME BECAUSE THE HIGHLIGHT OF TODAY WILL BE THE WILDFLOWER WALK AT BADGINGARRA.

THE IGA GROCERY STORE IN THE MAIN STREET IS GOOD TO BUY ANY SUPPLIES THAT YOU NEED AS THEY WILL BE EXPENSIVE IN BADGINGARRA AND ENEABBA.

IMG_0227_small.jpg

IMG_0249_small.jpg

Petrophile Wildflowers

Petrophile Wildflowers

Petrophile

Petrophile

Petrophile closeup

Petrophile closeup

Orange Immortelle

Orange Immortelle

Calothamnus Rupestris Mouse Ears

Calothamnus Rupestris Mouse Ears

Mouse Ears

Mouse Ears

Morrison Featherflower

Morrison Featherflower

Red Bottebrush

Red Bottebrush

IMG_0253.jpg

IMG_0265.jpg

IMG_0270.jpg

NEW NORCIA

THIS IS A GEM OF A TOWN WITH A STACK OF INTERESTING GRANDEOUS BUILDINGS. IF YOU ARE INTO HISTORY THEN YOU WILL LOVE NEW NORCIA.
NEW NORCIA WAS FOUNDED IN 1847 BY SPANISH BENEDICTINE MONKS.

HUBBY AND I HOWEVER LOVE NEW NORCIA FOR THE LOCAL BEER.... ABBEY ALE :)
IT IS NO SECRET THAT MONKS HAVE BEEN BREWING BEER FOR SINCE WHENEVER.... NEW NORCIA HOTEL IS FAMOUS FOR ITS OWN BREWED MONK BEER - ABBEY ALE. I PROBABLY LIKE IT BECAUSE IT HAS A DISTINCT BELGIUM BEER FLAVOUR. NICE GLASSES TOO :)

I WOULD AIM TO HAVE LUNCH HERE. THE FOOD IS NICE AND SURROUNDINGS .... JUST BEAUTIFUL.

506921947663731-Abbey_Ale_Ne..se_Toodyay.jpg

7663732-New_Norcia_Hotel_by_aussirose_Toodyay.jpg

7663773-New_Norcia_Hotel_by_aussirose_Toodyay.jpg

7663730-Home_of_Abby_Ale_made_by_the_Monks.jpg

7663733-New_Norcia_Hotel_by_aussirose_Toodyay.jpg

ON THE ROAD TO NEW NORCIA, KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR WILDFLOWERS. WE FOUND A PROFUSSION OF BLUE LESCHENAULTIA JUST ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

PSA00b8.jpg

IMG_0203_small.jpg

IMG_0202_small.jpg

BUT DON'T WASTE TOO MUCH TIME PHOTOGRAPHING THESE FABULOUS BLUE FLOWERS AS YOU WILL SEE THEM AGAIN AT THE NEXT DESTINATION AND HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP....

BADGINGARRA WILDFLOWER WALK

I KNOW.... IT FEELS LIKE WE ARE GOING OUT OF THE WAY. YOU COULD CHANGE YOUR TRIP AND DO BADGINGARRA AS A DAY TRIP FROM CERVANTES IF YOU STAYED THERE AN EXTRA NIGHT. THAT IS ALWAYS AN OPTION. WE VISIT CERVANTES LATER IN OUR TRIP.

VERN WESTBROOK HERITAGE WILDFLOWER TRAIL IS LOCATED ON THE NORTH-WEST ROAD JUST NORTH OF BADGINGARRA. OR MAKE A QUICK PITT STOP AT THE ROADHOUSE AND THEY WILL DIRECT YOU.

THIS IS A NICE EASY WALK THAT TAKES YOU THROUGH WOODLAND AND ACROSS A STREAM, BEYOND THE BLACK STUMP.....WHICH IS AN AUSSIE TERM FOR OUT IN THE WHOOP WHOOP.... STICKS..... WAY OUT BEYOND....THE BLACK STUMP ;)

THE VARIETY OF WILDFLOWERS HERE IS AMAZING! EVERY TIME THAT WE HAVE VISITED, WE HAVE BEEN TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY BY THE COLOURS AND MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, THERE IS A PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITY. SORRY FOR SO MANY PIX.... BUT WE LOVE THIS PLACE!! :)

3089760-Australina_wildflowers_Watheroo.jpg

178590383089778-Western_Aust..s_Watheroo.jpg

247741574216672-Howie_taking..a_Watheroo.jpg

beyond the black stump

beyond the black stump

WA_-_Badgingara.jpg

917960057660506-Wildflowers_.._Cervantes.jpg

230367304216673-Janine_getti..c_Watheroo.jpg

3089790-Australian_bush_Watheroo.jpg

3089791-Australian_bush_Watheroo.jpg

Grass Tree

Grass Tree

Morning Iris

Morning Iris

Snakebush

Snakebush

Snakebush

Snakebush

Brown Pea

Brown Pea

Fringe Lily

Fringe Lily

Starflower

Starflower

Firebush

Firebush

Travelling Postman

Travelling Postman

Hakea

Hakea

yellow-eyed flame pea

yellow-eyed flame pea

Calendrinia

Calendrinia

Morrison Featherflower

Morrison Featherflower

Blue Leschenaultia

Blue Leschenaultia

Morrison Featherflower

Morrison Featherflower

milkmaid

milkmaid

Hairy Yellow Pea

Hairy Yellow Pea

Morrison Featherflower

Morrison Featherflower

Hairy Yellow Pea

Hairy Yellow Pea

Brown Pea

Brown Pea

Fire Bush Pea

Fire Bush Pea

And a Colourful fungi

And a Colourful fungi

Badgingarra Roadhouse

Badgingarra Roadhouse

AND ONE TAKEN WITH WRAPPING PAPER BEHIND. THIS IS A TECHNIQUE I PICKED UP SOMEWHERE OF THE NET. A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. COLOURED CELOPHANE ALSO WORKS WELL.

THE OTHER PHOTO WAS USING THE 'LITTLE WORLD' TECHNIQUE ON PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS, THEN CROPPING THE BOTTOM.

7697114-Western_Australian_Wildflowers.jpg

593721647687550-Blue_Wildflo.._aussirose.jpg

APPLIED SOFT FOCUS TO THIS PHOTO IN PICASA. QUITE HAPPY WITH THE RESULT. PICASA HAS SOME NICE LITTLE POST PROCESSING EDITING TOOLS FOR QUICK PHOTO MANIPULATION.

Pea_Flower_Soft__Focus.jpg

LAKE INDOON

NICE PLACE FOR A LEG STRETCH STOP.

3101709-Lake_Indoon_Watheroo.jpg

DON'T BOTHER STOPPING AT ENEABBA. NOT MUCH THERE. WE MADE THE MISTAKE OF BUYING FOOD AT THE ROADHOUSE HERE ONCE. TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY.

THREE SPRINGS

WE STAYED AT THREE SPRINGS TOURIST LODGE, 4 CARTER STREET - WHICH WAS THE OLD HOSPITAL. NICE BREAKKY AND JUST A STROLL FROM THE PUB. AFTER SEARCHING FOR IT ON THE WEB.... I SEE THAT IT IS SHUT DOWN. THAT'S A SHAME :( BUT ANYWAY, I WILL POST OUR PHOTOS HERE AS A NICE FAMILY MEMORY.

4219543-Three_Springs_Tourist_Lodge_Perenjori.jpg

407402184219546-Three_Spring.._Perenjori.jpg

994891724219544-Three_Spring.._Perenjori.jpg

825652744219545-Three_Spring.._Perenjori.jpg

763254464219547-Three_Spring.._Perenjori.jpg

4220036-Three_Springs_BB_Perenjori.jpg

NEVER MIND.... THERE'S ALWAYS THE PUB TO STAY AT. WE HAVE FOUND MOST OUTBACK PUBS THAT WE HAVE STAYED IN HAVE BEEN AN INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE.

~~oOo~~

THE ROAD FROM THREE SPRINGS TO PERENJORI IS LONG AND STRAIGHT BUT HAS POCKETS OF COLOURFUL WILDFLOWERS ALONG THE ROADSIDE.

HERE ARE JUST A COUPLE BUT I WILL REVEAL ALL NEXT BLOG....

Flame Grevillea

Flame Grevillea

smokebush

smokebush

Cats paw

Cats paw

COMING UP NEXT - DRY OUTBACK WILDFLOWERS INCLUDING THE FAMOUS WEST AUSTRALIAN WREATH FLOWER!

Posted by aussirose 01:51 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip wildflowers blog new_norcia 2012 aussirose badgingarra wa_wildflowers lake_indoon three_springs badgingarra_national_park wongan_hills lake_nivan abbey_ale Comments (2)

Three Springs to Mingenew via Toodyay

Highlight - Toodyay and the Famous Wreath Flower


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

FAVOURITE PHOTO

875697917169457-Wreath_Wildf..rose_Perth.jpg

WREATH FLOWER

NOTHING LIKE HITTING YOU STRAIGHT AWAY WITH THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP. YES THIS STUNNING WILDFLOWER IS IN MY OPINION THE ULTIMATE! AND THE WAY THEY GROW ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD IN THE DIRT IS JUST MIND BLOWING. BUT... THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO SPOT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. MORE ABOUT THAT LATER...

Three Springs to Mingenew

Three Springs to Mingenew

TODAY'S JOURNEY FROM THREE SPRINS TO MINGENEW IS ONLY 2 1/2HRS. YOU WILL SPEND QUITE A BIT OF TIME IN TOODYAY.... HOME OF THE WREATH FLOWER.

THE ROAD FROM THREE SPRINGS TO TOODYAY IS MOSTLY STRAIGHT BUT HAS POCKETS OF DIFFERENT WILDFLOWERS. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR POSTS WITH PINK RIBBON ON. THAT IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE WREATH FLOWER. THERE ARE DEDICATED WILDFLOWER SPOTTERS WHO MARK OUT WHERE THE BEST DISPLAYS ARE WITH PINK RIBBONS.

3099966-Australian_Outback_Mingenew.jpg

184856654220056-Wreath_flowe.._Perenjori.jpg

281103114220100-Perenjori_wr.._Perenjori.jpg

Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw closeup

Kangaroo Paw closeup

Colourful Wildflower Stem

Colourful Wildflower Stem

smokebush

smokebush

hakea

hakea

861387437169466-WA_Wildflowe..rose_Perth.jpg

Flame Grevillea

Flame Grevillea

Woody Pear

Woody Pear

3099970-Australian_Woody_Pear_Mingenew.jpg

Old Socks

Old Socks

96104783099967-Australian_W..s_Mingenew.jpg

Cats Paw

Cats Paw

3099962-Kangaroo_paw_close_up_Perenjori.jpg

Australian Bush

Australian Bush

BE SURE TO STOP AT THE CROSSROAD WHERE THE THREE SPRINGS ROAD MEETS THE ROAD TO PERENJORI.
HERE YOU WILL FIND A WHOLE MOB OF COCKIES. THESE GUYS ARE OBVIOUSLY USED TO BEING PHOTOGRAPHED AND WILL HAPPILY POSE FOR YOU.

978081877663709-Cockatoos_at.._Perenjori.jpg

98913817663713-Cockatoos_at.._Perenjori.jpg

963206097663722-Cockatoos_at.._Perenjori.jpg

432060267663725-Cockatoos_at.._Perenjori.jpg

274399367663724-Cockatoos_at.._Perenjori.jpg

PERENJORI

PUB GRUB IS GOOD AT THE HOTEL HERE. EQUALLY GOOD IS A MRS MAC PIE FROM THE SMALL STORE UP THE ROAD AND A TAKE AWAY BEER FROM THE PUB. ACROSS THE ROAD IS A NICE PARK WITH ALL SORTS OF COLOURFUL NATIVE BOTTLEBRUSHES AND GREVILLEAS.

4222348-Perenjori_Hotel_Perenjori.jpg

519792814222355-Perenjori_ca.._Perenjori.jpg

Red bottlebrush

Red bottlebrush

Pink bottlebrush

Pink bottlebrush

3099889-Pink_bottlebrush_Perenjori.jpg

White bottlebrush

White bottlebrush

Red Grevillea

Red Grevillea

IMG_6377.jpg

Yellow Grevillea

Yellow Grevillea

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

PERENJORI ALSO HAS AMAZING GRAFITTI ART PAINTINGS ON THE BUILDINGS. THESE ARE BEAUTIFULLY DONE AND ARE CERTAINLY EYE CATCHING.

3103151-Perenjori_paintings_Perenjori.jpg

3103152-Perenjori_paintings_Perenjori.jpg

4222351-Perenjori_paintings_Perenjori.jpg

PERENJORI MUSEUM

DO CALL IN AT THE MUSEUM WHICH IS PART OF THE INFORMATION CENTRE. IT'S VERY CUTE AND HAS SOME REALLY INTERESTING STUFF. I ENJOYED THE FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD BITS AND PIECES WITH WELL KNOWN AUSTRALIAN NAMES. MANY DON'T EXIST ANY MORE BUT I STILL REMEMBER THEM FROM MY CHILDHOOD. THE OLD BLACK SINGER SEWING MACHINE IS IN PRESTINE CONDITION. I REMEMBER MY MUM HAD ONE THE SAME :) WELL WORTH A LOOK AND PLEASE GIVE A SMALL DONATION.

3103131-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

3099915-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

3099911-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

3099910-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

3099913-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

3099914-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

3099912-Perenjori_Museum_Perenjori.jpg

PERENJORI INFORMATION CENTRE

743100563103123-Perenjori_To.._Perenjori.jpg

AT THE INFORMATION CENTRE THEY WILL GIVE YOU A MUD MAP (MAP WITH HAND DRAWN DIRECTIONS) ON WHERE TO FIND THE WREATH FLOWER.
IT'S OUT OF TOWN A WAY AND YOU HIT THE TURNOFF AND OVER THE RAIL CROSSING (WATCH FOR TRAINS) - HANG A RIGHT AT THE WINDMILL - THEN LOOK FOR A POST WITH A WHITE BUCKET ON. THAT IS THE SPOT.

LAST TIME WE WERE HERE, THEY HAD A WILDFLOWER SIGN AT THE TURNOFF WHICH HELPS. THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE HERE. IT'S WORTH PARKING FOR A QUICK LOOK.

553016074234044-Perenjori_wr.._Perenjori.jpg

Grevellia

Grevellia

4223713-Grevellia_Perenjori.jpg

Bitter quandong

Bitter quandong

Australian ant hill

Australian ant hill

Hakea

Hakea

FILE5387.jpg

Windmill marks the spot

Windmill marks the spot

WREATH FLOWER

AND HERE THEY ARE!!

4234162-Morawa_Wreath_flower_Mingenew.jpg

3099871-Perenjori_Wreath_Flower_Perenjori.jpg

3099872-Perenjori_Wreath_Flower_Perenjori.jpg

3099875-Perenjori_Wreath_Flower_Perenjori.jpg

4234166-Morawa_Wreath_flower_Mingenew.jpg

4234167-Morawa_Wreath_flower_Mingenew.jpg

4234164-Morawa_Wreath_flower_Mingenew.jpg

4234165-Morawa_Wreath_flower_Mingenew.jpg

327042167169458-WA_Wreath_Wi..rose_Perth.jpg

4234052-Perenjori_wreath_flower_Perenjori.jpg

4234045-Perenjori_wreat_flower_Perenjori.jpg

4234043-Perenjori_wildflowers_Perenjori.jpg

875697917169457-Wreath_Wildf..rose_Perth.jpg

AND LOOKING THE OTHER WAY.... I FINALLY FOUND MY LONE TREE IN THE PADDOCK!
I HAD BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO OBTAINING THIS FOR A LONG TIME :)

4234169-Morawa_Wreath_flower_Mingenew.jpg

--oOo--

MORAWA

HEADING TOWARDS MINGENEW YOU WILL STOP AT MORAWA. THE INFORMATION AND GIFT SHOP HERE IS NICE. LOVE THE WILDFLOWER BOOK MARKS. THEY WILL ALSO SHOW YOU WHERE THE WREATH FLOWER CAN BE FOUND.

4234291-Morawa_Information_Centre_Mingenew.jpg

IMG_4980_small.jpg

MINGENEW

MINGENEW AND IN PARTICULAR COALSEAM NATIONAL PARK IS THE HOME OF A STUNNING SEA OF YELLOW AND PINK WILDFLOWERS COMMONLY CALLED EVERLASTINGS OR PAPER DAISYS. A GOOD SEASON IS DEPENDENT ON GOOD WINTER RAIN.

BEST TO STAY IN TOWN AND VISIT COALSEAM EARLY MORNING AS IT TENDS TO DRAW QUITE A CROWD, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CHOOSE THE EARLY OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND LIKE WE USUALLY DO.

NEXT BLOG WILL SHOWCASE THESE AMAZING WILDFLOWERS OF MINGENEW.... BUT HERE IS A LITTLE TEASER.... ;)

7666131-Coalseam_National_Park.jpg

~~oOo~~

PS..... BTW ......I THINK SEPIA WORKS WELL ON THIS KANGAROO PAW.... DON'T YOU? :)

57688877478247-Kangaroo_Paw..se_Toodyay.jpg

Posted by aussirose 03:28 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip photography wildflowers blog mingenew everlastings 2012 aussirose perenjori wa_wildflowers mingenew_wildflowers perenjori_wildflowers morawa three_springs wreath_flower morawa_wildflowers Comments (0)

Mingenew - Coalseam National Park - Dongara

Highlight - Everlastings Wildflowers


View 2018 Tasting Tasmania Roadtrip & 2012 Perth to Mingenew Wildflower Roadtrip & 2016 Sydney - Cruise to New Caledonia South Pacific & 2015 HK Canada USA Belize & 2014 Cairns to Cape Trib Roadtrip & 2017 Kuala Lumpur & Manukan & 2014 Kuala Lumpur & 2014 Kerala India & KL & 2013 Kuala Lumpur & Penang & 2013 Perth to Albany Roadtrip on aussirose's travel map.

FAVOURITE PHOTO

722392477169459-Yellow_Everl..rose_Perth.jpg

MINGENEW, IN PARTICULAR COALSEAM NATIONAL PARK IS THE HOME OF THE FABULOUS EVERLASTINGS OR PAPER DAISYS. IN WILDFLOWER SEASON WHICH IS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER, THE GROUND BECOMES A SEA OF GLORIOUS COLOUR.

BUT FIRST OF ALL.... WHERE TO STAY.

IF YOU HAVE A CAMPERVAN, OBVIOUSLY THE BEST PLACE IS RIGHT IN THE NATIONAL PARK. IF YOU HAVE A TENT... RUG UP BECAUSE IT IS VERY COLD AT NIGHT HERE. WE HAVE STAYED A 2 PLACES IN TOWN - THE CARAVAN PARK AND THE PUB. MY PICK IS DEFINITELY THE PUB. IT'S COLD IN A CARAVAN. THE OWNERS AT THE HOTEL ARE VERY WELCOMING. THEY HAVE CABIN ACCOMMODATION WHICH WE CHOSE. SUNDAY ROAST IS THE BEST! :) THE ALFRESCO GARDEN AREA IS A PLEASURE TO SIT IN. I WOULD RECOMMEND STAYING HERE.

OH AND THEY HAVE THE HUGEST DOG THAT I HAVE SEEN FOR A WHILE!! :)

4234279-Mingenew_Pub_Mingenew.jpg

4234267-Mingenew_Pub_Mingenew.jpg

931670204234268-Howie_dog_wh..t_Mingenew.jpg

916801114234269-They_didnt_g..o_Mingenew.jpg

971929194234230-Mingenew_Spr..k_Mingenew.jpg

4234339-Mingenew_Western_Australia_Mingenew.jpg

COALSEAM

THE DRIVE TO DONGARA IS NOT TOO FAR SO YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO SPEND AT COALSEAM. THERE ARE NICE HIKES AND OF COURSE THERE ARE EVERLASTINGS WILDFLOWERS EVERYWHERE! GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES :)

597240237169465-Western_Aust..rose_Perth.jpg

7666131-Coalseam_National_Park.jpg

7666134-Coalseam_National_Park.jpg

C098A1DE9F134B8CE61FC04D140A0DED.jpg

624652714234305-Coalseam_Nat..s_Mingenew.jpg

396410394234308-Everlastings..k_Mingenew.jpg

306678724234306-Coalseam_Nat..s_Mingenew.jpg

3099926-Everlastings_2006_Mingenew.jpg

889544003099925-Australian_W..s_Mingenew.jpg

7666135-Coalseam_National_Park.jpg

303145234234336-Pink_everlas..w_Mingenew.jpg

C097CEE8AC88281938A95053AE1EF893.jpg

C0970588A0759C68E821DDD9F4E6EF37.jpg

582180574234337-Pink_everlas..k_Mingenew.jpg

7666130-Coalseam_National_Park.jpg

WILDFLOWER SPOTTING IS THIRSTY WORK ;)

4234254-Coalseam_National_Park.jpg

AND THE OBLIGATORY PHOTO IN AMONGST THEM..... HOWEVER HUBBY JUST HAD TO REMOVE MY WRINKLES DIDN'T HE. I LOOK LIKE A WANNABE 21YRO LOL. CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WANT TO GET BOTOX. IT'S JUST SO FAKE. NO I'LL KEEP MY WRINKLES THANK YOU. LAUGHING LINES ADD CHARACTER:)

Wildflower..verlastings.jpg

IT'S TEMPTING TO DRIVE LIKE 007 ON THESE LONG STRETCHES OF OUTBACK ROAD BUT BEWARE THAT THIS IS FARMING LAND AND YOU WILL COME ACROSS BIG FARM MACHINERY THAT TAKES UP THE FULL WIDTH OF THE ROAD OR ALTERNATIVELY LONG ROADTRAINS SO BE SENSIBLE.

247423563112694-Coalseam_Nat..a_Mingenew.jpg

3112707-Australian_Farm_Machinery_Mingenew.jpg

DONGARA

DONGARA IS ON THE COAST. CABINS IN THE CARAVAN PARK ARE A GOOD PLACE TO STAY WITH A BEACH AND CLOSE TO TOWN. UNFORTUNATELY THEY GO QUICK IN WILDFLOWER SEASON SO MAKE SURE YOU BOOK EARLY.

THE TAVERN IN TOWN IS GOOD FOR LUNCH. IT HAS A NICE GARDEN COURTYARD TO ENJOY LUNCH AS YOU PEOPLE WATCH PASSERSBY.
SORRY, NO PIX..... ENJOYING BEERS AND RELAXING TOO MUCH :)

--oOo--

WE HAVE NOW HIT THE HOME RUN AND WILL BE DRIVING THE COAST ROAD ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE OUTER SUBURBS OF PERTH.

NEXT UP - DRIVE VIA LESUEUR NATIONAL PARK TO JURIEN BAY AND THEN CERVANTES.

EXPECTING TO SEE THIS.... AND MUCH MORE -

197755467659872-Lesuer_Natio..ildflowers.jpg

Posted by aussirose 04:30 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint road_trip wildflowers blog everlastings 2012 dongara aussirose wa_wildflowers mingenew_wildflowers coalseam_national_park mingenew_hotel mingernew Comments (0)

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

750990947659869-Lesuer_Natio..ildflowers.jpg

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

Dongara_to_Cervantes_Map.jpg

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.

43A42889DE94350F58556A27631A1AE2.jpg

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.

197755467659872-Lesuer_Natio..ildflowers.jpg

IMG_0009.jpg

IMG_0030.jpg

IMG_0043.jpg

IMG_0069.jpg

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 -

IMG_0011.jpg

IMG_4965.jpg

IMG_4970.jpg

IMG_4972.jpg

IMG_4974.jpg

IMG_4979.jpg

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.

IMG_5079_SMALL.jpg

IMG_5094.jpg

IMG_0006.jpg

IMG_5085.jpg

IMG_5086.jpg

CERVANTES

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

IMG_4993.jpg

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

IMG_4994_SMALL.jpg

~~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)

(Entries 1 - 5 of 7) Page [1] 2 » Next