Day 126 – Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Even though yesterday was warm and sunny it still got very cold overnight, and I am still using the electric blanket on one.

As we didn’t have far to travel from Mingenew to Carnamah today, we had a sleep in, but were still all packed up and rolling out of the caravan park at 9:55am, with five minutes of our allotted departure time to spare.

We took our time driving, enjoyed the changes to the scenery, and arrived just before 12 noon. This site has a lovely tree beside it that will provide shade during the afternoon, which will be good as this week the temperatures are expected to rise into the high 20s. Today it was already 24 degrees by 11:30am. Once the sun goes down (and it was red and glorious) it got very cold again.

We took a tour around town in the early afternoon and went out to the Yarra Yarra Lakes Lookout. Once a great river emptied into the Yarra Yarra Lakes system. Now with changes in land and sea level, and a drier climate, water collected from infrequent rains beyond Yalgoo travel along a chain of salt lakes to finally end here, evaporating in Summer leaving a shimmering expanse of salt.

The Yarra Yarra Lake covers an area of 119km², is 25km long and is 9km wide at the widest point.

A log causeway is approximately 25 metres long and is situated at the neck of the lakes, thus providing the shortest route across the water. The causeway is of bush timber construction, the timbers having been preserved by the salt.

The Log Causeway has considerable historic significance for its role in facilitating ease of transport across the Yarra Yarra lakes, and has further significance given its rarity, its preserved condition and the resourceful use of local materials.

We have not been able to find any further info on the Log Causeway, but will continue to look as it sounds fascinating, even if it ends up being closed now.

There are lots of interesting things to do in this area over the next fortnight.

The Shire of Carnamah covers some 2,800 square kilometres in the Midwest region of WA. It contains rich farming land, a wealth of history, and an abundance of flora and fauna in nature reserves and along the coastline.

The principal industries in the Shire are cropping, sheep and cattle farming, with mineral sands and gas exploration in Eneabba. Wildflower farming is also a growing industry within the Shire.

The population of Carnamah is about 270 people however, the area is strong in community spirit, and although there are no flash houses to be seen there is a strong sense of money endowed into the community.

Denise and her husband are managing the Caravan Park. Apparently they had retired after years of farming in the area and, as

raised their hand to manage the park when it was needed they find themselves gainfully employed here. The park is very neat, clean and tidy, and some forethought has gone into the arrangement of sites and the facilities. Believe it or not, but the use of the washing machines and drier are free!!!!!!

We went to empty the cassette only to discover that it was blocked, and the perpetrator of this crime had not reported it. Denise was not a happy camper when I rang her. The office at the time was unattended.

There are not a lot of people staying at the park now, but apparently they are expecting an influx of caravans and tents, and use of the accommodation units, over the coming days for the big local lawn bowls tournament, to which people travel long distances I have heard.

The park is nowhere near a main road so is very quiet. We also do not have to listen to the heavy rumbling sound that the train made at Mingenew each evening as it passed on its way from the mine.