Our 'Shake-down trip ~ July 2004
Thursday 15th July 2004
Our holiday actually started Wednesday evening. On Wednesday
afternoon when the mail arrived we received a voucher for a free dinner
for two at the Manse Restaurant. Peter had entered a competition in the
local paper, and won. We had a really nice evening out, it has been so long
since we had dinner out, just the two of us. (The reason for this is my
We intended to leave at 10 a.m. but as usual for us, we left late. It was
so much better getting the 'van off the block next door the day before.
I felt very strange getting the house ready for the house-sitters to move
The trip went very smoothly. We stopped for lunch about two hours after
we left home. It was great to get out of our car and go into our 'home',
take our lunch out of the fridge and more importantly . . . use the loo!
We kept pushing on as we didn't want to arrive too late and be setting
up in the dark. In the end we had to stop for a five minute toilet break
and have a drink and stretch our legs.
We arrived without any map-reading hitches at about 5pm. The couple who
run the caravan park are very nice and friendly. We are right on the beach
at Port Denison. The shower and toilet block is very clean, bright and airy
with fans, music playing and soap
! We set up without any problems
and cooked our dinner using the camp's BBQ. People seem very nice
and friendly. We watched TV, our new flat screen is lovely, we received
very good reception and watched the ABC (what else?).
Friday 16th July 2004
We had a good night's sleep. Slow morning, Peter was
helping Bill (next caravan) repair his brakes. Beautiful day but the wind
a little chilly. Had a look at the beach, beautiful and deserted. Went into
Dongara. 1st stop was the old Post Office which is now the Tourist Centre.
We bought the booklet which explained the Heritage Trail. We started the
walk at the old Police Station which is now a museum . We thought we had
been given a life sentence as the curator kept talking and talking and we
couldn't get away, but we did learn a lot about the history of this
Next stop was the Telecentre (not on the map but we wanted to check out
how the system works). We found out that down and up loading is easy and
sending emails was also straight forward. We can print off letters and pictures
Having digested all this information we walked across the road to a coffee
shop and enjoyed a very nice coffee. The coffee shop was situated under
a Moreton Bay Fig tree. The whole street is lined with these trees giving
the road a canopy effect. After the coffee we walked over to the park and
ate our picnic lunch.
We resumed our Heritage Walk – we headed off to the Royal Steam Roller
Mill. The planning of this mill was done by Henry Simon in Manchester, which
has some significance for Peter as he completed his apprenticeship with
HS. The old building was intact but hollow inside and full of pigeons. We
then walked back towards the town, on the way passing some historical buildings
that were noted on the map in our hands.
We then headed off to the cemetery to view graves of the long and not-so-long
departed. The cemetery was very interesting some people dying in the 1800's,
a lot of young people too, so it illustrated how hard life was then. Some
graves had whole families in them.
We then decided we'd had enough walking and headed back to the car. We decided
to make our way back to the caravan but on the way there we noticed a sign
for Priory Lodge, another historical building worth looking at. No, of course
we didn't know they had a bar! After a couple of drinks we headed
R & R period before cooking dinner. We used the camp BBQ which is so
quick and easy, no smell of cooking and no pans to wash.
Saturday 17th July 2004
Nicholas Paul's birthday. Tried twice to phone him,
left messages. In the end he phoned me. He is celebrating with friends.
I have decided not to record 'a good night's sleep' every
day – as every night is the same so far, so I will only record when
something out of the ordinary happens.
We had a lazy morning then after lunch we walked along the beach to the
fishermens' memorial and obelisk. (Four sided structure with a pointed top.)
The views from the obelisk were quite magnificent. We could see for miles
across the ocean one way and across the countryside in another. After about
an hour, and having chatted to a couple who were also admiring the view
(the man came to Australia from Liverpool in 1949), we descended back into
the town. Walking home we found a licensed café so I had a coffee
and Peter had a beer.
We watched the sun set and Peter took some photos, chatted to a couple from
Perth. They prattled on a bit so it was nice to get away from them.
Sunday 18th July 2004
Another lazy morning, then after lunch we went for a walk,
following the River Irwin to its mouth. It was very pleasant and we met
a few different people at the mouth of the river. The river was separated
from the ocean by a sand bar. We saw plenty of water birds – pelicans,
egrets and cormorants.
On the way back to the 'van we again called in at the Priory Lodge for drink.
They were very nice and friendly people.
We are off to Kalbarri tomorrow morning. I really enjoyed Dongara/Port Denison.
I found the town very picturesque and the people very nice and friendly.
The locals have a sense of pride, community spirit, and know about the history
of their township.
Monday 19th July 2004
We set off for Kalbarri about 10.30am. We had an uneventful
trip in that everything went very smoothly again. Except . . .
. . . I had a very bad pain in my abdomen, very much like a gall stone
attack. It was extremely painful then eased off only to return again about
10 minutes later. It was so bad I had visions of checking out Kalbarri
hospital. We stopped for a lunch/toilet break and I had a walk around
and the pain disappeared completely. Very strange.
We arrived in Kalbarri about 2.15 pm. First impressions of the caravan
park was unfriendly and not so nice. The toilet and showers were only
average. Later we found a newer block and they were a lot better. No paper
towels or soap.
We set up camp and then walked to the shops and to check out internet
services. We found the internet service in the second hand book shop.
We will take the laptop back there tomorrow.
The supermarket was a little disappointing as the shelves were bare, I
guess that is because of school holidays - lots of families in Kalbarri.
On the way back I remembered from last time that there was another supermarket,
so when we got home I looked it up on our guide and sure enough it was
there. I walked up to that supermarket and found that if we spend $30
we will get a 4% discount on fuel which will be good as we intend filling
up before we leave.
We decided to go out for dinner and celebrate Da's life (Peter's
father who had just died) or have a drink and a meal in his memory. We
timed it very well as when we were dining the funeral party would also
be dining and drinking in memory of Da.
We enjoyed the evening very much but drinking and eating in the evening
does not bode well for a good night's sleep, hence we both had a
restless night. It is also much warmer here at night.
Tuesday 20th July 2004
We didn't do much in the morning as the weather was
not the best. Peter updated the website and I read. After lunch we went
to the internet place, checked our emails and uploaded the new version of
the website. We then did some shopping and returned to the caravan. The
weather got worse and it poured down. Lucky for us, the caravan is cosy
and the toilet is one of Peter's better ideas. (Funny how all the
good ideas turn out to be Peter's!) During the night the storm was so bad
the caravan was rocking in the wind.
Wednesday 21st July 2004
The day started well with a good weigh-in. I lost the weight
I put on from the dinner out plus another 250 grams. A very good result.
We took a walk up to the Post Office, stopping on the way to book our trip
to Nature's Window for Friday; we will have to remember to get up as we
have become very lazy in our retirement.
We then walked along the beach to the jetty at the far end of Kalbarri.
Had a coffee before making our way back to the caravan for lunch. It rained
quite a lot this afternoon so it was another afternoon keeping ourselves
amused in the caravan. It brightened up later so we went to watch the sunset,
then walked on the beach. We walked back to the caravan along the footpath
so we literally fell over the pub. Well you do have to keep the local economy
flowing, don't you?
We like Kalbarri but enjoyed it more the first time. I guess as we have
seen it all before it takes some of the shine off it. It is still a very
pleasant place to be though. A very relaxing, laid back sort of place.
Thursday 22nd July 2004
We had rain and more rain today so we didn't do
much. After lunch we went back to the internet place to check our emails
and update the website. We went for a drive up to the coastal gorges but
the rain was so bad we could hardly see anything, so there was nothing
for it but to call for our usual drink at the local pub. Stayed rather
longer than we anticipated but then again we do not have to rush anywhere.
Today was treat day for me - a glass of red wine. As I partake very rarely
these days, I really enjoyed it.
Friday 23rd July 2004
The day does not look too good, overcast and raining off
and on. We were collected from the main gate at 8.00am (very early for us
these days) by Kalbarri Coach Tours. We headed off to the Loop and the Z
Bend which involves sitting in Nature's Window.
The road was pretty bad, very wet and bumpy. The road was closed to all
visitors except for those on organised tours. We had an excellent time;
our tour guide named John told us all about Kalbarri, wild flowers and the
gorges. Peter and I had our photo taken in Nature's Window to compare
with the original one. I looked so different, the new photo is now on the
website. By the time we got back to town the sun was shining and the day
had turned out beautifully.
We had lunch then went for a walk. On the way back we called in at the pub.
Soon after leaving there a car pulled over - it was Bill and Julie whom
we had met in the caravan park at Dongara. They had been up to Shark Bay
and had experienced bad weather.
We continued our walk and ended up in a coffee shop, which also houses a
museum. In the museum they had a collection of dolls. The owner had built
a mine underneath the building. After looking through the museum we had
coffee sitting outside watching the river and ocean. After we had finished
our coffee we moved across the road to watch the sunset.
Saturday 24th July 2004
The sun was shining so it was chore day today. We had a whole
heap of washing to do and some shopping. We also took the carpet out of
the caravan, washed the floors and gave the carpets a good beating - makes
a change from beating Peter. We found washing line space was rare as everyone
wanted to wash on the first sunny day in a while. Anyway we got it all done.
After lunch we went for walk and called in the pub on the way back. They
had a fishing competition running. We listened and watched a stack of fish
being weighed. I guess it is not too boring if you are a fisherman, but
as we are not we found it a little boring. We had to stay as we had bought
two raffle tickets. We didn't win.
Sunday 25th July 2004
Woke up to another beautiful day. We were on the tennis courts
by 9.00am and raring to go. Peter thrashed me in the first set but only
won by the tiebreaker in the second set. We hired the court for an hour
so we couldn't continue with a third set, thank goodness, as we were
We headed back to the caravan for coffee. We then walked up to the jetty
and sat a while watching any activity on the river but being Sunday there
was not a lot happening. We then wandered over to the fish and chip shop
for lunch. (I had grilled fish and salad). After lunch we wandered back
to the caravan for a toilet stop and Peter decided he wanted a Nana nap
(or in his case a Grandpa nap). I sat outside in the sun reading.
We then took a walk up to the headland along the beach. At the headland
there is a lookout. When we arrived there we found a bunch of excited people
watching a school of dolphins surfing the waves. It was delightful to watch.
As we were about to leave and make our way back we noticed another lookout
further up the hillside so we made our way up there by means of a path Peter
found. He was okay, he was wearing jeans. I had bare legs and bore the scratches
to prove it. I didn't realise we were going bush walking. Once up
there we found there was a really easy path leading from the road! The view
was well worth the climb and Peter took some photos of the place where the
River Murchinson meets the ocean.
We walked back via the pub. Re-reading this journal it sounds like we are
always in the pub - but we enjoy a drink. Peter has beer and I have diet
coke, but I think it is more the social side of things than the drink.
Tomorrow we head off to Hamelin Pool.
Monday 26th July 2004
We managed to get away from Kalbarri by 10.30am which
is very good for us. It was 286 kms to Hamelin Pool. We had a couple of
stops on the way, one being for coffee at the Billabong Roadhouse.
When I worked in the transport industry the drivers used to stop at the
Billabong Roadhouse for meals so I was curious to see what it was like.
Billabong has a certain ring to it. Anyway, surprise surprise, it was
just a plain old roadhouse but the lady who served us was very nice and
We arrived at Hamelin Pool about 3.00pm and wondered what this place was
that we had arrived in. First impression of Hamelin Pool is that it is
basic, even using your imagination! The caravan site is small, the water
from the taps is not fit to drink but you can fill a kettle from the rainwater
tank. Luckily Peter filled both our water tanks before we left Kalbarri.
The people that run the 'park' are really nice and friendly,
the ablution block is old but very clean. The power is from a diesel generator
that is turned off at 11.00pm and is restarted at 7.00am.
After the first hour of being here we found we really liked the place.
It is small but very picturesque and the people staying here are very
nice. Everyone in caravan parks seem friendly and you always find someone
to chat to. Amazing what information you can pick up when doing the laundry!
At Hamelin Pool everyone seems a little more friendly. Maybe it is because
it is smaller, or could it be that the school holidays are over so we
are left with the serious travellers. Like us. After setting up camp we
read for a short while, had a nice chat with a passer-by then headed up
the hill to watch the sun set, along with quite a few other 'campers'.
Tomorrow I will also take a drink as everyone else seem to have one. No
one will know it is diet lemon if I put it in a wine glass.
Tuesday 27th July 2004
It is very relaxing here and, as there is not a lot to see,
we had a late start to the day. We went for a walk on the Boolagoorda walk
trail. This walk takes you through a shell quarry which was really interesting.
To mine it they would cut blocks of it to use for building. Further on we
came across the stromatolites, also very interesting but I found the shell
quarry of more interest.
We bumped into 300 French geology teachers who were a lot more interested
in the stromatolites than we were. We decided to go back to the caravan,
have lunch and read a while until the day visitors had left.
After they had all gone we went over to the Telegraph Station which is a
museum. We had our own personal guide who explained everything to us. It
was fascinating to hear about how people communicated in the late 1800's.
In the museum they had two different types of telephone exchange, both of
which I had used in my early working days. We had a coffee in the 'teashop'
and then made our way back to the caravan. The teashop is situated inside
the old Post office.
Wednesday 28th July 2004
Left Hamelin Pool for Nanga Bay which was only 48 kms. We
both really enjoyed our stay at Hamelin Pool. Being city folk and being
used to turning on a tap or flicking on a light switch it was an education
for us. When you think about it there are places all over Australia similar
to Hamelin Pool. It made me wonder what it had been like for the early settlers,
they wouldn't have had bore water or generators.
We arrived at Nanga Bay well before lunch. We set up camp, had lunch and
went for a walk, it didn't take long. The beach consists of the little
shells similar to those at Hamelin Pool. Very pretty bay. At least I wouldn't
get lost in this caravan park.
When we first arrived at Kalbarri I ducked off to the ladies and left Peter
setting up. When I left the ladies I turned down the wrong path and wandered
right over the other side of the park. I was in so much of a hurry to 'go'
I didn't make a mental note of the caravan bay we were in. Eventually
I saw the office and was going in to ask 'where am I' when I
decided to try another path which lead to Peter standing outside our caravan
wondering if I had gone to the ladies via Dongara. Things one will do to
get out of some work!
But I digress - back to Nanga Bay. It is nice here for an overnight stop
but not much more unless you are fishermen or a family on a camping holiday.
One thing I have realised with our shake-down trip; even though we equipped
the caravan so that we would not have to take things from the house, there
are certain things you miss, only small but never-the-less if we are going
for two years on the big one, I will want to take them with me. For example,
I am sick of drinking out of a plastic mug – I want my favourite china
Thursday 29th July 2004
We left Nanga around our usual 10.30am. An uneventful drive
to Denham. We arrived, set up and then went for a walk. We fell in love
with Denham right away.
We met the dynamic little lady, Pam, who introduced herself and wanted to
have a look at the first fibreglass caravan she had seen. A very nice lady,
we gave her a guided tour of the caravan. She commented that we needed to
make our 'van more homely, especially if we are going to be away for a long
time. Pam invited us to her caravan for a sun-downer (a.k.a. happy hour)
and a look around her caravan.
First we had to do some shopping as our supplies were very low and we hadn't
had lunch. It has been an education shopping in various places as you cannot
always get what you want and sometimes the prices are ridiculous. We are
very spoilt in the metro area having a Woolworths or a Coles round every
After lunch we walked into Denham town centre for a look around. Before
we had left the caravan park we bumped into Pam again and she had been to
the shops and bought me a china mug as I had said I was fed up with drinking
out of plastic. What a kind lady.
We found the Telecentre and decided to update our website and check our
emails on Friday. As we were walking we noticed people riding camels along
the shore and Peter suggested that I might like to have a ride. I decided
not to commit myself either way. What I would like to know is why is it
that has to do these crazy things whilst Peter takes the photos.
So it was decided that if I did it, he did it also.
On the way back we found the pub. Well, we did have to buy some things for
the sun downer! We had a very enjoyable couple of hours getting to know
Pam and Mike and also another couple – Sandie and Ron. We had a look
in Pam and Mike's caravan and saw what she meant about ours, she had
lots of photos and 'knick knacks' that made the van look more
like a home-from-home. Before we left it was arranged that we would all
meet back at P & M's the following evening for a barbecue.
Friday 30th July 2004
We went off to the Telecentre today only to leave there two
hours later frustrated and no further forward than when we went in. The
web page could not be updated and we could not send any emails. Our hosting
people were 'down'. We are now seriously considering changing to Big Pond.
At least with them there is an number you can call to get help. The Telecentre
is now closed until Tuesday.
We went off to P & M's for this BBQ and met another couple - Carol
and Colin. Pam had arranged with the park reception to leave a gas BBQ outside
their caravan, all free. An example of the excellent service you get at
this caravan park. We had another very enjoyable evening and learnt a lot
more about caravanning.
Saturday 31st July 2004
We went to Eagle Bluff today. Before we got there we had
a look at Denham Lookout. We weren't too impressed with the lookout
but we met a really nice couple from Tasmania. They were on their way to
Denham and Monkey Mia. We chatted for a while, as you do, and then went
our separate ways.
Peter and I enjoyed a couple of hours at Eagle Bluff eating our picnic lunch
whilst looking at million dollar views. Eagle Bluff was very interesting
as one is supposed to view different marine animals in the water but we
did not see anything. Eagle Bluff has many display cases with a lot of information
about the history of the place which we found very interesting.
We then went back to the caravan in time for a sun downer to say good bye
to our new friends, Sandie and Ron, who were leaving next morning for Carnarvon.
Sunday 1st August 2004
We went off to Monkey Mia today, hoping to at least see the
dolphins. We arrived about 11.00am and were informed the dolphins were in
the bay ready for feeding now. We hurriedly parked the car and made our
way to the beach. A small crowd were looking at a couple of dolphins, with
a ranger keeping a close eye on things. You are not allowed to just go up
to the dolphins and you are not allowed to touch them. A few more dolphins
came into the bay and the ranger explained a lot about the dolphins to us.
Then it was feeding time and everyone had to get out of the water in a line
and the rangers chose people to feed the dolphins. I thought no way would
it be me, I never win raffles or anything, but I was chosen and was so shocked
at being chosen I really did not savour the moment as I should have. Peter
got a great photo of me bending over feeding this lovely dolphin, showing
only my bottom.
Once the dolphins are fed they swim away, but venture back into the bay
at different intervals during the day. We were just about to make our way
to the coffee shop when two people approached us to ask had we enjoyed feeding
the dolphins. It was the Tasmanian couple from yesterday. We chatted a while
and then Peter and I found our way to the coffee shop. It is such a nice
lifestyle where life is very relaxed and unhurried and we meet and chat
with so many really nice people.
We spent some time just sitting on the beach watching the boats come and
go, so we decided to come back to Monkey Mia tomorrow and go on a cruise
in a catamaran.
Monday 2nd August 2004
We arrived at Monkey Mia about 9.00am, watched a video about
dolphins and then made our way to the jetty for our two hour cruise. When
I saw the catamaran I decided I couldn't go on it, it didn't look
safe to me and I could not work out where I was going to sit and hang on
for dear life. Boats, water and Pam do not go together very well. Anyway,
I thought I would be brave about this and when I tried to casually ask,
Where do we sit?
I just sounded desperate! We went on board
and I thought,
This is not so bad
, until we had the safety
talk and then I really did hang on for dear life. I also kept my eye on
the life jackets and life buoys. To say I enjoyed it would be a lie, we
did not see any of the things we were supposed to, for example, Dugongs.
It was very windy and extremely cold. I was wearing shorts and had goose
bumps on my goose bumps until the captain gave out oilskins. Peter enjoyed
it as he liked the sailing part. Me? Ah well, let's just say keeping
my feet on firm ground appeals to me.
Tuesday 3rd August 2004
We had excitement in the camp today, the power went off at
7.00am for an hour. Showers, toilets and washing came to a standstill. Worse
than that though, Peter and I had to wait for our coffee!
We went to the Telecentre to update our website and collect our emails.
Two hours later we left. We are not very happy with the provider we have
as we are experiencing difficulties logging on. Something we will have to
look at when we return to Perth. We went back to the caravan for lunch after
doing a bit of shopping. Later we went for a walk in Denham and checked
out the camels. We are going back tomorrow for a ride. Well . . . I think
I am anyway, I will know for sure when I am on the camel.
We enjoyed another sundowner with our new friends Pam and Mike, who announced
that they were coming with us to watch us ride the camels. Now I am getting
Wednesday 4th August 2004
We went into Denham in the morning, Peter had emails to send.
We also wanted to get a birthday cake for Mike as we were saying goodbye
to them tonight and it is Mike's birthday on Monday. Another lesson
to learn - you cannot always get what you want even if the town has a bakery.
We made do with a cheesecake, which turned out to be a good choice as Mike
is partial to a little cheesecake.
The time arrived to walk into town for this camel ride. I had been in a
state of panic all day as I had seen the size of these animals. The four
of us walked to where the camels left and I decided I would have a go, even
though I firmly believe that animals and I are totally incompatible. Once
on the camel I felt okay and the 'cameleers', Sandra and Henk,
made me feel very relaxed and - more importantly - secure. We trotted off
along the beach front whilst Pam took photos of our 'trek' which
was a slow twenty minute stroll along the beach, which - against all odds
- I really enjoyed. (Apart from the camel behind trying to nuzzle me. They
have very big teeth).
We returned to the caravan park to celebrate the ride, the birthday and
the new friendship we had made.
Thursday 5th August 2004
We managed to get away at 8.30am - early for us. Our journey
to Horrocks was uneventful and we discovered if we do crosswords on the
way it passes the time. We set up camp quite quickly and went for a walk
along the beach, which absolutely stank of rotting sea weed. We discovered
that Horrocks consisted of a caravan park, a beach, a general store, a café
. . . but no pub! Luckily the Horrocks General Store had a licence to sell
alcohol. The people were very nice and friendly but I didn't feel
relaxed there. For me it didn't have a good feel about it.
Friday 6th August 2004
To explore Northampton was our agenda for today. There was
a bitter cold wind howling down the main street, it was cold! I had always
wanted to explore the history of Northampton, but found it lacking. We did
the tourist walk after picking up a brochure from the tourist bureau. We
inadvertently turned down the wrong street but I still made the old buildings
fit the descriptions I was reading from the leaflet. We thought this was
extremely funny and decided that you could look at any one of a number of
buildings in Northampton and believe you were admiring an old pioneer type
We made our way to the Two Tarts Café
for lunch. This café
had had a good write up in the tourist magazines, but it was only average
and they even served instant coffee. Tut-tut!
After lunch we went in search of a church we had spied in the distance,
which looked interesting. It was an old church but closed to the public
so I couldn't look inside. After that we continued our heritage walk
back along Hampton Road to the Miners Arms; have to keep the local economy
rolling. The barmaid was from the UK and knew our home town very well, even
though she was originally from London. Small world. After shopping we headed
back to the caravan; another hectic day in the life of our retirement draws
to a close.
Saturday 7th August 2004
We spent a relaxing day at the caravan and then went for
a walk in the evening.
Sunday 8th August 2004
We set off for Greenough - not a long journey so we did not rush.
We arrived in good time, set up camp and had lunch. We then went for a walk
along the beach to the mouth of the river. It was very pleasant and we met
friendly people along the way. As the evening was drawing in we decided
to call at the General Store only to find out that they weren't licensed!
But they pointed us in the direction of the Resort where we enjoyed a pleasant
hour or so and booked for dinner on Tuesday evening, our last night before
Monday 9th August 2004
We went on the Greenough River Cruise this morning. We made
our way down to the 'jetty' but couldn't find one. Luckily
the captain of the cruise found us. We were not sure if we could go as he
needed at least four people. Anyway whilst we were chatting another couple
arrived, so off we went.
After the catamaran experience I had decided that terra firma was the place
for me, but here I was on another boat. This time the encounter was pleasurable,
we had an excellent time, saw lots of birds and plants and Doug, our captain,
explained everything very well. He even threw in a cup of coffee and a piece
After lunch we went off to explore the history of Greenough. We saw old
derelict buildings, some buildings that looked interesting but were closed
to the public. We found the Pioneer Museum open and spent some time there,
it was interesting but a lot of the artifacts they had on display I remember
from my Grandfather's house. (Even the outside toilet was a replica
of my Grandad's).
After the museum we went to the Hamlet of Greenough which is a village of
old buildings, some already restored, others in the process of. What we
found most strange was the reception and café area - all very new
and totally out of place. Anyway we had a look around, had an excellent
cup of coffee then headed for home - via the Resort for a well-earned drink.
Tuesday 10th August 2004
Today we went in search of the Railway Museum at Walkaway.
Walkaway is a very small place. From what we could see it consisted of the
museum, a general store and a tavern (closed). We spent some time in the
museum which we found very interesting but very cold. These old buildings
must have been great in the summer, but they are freezing this time of the
The old lady at the museum was very nice and interesting and explained that
the new building at the Hamlet was built as a tourist attraction but to
enable them to do this they had to demolish a very nice old building. I
cannot fathom the logic there. We had a look at some old buildings and a
crop duster at work. Peter took pictures of the leaning trees on the way
to the museum. We then headed home for lunch and a rest. We do not want
to overdo things. Tonight we are out for dinner and tomorrow it's
We have really enjoyed our time away, have seen a lot, done a lot and met
some really nice people. Some of the scenery in Western Australia will take
some beating as we travel this wonderful and diverse country.
Pam's Journal continues in December when we finally set
off across Australia after some delays.