Thursday, 14 January 2016

Moora, Western Australia

Moora WA
Population is not far under 1,900 people.
The town was left underwater in 1932 when heavy rainfall inundated the town causing severe flooding. The town was left isolated as both rail lines and roads had portions washed away. Over half the town was submerged to a depth of 3 feet (90 cm) and once the waters receded was left under a thick coating of mud. Crops and stock in the surrounding area were also lost.
In March 1999, the town suffered a major flood when ex-Tropical Cyclone Elaine caused the Moore River to break its banks with the evacuation of 1000 people. Just as the community was recovering, another major rainfall event on the already saturated land in May the same year caused yet another flood in the town.
Wikipedia

We stayed the night at Moora in the caravan park, the use of the laundry was free, never have we come across this before.  We were greeted by Shirley who showed us where to park, the caravan park was full by evening time.
The town is clean but needs a revamp.

Next morning we had our tyres changed around on the vehicle then headed towards Merredin.



The Drovers Inn




One of the shopping streets.


Behind the mural is the swimming centre.


A Grevilla growing in the nature strip.


The supermarket which carried many products and was so very clean.
We didn't expect to see such a nice supermarket.

35 comments:

  1. Wow,your header with the lavender is so beautiful! Such a sad tale of the town and it's flooding. Be safe on your travels.

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    1. Thanks on the header Linda Kay.
      We have been home for 4 months now. I guess you forgot :)

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  2. From your photos, I can see that the place is so clean and neat. Enjoy your holidays.

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    1. Lovely and clean it was.
      Nancy, we are now home...whilst travelling the 'data' and 'internet' is not available in many places, so I waited till I arrived home well before Christmas to post about our 3 month holiday. I did a few posts when travelling when 'data' and 'internet' was ok.

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  3. Hello Margaret,
    Wonderful pictures.
    Nice to get a look inside the supermarket, Choice enough to eat.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thanks Marco.
      Yes, all the food is good enough to eat :)

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  4. I don't think you have walmarts in Australia, but they are notorious for being a big store with virtually anything you could want. Because of their low prices, they attract the biggest low-lives, weridos, and circus freaks you could imagine.

    Going to one especially in a low-income area is typically a nightmare. You have to go around aisles just to get to stuff, no real employees around to help, and the lines get backed up unless you go early in the morning or late at night.

    They recently came out with stores that only a grocery store carries. Mostly food, medicine, cleaning products. One was near my brother's house, and we went yesterday and it's like walmart of the twilight zone. No strange people, plenty of staff around, produce was fresh, not a single line, and the prices are not a penny different than their other counterparts.

    It's nice to find a supermarket that isn't a headache in some way.

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    1. We don't have Walmart in Australia.
      Thank goodness our supermarkets are not like the ones you describe.
      You have enlightened me so well on what happens where you live, must me a total nightmare for you all.
      Thanks for your good input Adam, much appreciated.
      Our two main supermarkets are Coles, Woolworths and now Aldi is doing well, though we are not big on Aldi in Tasmania.

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  5. The supermarket looks impressive. I suspect that transport issues mean the prices are high though.
    Nature isn't gentle is she? Floods and fires are equally devastating.

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    1. Prices were about average there for an IGA which is/was surprising. Heaps of towns in our travels only have an IGA, some also have Foodland I think it is/was.
      No escape from floods or fires in Australia.

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  6. If Moora needs as "revamp" then virtually all the suburbs of Brisbane need a major overhaul! Looks picture perfect to me and that tidy supermarket is typical of country Australian shops - town pride comes to the fore!
    I think that "Drover's Inn" looks fantastic.
    I give Moora top marks from these photos. As for the Aussie elements, well
    I think Dorothea Mackellar's poem "My Country" says it all and should be made compulsory learning in Australian schools ( I don't believe the PC mob can find anything "offensive" in it?) - "floods, droughts and fires" are part and parcel of life unfortunately, but makes us Aussies what we are - strong and resolute.
    I recall from my primary school days in the 1950's that my little country school class could all recite "My Country".
    Moora and Geraldton and other towns on this NT/WA holiday trip have been most impressive - certainly the two here mentioned.
    Great report - I give Moora 100% marks.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Colin, I reckon many places need a revamp, some need it more than others. We here in Launceston have the same problem as parts of Brisbane.
      Wonderful poem, My Country :)

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  7. Good spirit , of overcoming,of this great people, who have known resurface of so cruel catastrophe.

    Kisses

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    1. Australians band together as many places and people do in a crises, that's how they survive. Australia is known for it's fires and floods, and always some place in our great country bears the brunt of such things.

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  8. Like the vegetsble wall and the super header picture.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Fresh vegetables, meat was also fresh.
      Thanks regarding header.

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    1. It's lovely and is the largest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere.

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  10. What a treat to find free laundry! With all the traveling we do we're always delighted to get some free laundry thrown in with a hotel visit. It's the small things... :-)

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    1. Very handy when travelling, however, we have our own washing machine so not a concern for us.
      Always the small things that count :)

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  11. Looks like a sweet little town, beautifully clean in spite of the floodings.
    Because of the flooding, if I were to stay there I'd be sure to book a room on the top floor of that lovely looking Drover's Inn.
    The supermarket looks real nice.

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    1. Hasn't had a good past with floods unfortunately.
      Pub needs a coat of paint!

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  12. I rather like the Drovers Inn. I am also keen on IGA supermarkets, somewhat independent and a challenge to the big two.

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    1. We often buy grocery items at our local IGA. Can often get items there that that can't be bought elsewhere.
      Didn't expect to see such a well stocked one in Moora.

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  13. That's a pretty good looking supermarket, but I like country stores and supermarkets, you find things in these places that do not exist anywhere else.
    I would be happy to stay in the Drovers Inn, are the rooms as nice as the outside.
    Merle.................

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    1. Oh don't you ever find such interesting things in these country places. Many of them carry all manner of things.
      I have no idea what the rooms are like in the Inn...didn't ask to look.

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  14. The caravan park sounds nice, and what a bloody great supermarket

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  15. The same thing has happened here in the north of England - communities are cut off from one another because ancient bridges have collapsed into the rivers due to flooding. Some people, who can no longer cross the river to get to doctors etc, now have a 10 mile road journey.
    I like the verandah running around the Drovers Inn, it must be a nice place to sit during the heat of the day.

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    1. Oh my goodness Rosemary, we have had the floods in the UK on our news. That dreadful regarding the bridges, cuts off everyone. Here in Australia when there is a flood there is one in many places and in remote areas where people can't get to the Dr. at all, and if the can they have to drive probably 200 miles or more. Helicopters are sometimes used to winch people up inside to take them to a Dr./hospital....we often see that on out TV.

      Love the verandah myself, many hotels and houses have those verandas around their houses to sit in out of the sun and heat of summer..

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    2. Sorry about the spelling mistakes. It's that predicative text again on my iPad, and I didn't check it myself :)

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  16. A great insight into the town. Nice to see they have a well stocked supermarket. Keep the photos coming!!

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  17. I've been slow catching up on these couple of posts...which is very remiss of me. Stunning photos as usual....you always give us such a great insight into these places most of us will never get to see physically. Thank you. :)

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