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    Geraldton to Jurien Bay

    May 6, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Before we left Geraldton this morning we went to see the HMAS Sydney War Memorial - a memorial to the 645 Australian men who lost their lives when the ship was sunk in a battle off the coast of Western Australia. We happened to be there at the time that a once daily tour, run by a local volunteer, was being run - so we tagged along and it was both interesting and moving. The ship itself was sunk in 1941 but not actually found until 2008. The memorial was really well designed, with lots of symbolism; it was definitely worth a visit. We then drove further South, stopping in the small seaside town of Leeman for a picnic lunch of leftover sausages from last nights barbie. Solana enjoyed feeding the waiting gulls the leftovers too! We then drove through Lesueur National Park, partly on a very bumpy gravel road, and did a short nature walk with a viewpoint of Mt Lesueur. The park is renowned for its lizards but we only saw 2 of them; road signs warned us of echidnas but we didn't see any of those (they have so far managed to elude us and are still on our "to see" list) but we did see some kangaroos bouncing along - they are so comical when they jump. We arrived in Jurien Bay this evening and checked in to our little cottage for the night. We got to the pier in time to see the sunset and for Solana to go "surfing" in the park!Read more

    Sue Jones

    Solana the surfer 🏄 x

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    Sandra Buckley

    Lesueur national park!!! Le Sueur (pronounced Le Swur) is a Jersey name!!

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    mg.bigadventure

    Funny - apparently it is named after Charles Lesueur, a French naturalist on board a ship that came here in the early 1800s...

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