Thursday 26th June 2008, Jurien Bay.
We went for a drive to Mt Lesueur Nat Park today, even though it is out of wild-flower season. We are now in the wild-flower district, but they don’t occur in full splendour for a few months yet. This national parks main feature is its wild-flowers so it would be quite a spectacle in season. We did see some flowers, obviously some come out early, and if these are an example of what to expect in the season then I am not surprised why people rave about them and insist we cannot visit the area without seeing them. I do intend posting some pics on the web site, and flickr, but not now, I will wait until the season when I should get some better ones.
Over the past couple of days we have also visited some of the smaller towns in the district and have decided that any of them, so far, would be worthy of a stay sometime, if one had the time. The main reason we chose Jurien was because it is the largest in the area.
Monday 24th June 2008, Jurien Bay/The Pinnacles.
Went for a drive today to The Pinnacles south of Cervantes in the Nambung National Park. These are a series of rock formations that was left after the sand in this desert was blown away. There are thousands of these pinnacles scattered over quite a few acres and are a must see when in the area.
Monday 23rd June 2008, Jurien Bay.
Feeling a bit better today, still a little stiff but getting around ok. We have done the preliminaries for a new location by going to the info centre and decided on what trips we will do while here. It seems there will only be about two day trips to see what we came here, for not being wild-flower season, so we will have several relaxing days just wandering around town and along the walking tracks. Jurien appears to be just a holiday town, apart from the fishing Marina for the local Lobster fishers, and I guess it would be a favourite holiday spot for Perth residents being reasonably close. It seems to be quite a pleasant little town and our stay should be quite enjoyable if the weather keeps up as it is at the moment.
Sunday 22nd June 2008, Jurien.
I am a little ‘Buggered’ at the moment after packing up yesterday, and moving and setting up today after sitting in Perth for so long. I didn’t get much of a chance for a lot of exercise while in Perth due to the inclement weather, and it does tell after moving once again.
We have moved on further north toward the warmer weather and are at a small place called Jurien, or as some maps call it Jurien Bay. (See map). Jurien seems to be quite a nice small town and there seems to be quite a bit to do around the area, but I guess that when we sit down and have a look at what there is to do we will find out, but one thing we did come here to see is the Pinnacles.
Wednesday 18th June 2008, Perth.
Linda is back home again and we can now plan our next move. She will want a couple of days to rest after her ‘holiday’, so we are still looking at moving off on Sunday. We need to get ourselves, and the van, back into travel mode after sitting for 6 weeks or so, but this should be easily achieved with our previous experiences, so hopefully warmer weather very soon.
Tuesday 10th June 2008, Perth.
Just a week now until Linda returns and we can start thinking about heading north for some warmer weather. It has been a little cool here of an evening of late which is a little contrary to the information I downloaded from the Bureau of Meteorology, so this year it must be colder than the average for this month. It can also get a bit hairy with stormy weather at this time of year as well. We have had two reasonable storms in the past couple of weeks, but fortunately the worst of them bypassed my present location and passed over a little south of where I am. The most recent was a couple of nights ago that caused havoc at Rockingham about 50 K south of Perth and was actually reported as a tornado. I am very hopeful of heading out of here before we actually cop a bad one, so hopefully we will be back on the road in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday 4th June 2008, Perth.
Unfortunately this is going to be nothing but a ‘Whinge Session’. The countryside of Western Australia has been enjoyable, so far, and well worth the visit, and Perth city is one of the most likable major cities that I have experienced in our travels, BUT!!!
When we first arrived in Perth some locals, even though ex Tasmanians, referred to Western Australia as, “WA meaning Wait Awhile