We have just returned from 10 days camping north of Meekatharra between the Gascoyne and Murchison rivers. Our brother-in-law, Dane, grew up on Bryah Station and we decided to take a short holiday to visit the area with him.
Departing Perth we headed north on the Great Northern Highway which was covered in fog until we passed through the historic town of New Norcia. The wheat and canola crops were looking good.
Once past Wubin on the Great Northern Highway the road trains and large transporters, mostly carrying mining equipment, are a familiar sight.
On our first night we camped at Kirkalocka Station 60 km south of Mt Magnet. Although destocked at the moment, the station is open to tourists to call in and camp around the old shearing quarters. Nearby a water hole provides a little oasis to enjoy.
The original homestead is now used for tourist accommodation.
The little musuem has many reminents of the past.
The sunset and sunrise were impressive.
Day 2 saw us travel north through Cue, known as the ‘Queen of the Murchison’. The lovely heritage buildings date back to the gold rush era of the late 1890s and many are still being used. The metal structures add interest to the towns entry.
Further north Nallan Lake has plenty of water at the moment after recent good rains. By all accounts this rain will make for a great windflower season this year.
After passing the 26th parallel we left the bitumen of the Great Northern Highway and travelled along the dusty Ashburton Downs Road.
Our afternoon tea stop was at Bilyuin Pool on the Murchison River. This would be a great spot to camp for a few days.
Next we will meet up with Dane and he will show us this interesting region.