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    CHAPMAN VALLEY TOURIST DRIVE

    by balhannah Written Jan 8, 2015

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    There are actually three tourist drives in the Chapman Valley, we only did this one which was a great drive!
    Our drive was in reverse, as we began at Northampton and finished at the intersection of the North West Coastal Highway and Chapman Valley Road. The route is best done between July and October, we did it in August.
    August was a great time for the drive, as this rural area where most of the land was planted with wheat and canola was at its prime. The Canola was a gorgeous bright yellow, come a little later and it would have been harvested. 2014 was a good year for the farmers here.

    The Moresby Ranges and their unique landforms are something to see. Views are great along the road, but for a better view, drive up the dirt road to the Moresby Range Mills Lookout, located close to our free camp at Fig Tree Crossing. Rising up from the plateau, are Mesas that were formed some 50 million years ago. We saw ancient Glacier Beds, nothing much to see really, only you can say you walked on something so many million years old!
    We didn't visit these, but you may want to see the Lavender Valley Farm (open Friday - Sunday) or the Chapman Valley Winery (Open Friday to Sunday).
    The villages are small and old, just another attraction on this lovely quiet drive.

    At Nabawa Chapman valley Chapman valley
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    DAY TRIP TO MULLEWA

    by balhannah Updated Dec 4, 2014

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    Located just 65 kms from Geraldton is the lovely small town of Mullewa.

    Mullewa comes alive in wildflower season, approx. end July to September. In August, a wildflower show is held. If you have never seen carpets of wildflowers then come here - this is a must see!

    There are two historical loops to be driven around in your car, these are interesting and informative as every important place has a steel cut-out and interpretive board. Pick up the trail routes from the tourist info centre.

    Another important site, is Monsignor Hawes "Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church" and his presbytery, well worth seeing.

    If you wish to know more of what to see and do there, please click on this link.
    MULLEWA

    Mullewa wildflowers
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    BRINGO LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Written Nov 27, 2014

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    Not far out of Geraldton on Route 123 to Mullewa, we came across Mt. Bringo Lookout. The track looked a little rough, still we managed it ok with our Caravan in tow.
    The view from here is fabulous!

    From here, we looked towards Geraldton and over the beautiful Chapman valley and some interesting hills. Wheat and Canola was growing in the paddocks - What a view it was!
    It was as pretty as a picture! Western Grey Kangaroos may be seen around here at dawn and dusk.
    Coming here, the road verges were lined with lots of beautiful Geraldton wax in full flower, this was in late August.

    View from Bringo L/Out View from Bringo L/Out View from Bringo L/Out Geraldton Wax
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    KOJARENA CHAPEL

    by balhannah Updated Nov 26, 2014

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    Traveling from Mullewa to Geraldton on Route 123, we saw a brown tourist sign to the Kojarena Chapel. As we usually do, we took the turn-off to see what we would find. It turned out to be another Chapel designed by Monsignor Hawes.

    There is a interesting story to this Chapel. It came about because of Mr. James O'Brien, a devout Catholic who had visualised a little sanctuary of God nestling in the rocky cliffs that rose above his farm house. He donated this block of land to the Geraldton Diocese in 1934. The Chapel was designed by Monsignor Hawes, then the Parish priest of Mullewa. Hawes had been to Cashel in Ireland in 1920, this gave him the inspiration to design a structure that fitted in with the surrounds.
    In 1982, the little Chapel closed through shortages of Priests and the increase of people travelling to Geraldton for mass. The Chapel deteriorated in the following years, luckily, the grandchildren of the original O'Brien family got together and raised funds and then found volunteers to help with the restoration of the Chapel.
    Today, it has been beautifully restored and sits amongst the gum trees.
    There are several Interpretive boards telling the story and giving all the information about the Chapel.

    Outside the fence, is a rusty steel cut-out which reads...

    "Ahh, good morning James! A lovely spring morning for a ride - I think Babs was just as keen to get here as I was - she fairly flew these last few miles!
    You surely have chosen a lovely piece of land for the Chapel - just look at that view over your homestead and its valley! Do stop jumping Dominie - I know you're excited to be here too..."

    30kms from Geraldton on Route 123 to Mullewa.

    St. James Chapel St. James Chapel At St. James Chapel
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    Kojarena

    by keeweechic Written Feb 15, 2008

    Between Bringo Lookout and Mullewa is Kojarena where there is an Australian Defence Satellite Communications station. Here they intercept communications from other countries satellites such as India, China, Japan, Pakistan and Russia. The station was opened in 1993.

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    Kalbarri - 2 hrs up the road

    by aussirose Written May 12, 2003

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    We went for a day trip up to Kalbarri. I had heard so many great things about the place and when we got there, well..... it was nice but I reckon a little overrated. Still, there's a lovely bay there and I hear great fishing and we visited a couple of the famous huge gorges just out of town and on the whole, had a pretty good day..... well except for the flies :o)

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    Mt Bringo

    by keeweechic Written Feb 15, 2008

    27kms outside Geraldton on the Mullewa Mt Magnet Road is the Bringo Lookout. The lookout is just off the road and provides some sweeping views over the surrounding area and hills.

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    The Australian outback

    by aussirose Written May 24, 2003

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    When you drive past huge wheat fields, often the scenery is sparce. It's quite common to see a big empty field with one lonesome tree in the middle.

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