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Home > Travelogues > 2010-2017 Travelogues Index > South West snippets
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Living and working in the south west, wheat belt and great southern regions of Western Australia we don't take many photos or go to tourist attractions.
 
I will share a few photos I have collected over the past few years.
 
Pemberton is a former timber mill town in a beautiful forest area.  The buildings and character of the era have been maintained in the townsite. There is a pleasant caravan park in the town. 
 
A tramcar travels down the former Pemberton to Northcliffe railway and makea a pleasant day outing.  See Pemberton Tramway Company for timetables and prices.  Note that the steam train to Diamond Tree no longer operates. 

Since rains in 2012 water was flowing fast at the Cascades on Lefroy Brrok, however it was low for the time of year. With climate change and drier seasons, September 2009 was the last heavy rain and high flow.  2013 was a wetter year. 

The Warren River Bridge is the longest, curved timber trestle bridge still in use in Western Australia at 128 metres with 13 timber trestles.  Currently closed due to instability.
Lefory Brook
A colourful display in bushland near Nannup.
 
See more wildflowers of the South West from the link.  If you have a slow internet connection, page may be slow to open.  Click for Wildflowers
 
Even during the dry summer months, it is relatively cool and pretty in the bush
The Blackwood River doesn't flood very often now, with the reduction in rainfall, but in 2005 the river was in full flood.  Here seen at a crossing near Dinninup.
Mist fills the valleys until the sun shines through 
After a wet and wintry day, look for magic experiences such as the sight of this double rainbow
Golden mist rolls down from the hills at dawn

A surprising find in suburban Bunbury is a remnant mangrove swamp; something usually found in tropical latitudes. It is the southernmost mangrove in Western Australia and around young at 20,000 years old.  A boardwalk has been constructed though the mangroves. 

Looking across Leschenault Inlet, Bunbury, Western Australia to a ship loading grain at the Bunbury Port.

If you have young children, they will enjoy stopping at Donnybrook and the Apple Fun Park.  This playground was made possible due to the generosity of a number of local businesses and hundreds of volunteers.  Opened March 2008.

 

Donnybrook provides a small Transit Park for short term stays for tourists in a fully serviced park including laundry and dump point. 
 

Not so obvious but in the main street (South West Highway through the town) is a small park, Gnangangarich Park, where the journey of the Waugyl is told and depicted.  Walking through this small park leads to a suspension bridge across the Preston River and on to residential areas. 

 

The Pemberton Tramcars travel though stands of Karri, Marri and Jarrah forest, crossing six bridges, stopping at the Cascades and ending at the Warren River Bridge where the Lefroy Brook joins the Warren River

Only the 1913 built chimney remains from the original mill which burnt down in a fire in the 1930s. 
The Pemberton Mill was recently taken over by Auswest and for the first time, the Mill has seen timber other than Karri pass through its blades. It is now milling plantation blue gum and pine as well as Karri which has value added to the industry and new life to Pemberton.
There were over a 100 single worker cottages. Now only five remain for display purposes.
The tram no longer goes to this pool
Young Karri trees
Big Brook Campground in the forest near Big Brook Aboreum and Big Brook Dam
 
Sun rays fan out through the rising early morning mist
Sometime the frost forms icy patterns on my car
Frost coats the vally floor at the start of a clear sunny winter day
If there are clouds, they may be red, pink, lilac, orange or yellow
The cooler months are always beatiful in the South West.  It does not rain every day, and winter days can be pleasantly mild.  Here are a range of days I see at my home near Bridgetown from autumn through to spring.
Some mornings are silver and some mornings are gold.  What ever the colour, the beauty of the sun shining thorugh the mist is magic
Built in 1986 to supplement Pemberton town and the Hatchery water supplies, Big Brook Dam now provides a fantastic opportunity for recreational activities.
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Early morning surf at the Bunbury Back Beach.

Snippets about places in the area we live