CURRAWONG AT SHELLY BEACH

Patricia Newell-Dunkley – Photographs by Reginald J.Dunkley

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Greetings from down-under as we visit Western Australia, Australia’s sunniest capital city, whitest beaches and largest expanse of outback country which covers one third of the Australian continent.

Perth is W.A.’s capital city and home to a vibrant lifestyle, breathtaking beaches, and also where you will find the famed Margaret River Wine Region.

It is also home to the engaging quokka, a small, furry marsupial that smiles at you, and the romantic outback beach town of Broome and World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. There is much to see in W. A.

Broome’s natural surroundings lure visitors from around the world, with stunning turquoise waters and vivid coloured landscape leaves an indelible impression on all who visit.

Famous for its mother of pearl and exquisite Australian South Sea Pearls, Broome has much to offer. The town is surrounded by tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, with white sands of Cable Beach, home to resorts and restaurants and Chinatown in the heart of Old Broome.

Roebuck Bay is haven for thousands of migratory birds, and the waters around Broome attract fishing enthusiasts. Whales, dolphins and turtles all populate local waters, and the footprints of dinosaurs have left their mark preserved in reef rock.

LORRIKEET SAYING THANK YOU

Esperance

This beautiful location is a nature-lovers dream come true, adorned with spotless white sand, bright blue waters, untouched islands and dazzling coloured wildflower country.

Lucky Bay is a famous beauty spot with a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago, with kangaroos hopping along the beach.

Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove are for swimming and snorkelling, while West Beach, Fourth Beach and Observatory Beach are ideal for big wave surfing.

Fishing can be explored at Brandy Creek Harbour, with Rock fishing at Salmon Beach along The Great Ocean Drive.

There are 4 wheel drive beach safaris, indigenous cultural tours, coach tours, island cruises, diving and fishing charters, sand boarding, canoeing, mini golf, and steam train rides.

With plenty of hotels, motels, apartments, B & B, chalets and hostels, an arts centre and galleries, plus a fascinating museum.

You can also bunk down under the stars beside the beach at Lucky Bay.

Western Australia has the largest floral show on earth, with more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found no where else on earth. They colour the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback.

GERANIUM IN GARDEN

The six month flowering season begins in June and July on the vast outback plains of the Pilbara, Goldfields and Coral Coast. By September it has moved south to Perth’s Botanical Gardens, Nature Reserves and National Parks, finishing in November throughout the forest and coastal heaths.

Carpets of pink everlasting daisies can easily be seen driving from Perth north along the Indian Ocean Drive or inland along the Brand Highway. Thanks to the perfect trifecta of sunshine and autumn and winter rains, this year is putting on a spectacular show.

King’s Park in Perth has the world’s biggest display of wildflowers blooming in one location, from tiny crimson myrtles and purple and white smoke bush flowers through to fiery, prickly mountain bells.

In Geraldton you will see kangaroo paws, foxgloves, wattles, feather flowers, Banksia and the elusive low-lying wreath leschenaultia blanketing the country in soft blue.

Western Australia is vast, exciting, and still has the feel of adventure about it, a must for all travellers.

Here at Shelly Beach everyone is preparing for the tourists with the population doubling over the summer season.  My bougainvillea is about to burst into full bloom and I have let the nasturtiums grow wild in the back garden.  After heavy rain the hydrangeas have bloomed early, so there is a feast of colour.  Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is due for her yearly needles and a check up.

This week is Christmas lunch for the Art Society and a barbeque on the weekend for the Writer’s group.  The festive season has commenced.

My books “Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love,” are available on Amazon and Xlibris. “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain,” is available direct from publishers The Crowood Press.

Cheers.  Patricia.