Category Archives: Southern Australia 2014

Southern Forests: Manjimup to Denmark

From Manjimup to Walpole, the great southern forest region of Western Australia is home to the gigantic Karri and Tingle forests. The coastline features picturesque inlets and beautiful granite beaches. We also enjoyed touring the vineyards around Denmark.

Karri forests

Karri Forests near Manjimup

Diamond Tree 51m near Manjimup

Diamond Tree at 51m high is the third tallest that visitors to the area can climb. View from top (below)

view from top of the diamond tree

Walpole

Walpole

Twenty Eight

Twenty eight parrot

Newdegate Island Nornalup Inlet

Newdegate Island at Nornalup Inlet

chorizema

Chorizema plants common in the forests

kookaburra young

Local kookaburra

votg walk

Valley of the Giants treetop walk

Tingle tree

Tingle trees

Tingle base

Tingle bark

Denmark ocean beach

Denmark Ocean beach above and mouth of Wilson Inlet below

Denmark mouth of Wilson Inlet

Green’s Pool, William Bay National Park below

Green's Pool William Bay NAt Park Denmark

Mandurah to Augusta

The south west coast of Western Australia is full of wonderful coastal parks and attractions.

Thrombolites

These thrombolites live at Lake Clifton, Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah.  Formed by microorganisms, these ancient rock formations only exist in a few places in the world.

colourful spider

This little, colourful Jewel Spider was one of a clutter living between branches of the Tuart forest.

Bunbury

Beautiful Bunbury city view above and beach, below.

Bunbury beach

Busselton jetty old and new

Busselton Jetty above and its famous train below, for those who don’t want to walk 1.8km to the end of the jetty. Some of the old jetty is still standing and supports a colourful underwater reef.

Train on jetty

The underwater observatory attracted a curious bat fish, below.

Batfish

bird on jetty

Caves

The wonderful Ngili Caves near Yallingup with their amazing stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations.

Caves 2

LN Nat Park

Coastal views along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

LN beach rocks

Cape L lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly corner of Australia and home of the tallest lighthouse on the Mainland.

pirate cow

Aside from it’s pirate cow (?), the Cape is also famous as being the point of land that joins two oceans:  the Southern and Indian Oceans.

sign

 

 

Bremer Bay

Between Esperance and Albany, Bremer Bay is a beautiful seaside retreat by the Wellstead Estuary and Fitzgerald River National Park.

Bremer Bay

Estuary in the evening

Bremer Bay night

jetty bremer bay

Bremer Bay jetty with Eagle Ray visible as shadow to right of jetty

Bremer Bay Islands

Colourful marine flora and fauna

rock flora

anemone bremer bay

seagrapes bremer bay

Lichen on rocks

purple lichen-ish

groper

Blue Groper in shallows

view over Bremer Bay

View of the bay from Tooleburrup Hill

Eucla to Balladonia

One of the longest stretches of our trip took us to the western end of the goldfield regions, WA.

telegraph station

The remains of the Eucla telegraph station that was part of the Albany to Adelaide line est. 1877

ruins telegraph station

Eucla

old jetty

The shags on the jetty ruins at Eucla beach were lovely to look at, but not so great down wind.

shags on jetty

Pretty bird Madura

This pretty silvereye lived near the Madura roadhouse

Cocklebiddy

Cocklebiddy at dusk

Nuytsland

Nuytsland Nature Reserve

soil

Caiguna Hub of the Universe

Caiguna – Hub of the universe (according to the sign) and start of one of the longest, straight stretches of road in the world – 146.6km

Balladonia

Balladonia roadhouse displays Skylab debris that fell nearby in 1979

Skylab

 

 

Great Australian Bight

After an overnight stay at Fowler’s Bay, we crossed the Eyre Highway through the expansive plains of Yalata Protected Land and the Nullabor Treeless Plain. Sightseeing stops along the way at the Head of the Bight and other viewing platforms. Unfortunately missed the last of the migrating whales by about 3 weeks.

Fowlers Bay SA

Fowler’s Bay, a small town next to large, moving sand dunes at the eastern end of the Bight.

Yalata Protected Land

Yalata Protected Land

Bunda cliffs

Head of the Bight, Bunda Cliff views

Nullabor

The treeless plain of the Nullabor

first view

Viewing platforms along the Eyre Highway

Marine Park

Point 2

Point 3

The last viewing platform we saw at the western end of the Bight

Eyre Peninsula

Left the heat of the outback behind to travel south on the Lincoln and Flinders Highways around the Eyre Peninsula coastline.

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Point Lowly lighthouse marking the entrance to the upper Spencer Gulf.

Whyalla foreshore

Whyalla foreshore

Cowell Boardwalk over mangrove coastline

Cowell boardwalk over mangroves edging Franklin Harbour

Arno Bay jetty

Arno Bay jetty

Pelicans resting from weather at Port Neill

Pelicans staying low in the strong northerly wind at Port Neill

Tumby Bay

Tumby Bay foreshore

Blue fin tuna pens

Tuna farming at Port Lincoln

Lincoln National Park

Woodcutters Bay, Lincoln National Park

Coffin Bay

Coffin Bay, famous for its oyster farms and national park

Salt lake by Flinders Hwy

One of the many salt lakes along Flinders Highway

Big pair of thongs

Elliston’s coastal drive thongs

sea lion colony 2

Sea lion colony at Point Labatt

Cape Radstock near sea lion colony

Cape Radstock

Sceale Bay

Sceale Bay

Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay, overlooking the only north facing jetty in South Australia.

Surf beach east view      

Our last stop before crossing the Great Australian Bight was the Point Sinclair National Surfing Reserve.

surfer

 

Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges in spring; an ancient landscape full of new life and beauty. A walk to Hills Homestead, then up the steep, rocky slopes to Wangarra Lookout, before driving to Sacred Canyon and the Aboriginal Stone paintings of the Adnyamathanha people.

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Photographs from the Wilpena Pound walks.

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The following photographs are from the ancient, Sacred Canyon.

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