Saturday, 17 May 2014

and New Norcia - Part 3

New Norcia - Western Australia Part 3

The way home.

We got moving early, had our breakfast, grabbed some treats for the road and headed on out of New Norcia. To get to Cervantes on the coast, we needed to head in a northerly direction before we could go west. The drive to Moora was really scenic and the town was very cute. Although we didn't, it was just a drive past.

Amazing colours of the countryside.

Cute little church in Moora.

A photo out of the window of the car.

The orange/brown country side.

Driving through Dandaragan.

Realising we missed our turn off, we did a u'ie and went back.

We went past a wind farm as we neared the coast and pulled over for a look.


We finally made it to Cervantes and refueled the car and headed to a lake near by to see some Stromatolites. They are located at Lake Thetis and are 'living fossils'. Microbes built these lumps by the shore and are believed to be the oldest living organisms on the planet. Some are said to be over 3500 years old.


From here we headed south to Nambung National Park to check out the Pinnacles. The Pinnacles are limestone formations which stand up out of the sand, some of which tower over me. The colours were amazing. The grey skies, the yellow sand and the grey pinnacles looked brilliant together.

There is a drive around the pinnacles over the sand or a walk through them. An information and souvenir shop is also located at the beginning of the path. We chose to drive and stopped along the way get out to walk amongst them.

From here we continued along the Indian Ocean Drive and stopped in at the Endeavor Tavern to enjoy the view and have a late lunch before heading home.

The view from the tavern.

My chicken burger.

Well there it is, our mini break exploring some areas close to home. It was a prefect little escape and we saw some beautiful countryside. I can't wait to explore more of my home state and see what else I am missing in my own backyard. Although, I will not pass up an opportunity to explore the rest of the world!

Until next time.
Love, love Elle.

Friday, 9 May 2014

and New Norcia - Part 2

New Norcia - Western Australia Part 2

After lunch, we rested. You cannot get enough rest in such a sleepy little town like New Norcia. Later that afternoon we headed back to the visitor centre and picked up the self guided river tour, which took in a few more of New Norica's sites.

St Josephs and the old Convent.

The Monastery in the distance.

A very dry Moore River.

The Apiary.

St Gertrude's.

The short walk takes you to the limits of the town, past an old piggery, over the Moore River and to the old Apiary, where the monks used to collect their honey. It then takes you past the olive grove, which is still in use to today and past the workshops. We walked back through the town, taking a little bit more time to look at some of the historic buildings as we went.

It was the perfect way to walk off lunch and prepare ourselves for dinner.

Beef and beer pie for me.

My plus one chose the chicken parmigiana for dinner on the second night, and since we didn't order a starter, we had room for dessert.

Chocolate Cake with vanilla bean icecream.

Banana Split Parfait.

We retreaded back to our room for some reading and a game of monopoly. The hotel doesn't have a T.V., so come prepared for some quiet time with books, cards, board games etc. I loved not having the T.V. there, but I must admit, my phone and social media still got a work out.

It was only a short trip to New Norcia, but it was a great little holiday. It was very relaxing and we ate a lot of amazing food. We still weren't home yet though. The next morning we were going to take the long, scenic route home.

Until next time.
Love, love Elle.
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