27th & 28th July, 2016.
As our mail had arrived in Mt Magnet, it was time to move on from Cue. Our destination today was the small town of Mullewa “in the heart of the wildflower country”, to quote the brochure. It was a pretty drive with lots of wildflowers in evidence. All the same we have no photos to record the journey. Those that I took from the car were not good.
We decided to spend a week in Mullewa to give us time to explore the region and the wildflowers. In particular, we were keen to find the Wreath Flowers for which the area is well known, so after setting up camp in the very spacious caravan park we set off for the visitor centre to get information on where to go to find them.
A trip to Geraldton, 100kms to the west, to OPSM was needed as I had broken the wing of my glasses and was hoping for a repair. Unfortunately, the frame has been discontinued so the helpful chap put out a call to OPSM stores Australia wide in the hope that one of them would have the spare part. Time will tell.
We had lunch, stocked up on groceries, fuelled up and then visited the HMAS Sydney memorial high above the town. HMAS Sydney II was sunk during WWII on the 19th November, 1941 with the loss of all 645 on board. The wreck was not located until 16th March, 2008. Those who are interested can find out more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_Sydney_(D48) and http://www.hmassydneymemorialgeraldton.com.au/ The whole memorial is beautifully done and quite moving.
The Dome of Souls and the Waiting Woman.
This represents the prow of the ship.
The Pool of Remembrance with the GPS coordinates of the wreck location.
There are some very pretty original buildings in the town. This is the Victoria Hospital.
We headed back to Mullewa for our first night.