The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog























A cool morning greeted us after a drizzly night. We decided to take a tour of Collie, a vibrant town. We toured the old steam trains at the Information Centre before going over to the suspension Bridge on the Collie River, past the Soldiers Memorial Park, the railway precinct in the centre of the town and up to the quite spectacular Anglican Church on the hill. We then drove the short distance out of town to Minninup Pool, a lovely swimming and picnic waterhole on the river. There are lots of good walking tracks and places to visit around the Collie district and the number of dams and you could easily spend a couple of days here. We then drove back towards Donnybrook and the morning sunlight highlighted the beautiful wildflowers in the forests along the way. We stopped at the park in Balingup for lunch. This is a pretty town of artisans/galleries and eateries and well worth stopping at. We drove the short distance out of town to the Old Cheese Factory which is WA's largest craft and gallery of works. The boys thought the place was great. A place to be careful with the credit cards - some of the wood work is imaginative and beautiful. We purchased a small glass wall hanging. A short drive to Bridgetown followed with a slight detour to the old mining town of Greenbushes. The Discovery Centre was closed but would be well worth a visit when opened. We stopped at Bridgetown to buy some bread at the lovely bakery and to give the boys a chance to play in the Memorial playground. The town is quite pretty in its setting in the hills alongside the Blackwood River so we decided to stop for the night. There are a number of very good walking tracks around the town worth a try. We found a nice spot in the caravan park on the banks of the river. The boys hired a canoe and Dad and the boys spent the afternoon paddling along the beautiful still river. After an hour the boys were quite expert little paddlers (with the odd argument!)

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