Pindar to Mingenew

We don’t really choose destination according to bakeries. We did quite a lot of sightseeing today and Mingenew was reachable setting out mid afternoon. That’s our story, anyway. Plus it has a free camping site, and a dump point with separate drinking water tap and bin.

We are with a big group tonight, but managed to snag a spot with a view. The camping site is a little way along the Mingenew-Morawa road.

view from our window this evening (1 of 1)

our spot just out of Mingenew (1 of 1)

Today has been particularly wonderful. We had a very peaceful night at Pindar and had our best night of sleep so far. The only light was moonlight. We woke up refreshed and were on our way by about 9.30 a.m., our best so far. We drove out along the road to the wreath flowers. This site is so predictable that they have signs, but also have put flags out so that people don’t just drive past. The road was gravel and quite corrugated. There was a roadwork team working and where they had been, the road was much better.

marker for wreath flowers (1 of 1)

wreath flower and Stephen (1 of 1)

wreath flower and me (1 of 1)

wreath flower detail (1 of 1)

wreath flower detail plus (1 of 1)

near wreath flowers5 (1 of 1)

wreath flower first (1 of 1)

It was sort of Caravan Centrale at the site 10 kms in. All grey nomads like us. The wreath flowers were along the verges, we were entranced by the first one we saw, then realised they were pretty thick on the ground. This morning was cloudy and cool, with intermittent sunshine, ideal for exploring the area. We stayed there, walking about, for quite a while.

Back in Pindar, we took a look at the old hotel and read some information about the area before moving down the road towards Mullewa. On the way we found a rest area ideally located where there was a big show of everlastings. This doesn’t usually happen and we spent some time there too.

old Pub Pindan2 (1 of 1)

wildflowers outside Mullewa (1 of 1)

wildflowers outside Mullewa3 (1 of 1)

wildflowers outside Mullewa4 (1 of 1)

wildflowers outside Mullewa5 (1 of 1)

wildflowers outside Mullewa6 (1 of 1)

In Mullewa we wanted to find a cafe with home made cakes for morning tea. We found a pop up art cafe which served decent coffee and rather nice cake. We shared a piece as it was 12.00 and we wanted to have an appetite for lunch.

We went to a lookout where Stephen had been told there were orchids. We spent some time there, walking on the trail, and found two types, donkey orchids and spider orchids.

donkey orchid (1 of 1)

spider orchid (1 of 1)

Then we went down the interesting church where we parked up and had lunch and a rest, before walking around. The church was unfortunately closed because of lack of volunteers, but we were able to read the signage about Monsignor Hawes, the architect and builder. He is the one who built the church in Geraldton, as well as many others. He was much in demand because of his style and often built the churches himself.

church Mullewa (1 of 1)

church Mullewa2 (1 of 1)

We then tootled down to Mingenew enjoying the lovely scenery along the way. On arrival, we did our dumping and filling up, then drove out to this campsite. We’ve had scrambled eggs, toast and rose for tea, and sampled the new honey we bought a few stops back.

At Pindar and here we have good internet, 3/4 bars of 4g, which makes doing the blog easy. If the internet is slow I can still blog, but do it on the ipad – which can result in more spelling errors than usual.

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