|The Leaning Trees - River Gum (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis) native to WA|
The constant strong southerly winds burn of growth on the windward side.
|Separation Point Memorial, the steel dome has 645 doves representing the life's lost on the HMAS Sydney|
The HMAS Sydney memorial at Separation Point Lookout is well worth a visit;
HMAS Sydney was built in 1933 and was engaged in several battles until 19th November 1941 when she was returning from the Sunda Straits after escorting the Hired Transport Zealandia to a handover with HMS Durban. That evening HMAS Sydney encountered the German Raider HSK Kormoran and became involved in an engagement that would eventually lead to the loss of both ships. No trace was found of the 645 crew until she was found out from Steep Point on 16th March 2008. This memorial closes the circle and is a fitting tribute, I hope you can read my photo of the plaque. Also included in this Memorial is a statue of a 'Waiting Women' which you may have heard about.
|Closing the Circle|
|Double click to see larger photo|
|The waiting woman|
|Ellendale Pool camp area|
|Walkaway Railway Stn Museum|
Ellendale Pool is a nice camp spot, the pool is long enough and would be great for canoeing, we stayed for 2 nights. On the way to Jurien Bay checked out Sandy Cape which was referred to us as a good camp in a nice bay, which it was ..... but again with the sand blowing over the tops of the dunes the wind was toooo much and decided not to camp in the sand dunes and continued into Jurien Bay.
Jurien Bay is a small fishing town with nice beaches and being only 265km north of Perth it's a great spot for local holidaymakers, plenty of weekenders from the old fishing shack to the $1m+ mansions. The caravan park is a stone throw from the beach and the jetty so we decided to stay here for a couple of nights rest & recuperation before we go to the "big smoke" Perth.
Took a day drive to Lesueur National Park which was another great day and saw plenty of wild flowers. The park has a one way loop road travelling 18km through the park so is ideal for stopping and taking the odd piccie, so I have included a "few" flower photos. Unfortunately the Banksia's were not in bloom - would have been spectacular as there were many bushes along the side of the road. However in saying that there were plenty of other flowers in bloom for us to see.
|Now these look like .......|
|I will call these kangaroo paws|
|Pine Banksia, only saw this shrub with colour flowers|
|A nice yellow bunch!!|
Our stay at Jurien Bay has been good, it's a nice town, not to busy this time of the year and would be nice to spend some more time, however we're off to the big smoke and then a flight to Adelaide for a wedding so bracing ourselves for the hustle and bustle :o( traffic lights and big shopping centres, will I survive???