Our 4th day road trip will take us back to Perth with a stop at Araluen Botanic Garden. Before leaving Wave Rock, we made our way to the airport about 1km from the main road for a look-see. On the way, we passed more small lakes by the roadside but unfortunately not pink. The road to the airport also leads to Lake Magic as well as Wave Rock Resort.
Directional sign opposite to the junction to Wave Rock. Just a few meters to the left is the cafe and visitor centre.
Small, shallow lakes just by the roadside.
Wave Rock airport building.
The back of the airport.
Fenced taxiway. The runway is at the far end. It’s an airfield rather than an ‘airport’.
Right in Hyden’s town centre coming from Wave Rock, to your left and opposite IGA store, you’ll see a stretch of tin sculptures. There is a tin horse pulling a wagon, a tin truck, tin men, tin women, except rin tin tin.
Tin sculptures in Hyden town centre.
A truck and tin men on bicycles seemingly peddling a dynamo to produce electrical power.
The entire line of sculptures. From Perth, it will be on your right opposite IGA store.
The majority of Western Australia’s country roads are long and straight until it disappears into infinity. We must complement the authorities for maintaining it in such good condition. Rarely do you see patch-up works and if you do, they are properly done. At no time did we ever see any pot-holes even when the roads are being used by huge and heavy vehicles. Unlike our roads back home, pot holes are big enough for a cat to literally swim in.
The long straight roads of Western Australia.
On some stretches, the trees are more denser and greener.
Power of women halting traffic.
Some kind of wheat machinery taking up ¾ of the road. Took us many kilometres to overtake.
You’ll see many of this ‘road-trains’ in the countryside.
Don’t know what this vehicle is called, but it’s super long.
The road from Hyden to Perth passes along the country’s wheat belt. Some fields has had their wheat harvested while others awaiting harvesting. We stopped by one of the fields to see the wheat as back home we only have paddy.
Wheat belt near the township of Corrigin.
Close-up of the wheat. It’s golden ripe waiting for harvesting.
Round bales of wheat straw on harvested field.
Counting the wheat bales.
1st leg of our return road trip to Perth, a stop at Corrigin after a 115km drive.
Leaving Corringin town heading towards Perth, you would hardly miss a dog cemetery. It’s by the roadside on your right 6km after town on a small patch of land. After a short stop, we proceeded our journey to Araluen Botanic Park for another 193km, a drive of 2 hours. Posts relating to the park are here. From Araluen, we still had time for some window shopping at Belmont Forum, Perth before heading to our hotel in the CBD..
Corrigin dog cemetery, just by the roadside.
Not a large cemetery though.
As the signboard says. The town of Brookton has a railway line intersection close to the BP petrol station. It is a nice spot to photograph which I regretfully didn’t.
Field with small yellow wild flowers.
193km away from Corrigin, we reached Araluen Botanic Park. An a further 41km, we reached Pensione Hotel.
Entrance to Araluen Botanical Garden. Posts for Araluen can be found here.