Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 20th

Grass Tree with a difference--'Kingia Australis'

The floral bush display on the way out of Waychinacup Inlet was a wonderful start to the day..lots of 
Scarlet Banksia, an unusual type of Grass tree..completely different from those we have seen previously,
Pincushion Cone Flowers, Wattle and white Daisies. We drove down to Cheyne Beach where we had the good fortune to see four whales playing in the waters not far from the shore.
We have had quite a drive today, along the South Coast Highway through rolling hills of canola and wheat crops and in and out of areas of coastal bush.
We made our lunch time stop by the Pallinup River. The bush looked so inviting that I walked for awhile to
look at the flowers. I actually found a large spider orchid.
We continued on down to the Fitzgerald River National Park. We travelled into the park quite swiftly because of the lateness in the day. The wild flowers looked varied and bright. I even saw some examples of Royal Hakea. We will travel out more slowly. Unfortunately a number of roads are closed for various reasons.
However we have a lovely spot to bush camp by St Mary Inlet. Again there are whales in the water, some calves, but altogether about 10 whales playing in the shallows. Evidently they could be Hump-back whales or Southern Right Whales.
We plan to stay 2 nights here so more 'whale watching' in the morning I hope.

Looking over Mary Inlet early evening

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