11th April, 2012
morning started wet. Dominik was taking a shower and I was in the
kitchen of the camping site as the turf irrigation started. Cool, our
camper was fully in the firing line of the water and the inside got a
bit wet. So we preferred to pack and leave. We had our breakfast in
the park of Northam. Then we went to the tourist information and
asked where the allegedly longest suspension bridge of Australia is.
We saw it already when arriving. On the suspension bridge we started
our walk along the Avon River. Here is a colony of white swans. This
is normal for Europeans, but not for Australians as here the swans
are usually black. The white swans were brought by European settlers
and are now an attraction here.
lunch Dominik drove me back to the airport of Perth. Dominik will
continue travelling the west while I am flying to Sydney to see again
Konrad. Five weeks of separation is definitively too long.
10th April, 2012
we started into the day and looked for the signed petrol station. We
did not find any in Yealering, so we went to Wickepin. Here we found
one and with a full tank we went to the shopping mall to buy food.
Fruits and vegetables were already nearly sold out at 12pm. OK, it
was the first day after a long weekend and there are also school
asked the tourist information what we could visit here. The kind lady
gave us a few brochures of the hiking paths in the area. We wanted to
do one, but the gravel road leading to it got worse and worse so we
had to turn. We then drove along the scenic road as marked in my map.
In the last days we passed many wheat fields. I this area they
produce about 40% of the Australian wheat. We saw from far a smoke
cloud and I wondered what it could be. Dominik told me that the
farmers burn down the harvested wheat fields. That was correct as we
saw the smoke raising from some fields. Outside of York we made a
stop and went to a lookout tower. Here we could see down to the Avon
River. The Avon River is renamed to Swan river 70 km before flowing
into the sea.
was founded 1831 and is the oldest European mainland settlement in
Western Australia. I went to see the few old houses here. The
catholic St Patrick church was constructed in 1886 in neogothic style
and has glass windows from Italy. After my short sightseeing we drove
to Northam to find a place for the night. The first attempt was