31/10 – 5/11
Just a short one today, the internet here is so slow it has taken me ages just to upload these pictures. We didn’t do a lot in Geraldton anyway so I thought I should get it done and dusted. The pics below are of the memorial here in Geraldton for the HMAS Sydney II torpedoed and sunk by a German ship, Kormorant with all lives lost, 680 I think. Some of the German sailors survived and were able to come ashore further up the coast. The sculpture of the lady looking out to see represents all mothers, wives and girlfriends of those lost sailors. The amazing thing is that she is looking out to exactly where the Sydney lays resting on the bottom of the ocean, but she was placed there 9 years BEFORE they were able to locate the wreck!
Nothing else much to report from Geraldton, we had a tiny oil leak in the rear main seal of the car so got that done while we were here, so didn’t have the car for 2 days, but that was fine we walked around.
From here we went to Nambung National Park and stayed on a sheep station for a couple of nights. They do a quirky little tour up to the pinnacles and painted desert so we hopped on board a ‘gator’ a heavy duty golf buggy, with 4wd and tractor tyres. We headed out through the property towards the dunes, stopping at a turtle pond and to check out a lizard and some wild flowers, arriving at the base of the dunes. We had to walk up and over the dunes to the amazing pinnacles, pointed, unusually rock formations uncovered by the wind shifting the sand around!
Then our host, Sonja introduced us to her emu friend and the farm animals. We also found a couple of minions hanging around too.
How about that snake! Its just a python so I was brave enough to get out of the car to take a picture of him, but jumped quickly back in when he started to move! Anyway, on to Perth, yippee, this is one city I have waited a lifetime to visit! See you there.
Jack and Christine