Pink everlastings (paper daisies) at Coalseam Conservation Park
Another lovely sunny day. I could get used to this weather very easily … although we’ve been told it gets really hot here in summer, which wouldn’t work for me.
Had a lovely sleep in, mooched around getting breakfast and sitting in the sunshine and finally got on our way … but then we got sidetracked by the thought of morning tea at the bakery and had to stop 😋. Honestly, this is one of the best bakeries in Australia … and we know what we’re talking about as we’ve sampled quite a few in our travels. Custard tart and apple turnover were the order of the day with hot choc and Earl Grey tea. Then we were ready to start our day out to Coalseam Conservation Park.
The other day when we asked at the visitor centre they told us the road was closed but Carol told us last night that it was definitely open and when Gordon spoke to our Victorian camping neighbour this morning he said they had been right through the park yesterday. He also said that there were huge numbers of Cowslip Orchids at Depot Hill, so that was also on the list for the day.
Road to Coalseam was another single lane bitumen road that then changed to gravel/clay. It was in pretty good condition considering the amount of traffic it must be getting. There were everlastings everywhere in yellow, gold, pink and white and it certainly was a sight to see. The camera really doesn’t show it the way your eyes see it, but hopefully this will give you an idea of what it was like (Secret Squirrels, you also have a video tonight😉).
We’ve been told that this is the best season for about the last 15 – 20 years. I know we thought the flowers were good when we came up here with the car club many years ago (can’t remember what year), but this year is even better.
After taking photos and videos we came back to town, picked up lunch at the bakery (surprise!!) and spent a couple of hours back at the park.
About 2pm we started off for Depot Hill, but took the wrong road (again!) and we were about 25km down the road before we realised. Turned around, decided to fill up with fuel and discovered the servo was shut. Ooops, country town and Saturday afternoon🤔. Fortunately we had the 20 litre drum of fuel at the camper, so back to the park to put that in and then out on the right road to Depot Hill.
More everlastings everywhere, mainly pink, and part way up the track there was an arrow drawn in the sand pointing to Cowslip Orchids. Took photos and continued on and discovered that our neighbour was right …. there were Cowslips Orchids everywhere you looked. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of anything else that we hadn’t already seen, except for a very small Kangaroo Paw type plant that was extremely difficult to photograph.
Took photos, walked, took photos, walked, took photos ….
I finally needed my water (which was back at the car 😥), so we turned around and came back to the car and back to the park. I had a lovely nap for an hour while Gordon did some puzzles, we’ve had tea and we’re cosily ensconced in the camper. There’s a couple in a two-man tent with what sounds like a very young baby and the baby is not having a good night. It’s not bothering us, but I feel so sorry for the parents and the baby. Not easy with an unsettled baby when you’re home in familiar surroundings, but in a tiny little tent it would be a nightmare.
We’ve booked an extra night, so tomorrow is going to be a lazy, kick back day and then we pack up and head to Perenjori on Monday morning to meet up with Gordon’s sister and brother-in-law. I think we’ll probably head home from there with a short stop at Coorow as Gordon wants to see about getting some more talc rock. Apparently he managed to get some there on a previous trip.
So another day bites the dust … the noisy pink and grey galahs and the white corellas have finally all gone to sleep … the baby has quietened down and hopefully it and it’s parents will get a good sleep … and it’s time for me to say goodnight 😴😴😴😴