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4 places to visit in W.A.

Albany WA

Albany

Albany, found in the great southern region of WA, is the oldest colonial settlement in the state.

The city was founded on 26th December 1826, over two years before Perth and Fremantle.

Originally named Frederick Town, and then renamed in 1831 when it was transferred into the control of the Swan River Colony.

The town has had a diverse history, serving as a major port, and then becoming a centre for agriculture, timber and whaling.

There is a highly interesting whaling centre which explores the history of this industry and its links with the town.

The town also played a part in the story of the ANZACs, as the port of departure for troops departing for the First World War.

The ANZAC centre explores the legend of the ANZACs and pays homage to their bravery and sacrifice. 

 

 

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Boyup Brook

Each year the sleepy town of Boyup Brook springs to life to celebrate country music.The town, 269 kilometers south-east of Perth is well known by country music fans for this music festival.

The festival began in 1986 and attendance has increased steadily over the years with over 13,000 attendees in recent years.

The Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Centre is also located a short 5 kilometers outside of the town, a site of a huge unique collection of vehicles and an assortment of country music memorabilia.

Camping trip to the country music festival each year, creating a fun base camp for passengers to explore the event.

 

Hanna St Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie-Boulder came to life in 1893 during the WA gold rush, which was centred around the “golden mile.” Prospectors Paddy Hannan, Tom Flanagan & Dan Shea were travelling past the area when one of their horses cast a shoe, while they were stopped they noticed signs of gold, so they stayed to prospect.

After a reward claim was later filed by Hannan, hundreds of gold hunters flooded the area in hopes of striking it rich.

Gold and Nickel have been major industries in Kalgoorlie ever since, with the industry still alive and well today.

The town is home to the Super Pit, an open cut gold mine that boggles the mind to behold, there is a lookout and visitors centre from which you can view the impressive engineering feat.

Casey Tours travels to Kalgoorlie on several departures including: 8 Day Historic Goldfields, Esperance & Albany, 8 Day Holland Way & Golden Quest Discovery, 16 Day Central Australia, Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges and the 15 Day Australia’s Longest Shortcut.

 

Mount Augustus

Located 852 kilometers north of Perth, Mount Augustus is a monocline which stands 715 meters above the surrounding plain.

The National Park which surrounds the mount is a wonderful place to experience the beauty of the Australian outback.

The park was gazetted on 22 September 1989, and is home to native wattles, cassias and eremophilas and other arid shrubs that dot the landscape of the mount.

During wildflower time the park blooms with native flowers, and throughout the year the park is home to birds, lizards, snakes, emus, wild turkey and a host of other wildlife.

Casey Tours 5 Day and 8 Day Mount Augustus tours stay at Mount Augustus for two nights, allowing you to soak up the magic if this wonderful part of WA.
These are just a few of the Western Australia tours that Casey Tours will run in 2019.

Visit https://www.caseytours.com.au to see newly published 2019 brochure.

 

Mildura

Natural beauty, abundant local produce and a Mediterranean climate are what Mildura, located on the mighty Murray River, is known for.

The late 1840 saw the region settled by Europeans and good seasons, good wool prices and the early riverboat trade made for a booming economy for the station.

Modern-day Mildura was founded on the work of the Chaffey brothers who moved from California in 1887 to set up an irrigation colony on the site of station which had fallen on hard times due to drought.

There is a self-drive tour called the Chaffey Trail, where you can visit the historical landmarks and learn about the story of Mildura starting off at the Mildura Visitor Information & Booking Centre with a short film.

Bringing the irrigation part of the story to life are stops at Lock 11, the Mildura Weir and the Psyche Pumps, whilst the early lifestyles are displayed at stops like the Old Mildura Homestead, a reconstruction of the 1847 first station; Mildura Grand Hotel and the ornately decorated Rio Vista House – home to W.B. Chaffey in the 1890s.

If you want to get a true sense of Mildura, it is best experienced through its food.

The market gardens, orchards, cellar doors, restaurants and markets of Mildura provide a sensory encounter not to be missed.

The climate allows olives, mushrooms, asparagus, melons, citrus and more to flourish in the region with Mallee lamb and salt also produced here.

The Australian Inland Botanical Gardens houses the Sunraysia Farmers’ Market where you can sample and buy some of this produce every second weekend.

If you want to learn more about citrus orchards and of course sample some of the fruit then a visit to Orange World is a must, particularly when the orange blossoms are in bloom in spring.

Mildura is also a wine producing area and there are a number of cellar doors in the area where you can taste the wines and meet the winemakers. Food, wine and music are celebrated every November at the Jazz and Wine Festival, with experiences at wineries, in the town streets and local restaurants.

For dining options all year round head to Langtree Avenue, better known as Feast Street.

If you are staying in Mildura for more than a few days then a trip to the amazing Mungo National Park, 110 kilometres north-east is a worthy diversion.

The Great Wall of China is the name given to the spectacular 40 kilometre stretch of sand dunes that have been eroded into beautiful colours and shapes and lie next to the ancient lake bed.

There is a self-drive 70 kilometre loop track that takes you past the lake, the sand dunes and into Mallee country.

No matter what time of year you visit, Mildura’s calendar is fully booked with festivals and events.

Country music fans shouldn’t miss the annual Mildura Country Music Festival, a 10-day extravaganza showcasing over 100 independent country musicians held in September/October. Also in September, the cyclists of the 8-day Tour of the Murray cross the finish line in Mildura; July brings the Writer’s festival and Golf week; and at Easter the Murray River plays host to the Mildura 100 Ski Race.

If a slower pace is more your style then take a cruise on a paddleboat, a trip on the Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway or a walking tour of the art deco buildings in town.

If you would like to read additional information regarding Mildura, please follow this link: Mildura

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Daintree Rainforest

There is a place on the planet, the Daintree Rainforest, that is one of the last few locations that shows nature in it’s true form.

The location of this rainforest is in the popular Tropical North Queensland area, and it is full of so many sounds and sights that would make you think it’s a jungle. But this is a true rainforest and if you come in the rainy season you will be able to understand how the two are different.

It is a rugged region that affords visitors the unique opportunity of walking on the many paths through this natural wonder. The paths serve as a way of preserving the natural heritage as visitors are directed through without damaging or negatively affecting the wildlife and plants indigenous to this region.

The amount of types and numbers of the flora and fauna here are amazing, there are many animals and birds that can only be found here. It’s a true natural habitat with no damage by all the humans who trek through here every year. It’s listed on the World Heritage list, as one of the very few remaining true rainforests on the earth, which is why the conservation efforts are so strong to maintain it.

Day and night tours of the Daintree Rainforest are offered to visitors who come with a natural curiosity to explore all that this region has to offer. Tours are not the only way to see the rainforest however as you can choose to visit the rainforest and explore on your own. Just make sure that you do what you can to preserve all that this region has to offer. No littering or fires and of course, please leave your pets at home. The rainforest creatures and their habitat need to be preserved for future generations to enjoy as well.

The Daintree Rainforest is just one of the incredible experiences to partake in while in the Tropical North region of Australia and as it runs into the Great Barrier Reef as well, this holiday destination offers visitors a unique look at nature as it exists without interference by man.

To quote the website Tourism Town Daintree

There are hiking trails, scenic lookouts, camping sites, picnic tables and swimming holes to be explored in the Daintree.

In addition, visitors to the area can stay in eco-friendly accommodation and eat at cafes and restaurants that specialise in local delicacies.

Visiting the Daintree Rainforest exposes tourists to a wonderful outdoor experience:

Untouched tropical rainforest
Golden beaches with calm water
Hiking tracks
Thousands of species of birds and other wildlife
Remote wilderness
Ecological information about the most diverse ecosystem in the world

The Daintree has everything a wilderness lover can ask for. But the most important drawcard to the area is a product Australia is famous for: life-threatening flora and fauna. Make no mistake; if you want to be chewed on by a croc, chomped on by a snake or nibbled by a spider, the Daintree Rainforest could be just what you are looking for!

Make no mistake; if you want to be chewed on by a croc, chomped on by a snake or nibbled by a spider, the Daintree Rainforest could be just what you are looking for!

Daintree Rainforest

Our Flight Over Lake Eyre

We had one last holiday with just the two of us before the birth of our first child and it was either head up north to get away from the cold Melbourne winter, or head across to the Flinders Ranges and do a charter flight over Lake Eyre.

After some discussion it was decided that due to the massive rains that occurred in Western Queensland earlier this year, the phenomena of Lake Eyre in flood was just to good an opportunity, and so it was West we were heading.

After a brief stopover in Adelaide to pick up the folks, we travelled North along the back roads through country towns such as Burra and Peterborough.

The scenery was stunning, with rolling green hills and derelict stone huts left over from when the first settlers moved into the area.

Our first three nights were booked into Rawnsley Park Station, a working station that has ventured into tourism, with caravan and camping grounds, self contained huts and eco villas.

Our first day was for exploring the Flinders Ranges as the last time I was there was 24 years ago as a young teenager on a family holiday.

We ventured into Wilpena Pound and went for a nice stroll down to Hills Hut and back, a hut that was built by the first pastoralists that came into Wilpena Pound and has been restored to its former glory.

After some lunch we then drove the Morlana Scenic Drive, a dirt road that runs through the Flinders Ranges from West to East.

The country side was just stunning, and with the sun setting behind us the red rocks just came alive.

The second day was our flight over Lake Eyre and we were down at the bush runway early as we were all anxious to start our journey.

The pilot was running a little late as there was ice covering the plane this morning after an extremely cold evening, but it wasn’t long before we were in the air and flying over the Flinders Ranges.

To see the Ranges from the air was stunning, with the massive Wilpena Pound and the Ranges heading North, with flat open land on either side and Lake Torrens off in the distance, with a layer of water in it from recent rains in the area.

As we left the Ranges and flying over the desert, there was a green tinge covering the land and large waterholes still filled with water from the recent rains.

A couple of hours later we were flying over Lake Eyre, and what an incredible site it was.

While the South Lake did have some water in it, it was the North Lake where the flood waters from Queensland had arrived.

The ever changing colours where the water was lapping at the edge of the salt lake, to the deep reds where the bacteria was forming, to the deeper channels where the water was flowing down from the rivers.

When you looked North there was no distinction in the horizon from where the water and sky merged as one, where from 500 feet the Lake disappeared into the distance.

This incredible sight is the result of rains that occurred months beforehand hundreds of kilometres away, with vast volumes of water bringing life to a region where normally there is very little life.

After flying across the Lake for 25 minutes and only covering half of the area, it was time to fly over to the William Creek Pub for lunch.

If you haven’t been to William Creek, the place is on the Oodnadatta Track and consists of a pub, a caravan park, and a house where a charter flight company operates out of to fly tourists over Lake Eyre who are driving along the Oodnadatta Track.

After lunch the pilot flew us over the South Lake and then back down across the desert and the Flinders Ranges.

Lake Eyre may only get water to the levels we saw 3 or 4 times in ones lifetime, and to see it in its full glory was a sight we are glad we witnessed.

Lyndon Sparrow