Thursday, November 16, 2017


We’re moving on again today heading further east and off to visit the forests of Western Australia.  It is still blowing a gale and it is overcast again today.  At least one thing about traveling in the south west corner, your daily distances are usually nothing over 100kms, often just being around the 50 to 60kms of travel a day.  

We had a fairly uneventful trip to Walpole.  Regardless of whether you travel the highway or the scenic route in this area of the state the countryside is stunning.  It is all very green, magnificent tall trees, grazing land, with lots of cows, sheep, alpacas and even deer and the wildflowers are still prolific all over the hills and the side of the roads.  

We would have moments of sunshine and then the clouds again, so by the time we got to Walpole and booked into our caravan park I was still umming and ahhing about whether I should be doing the washing at all.  In the end, I decided to just pray that the sun or at least the wind kept up and I just did it.  We were desperately in need of some clean clothes and there is no guarantee with the weather down here at the moment.  Mind you once it was done, there was no leaving the park until it was dry and I could bring it back inside.

It was nice to stop for a bit anyway as since we have been in this part of the State we have barely stopped.  So much to see and do and experience. 
Pelicans at our caravan park
 Mind you it wasn’t hard staying at this park as it is right on the river, lovely green sites again and it has a lovely relaxed feel about it with plenty of bird-life around including all the pelicans.  Made for a pretty sight.   

Found this Avenue in Walpole...
Coalstream - Knoll Drive

After the washing was all dry and bought inside, it was time to drive into town and collect a few groceries from the local IGA.  Walpole was a lot smaller than we expected and it wasn’t on the coast as such but rather a very big inlet of water.

After picking up some groceries, we dropped into the post office to post a couple of letters, and then decided to go for a drive around town.  Walpole actually has a street called “Latham Avenue” so of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to drive around it and photograph the street sign.

Then it was a drive out to checkout the Nornalup inlet and the other caravan park we had looked at when deciding where to stay.  (We definitely made the right decision by picking Rest Point Holiday Village.)  We continued our drive out at Coalsteam around the Knoll Drive, which is a five kilometre circular drive out on the peninsula between the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. Part of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, the drive is on the south-east side of the Walpole Inlet and again was all very scenic.

Once we were back at our park, it was time for a cuppa outside and we sat for ages enjoying watching the comings and goings of a wide range of birds.  It was just wonderful to watch them…. My favourite though would have had to have been the little blue wrens.  We don’t see these back in our part of the country.  With a little bit of patience we managed to get some rather good photos of them. 

The Kookaburra's were so very tame also coming right in under our awnings and even sitting on our chairs.  It is so nice to be able to sit and just appreciate the beauty that is all around us.  

Life is good….


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