We have a map of Australia hung on our wall at home to which we have pinned all the places we have managed to visit throughout all the years we have been together. There’s not much of this fabulous country we haven’t seen, except maybe the Daintree Rainforest, located towards the top of the north-east coast of Queensland, that is next on our bucket list.

Dorothea Mackeller had it so write when she penned the words to her famous poem “My Country” in 1908. Throughout this journey from coast to coast we had certainly experienced it all. After four fantastic weeks of road tripping and nearly 7 1/2 thousand km,  it was time to turn and head back home. We had seen sweeping plains, ragged mountains, far horizons and jewel-seas. We had driven through both drought and flooded country. All of it was beautiful to me. 

We were now driving across the sunburnt outback gold mining region of Western Australia. The red earth was quite distinct yet it still revealed stunning wildflowers and surprising goannas that appeared to enjoy sunning themselves on the open road.

 

 

 

 

Kalgoorlie was an amazing old mining town. Not sure what I had expected, but it proved to be rather inviting. The colonial architecture that adorned the streets was fabulous. The people were really friendly and the open mine pit was huge! We also spent a bit of time in the gold mine museum, which was lots of fun. We climbed monster trucks and watched a film that demonstrated a tour of the underground mining.

 

 

 

 

Eventually we found ourselves making our way back across the Nullabor.  This meant more opportunities for those holes of golf.  This time I can safely report no snakes impeded our game, just a few emu that wandered across the fairway. Back home we are used to waiting for the kangaroos to move off, so we happily waited for the emus to move on too. On our final night staying on the Nullabor we stopped just inside the South Australian border where we played yet another golf  hole and had a fun photo opportunity. 

 

 

 

 

One last overnight stay in Ceduna gave us a chance to walk along the pier in much improved weather conditions than we had encountered on the way over. Plus I was able to return to the Information Centre who kindly placed an order for both ‘Emma the Eager Emu’ and ‘Frazzled Freya.’ My children’s books are beginning to spread across the nation. 🙂

Instead of heading straight home from here, we took one final detour. The Flinders Ranges are spectacular. They rise out of the flat open plains behind Port Augusta in stark majestic beauty. We spent several hours walking through magnificent eucalypt forests and up to the lookout on the rim of Wilpena Pound. Although it resembles a volcanic crater, Wilpena Pound is in fact made from sedimentary rock. The view from the top is amazing, but I admit the most striking thing to me was the grandeur of the gum trees. One of my favourite Australian artists is Hans Heysen who is famous for his paintings of the trees of this region. My mother-in-law used to say that looking out of the windows at our home was like living in a Hans Heysen painting. As we walked through these magnificent trees I wished she could have been here with us, she would have loved it.

 

 

 

Finally after five unbelievable weeks on the road we made it home. When asked what my favourite moment, place or experience would have been, I can’t really answer. It was all so amazing! I truly do love everything about this sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains and flooding rains.

I hope you have enjoyed your tour across Australia as seen through my eyes as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you. If you stayed with me through all 8 posts, thank you. If you missed any, the links are below.

What was your favourite tale from our journey? Was it finally seeing the majestic whales off the Western Australian coast? The dolphins or Emus? Perhaps all the beautiful wild flowers? Please drop me a line in the comments below.

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A Land of Sweeping Plains and Flooding Rains (Part 8)

Sandra Bennett


I write children's short chapter books and picture books for early and reluctant readers. Boys and girls struggling to learn to read and ESL students. My books are light, humorous and entertaining for the entire family.


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4 thoughts on “A Land of Sweeping Plains and Flooding Rains (Part 8)

  1. Hi Sandra!
    Thanks for taking us on your trip and exciting journey!
    I like the way your family keeps a map of the places you’ve visited. Great idea!
    So happy you were able to see so many amazing things and spread the joy of your books along the way!
    It was also fun seeing all your fun photos!
    Thanks again,
    Rosie

    1. Thanks for staying with me and reading all our adventures Rosie. A map is a great way to see at a glance where you’ve been and where you still need to go. It’s also a great talking point when friends visit, amazing to learn who has visited the same places and experienced the same things. It was a lot of fun bringing it all to you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. Oh my! Cannot pick just one fave, Sandra! It’s been fun and educational for me, living in the SE US, just to learn more about your amazing country. There is so much I did not know and couldn’t even imagine.

    I’m also impressed with how you work with national sites and museums to stock your books. What a perfect venue to reach young readers -:D.

    1. So glad you were able to learn a little about our beautiful country by following my journey Cat. Thanks for reading along each week, it is so appreciated. Funny, I read somewhere the other day that there are plenty of Australian animal picture books out there, but not from the reaction I have been getting from these wonderful national parks and museums. They are asking for more books from me. I think perhaps I found my niche. 🙂

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