3 Places you can Visit for Free near Fremantle with Kids

The situation:  It’s the first day of 2018, and my budget for travel is at zero dollars.  However, I would love to take a little road trip with the kids without it costing me money I don’t have!  Where do I go?

Leighton Battery Heritage Site – WWII Tunnels

This is the home to the World War II Tunnels which are only open on Sundays.  However, the park  is open for viewing on all days and entrance is free. Perfect Budget Saver!!

World War II Tunnel Leighton

The walk to the Tunnels is on an incline.  My kids (now teens) did not mind and seemed to sprint to the top of the hill before I did.

anti-aircraft artillary
Two anti-aircraft guns…just waiting to meet you!

Just near the summit of the hill are two anti-aircraft guns.  All moving parts are sealed for public protection, however it offers a real sense of what it was like back in the 40’s.

Leighton Battery Guns
One of the big guns

While the kids were walking around taking photos of the view, I spent the time contemplating how hard it would have been for Wartime Veterans to man this stations, especially in Perth’s Summer heat.  I could feel the heat and I had only just arrived!

Welcome to the Tunnels – one of the entrances to the tunnels

Just around the back end of the guns is the entrance to the tunnels.  While they were locked up, one can have an outside-in view from just outside the gate.  I felt a cool air come from the tunnels, and wondered if they offered the same coolness during the World War II era.

Leighton World War II Tunnel
The big cannon

At the base of the Anti-aircraft Guns is another huge Canon.  It is the home to the 6 inch BK XI Gun Shield.  Notably, the shield took some beating from years of weather abuse, which were restored to its current condition.

Looking down the barrel of the Big Canon AKA 6 inch BK XI Gun Shield

At this point, one of the kids stated that she had been down most of the roads and did not see anything else.  The feedback at this point was that she was tired and wanting to return to the car.  However, just behind a tree was a circular construction that was begging for a little investigation.

Another location for one of the War Guns Used to protect the coast

I had wondered where the Tunnels lead to, and I found that there was a range of tunnels leading to different areas of the base.  I found another tunnel entrance at the base of the canon just adjacent to a huge circular structure.

Scope for Line-Up!

Inside this circular structure were two iron-like doors which was either a storage site (highly unlikely) or a door leading to the tunnels (likely).  The teens whizzed around taking photos of flowers stopping now and then to look at some history.  This gave me the time to look around and just put pieces of the puzzle together of what this place would look like in full action.

You can find the Leighton Battery Heritage site along the Stirling Highway.  It is on the northern side of Fremantle with clear signage along this route.  Parking can be found on both sides of the hill.  Expect some walking.  If you are visiting in the Summer, take along water, hat and sunscreen.

Kids Rating:  6.5 out of 10.
What would make it a 10?  A tour!

The Basilica of St. Patrick’s ~ Fremantle

St. Patrick’s Basilica Fremantle can be found in the heart of Fremantle.  It is a Catholic Church hosting Mass everyday.

St Patrick's Church Fremantle

The church itself was established in the 1890’s mostly for Diocesan Priests. However in 1894, it was entrusted to the  Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. And since the 1940, during the fishing era, many immigrants visited St. Patrick to give thanks for their safe journey.

St Patrick's Church Fremantle

The question I found myself asking was:  What is the Oblates?

According the history of the church:

In 1789 the Church in France suffered greatly as a consequence of the Revolution. Over 34,000 priests were either exiled or executed. More than half of the parishes were without priests to say Mass and administer the sacraments.

It was to answer this desolation of the Church that Eugene de Mazenod was called by Jesus to preach the Gospel. He became a Priest and began working among the poorest villages in the south of France. Soon other zealous priests joined him in his work. In 1816 de Mazenod established the group as a small religious community. In 1826 they were approved by the Pope and given the title Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

St Patrick's Church Fremantle
Fantastic Architecture that can spring a range of conversational topics with the kids.

Architecturally, the church is amazing.  It reminds me the 13th century era when they used Gargoyles in many of their designs.  Of course, movies such as the Humpback of Notre Dame could make a very interesting conversation piece, especially when talking to kids about the exterior.

St Patrick's Church Fremantle
The irony I found with this setting is that Jesus, in the far corner, is surround by roses (also known for thorns). Jesus wore a crown of thorns to his death. I wonder if this was done deliberately?

We arrived at the church during Mass.  Ironically, unlike many churches that are only open on Sunday (some Saturday and Sunday), this church is open everyday.  It was refreshing to see despite the couple of glares from the pews as I walked into the side entrance with camera in hand! #awkward

Of course, I happened to make it to the church ‘on time’, and in respect of their mass I stayed on the outer perimeter.  I realized it was mass when I entered into the side entrance only to be greeted by a number of ‘unhappy’ glares.  Tracking back, and proceeded to the front entrance where I was able to capture a couple of window shots.  It was during communion time, and I was asked by one of the patrons if I would like to join the queue.  I politely declined as I knew that this honor is for Catholics, which did not include me.

A beautiful stained glass art work

Kids rating:  5 out of 10.
What would make it a 10?  Able to go inside the church (not during mass) and appreciate the design without the glares!

The Prison – Fremantle

The Fremantle Prison was built in the 19th century and continued to be used until 1991.

The Prison Entrance

The first convict transport sailed in 1850.  Convicts were a means to help build the colony and convicts built the ‘establishment’ between 1852 and 1859 using limestone quarried on site.

The Visitors Center

According to the Fremantle Prison archives ‘The Prison was a place of hangings, floggings, dramatic convict escapes and prisoner riots’  The prison saw a fluctuation of inmates throughout its time of use, which could also hold 1000 prisoners.  However, during the gold rush era, the prison was probably the busiest with many prisoners finding  their way to Rottnest Island.

Fremantle Prison
The Convict Depot

During World War II, the Defense Force used part of the prison to detain ‘enemy aliens’ which mostly comprised of Italians.  Later in 1983, due to a number of prison riots, the royal commission recommended its closure.  Almost a decade later it was closed and a year later it was leased to a private entity for public viewing.  This lasted for about 10 years before the government reclaimed the lease and in 2005, the Prison was listed on the heritage site.

Public Bathrooms

The Prison can be found on the outskirts of the Cappuccino Strip found in Fremantle.  There is plenty of parking with the first hour free, which means have a quick look-see can fit the budget.

A quick glance at the prices which were well outside today’s travel budget!

What you get to see for free?

You can see the Visitors Center (former contact area), Convict Depot (former Superintendents backyard), the Cafe (a newly added feature) and the shop.  For all other areas, there is a fee which can be pricey if you are on a shoestring budget.

Kid’s rating 7.5 out of 10
What would make it a 10?  One of the tours!

In conclusion, the day was rated average. However, given the limitations of what we could do for the day, it was very successful.  The kids learnt about a number of things on this trip, and saw things they have not seen yet.  Things I would do differently is to pack a picnic basket and enjoy a meal by the beach.  I normally do this, however this was a trip of impulse and we just decided to go with the flow!

 

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The Pinnacles – A Walk in the Desert

The Pinnacles can be found north of Perth, just outside of Cervantes.  The best time to visit the park, in my opinion, would be in the months from March to early November. The main reason for this is that temperatures are lower.  The second reason is that the line to the ticket booth is generally shorter.

Pinnacles Western Australia

Because some friends of the kids have not seen the Pinnacles, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take the break over Christmas to show the some Western Australian Wonderland.

The long line of tourists…over the December period. Be prepared to wait!

The trip itself, takes over 2 hours of driving.  There are no gas stations along the Indian Ocean Drive from Yanchep to Jurien Bay.  However, there are many ‘picnic’ spots which allows you to see the this part of world from a completely different angle.

The Pinnacles
Drive Through the Pinnacles

Personally, I found the trip towards Cervantes entertaining.  I generally take hold of any opportunity to stop for photo opportunity.  However, the trip home is definitely different with the object to get home.   Of course, this is generally late in the day and after a long day of travel, the trip home can be  exhausting.  The home trip can be dangerous because of the belief that the trip is a short one.  However, with a single lane and everyone doing the same thing as you, this is the time where you need to take a couple of breaks.

Take care of the family on the road

Entrance fee to the park is $13.00 per vehicle.  December is busy and one can expect to wait in line to purchase a ticket.

According the Australian Coral Coast

These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.

Once inside the park, you can see the pinnacles either through walking a trail or completing the drive loop.  We decide the latter would be more appropriate because even though there was a wind to cool the temperature, it was still hot.  Furthermore, we had reached the Pinnacles at 11 am which meant the sun was high making it a bad time for photos.

The Pinnacles

There are many stop points on the Drive Loop.  Many new visitors stop at the first time they can, however there is a great spot to see the pinnacles at the turn of the loop.  This will place you behind the main field of Pinnacles and give you the perfect position for a range of photos.  Of course you can stop as many times as you want but with many tourist wanting to do the same thing means you may not have the opportunity to park and stop.

Pinnacles Desert Discovery Center is the home to the museum and shop.  It is open from 930 am to 430 pm.  They sell light refreshments and range of local products which is not often found at other locations.  I did not see any lunch options so I would suggest that you take along a picnic basket.

Pinnacles Desert Discover Centre
The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.

Toilets are situated near the Discovery Center.  And there is a request that you bag and take home your own rubbish.  There are no waste bins, so make sure you take a bag for your rubbish.

Pinnacles
Take your Rubbish Home

One of the questions I asked the staff members was whether the park closed at 430 pm?  I could not find any information about what time they closed, and I thought that take Astro Photography in this area would be amazing.

Inside the Pinnacles Discovery Center
Find out more about the Pinnacles and view some amazing photos

What I found out is that the Discovery Center closes at 430 pm but the park is still open.  This meant that one could stay longer and capture a moment when the light is just right.  As a result, I made a point to return back after the mad Christmas rush for taking photos when the light is absolutely perfect.

The crew give this experience the ‘The Thumbs Up’.

Overall, I never tire of visiting the Pinnacles.  Plus, with an all day ticket means you can see more of this area which includes the Stromalites in Cervantes.  If you are thinking ‘Should I?’ ~ then I suggest – YOU SHOULD! 😉

Christmas in Perth 2017

Every year, Riverview Church hosts one of the most spectacular Christmas Concerts I have ever witnessed.  And with every concert, I have walked away with a single memory of an awesome Christmas song which has been given a refreshing new appeal.  This year was no exception, with an opening song using one of my more favorite genres and video backdrop.  It as if this song was made just for me!  #wishfulthinking

Tickets for this event are free, however it requires booking.  This year, all concert tickets are ‘sold out’, but I would strongly recommend you add this to your calendar of events for next year.

Christmas in Perth

If you missed this year’s performance, I hope the photos and video we captured will highlight some of the awesome moments we saw.

Christmas in Perth

Outside of that, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Atlantis Marine Park – Two Rocks, WA

The Atlantis Marine Park can be found about 30 minutes north of Perth in a fishing town area called Two Rocks.

In 1970 Alan Bond purchased a significant amount of land in the Yanchep area with  ideas for development.  Together with Tokyu Corporation (a Japanese Company), Atlantis Marine Park was designed, created and developed with the purpose to create a Western Australian Coastal Theme Park.  The park was opened in 1981. Six month prior to its opening, 7 dolphins were caught locally for training and shows.  In early 1990, 3 calves were born which meant that the dolphin area needed to be expanded, and with the park losing money meant that they had no other choice but to close.

Original Layout of the Atlantis Marine Park

With the closure, Tokyu Corporation agreed to fund the rehabilitation of the dolphins for release into the wild.

What it looked like in the ‘hay day’ Photo from WA Archives

Of the 10 dolphins, 4 were unable to be released due to the inability to hunt for themselves. One of these died in the rehabilitation process, while the other 3 were relocated to AQWA, a marine facility found at Hillary Boat Harbor, Perth.  However, in 1999 all 3 of these dolphins died from an alleged poisoning.  A statue of the dolphins, in their honor, were erected at Hillary Harbor which you can still see today.

Abandoned statues rearranged

Only 6 dolphins managed to adjust to their former natural habitat.  These 6 dolphins can be seen occasionally swimming near the Yanchep beach area.

Looking at the remnants of park, one can spend a great deal of time trying to figure out where everything would have been. Apart from the massive Neptune sculpture, there is very left of the original park left. I spent a large majority of the day trying to figure out where the dolphin enclosure would have been, with the main concern of what would have happened to the dolphins after the enclosure.  Notably, I found out most of this information at days end.

Part of an original retaining wall for the dolphin enclosure

Upon arrival, one can see a very sleek and inviting harbor. I initially presumed that the dolphins would have been kept in this area. However, with a obvious water pump left in ruin, it would be a logical deduction that the dolphin enclosure would be closer to this structure than to the harbor.  From observation, the dolphin pump was a considerable distance from the harbor which sent me into uncovering the original location.  Why the original designers would build a dolphin enclosure so far from the sea is beyond my reasoning.

The former kids water world!

I followed a range of trails around the Neptune Sculpture.  Some of these trails were original pathways covered in layers of sand, others were just sand trails created by years of trampers either creating a shortcut to the beach or on a day of discovery ~ much like the one I was on.

Atlantis Marine Park
Behind the Palm Tree, there is a shallow grass ‘wasteland’ which is the location to the pedloes..

I reasoned that any dolphin enclosure would require a concrete type structure with strong retaining walls.  Because dolphins jump in a show, I would need to locate an area which has enough depth.  And the only area I could find was a grass type ‘bunker’ short of the dolphin pump.  There were no visible gallery constructions or any form of concrete slabs.  So, this dusty bush covered bunker seemed to be only solution, although the location was significantly further from the sea front.

Throughout the abandoned park, there were scatterings of sculptures.  Some still in good condition, however most were scared and damaged.

A few abandoned relics

Overall, this little adventure lasted about 2 hours.  Gates that were once closed are torn open, making it an easy entry to anyone who is keen to investigate that “Which Was!”.  Of course, with a lot of sculptures destroyed by graffiti artists, the city has installed cameras to monitor activities.

Use 3D glasses for this photo….

On a closing note, there is talk of restoring the whole park.  I am not sure on the financial viability, however I hope that the plans will be more of a water park than a marine park.

Thor Comes to Town

As an online contributor/blogger, I had the amazing pleasure of being invited to the Premier of Thor: Ragnarok. This is my personal account of a premier experience!

Thor Ragnarok

There are many that may not have experienced a premiere, so I hope the photos in this post will showcase the amazing opportunity that you can experience if you are ever presented with a chance like this.  From start to finish, every attention to detail was given and all ‘movie goers’ had an experience like none other.

Thor Ragnarok

I enjoy action movies, and have found some marvel movies becoming predictable. I was expecting a movie that probably followed the same ‘theme’ as all it predecessors.  However, I was surprised with a refreshing take which left me wanting to go back and watch it again.

A selection of custom crafted ‘Thor Hammer’ Cupcakes

 

Typically, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has always come across as a charismatic hero that sweeps women off their feet with looks and appeal.  However, in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor unravels a whole new persona which is a combination of both innocence mixed with comedy.  Personally, I found that refreshing and found myself laughing in scenes I thought I would not!

Thor Ragnarok Premier

Of course, the story is based on the center theme of Thor trying save Asgar from his estranged sister Hela (Cate Blanchett).  This brings upon a journey that takes one on a journey to the Red Planet and the introduction of new characters which I can envision being used in future roles.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and I would give it 5 stars.  Being a PG-13 means the whole family can enjoy it plus it has all the appeals of great special effects, amazing music, and under a gifted New Zealand director (Taika Waititi).

 

Read my online Review

 

 

 

A Romantic Day with 007 & Wildflowers @ Kings Park

Kings Park generally hosts one of the most dynamic festivals in celebration of Spring and the unveiling of Mother Nature’s palette of color.  In the event you missed the festival, you can still see this master piece, however from experience I recommend that you invest at least a day for this event.

Yellow Kangaroo Paw Yello Widlflower
Yellow Kangaroo Paw

I have spent most of September travelling to remote areas to see wildflowers in the more dryer areas of Western Australia.  However, recently my husband decided to surprise me with a visit to Kings Park.

Kings Park Garden
Kings Park Gardens

Although there was plenty parking, we found that we were not the only one’s to visit the park on this particular day, so we chose a 30 minute parking spot.  We soon revised this decision after spending 30 minutes in the Kings Park Botanical Bookstore talking to some staff about names of some wildflowers I was unable to track. Of course, this resulted in moving the car, which my husband patiently did while I was left to photograph some of the blooms.

yellow tops wildflower
Being Busy among Yellow Tops

Before me was a smorgasbord board of wildflowers which left me suddenly confused with the decision on where to start first.  Thankful, my husband had the day prepared, and he had packed all my camera gear to make sure I would capture every moment.

black kangaroo Paw
Black Kangaroo Paw

While deciding where to start first, my husband appeared to offer to take my backpack of books.  He suggested I take me time, while he was going to sit under a tree and enjoy a cup of coffee (or two).

Red Kangaroo Paw
Red Kangaroo Paw

With time no longer an issue, I began with capturing the moment in color.  I had to be extremely focused because I became aware of some wildflowers I was really eager to see, such as the Green Kangaroo Paw and the Black Kangaroo Paw.  I soon found out, that there was more to the Kangaroo Paw family than I had read, and with every step a new member unveiled itself to me!  I was in wildflower heaven.

southern cross white wildflower
Southern Cross

I had barely circled the first flower display that was situated in front of the Botanical Bookstore when I noticed that I had been there for over an hour.  As I made my way round, my husband texted me a quick message:  “Wildflower Guide at Work”.

Green Kangaroo Paw
Green Kangaroo Paw
(Angiozanthos viridus)

I was chatting to other wildflower enthusiasts and we were discussing scientific names and display.  I smiled a little realizing that he had been watching me photo almost every flower.  I looked around to see if I could see him, and he texted “By the coffee shop”.  Suddenly, it was the perfect romantic day.  My “007” watching my little adventure!

Thomasia purpurea
Thomasia purpurea

I made my way across the lawn to the next wildflower display.  Finally I was able to put a name to one of the flowers I spotted in Les Murdie Falls.  It was the ‘Thomasia Purpurea’.  This little shrub hosts a vast amount of little purple flowers with a black stigma.

Purple Wildflower Les Murdie Falls
Thomasia purpurea

Kings Park is about 4 square kilometers in size.  I had barely covered 200 square meters, and the day was nearing an end.  Seeing the entire park would probably take at least a month at this rate.

blue

The day ended with a last tour through a display of flowers in different regions of Western Australia.  I was impressed with the detail that the staff went through in ensuring a true Western Australia Display of Wildflower color.  Everything from the soil type to the exact wildflower match to that region was carefully calculated.  If you were struck with lack of time and a tight budget, you could just wander over to Kings Park to see what wildflowers would look like in other regions!

golden everlasting
Golden Everlasting

Apart from wildflowers, there is a range of things to do and see in Kings Park.  With an abundance of cafes, picnic spots and a million dollar view, a day at Kings Park can be any day you wish it to be.  Ultimately this day proved to be one of the most romantic days in my life with my personal 007 and an adventure among wildflowers!

 

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Felted Anthotroche
Orange bottle brush wildflower
Scarlet Honey Myrtle

 

 

Hunt for Wildflowers along the Granite Loop

The granite loop runs from Toodyay to Goomaling and then a loop around through Wongan Hills via a number of Wheatbelt towns and then back to Goomaling.

The Granite Loop – Map compliments of Australian Golden Outback

The trip from Perth to Wongan Hills is roughly a 5 hour round-trip by car.  Therefore, to complete the full loop in one day is doubtful.  However, I can expect this to be one of the most adventurous routes you could ever take while exploring the true Australian Golden Outback.

Flowering Balga

I was first introduced to the Australian Golden Outback about two years ago.  The moment I turned down the road towards Wongan Hills, I was met with a sea of yellow canola fields.  This was followed with amazing hospitality in Wongan Hills, and two years later – it hasn’t changed.

canola fields wongan hills
Canola Fields Outside of Wongan Hills

The goal for this trip was to visit the Reynoldson Reserve. It is said that the Verticordia come out in full bloom at the end of October.  I found this a little hard to believe. So, to ensure I did not miss anything, I decided to drive up at the beginning of the month.

Direction Signs to Reynoldson Reserve

Now, any person making this ‘destination’ trip would check with the Wongan Hills Tourism Center to see if the Verticordia are in bloom. I did!  They advised me to that the best time to see them would be at the end of the month, however,  I was still determined to see the blooms even though the buds were just beginning to show.

Verticordia Wongan Hills Reynoldson Reserve
Verticordia

For anyone reading this blog would assume I was a little stubborn.  I would tend to agree! But, I live my life based on opportunity and, I had the opportunity to drive up to the reserve on this day.  Furthermore, I may not have the opportunity to do this again at the end of the month!  Carpe Diem!

Noble Falls

Like most trips I take, the journey was a little longer than expected.  I promised my ‘travellers’ that we would not make as many stops as we did before.  Nevertheless, when you take a different route from what you have used in the past, and you see the Mother Nature in fine performacne, you cannot help BUT to stop.

kangaroo paw
Kangaroo Paw

Our first stop was at Noble Falls in Toodyay.  I have visited this location before and my co-travelers had not.  I knew that there were some Kangaroo Paws in this area, which I thought would be a great start to a Wildflower Hunt.  I was not sure what else I would find as I was sure that I had missed most of the better blooms.  I was not disappointed!

Paterson's Curse
Patterson’s Curse

Our next stop, more like stops (plural) were random places along the Toodyay-Goomaling Road.  One stop was a field of purple which I found out later were the Paterson’s Curse – a resilient weed that is annoying a lot of farmers.  Nevertheless, it was still worth the stop for a couple of landscape photos and a hunt for possible wildflowers along road side.

Wongan Hills Visitors Center

We arrived at Wongan Hills a lot later than I expected. And that says something about our pace.  For the next half hour I sat with the staff at Wongan Hills Tourism center going over my photos and learning as much about wildflowers as I could. Apart from giving me a map to the Reynoldson Reserve (thankfully), they also suggested I come back up for the Reynoldson Reserve Festival.  Of course, if I could I would.  [watch this space]

Reynoldson Reserve

Reynoldson Reserve is about 15 km north of Wongan Hills.  It is not on Google Maps (yet), so having a printed map is a ‘God Send’.  There were many times we questioned if we were on the correct road, however with a clear blue outline meant we just had to read the ‘signs’.

Map to Reynoldson Reserve

The first turn off, is Ballidu Road. It took us about 20 minutes.  Technically it could be shorter, but I did stop a few times along the way.  Needless to say, while we were  traveling, we questioned if we were on the correct road  and whether we  had missed the turn off.  We did not have a ‘talking GPS’ to assure us we were on the correct path.  We had to rely on conventional methods which made me realize how reliant on technology we have become.

lakes ballidu

Ballidu Road took us between two lakes.  It was amazing, however once again we found ourselves questioning if we had reached the reserve as we saw a range of pink blooms.  I mentioned to the travelers that we probably have not reached the reserve because like most reserves there will be a sign saying:  “Reynoldson Reserve” and we had definitely not see a sign of this nature!

Verticordia

Finally, after trusting conventional map reading methods, we arrived at Reynoldson Reserve.  I was a little too excited and almost climbed out the car while it was still in motion.  Yes, the Verticodia was only just beginning to bloom but I was NOT disappointed.  Destination:  ARRIVED

Prickly Grevillle

The reserve had an abundance of wildflowers.  There were some Verticordia to photography, however I was also able to see a ‘Prickly Greville’, a Flame Greville , Ptilotus polystachyus also known as Longtails, and some flowers from the Chamelaucium family. There were a few more in among the bushes, but as this is also snake season I was not about to tempt fate!  After all, a brown snake was pretty hard to see among the brown foliage and this was a wildflower hunt not a snake hunt! 😉

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Ptilotus polystachyus commonly known as Long Tails

After a good walk through the Reserve I checked to see if we had enough time to travel further north.  Unfortunately it was nearing 4 pm and it was time we headed home.

Flaming Greville

Our trip home saw us take a few more shots.  There was still daylight and therefore an opportunity for photographs.  The first photo taken after Reynoldson Reserve was from the Pigface family called Carobrotus Rossi, commonly known as Karkalla. These flowers colored the edge of the lake, and with such a magnificent background meant we JUST had to make another photo stop.

Reynoldson Reserve
Corpobrotus rossii commonly known as Karkalla

As we drove back along Ballidu Road, I knew the trip was coming to a close. I had a feeling that I had missed so much.  Three hundred plus photos later, and I felt that there were more to see and more to photograph.   I scanned the sides of the roads for patches of color in hopes to capture something rare.  And with every stop, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of something that I had not seen before.

Bob Tail Lizard (we were not keen to find another reptile family called a Brown Snake)

Because time was not longer on our side we decided to take a different and more direct route home which took us along Caligiri Road to the Great Northern Highway.  Of course, we stopped for ‘lucky last’ photos of flowers with adding in a little wander towards Lake Ninan. I was going to make the best of every minute and every second.

Lake Ninan
Lake Ninan

By the time we reached the Great Northern it was almost dark, and my Wildflower Hunting Day was now over.  It was a spectacular day and all travelers (including me) were a little weary. Of course, if I had just one more day for an adventure of this nature – I would probably make the best of it!  But, I was happy with what we saw and achieved and grateful that we could do so.

Eucalyptus Macrocarpa commonly called Mottlecah

We traveled over 500 km, and I can guarantee we only saw the tip of the ‘iceberg’ in regards to wildflowers in the Australian Golden Outback.  I would strongly suggest that if anyone takes a trip of this nature, to do so over at least two days.  In this way you can enjoy every flower, every photo and not feel that rush to get back before dark.

Eucalyptus Torquata commonly called Coral Gum

 

A Road is the Beginning to an Adventure