Ellendale Pool and Geraldton
It gave me time to go to the Ellendale Pool, which is on the other side of Walkaway (I love the name of that little settlement!), and arrived there and was so pleased to have done so to see the beautiful scenery.
Ellendale Pool is a camping ground (though no water there other than the pool that has warning signs about nasty bugs in it - so not suitable for drinking. Even if you swim in it it is recommended that you don't open your mouth!).
There's quite a lot of water, though I don't know the depth - but it looks beautiful below the cliffs. No wonder it is a popular place to visit - for picnickers and campers. There were probably almost a dozen vans in the park and one bloke came and spoke to me when he saw me taking photos. He is from Queensland (Shailer Park) and he sends CD's of photos etc back to grandchildren. We had a bit of a chat - he is headed back to Brisbane via a similar route to me, but taking longer than I am.
There is a sheep property adjacent to the park area and I took a couple of photos of the sheep - they are funny, usually getting up and running away from me.
On the Ellendale Pool Road there were a couple of ruins - adding to my photo collection.
Back onto the Brand Highway I headed north, but stopped to take a photo of the famous Leaning Tree. There are many such trees along here - the winds from the Indian Ocean are very strong, and any trees are bent. I think they are a particular species - there are many other trees that appear to withstand the wind much easier. There is luckily an area to stop and take photos without interrupting the traffic!
|The famous Leaning Tree|
Also wanted to take a photo of the huge grain silo on the wharf - it often appears of Geraldton information, but I think I needed a helicopter to get the views that are shown.
|The huge grain silos on the wharf at Geraldton|
|The HMS Sydney Memorial overlooking Geraldton|