Wagin Historical Village

We stopped for the night at a place called Wagin, still in the wheatbelt on a small municipal campsite. These are really good because a ranger should come round to collect the money but most of the time they don’t bother so you end up with a free night. All these sites have electric or gas barbeques because of the fire risk and a really good camp kitchen. It’s good to use these facilities because you tend to meet other people and it becomes a bit of a social event. Tonight was no exception and we had a good chat with an Australian couple over the burgers.

In the morning we went to visit the Wagin Historical Settlement Village and Museum. We were in two minds about whether to go in or not but as it only cost a few dollars each we thought we’d give it a go. It was over two hours before we came out. It’s run by volunteers and we voted it the best museum we’d ever been in. Everything was set up in a mock street including early settlers tents, a bank, telephone exchange, school, hospital, village hall, shop, blacksmiths etc. and absolutely shed loads of farm machinery but more importantly, the best bit was how the buildings were set out with old photographs and excellent information boards. We had a long chat with the elderly lady who was in charge that day. She was delightful and answered all our questions. We were quite sad to leave the wheatbelt area as we loved all the lovely agricultural towns, particularly York, Brookton and Narrogin.

It was lunchtime by the time we left so we headed for Busselton on the coast. We stayed on the seafront in the town and decided to have a meal out. The thing about eating out here as opposed to the UK is that most restaurants are not licensed so you take your own alcohol which you buy from a bottle shop. They are in every town and some are even drive through ones. Supermarkets don’t sell alcohol. It seemed strange at first but actually it’s quite a good system.

We had very heavy rain during the night so the next day we drove slowly along the coast through Margaret River’s famous wine region stopping at various coves. It’s a really lovely area but these places never really look the same under a grey sky.

We ended the day at a place called Hamelin Bay at a great campsite in the woods near a beach. It was a cool night but dotted around the campsite there were fire pits and plenty of firewood so we soon had a roaring fire going and we cooked our dinner on it. After dinner a couple from Germany, Dieter and Beate, joined us to keep warm. It made a great night with good conversation and plenty to drink.

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