The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog










Woke to blue skies after a very cold night at New Norcia. Today would have been the day to visit New Norcia. Such is life! We drove up the very ordinary highway (more like Qld roads) to the busy little farming town of Dalwalinu where we stopped at the Information Centre. There were plenty of wildflowers to see along the way - very different to the flowers we had seen in other parts of WA. A quick shop at the local IGA for some supplies and a loaf of bread at the Bakehouse. The bread was absolutely Divine as we found out later for lunch. We then drove on to Wubin past from small dying townships. Here we found the very good wheat bin museum which had some excellent hands on displays about how wheat comes from the paddock to the port. The new wheat bins next door are huge and still full of last year's wheat - hard to imagine how many loaves of bread! At the back of the old railway was a motor museum which was partially built. They showed us around - it contains all the vehicles and machinery that one local man had accumulated through his life and he gifted it all to the community. The machinery and vehicles are in very good condition and this will be a very good museum once completed. Like all small communities, it is hard to get volunteers. We were lucky that one of the volunteers showed us a 80km detour to see some special wildflowers including the wreath flowers. So we embarked on the trip, along the way we stopped at the rabbit proof fence #2 for a photo and some lunch. That bread...mmmmm. The wildflowers were on a recently sealed road from the mine to Perenjori rail yards. They were worth the detour. Some very special wreath flowers as well as many other fragile looking flowers of blue, purples, pinks, yellows. As a result we did not stop at Perenjori which had a couple of nice churches to look at and drove on to the small farming town of Morawa. We weren't planning on stopping here but it was getting late so we booked into the nice little caravan park. It feels like it will be cool again tonight. Interesting to see the dry land salinity issues prevalent across the countryside. It does appear to be a problem. There were some huge salt lakes in places. Ironically the first place at Wubin that wheat was planted around 100 years ago is now a large area of salt and sand.

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