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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 18th 2019

We are just about ready to leave Exmouth and head back to Perth for a couple of nights before starting the final leg of this trip to Cervantes. Spent the last couple of days doing a walk up Mandu-Mandu canyon and tried snorkeling at turquoise bay - had a strong current which we new about but I (Bronwyn) really didn't enjoy it so was a very short snorkel followed by last minute working on the tan before we head south. (Would have ben even better at the beach if someone had remembered to include the towels) Went to one of the bird watching hides and saw some egret saw a smaller couple of types and was wondering if it was the greater egret and then we saw a greater egret and there was no question - ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 16th 2019

Upon checking with library staff yesterday we determined that despite not actually having any silos, Katanning is definitely on the Silo Trail and displays its art as murals on a couple of buildings around the town. A good excuse to wander around the town CBD and have a coffee. 17kms out of the town we found Lake Ewlyamartup – a huge lake that is popular with kayakers, swimmers, jet ski enthusiasts etc. It has a good size picnic area and would make an ideal overnight camp spot; very peaceful and quiet. Back in town we checked out the Lions Park – currently undergoing major redevelopment as an all abilities park it proudly flies the 20 or more flags of various community groups. We will be travelling south to Albany tomorrow and because free camps are few ... read more
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71607.4 steel sculptures at Lake Ewlyamartup

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 15th 2019

14thJuly The South Coast Highwaytakes us away from Esperance through a mixture of farmland and scrubby bush. Our thoughts were to go to Hopetoun on the coast but given it is a 100km detour, returning on the same road, we decide against that destination for our overnight stop. We head inland instead for a couple of days to take in the Western Australia’s SiloArtTrail. There are 6 or 7 locations to view some recent artworks. Ravensthorpe, 184km west of Esperance and on the South Coast Highway, is the first location. From there we turn off the highway towardLakeKing and Newdegate, the second town on the Trail. We have pulled in to the Newdegate Recreation Reserve – it is not a listed free camping area but there are no signs to the contrary, so we will try ... read more
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71407.4 Ravensthorpe silos
71507.4 Newdegate silos

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 15th 2019

Spent yesterday snorkelling, on the way back to town found the emu with chicks wandering a few metres just off the road. I think that on the scale of Australian intelligence these are really close to the bottom of the list. Today Yardie Creek area, walk around the rocks and canyon and then took a boat ride. Osprey nests and birds, wallabies sunning themselves on the sunny rocks. Driving back to town had to stop suddenly for an echidna crossing the road. Very endearing but I wasn't sure if I wanted to get tail ended for it. luckily everything worked out ok and all the other tourists stopped to watch as it buried itself on safer ground. Just in case that wasn't enough road stories for the day we also saw a mangy looking dingo walking ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 15th 2019

We had three great days in Canberra with Melissa, James and the boys. On the Monday Fletcher and I spent the whole day in the house. We had been travelling for so many days that we were a little burnt out so we enjoyed chatting to Seb and Jude, listening to Zac's cello practising and playing on our computers. That night, James and Seb cooked some red curry chicken which was delicious. Then Seb proposed that he and us took on the other four in a game of Codewords. This is a lot of fun and makes you think. In the end we were victorious after several turns and more wins than losses. Good fun. On Tuesday, Seb and Zac accompanied us as we drove over the lake to Manuka to visit our favourite book shop ... read more
Kingston foreshore
Looking at the Kingston Marina
Melissa and me at the restaurant

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Manawatu July 14th 2019

How did I not know this amazing museum existed? I accidentally came across it while passing through Feilding and decided I needed to check it out. It is huge. HUGE. It is set up to show what early rural life was like in NZ and the vehicles and machinery that helped make NZ what it is today. I never knew there were so many types of horse-drawn carriages. And don't start me on how many John Deere tractors they have there! I was really impressed by how friendly, helpful and informative the volunteers were and how clean everything was. The way there were seats near some of the displays also impressed me as anyone elderly or unwell would be very glad to be able to make use of them. Yes, the building is that big! My ... read more
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A huge museum
1 of many horses

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taranaki July 14th 2019

If you are travelling along the Surf Highway or doing the round the mountain trip, take a short trip to see the Cape Egmont Lighthouse. This part of the coast has had many shipwrecks occur along it and you will quickly see why a lighthouse was needed there. Naturally I arrived on a wet and blustery Taranaki day which meant I wasn't wasting any time outside the car. But it is worth the quick side-trip just to grab some photos. Just keep an eye open for the road you need to turn down as I have managed to drive right past it every time. If this sounds stupid, you need to realise there is often no cellphone coverage along this part of the coast so your maps on your phone are not going to be of ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui July 14th 2019

If you are travelling between Wanganui and Palmerston North and want to see something unusual, take a short side trip to the settlement of Ratana. And make sure you have your camera charged as the Ratana Church is stunning. You can take photos from outside the fence but please read the sign at the entrance and follow the rules. The Wikipedia link below will provide you with the history of the Church and the settlement. It is worth the short drive and there is a dairy there so you can grab a snack. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rātana_pā... read more
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Ratana
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island July 14th 2019

Ormondville: a small settlement which has plenty to offer keen photographers, railway enthusiasts and genealogists who have links to this area as I do. It is just over 20km from Dannevirke and is a place I believe is worth making the drive from the main highway to see. Don't expect to find bakeries, public toilets or a petrol station. But do expect to see some unusual sights. https://ormondvillerail.weebly.com/ Ormondville is most famous for its railway station and the effort that has gone into preserving it. There are some great bits and pieces there to photograph. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/88311570/flashback-the-ormondville-murders-of-1884 It is definitely worth stopping at the nearby cemetery and having a stroll amongst the graves. The link will tell you the story of one of the headstones. I found this headstone and didn't know anything about the murders unti ... read more
Ormondville Station
Ormondville Station
Ormondville Station

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 13th 2019

Two days of high activity. drove to Coral Bay for the manta tour (see photos) saw dolphins, whales, dugongs, swum with mantas, turtles rays etc. By the end of the day we were running out of things to tick off. Friday whale sharking...Even watching a humpback displaying, flapping its flukes about etc ended up being anti-climatic compared with swimming alongside a whale shark. Saturday will definitely be a 'down day'... read more
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