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    VISIT WILDFLOWER COUNTRY

    by balhannah Updated Jan 26, 2015

    Favorite thing: Wildflower country is best visited when the wildflowers are out, BUT, If your here at a different time of the year, then still come and see these towns as they have plenty to offer.
    Wildflower country covers the towns of Carnamah, Coorow, Dalwallinu, Eneabba, Green Head, Leeman, Mingenew, Moora, Morawa, Mullewa, Perenjori and Three Springs.

    These towns all come under "Wildflower country," as this is where you will find heaps of wildflowers. I don't know how many species, but I found many, and each area had different to see!

    Of course, it isn't all wildflowers, there are festivals and sporting events held in these towns, well worth coming to see.
    Each September, Moora holds an Agricultural Show & Ute Muster, or if your in Mingenew in September, you can be part of the Lions Midwest EXPO, the largest regional agricultural field day. Come and watch a fashion parade, try a drop of wine from one of the boutique winery stalls, olive growers are there, so is farm machinery and farm exhibits and much more.

    Also in September, is Wattle Week Festival at Dalwallinu. This begins the second week of September every year, including the Wattle Week Festival, Wubin Wildflower Show and the bi-annual Dalwallinu Arts & Crafts Show. Wattle Week events include bush breakfast, bus tour, craft displays and more.
    The Wubin Wildflower Show is a display of approximately 200 varieties of wildflowers from the Shire.

    Perenjori & Districts annual Agricultural Show is held on the third Saturday of August at the Perenjori Sports Grounds, is a day out at the Fair!

    Carnamah also holds and Agricultural Show & Ute Muster in September, if your not interested in that, then what about heading to Mullewa for the Mullewa Gift, a prestigious foot race, held annually at the Mullewa Agriculture and Wildflower Show.

    There are quite a few National Parks and Conservation Reserves within Wildflower Country, one I really enjoyed, was the Coalseam Conservation Park, just a mass of colour!
    You should see kangaroos and emus, I did, and even the rare Carnaby's Cockatoo, but you may be lucky and see some of the rarer animals found in this area. Look for lizards, snakes, frog, echidnas and the rare Honey Possum found only in the Lesueur National Park.

    Birds, you will find plenty of them in Wildflower Country, getting a photo of one I found very hard! Some you may see are the Black Tailed Native Hens, Pink-eared Ducks and Red-kneed Dotterels, Mallee Fowl, Bush Turkey, Mulga Parrot, Black Honeyeater, Red throat and Masked Wood swallow, Chestnut-rumped, and Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Honey-eaters, White Browed Babblers, Splendid and Variegated Fairy-wrens and other small birds.
    Parrots are quite common and we saw many, including the Western Corella, Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, and Galahs.

    Entry to the towns of "Wildflower country" is all the same. There is an entrance sign to each town with brightly coloured flowers and the towns name, nice!

    Do come and have a look, September is a spectacular time to see the wildflowers and visit some of the shows and other attractions.

    Fondest memory: http://www.australiascoralcoast.com/docs/media/wildflower-country.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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    THE CHAPMAN VALLEY & CHAPMAN SHIRE

    by balhannah Written Jan 7, 2015

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    Favorite thing: The Chapman Valley is where the Chapman Shire is located in the town of Nabawa. Located at Nabawa are public toilets, tavern, (does meals) fuel, public park with gas BBQ, drinking fountain and gazebo.
    This valley is really picturesque to drive through, so look for the Brown tourist signs "Scenic Chapman valley drive" when in Geraldton and Northampton. The valley itself is rural and is rich in cultural history. There are many attractions, look-outs, cultural activities and events held through-out the year.

    As we drove our car over the rolling hills, the vista was of a farmhouse dotted here and there, yellow Canola, green wheat, coloured sheep and the Moresby Range formed some 50 million years ago. The hills are flat topped and quite unusual, to me they looked like Mesa's.

    The Chapman Valley Museum is at Nanson, home to old farm machinery, vehicles, local history and photos donated by the Chapman Valley Historical Society.
    Open Wednesday’s 9am until 12pm and Sundays 1pm until 4pm.

    I liked the Father Hawes Churches and found them in the valley.

    The Chapman shire not only includes the rural area, but the seaside village of Coronation Beach, a a popular spot for trying your luck fishing and catching Crayfish, either from the shore or from a boat. Coronation Beach is one of the world's best locations for wave jumping and windsurfers, quite interesting to watch. We were told there is a good free campsite here.

    Other sights and activities in the Chapman Valley Shire is looking for wildflowers between the end of August and beginning of September, or looking for some of the 200 different species of birds have been catalogued. Ospreys are found at Coronation Beach, the endangered Black Carnaby Cockatoo can be seen and we were lucky enough to see a flock of them, and look for the rare Mallee Fowl in the Wandana Reserve near Yuna.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our scenic drive and stayed at a free camp in the Chapman Valley overnight.

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    SHIRE OF NORTHAMPTON

    by balhannah Written Jan 4, 2015

    Favorite thing: The Shire of Northampton covers some lovely tourist destinations including its own town - Northampton. "The Mines" is what the town was known as until 1864.

    NORTHAMPTON is a heritage listed town full of old buildings, an interesting old Department store and sewing machine museum, another Museum and a Father Hawes Church. We stopped at Northampton then continued onto Kalbarri past many rolling green hills and beaut views in the month of August. This area is where were saw large crops of Wheat and Canola growing, doing very well, hopefully a good season for the farmers. Other areas were Sheep farms.

    Port Gregory is in the shire, known for its convict hiring station established between 1853-1856.

    The scenic holiday town of KALBARRI is another town in the Shire, a very popular spot as the Kalbarri National Park is next to the town.
    Both Kalbarri and Northampton have visitor centres and both are worth visiting, especially Kalbarri.
    Kalbarri Visitors Centre - http://www.kalbarri.org.au/
    Northampton Visitors Centre - http://www.northampton.com.au/

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    Northampton shire - Elephant Hill
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    THE GREAT WESTERN WOODLANDS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 4, 2015

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    Favorite thing: As we travelled the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain, just before Balladonia we saw the sign that we were entering "The Great Western Woodlands."
    We ran into this area more than once, that was to be expected as the area covers over 16 million hectares - about the same size as England.

    "It is regarded as the largest remaining area of intact Mediterranean-climate woodland left on Earth and contains about 3000 species of flowering plants, about a fifth of all known flora in Australia."

    I like the Australian Eucalypts, so I was happy to find out that nearly a quarter of Australia's eucalypt species, many of which grow nowhere else in the world, are located in this area, along with a diverse array of mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. Aboriginals have been living in this area for at least 22,000 years, so this region is of great Aboriginal cultural significance.

    Now, the Great Western Woodlands is protected. There is mining and exploration activity, pastoral leases and timber resources, and now recreation and tourism is taking place in the area.

    On the Esperance to Coolgardie road and around the back roads of Widgiemooltha is part of this area.
    One tree that grabbed my attention immediately, was the Gimlet Eucalypt. This medium sized eucalypt has a very attractive shiny, copper coloured trunk and is quite a nice shaped tree. It is only found in this part of Western Australia.

    Eucalyptus salmonophloia or the Salmon gum tree, also only grows in WA and has smooth salmon-coloured bark in the summer months that changes to a white-grey or grey-brown colour in the winter months. The Salmon gum flowers in spring between August to December with white to cream blossoms and lives up to 150 years.

    I saw many more different Eucalypts to what we have in Queensland, the hard part is trying to identify them! It was very pleasant driving on a road lined with these trees on either side - I really loved this!

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    SHIRE OF MULLEWA

    by balhannah Updated Dec 27, 2014

    Favorite thing: The shire of Mullewa is known as 'THE HEART OF WILDFLOWER COUNTRY AND THE GATEWAY TO THE NORTH.'

    The Mullewa shire includes the towns of ......
    Mullewa, Pindar, Tardun, Tenindewa, Wandanooka, Wilroy, Wongoondyand Woolgorong.
    Most of these towns have virtually nothing there. The whole district has less than a 1000 people, quite a few are Aboriginal.

    In this area we saw many grain crops growing and looking very good. Over 250,000 tonnes is harvested annually. Mt. Gibson is an Iron Ore mine in the district bringing in new opportunities for the towns folk, apart from that, it is Tourism that brings a lot of people and money into the Shire.

    If you like flowers, then IT IS A MUST VISIT in late Winter and Spring to come to Mullewa shire to see the amazing display of wildflowers.
    The Mullewa Wildflower Show is held annually in August and attracts a lot of visitors. Mullewa is also important as it has a Monsignor John Hawes church and Priest House.

    After wildflower season is over, it does quieten down, so if you can come and see the Mullewa shire, come in wildflower season, (August - October) bring the camera and take lots of photos, you won't be sorry! I loved it here!

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    SHIRE OF MT. MAGNET

    by balhannah Updated Dec 27, 2014

    Favorite thing: Mt. Magnet the town, is the main service centre in the Shire and where the Shire offices are located. The town is located 573 kilometres northeast of Perth via the Great Northern Highway.
    There is plenty to keep the visitor busy here for a few days, or if your passing through, stock up with supplies here. It's handy to know there are most of the necessary services available at Mt. Magnet.

    Mount Magnet is an old Western Australian gold rush town, one I found quite interesting. The name came about because a hill located approx. 5kms from town has an extremely high iron content and affected the compasses of explorers. There used to be three separate town sites, these have since gone, one was swallowed up by an Open Cut Mine.

    The town has quite a bit of interest, like the remnants of old mining operations, significant Aboriginal sites, wildflowers in season and a interesting 37km tourist trail to follow. The soil is a bright red/orange, Breakaways have formed and are fun to explore and find caves that have been sculpted by wind.

    Mount Magnet is served by Mount Magnet Airport, where Skippers Aviation has services to and from Meekatharra and Perth

    Visitor Centre and Mining and Pastoral Museum
    April - October Weekdays 9.00am - 4.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 12noon
    Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
    November - March Weekdays 9am - 12noon Closed Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

    Public Toilets can be found in Public Parks and Gardens. For children - Foster Park Playground
    Badimaya Creek picnic areas.

    Wirnda Barna Art centre & Gallery Weekdays 9am - 5pm

    Are you sick? There is a Nursing Post Weekdays 8am - 4.30pm
    Library - Community Rooms
    Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30am - 1:00pm Wednesdays 2:30pm - 6:00pm

    Mt Magnet Post & Lotteries Agency/Lotto/souvenirs/gifts/metal detector hire
    Weekdays 9am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 12noon
    www.mtmagnetpost.com
    www.mountmagnetgolddetectorhire.com

    Supermarket/Newsagent/Liquor Mon,Tues,Wed,Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm
    Thurs 8.30am - 6.30pm - Sat, Sun 8.30 - 12noon
    Mechanical/Tyres/Windscreens Mon - Fri 7am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 12noon

    Swimming Pool November to April
    Butcher Weekdays 8.30am - 5pm Saturday 8.30am - 12noon

    Fuel/Service Stations BP - 6am - 9pm 7 days
    Swagman 24 hour fuel & food Swagman restaurant 5.30am - 10pm

    Accommodation
    Caravan Park, Hotel Motels, Self contained units and station stays
    Visitor Centre + 61 (08) 99634 172

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    SHIRE OF MENZIES

    by balhannah Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    Favorite thing: MENZIES is a small mining and pastoral town in the Eastern Goldfields, 730kms east of Perth.
    It is here, where the Shire Of Menzies has it offices in the impressive Town Hall.

    The Shire of Menzies covers an approximate total area of 125,000 square kilometres. Even though the shire covers a large area, the total population is around 250 people or less as this area covers outback Australia.

    Menzies is not a large town but one I really liked. Like many towns in Western Australia it was born in and boomed during the gold rush days of the 1890s. Typical of many gold mining towns, people drifted away and the area declined. Today, it is tourists who bring money into the town, just like us who came here from Kalgoorlie and stayed in the good small Caravan Park. Menzies has survived, but is just a shadow of its former self, and at nearby Kookynie, the Pub is the only reminder of a once thriving community.

    Come and see Menzies, we did and enjoyed our time there before travelling through the shire to Kookynie and Niagra before entering the Shire of Leonora.

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    SHIRE OF SANDSTONE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

    Favorite thing: The Shire of Sandstone covers an area of 32,882 square kilometres and is situated between Mount Magnet and Leinster, right in the heart of spectacular Breakaways, waterholes, wildflowers, wildlife and a host of natural features, all one day’s drive from Perth.
    This area was one of my favorites for exploring, as I loved clambering around the Breakaways and finding wildflowers. If you have never seen red soil before, then you will be blown away with the colour!
    Of course, you can try gold prospecting and there are pastoral stations that have accommodation.
    Sandstone offers pretty good weather for 9 months of the year, temperatures in the mid 20s, clear blue skies, amazing outback scenery.
    Not many people live in the Shire, so most probably you will run into more tourists than locals.

    Towns in the Shire are SANDSTONE, where the Shire offices are located and the Ghost towns of Nunngarra and Youanmi.

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    SHIRE OF LEONORA

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The Shire of Leonora​ adjoins the Shire of Menzies.
    It's headquarters are at the town of LEONORA, the service centre for the mining, exploration and pastoral industry
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    Only 4kms from Leonora, is GWALIA a Ghost town which is just how it was in the early 1900s. LEINSTER is a town accommodating the Miners.

    If you like Ghost towns, then you will be in your element when visiting this shirel

    GHOST TOWNS IN THE SHIRE ARE

    AGNEW - Once had a population of 500, now all that exists is the Agnew Hotel. The traditional outback pub was built in 1945 among what was once a row of shops. Recently restored, it provides meals and accommodation.

    EULAMINNA - An abandoned town where you can see coloured mullock heaps from the Eulaminna
    Copper mine.
    KATHLEEN - LAKE DARLOT - LAWLERS- MALCOLM - MERTONDALE -MURRIN MURRIN -SIR SAMUEL -VIVIEN - WOODARRA AND THE GRANITES AT LEONORA

    The surrounding country side is home to much wildlife, with Kangaroos and Emus being the most prolific. Wedge tailed eagles are also in large numbers throughout the area. All can be seen in the wild any time of the year. Wildflowers bloom between the months July to September.

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    CITY OF KALGOORLIE - BOULDER

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

    Favorite thing: Instead of this area being known as a shire, it is known as the City of Kalgoorlie - Boulder.
    Once, these were separate towns, today they are one city of 30,000 people.

    Known as the "City of Gold," Kalgoorlie began with lots of Prospector tents and humble Miner's cottages. Gold meant that buildings in the main street of Kalgoorlie are grand and an architectural delight. It is a very interesting city to visit, one that needs at least 2-3 days to see it all.

    If you wish to find out more, either click on my link Kalgoorlie-Boulder
    or check out the city's page http://www.ckb.wa.gov.au/

    Kalgoorlie
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    THE SHIRE OF DUNDAS

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The State of Western Australia is made up of many Shires (Local Government areas).
    The Shire of Dundas controls the Goldfields-Esperance region, between Norseman and the South Australian border. The Shire covers an area of 93,179 square klms, and is the one we entered into first when travelling the Eyre Highway from South Australia.

    Towns belonging to the shire we passed through, were Balladonia, Caiguna, Cocklebiddy, Madura, Eucla, Mundrabilla and Norseman, the latter the seat of the local Government.

    The area covers part of the Nullarbor plain, Goldfields, salt lakes and Agriculture.

    Fondest memory: http://www.dundas.wa.gov.au/

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    SHIRE OF COOLGARDIE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The Shire of Coolgardie is the gateway to the Western Australia Goldfields when travelling from Perth.
    Most people who live in this shire reside between Coolgardie and Kambalda, because of this, the Shires motto is ‘Two Hearts, One Soul’

    We came to COOLGARDIE from Norseman via these towns which are in the Coolgardie Shire.
    At Widgiemooltha we turned off and went and saw the fantastic rock formations at Cave Hill and Burra Rocks.

    Other towns in the Shire are Kambalda and the Aboriginal community of Kurrawang.

    Coolgardie was the birthplace of the great gold rush of 1892 and is quite interesting to visit. No longer a huge town, it is now just a small mining community with some wonderful old buildings, a good Museum and Prior's Park.
    Kambalda is Australia’s original ‘Nickeltown’ with large deposits of Nickel being mined since 1966. Lake Lefroy is a salt lake where sailing events are held.

    The Shire website http://www.coolgardie.wa.gov.au/ is where information can be found on what roads are open or closed.

    Coolgardie Shire offices Memorial where Coolgardie township was named Ben Prior Park
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    How sweet it is, or maybe not

    by iandsmith Updated Sep 14, 2011

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    Favorite thing: If you like wines and, I have to admit I'm not a huge fan, unlike my eldest son, you may already have heard of Margaret River.
    Margaret River is a town about 15kms inland from the ocean and it has given its name to an area where you can find over 80 wineries. A lot of them are closer to Yallingup and other towns but the area is touted as Margaret River.
    There are also wineries further south and around Perth but here is where the purists head, especially in November when the two week festival is on. A veritable plethora of Bacchanalian delights.

    Fondest memory: The thing I like about them is the wineries themselves. Their setting, their ambience, the stress-free (until you get the bill) type tasting rooms and the way they're set amongst the woods.
    I have to also confess that I can actually enjoy drinking the wine from this area, somehow the taste is more to my palate than other places.
    Then, always you're never far from the Ocean should you want a total change of pace.
    Feel free and don't forget, bring your money with you!

    Driftwood Estate, on Caves Road.
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    Maud Bay

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 31, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Most people haven't heard of Maud Bay, including VT, but it's adjacent to Coral Bay (and they haven't heard of that either) and now that the new wharf and boat launch facility have been put in place, a lot more people will become familiar with it.
    Nothing here in the way of housing but one suspects that if Coral Bay overcomes its chronic water shortage then this is where some expansion might take place.

    Fondest memory: While my mate Bob went whale shark watching I threw a line in and just soaked up the glorious colours for a few hours.......it's not hard to take.
    The new purpose built wharf gets a lot of use judging by the number of cars parked in the parking area with boat trailers and ultimately one feels this land will get built on when there's more infrastructure.

    Stunning vista Boat ramp at Maud These grow wild in a lot of places in W.A. Turquoise waters are so beautiful Put yourself in the picture
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    Birds of W.A.

    by iandsmith Written Sep 3, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I'd sort of been semi interested in birds before but, on my way around Australia, somewhere or other it all started to click in and I've now even bought a bird identification guide book. Sad really.

    Fondest memory: So, when I got the shot of the white bellied sea eagle I thought I might try to get some more shots en route and I like to think that I succeeded but only someone else can be the judge of that.
    Here is a sampling of some I photographed in W.A.

    Rainbow bee eater in flight at Mary Pond Brown falcon on the lookout White bellied sea eagle at Woody Island New Holland honeyeater in Recherche Archipelago Zebra finches near a roadside waterhole
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