Where May Gibbs was inspired

Trip Start Mar 17, 2011
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Trip End Apr 01, 2012


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Where I stayed
Glen Mervyn Dam
What I did
Ha Ve Cheese
Stirling Cottage

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, February 19, 2012

We arrived in Harvey in time for lunch in the lovely Stirling Heritage Gardens behind the info centre. May Gibbs was said to have lived here for 2 years and drew her inspiration for her famous gumnut babies from the bush around Harvey. We thought it was a beautiful town and had a nice drive around, cheese tasting at Ha Ve Cheese (the most delicious fette mmm...) and the on through Brunswick (they like cows there) to Collie where we set up camp at Glen Mervyn Dam. Here we had a peaceful spot right on the waters edge where we were entertained by waterskiers and jetskiers carving up the lake until dusk. Cady went nuts swimming and playing and we entertained ourselves swatting HUGE marchflies before working out they were repelled by mozzie and sandfly repellant - YAY!
We had the car booked in at Bunbury for a service so packed up and took a scenic drive through Ferguson Valley, saw Wellington Dam and felt like we were back in the Yarra Valley again. Gnomesville was an interesting stop - a roundabout where on the side of the road stretching into the bush there are literally thousands of garden gnomes put there by tourists visiting. Unfortunately we don't carry around spare garden gnomes so had to just enjoy the sight and move on. On to Wild Bull Brewery that is, where we enjoyed tasting the beers and ciders and wishing we could make Cady drive us to Bunbury so we could spend the whole day there. She had a little trouble reaching the pedals so we sadly kept making our way to arrive in Bunbury for lunch.
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