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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

After having the gears in the van sorted out it was off to Donnybrook via Capel.
Along the way I stopped at Iron Stone Gully Falls but disappointingly there were no falls...but the fact that there is a 37% iron content in the water has certainly left its mark on the rocks.
From there is was on to an old mining site, except they forgot to mention on the sign some 10kms before that it is only open on weekends...I did however find a fence to the local stone quarry guarded by hundreds of toys, amazing, so the detour wasn't in vain after all.

As I approached this quaint little town I realised it was too late in the year to see any blossoms. But the main street has these huge apple shaped lights and The Apple FunPark, the largest free-entry playground in Australia, opened in Easter 2008 in time for the Donnybrook Apple Festival.

It was mid-afternoon by the time I had done my loop of Capel and Donnybrook, so I decided to head back towards Bussleton and find a place to settle for the night. This time I decided on a park in town. WOW!. We were packed in like sardines at that place...but it was the only one with any vacancies...

The weather has turned sour and I am actually wearing winter pj's and two blankets at night to keep warm. I can't believe I didn't put any jumpers in my bags??? Looks like I'll have to make a stop at a Vinnies... lol.




Apple decorations along Donnybrook's main street.

Donnybrook is the home of Western Australia's apple industry. In 1900, the first Granny Smith apple tree was planted, and the apple orchard industry grew after World War I.
Apples are harvested between March and May, with apple blossoms prominent in October.Donnybrook's industries also include timber, beef, dairy and viticulture."The town of Donnybrook was gazetted in 1894. It was first settled around 1842 when George Nash and others moved to the area. They named the place "Donnybrook" after the suburb of Dublin, Ireland that they came from.The eastern part of the town was formerly called Minninup. The western portion of the townsite is currently known as Irishtown.
The population of the town in 1898 was 430 (294 males and 136 females)
In 1897, Richard Hunter discovered gold about 6 kilometres south of the Donnybrook townsite.
Hunter eventually sold out to Fred Camilleri (a well known prospector
from Kalgoorlie) and Camilleri was able to interest the internationally
renowned Polish geologist Modest Maryanski.
It was on the basis of Maryanski's report that a new company
"Donnybrook Goldfields Ltd" was floated on the London Stock Exchange in
1899.
A mini gold rush occurred, resulting in the Government gazetting the
Donnybrook Goldfield - in the process making provision for a new town to
be called "Goldtown". From the census of 1901, it was known over 200 gold miners were camped on the goldfields. The excitement was short-lived however, and the Hunters Venture mine closed in August 1903. The area was worked during the Great Depression by locals Laurie and Foster Payne, then re-pegged and explored during the 1980s and again from 2004-5."


I forgot the Longest Jetty in Bussleton and "The underwater observatory which was opened on 13 December 2003 at a cost of A$3.5 million.Since that time, over 250,000 people have visited the attraction. The
underwater observatory is located 1.8 km from shore - almost at the end
of the Busselton Jetty - and can accommodate up to 40 people at a time
in its 9.5 m diameter observation chamber. Descending 8 metres below sea
level, visitors can view the corals and fish life through eleven
viewing windows.
In early 2011 the reconstruction was completed and the pier and railway were reopened to the public."


 
At 1841 metres, the jetty is said to be the longest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere


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