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Weekend Getaway 1: South West WA - Harvey

Saturday - Monday: Harvey... Gnomesville... Donnybrook... Busselton Jetty... Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse... Ngilgi Cave

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Leaving mid Saturday morning of the March long weekend, we arrived at Harvey in plenty of time for a climb up to the top of the Big Orange located at the Harvey River Bridge Estate Winery. Before heading to the information centre and surrounding parkland for lunch.


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Entrance to the Big Orange was by gold coin donation, and we were rewarded with decent views over the citrus orchards and surrounding countryside, and some interesting historical photo's and information about the orchards and Harvey Fresh.




After having a good look through the information centre and picking up some brochures and information on camping sites (all close national parks and bigger townsite campgrounds totally full for the long weekend!) Clancy got lunch ready, while I took the kids to see a bit of the gardens and find some ducks in the nearby Harvey River.

One section of the information centre was set up to exhibit information about the areas and homesteads that got swallowed up by one of the local dams. Showing photo's, and even part of one of the homesteads walls. Out behind the main information centre is Stirling Cottage Tearooms set in the Stirling Cottage replica. Known to be the home of May Gibbs (author of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie) during 1885 - 1887.

I found the 'Box of Water' rather interesting - engineered to measure volumes of irrigated water for this south western area. I think the kids were less interested in the ingenuity of it, and more in the availability of being able to climb and have fun with the water!




The surrounding gardens were really well maintained, and I had fun trying to keep Sonia and Kaden from interupting a wedding that was occuring in one section of the gardens. Not too much of an issue once Kaden found the ducks however!

After lunch, we paid a $5 deposit (returned when Key returned) and picked up a key to access the Internment Camp Memorial Shrine about 200m up the hill. Both Sonia and Kaden didn't seem to mind the walk too much, but then weren't too impressed with us constantly telling them not to touch once we were inside looking at the shrine, and trying to read all the displayed information surrounding it and its history.

Posted by Goannaray 21:41 Archived in Australia Tagged history monuments fruit western_australia harvey weekend_toddler_adventures_wa south_west_wa wkend_adventures_swregion other_sw_wa_areas Comments (2)

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