Walkaway Travel Guide

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Walkaway Things to Do

  • THE ABORIGINAL CONNECTION

    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...

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  • LOOK FOR ORCHIDS AND WILDFLOWERS

    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,...

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  • BIRD WATCHING

    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...

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  • ELLENDALE POOL

    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...

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  • ALINTA WIND FARM

    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...

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  • Greenough River

    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

    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

    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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  • Enviromentally Friendly

    The electricity which is generated from the turbines is then channeled through a substation on the farm and into the State electricity grid which can then be used by consumers.

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  • Natural Freshwater

    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

    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...

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  • Ellendale Pool

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Holy Trinity Church

    This local church was built in 1902 of local stone and is part of the Greenough/Walkaway Heritage Trail. In 1962 it was renovated and with the generosity of Mrs Amy Groser in 1978, it now has money for regular maintenance. The church is a bit of a landmark in the area. Next to the church is a Teachers residence and the former Back Flats State...

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  • Old Store

    On the opposite side of the old Railway Station is an old General store. This was built in 1920 and is part of the heritage walk. Originally a hotel stood there from 1887 until it was destroyed by fire in 1892. The old stables that still stood were temporarily used as a store prior to this existing store being built. The store is both a General...

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  • Handpump

    Out the front of the Railway Station is a handpump. Underneath this is an old underground tank. The station used this old well as their source of drinking water. Today it is dry. The handpump was put there by Fred Buck, a volunteer who was the instigator in turning the old railway station into a museum.

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  • Track Levers

    The switching levers were used to control the signals for the movement of trains. These were later replaced by mechanical interlocking systems.

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  • Weighbridge and Goods Shed

    There is a goods shed and a weigh bridge which was in steady use by farmers with their produce and livestock. They were then loaded on to the train and transported to sale yards. There has repairs over the years to the roof, plumbing and stonework to try and preserved the heritage buildings.

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  • Precinct Buildings

    The museum is made up of several buildings which were part of the railway precinct. The first Post Office was located within the buildings of this station from 1899 until it was relocated.

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  • Railway Museum

    The Walkaway Railway Station was closed in 1966 and it has been turned into a museum. There is a small admission for adults. Inside is a are exhibitions depicting both the education of the area and the local transport. There is also quite a collection of weaponry and other military items.

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  • Walkaway Railway Station

    The old railway station was designed by George Temple Pool. It was built in 1886-7 along the same lines as the Claremont Railway Station in Perth. Late 19th century, two storey, Federation Arts and Crafts style of stone and corrugated iron. The station was the only privately owned passenger railway in Western Australia.

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Walkaway Warnings and Dangers

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    by keeweechic Written Jan 26, 2008

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    There is a warning sign of possibly contracting Amoebic Meningitis from the pool when its temperature exceeds 24C (76F). They advise if you wish to swim in the pool, to keep your head above water and avoid getting any water into your nose. Definitely no swimming under water. Amoebic Meningitis can be fatal and there is no practicable treatment to the water to reduce the risk. There was someone swimming the day we were there with obvious little regard for the warning.

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