Last week I had a round of meetings in Dongara, we then chose to drive home through the Wheat-belt to check out the wild flowers. We were well rewarded for our efforts; it is another bumper year, similar to 2016.
We took a short drive to Mingenew where we checked into our somewhat lowbrow accommodation and then went to one of the renowned wildflower reserves called Depot Hill. This was a beautiful walk up a hill with low trees and meadows of colourful flowers. Within the meadows were some beautiful tiny flowers.
As the light was failing we dropped into the Mingenew Hotel for a quick drink. The hotel has only recently re-opened and the current manager, Trevor has managed to develop a great atmosphere. We had chats with Dutch tourists and some robust banter with locals. One of who called me a grey nomad! I’m still getting over it!
Next morning we went to the ‘must see’ Coalseam Conservation Park. The scenery was stunning, like a mini Pilbara, again with meadows and some smaller single flowers. We lunched at the Mingenew Bakery, then headed south through Three Springs, Carnamah, Coorow and Moora to our night’s stay in the New Norcia Hotel. The hotel was a stunning building with very high ceilings, a double staircase and monstrous balcony.
We then headed home by taking Old Plains Road towards Toodyay. The flowers here were verge plants that were less stunning from the car, but stop and walk amongst them and each step reveals something new. This is Canola Country, so one cannot be unimpressed by the huge swaths of bright yellow. We had lunch in Toodyay and then took a slow run home on a beautiful sunny day.