Monday, 18 January 2016

In and around Merredin, Western Australia

We left Moora at 9.30am and went through New Norcia (previous post), arrived in Merredin at 3.30pm.  We bought some diesel before looking for a Caravan Park or a place to park the Caravan for the night.
The place we chose is [ here ] and is what I posted about that time.
 
Merredin is small town in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia, about halfway between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
The first European explorer into the area was the Surveyor General J. S. Roe, who travelled through the region in 1836 but was not impressed by its dryness and the low rainfall.
The town became first known as a stopover on the way to the Goldfields of Kalgoorlie.
 

Australian Gumnuts which we saw along the way.


It was about this area where we began to see water pipes which carry water from Perth to Kalgoorlie.




The Merredin District Hall.


Parrots at sunset. Might have to enlarge the photo.


Spent the night here at a Free Park, and caught the sun as it was setting on the gumtrees.


The scenery was the same as the photo all the way to Kalgoorlie.


Merredin on the right of the map.

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  1. I have never seen gum nuts before - can they be used for anything? You captured some sunsets on your travels.

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    1. I understand that gumnuts are used for art work, plus they contain the seeds..
      I suppose if one was making a flower arrangement of the correct native flowers, gumnuts would be used..

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  2. That is one straight road...
    Loved the parrots in the sky. And those life-giving (albeit ugly) water pipes.

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    1. We used to estimate how long the road would be, there were many of these along that road.
      Black parrots, they were far away and I didn't have my correct lens with me or the camera it goes on.

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  3. The Australian bush a bit boring at times but, but very light and airy and there is a lot of it.
    Merle................

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    1. Lots of bush, it's no wonder there are fires that take forever to go out.

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  4. Wow gumtrees are really amazing we dfon't have here in Europe

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    1. Gumnuts are not always on the trees of course, it just happened to be the right tree and thee correct time of year..

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  5. These gumtrees are beautiful !! I've never seen these plants !!
    Greetings

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    1. They are the Australian gumtrees :) of course we have many varieties and the birds sit in them.

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  6. I never find the Australian bush boring at ANY time, it can be monotonous
    but boredom would not cross my mind if I was doing this great trip around Australia.
    The crops as shown look pretty good. Margaret, you were a bit ambitious with your parrots at sunset shot. I could make out birds but I'll take your word that they are of the parrot family - ha ha.
    Once again viewers should note the importance of water in this great country we, "True Blues" call our own.
    Great post and thanks for the link of the previous posting on this area.
    Good revision work eh?
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. I always see what many don't see in the bush. Something is always happening in there.
      Yes, the black parrots, lovely they are...however a long way from my camera etc.

      I have posted two photos of the water pipes before. Glad you remembered.
      A very important subject is 'water' the lack of it. Thank goodness for those pipes that carry it.
      Whart a major job in keeping all working to keep people alive in so many towns in the West,bSA and else where.

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  7. Gum nuts! I was just trying to describe to a friend the other day about Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie and their gum nut homes. ;-)

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    1. Oh we're you :). And then I come along with a photo...

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  8. Lovely photos Margaret. It's many years since I've been along that stretch of road so it was nice to see the iconic pipeline. I know it's deceptive when seen from the car while driving, but there is a lot of beauty and richness in that thar bush!:) I grew up on a farm 60 miles south of Merredin and although it is semi-arid,the bush in springtime is divine. The variety in the wildflowers is wonderfully prolific. The whole south-west of the state is actually a bio-diversity hotspot.
    I love the way the leaves of the trees catch the light from the sunset in your photo.

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    1. Well you would know more about that area than I ever would. Oh I can imagine what the bush is like in springtime, as we came through there in September last year..

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    2. You always have a good eye for capturing the beauty of the bush no matter where you are Margaret! I've been so enjoying travelling around the wheat belt via your blog. You've seen a lot more of country WA than I have I think!

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    3. Thank you Wendy, you are very kind :).
      Time will tell if you see more of your State.
      We have been down the Mine way several years ago..

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  9. Amazing photos and there are some pretty straight roads in this country

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    1. There are Jo-Anne...and when traveling you find them..hope you enjoyed your trip away.

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  10. You'll always make me smile with a twilight shot :)

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    1. I sort of figured that one out by the photos you have on your blog :)

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  11. Beautiful photos, Margaret, and I love that district hall!

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    1. There were many of those lovely hills along that way..

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  12. Beautiful photos, Margaret, and I love that district hall!

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  13. Water pipes! Carrying water! My favourite Soapbox topic. When did the construction of things like this stop and why? The whole of Australia could have water.....
    My brother probably worked on those pipes when he was younger, I know he worked on the South Australian sections when they were being constructed.

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    1. "River" mate, move over - Two on a Soapbox can make more noise than one. Too bloody right we need these water pipes.
      Let's hope some politican reads this blog. Where are you, Barnaby, where are you???
      Colin

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    2. If only we had water running through pipes throughout Australia. How great would that just be, water for crops, water for humans and animals. The great man who was one of the leaders in the pipe venture from Perth to Kalgoorlie did away with himself.. It's on a post on my blog somewhere..

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  14. Wonderful photos. I'd not heard of Merredin before. One learns something new every day...that's what is good about blogging. :)

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    1. Thank you.
      I hadn't heard of it either until we decided to go that way.l
      Always love to learn..

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  15. Very good photos, my favorite is the sunset .

    Kisses

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  16. I remember following the pipeline for miles and the bus driver gave us an interesting history of how it was built and by whom. The flowers are beautiful there.

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    1. That's good he told you. I researched that, had no one to tell me. Then that's one of a tour features I suppose...they have the knowledge,

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  17. Another fine collection of photographs. Keep them coming.

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