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    THE ABORIGINAL CONNECTION

    by balhannah Written Jan 11, 2015

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    At Ellendale Pool is a lovely rusty cut-out of Bimarra the Serpent, who created the Greenough River and came to live in Ellendale pool. This is one of the connections the Aboriginal people have with Ellendale pool, a place they think is a lovely as the surrounding countryside. They would come to Ellendale Pool and camp for a month as food was in abundance here and easy to catch. They caught freshwater Perch, Eels and Mussels in the pool, plus Echidna , Kangaroos and lizards on the land. It was here they sat around the fire and told their dreamtime stories that kept their culture alive.

    Stories about the Serpent is one of their dreamtime stories that you will find in their paintings all around Australia. The story goes- Bimarra was born from a large rock in the Greenough River and was supposed to live in a big cave in the cliff face, but hasn't been seen for a long time. If you hear a splash, you will know it is Bimarra telling you he is still here!
    The Aboriginals come here these days and throw sand into the water as a sign of respect and to let Bimarra know they are still there.

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    LOOK FOR ORCHIDS AND WILDFLOWERS

    by balhannah Written Jan 11, 2015

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    It was August and wildflower season when I was at Ellendale Pool. Driving in, we noticed Broom & Wattle bushes covered in yellow flowers and a bush covered in pretty lavender flowers, a real picture!

    As I had plenty of time, I went walking through the bush looking for flowers and had some success.

    I was very happy to find quite a few Spider orchids, you really have to look hard to find them. They are so delicate and pretty! I also found the Cowslip orchid, a pretty yellow orchid I had never seen before. I found other wildflowers which I don't know the name of.

    Spider Orchids At Ellendale Pool Spider Orchid Cowslip Orchid Wildflowers
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    BIRD WATCHING

    by balhannah Written Jan 11, 2015

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    I love Birds and always try to see some new ones when we are travelling. As I mainly rely on my eye sight and not a big set of binoculars, I probably miss lots!

    Ellendale Pool is a great spot to see birds. At the campground, the Port Lincoln ring neck Parrots were feeding on the grass seeds and didn't seem to worry too much about people. I managed to get quite close to them for a photo.
    Beside the camp area is fairly dense bush with tracks leading through it, this is where the small Birds love to live as many of these bushes are prickly and give excellent protection for them. I spoke to another lady staying at Ellendale Pool and she told me she was lucky enough to see a Splendid Fairy Wren when she was sitting reading. The male of this species is a brilliant blue in breeding season, one I was hoping to see. As there is the pool, I saw some Ducks and Water hen too!

    Professional birdwatchers would find plenty of birds here!

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    ELLENDALE POOL

    by balhannah Written Jan 10, 2015

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    Ellendale pool is the perfect picnic spot on a warm summer's day. As we found out, it was also an excellent camp site!

    When you arrive, make sure you take the road that leads to the lagoon as this is the prettiest part. A road does follow the Greenough river for quite a way, but as rain had fallen not that long before we arrived, the dirt road had become impassable.

    Ellendale Pool is a stunning naturally formed water hole in the Greenough River. On one side is the day use area & Campground set amidst gum trees, and on the other side is a sheer cliff made up of beautiful colours. As we were here a whole day and night, I could see the colours of the cliff changed through-out the day. I was lucky enough to catch sunset on the cliff, it only lasted a few seconds, but it was stunning!

    I wouldn't recommend taking a dip in the water although obviously some people do as there is rope for jumping into the pool. The local council keeps testing the water, and in 2014 this is what they found
    "A water sample taken from the Ellendale Pool last week, indicates a potentially large amount of faecal contamination, including Enterococci and Amoeba. There is no way I would want to risk getting the sometimes fatal "Amoebic Meningitis." Check with the Geraldton information centre if you wish to swim here.
    It would be a great spot to go canoeing or kayaking though!

    Just sit back with a book, relax and enjoy! It's a wonderful place to recharge those batteries before heading off for another day of exploration..

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    ALINTA WIND FARM

    by balhannah Written Jan 10, 2015

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    How often have you driven country roads and seen the big wind turbines in the distance - Probably plenty of times. On our drive around Greenough we could see them in the distance, never dreaming we would be driving close by them later in the day.

    The Wind Turbines belong to Alinta Wind Farm who have been good enough to provide a car park from where there is a good photo opportunity of the Windmills. What is even better, is the large blade on display, and the many information boards! It'd really amazing the size of these giant blades.

    This wind farm provides clean energy from 54 of the worlds largest wind turbines, each are 80 metres high and each have three blades stretching 41 metres. When running at full capacity, the Alinta Wind Farm can generate 90 megawatts of electricity which is enough to supply about 60,000 homes. Internal computers monitor the wind's direction and speed. The electricity is produced and fed directly into Western Austrlia's electricity grid.

    Free toilets are provided at the site.

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    Greenough River

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 18, 2008

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    The Greenough River which travels for 250kms through the area, flows to form Ellendale Pool is lined with wattle and eucalyptus trees. Reed beds clutter the shallow waters. The area is a haven for waterbirds such as the Musk Duck and Dartner.

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    Bird Life

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 18, 2008

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    Up on the terraces of the cliffs there have been sightings of Peregrine Falcons nesting. These are a protected and endangered species. They are known for being able to reach speeds of up to 300kms ph when hunting.

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    Camping and Pinicking

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 18, 2008

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    The pool are is popular with campers and picnickers. There are barbeques, toilets and a beach style shower, play equipment and picnic tables. They don’t allow camping any longer than 7 days at a time.

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    Natural Freshwater

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    This natural freshwater pool is created by the Greenough River and topped up by underground springs. It was an significant site for the Aboriginals who used to live there prior to the Europeans arrival.

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    In The Middle of Nowhere

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    Driving down the road which is signposted to Ellendale pool and knowing there is are cliffs overshadowing this pool, it seems impossible that the location is anywhere close. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere you see it with the mid afternoon sun bringing out the depth of colour in the rock. Later in the day the colours are reported to be even more prominent.

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    Ellendale Pool

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    About 20kms from Walkaway is Ellendale Pool. The pool and surrounding area was originally claimed in 1890 by Major Logue and on this he produced fruits, cereals and wine. He named the property after his wife Ellen.

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    Operation of the Turbines

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    Inside the huge turbines are computers which monitor the direction and speed of the wind. When winds reach above 14km per hour, electricity production begins and continues until around 36 km per hour which is their maximum capacity. The rotating of the blades is constant even with stronger winds and will only operate at 14.4 revolutions per minute.

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    Largest In The World

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    The wind farm has 54 wind turbines and are said to be the largest in the world. The towers soar 78 metres high with blades measuring 41 metres and weighing 7.5 tonnes each. During the cooler months the wind speeds are around 20-25 km per hour and increase during the hotter months with strong easterly and sea breezes.

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    Alinta Wind Farm

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    This is a wind powered station in open farm country in Walkaway. The farm was established here in 2005 because this region is reported to be one of the windiest areas in Australia. Alinta is one of the major energy companies in Australia and the farm is part of the company’s goal to provide cheaper and cleaner electricity.

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    Walkaway Old Hall

    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    Down Padbury Road there is an old stone hall which was built in 1902 by volunteer labour. For many years it was the centre of the towns social events such as concerts and dances, flower shows and card evenings. A Catholic mass was also held there every week. Local committees in the area also used the hall for their meetings.

    A porch was added in 1920 to commemorate those locals killed in WWI and the end of that war. It is not open to the public

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