Elachbutting Rock Reserve

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    • Day 2

      Elachbutting Rock Campsite

      May 22, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We had breakfast decamped and were on the road by 9am. I thought that was pretty quick and efficient. We headed towards Eaglestone Rock. On the way we stopped at Shackleton where there is the smallest bank in Australia, open only on Fridays from 3pm-430pm. Then we visited the lack luster Bruce Rock and onto Totadgin Rock, where Charles Hunt conducted expeditions in search of water. After a short but informative walk, we headed for Merriden.
      Found the only cafe open for some lunch. Everything was shut in Merriden. Super sleepy town. After Merriden we visited Eaglestone Rock. We had planned to camp therebut after a little wander around the rock, we decided to head to Elachbutting Rock because this campsite is closer to the other Rock attractions and if the weather turned bad we could camp here for 2 nights to wait out the bad weather.
      The only complaint we have is that there are so many flies, so much so that one of the campers remarked that we could potentially be carried away.
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    • Day 3

      Beringbooding and Bonnie Rock

      May 23, 2022 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Storms were forecasted for today and yesterday but it ony drizzled last night. When we woke up this morning it was beautiful. We had blue skies dotted with the Simpson's clouds. So we decided to venture to Beeringbooding Rock before the weather came in.
      On the way there was a sign to Bonnie Rock townsite so we thought we'd go there first.
      Bonnie Rock was an old town built for Sandlewood cutting. It had 3 streets and a hall that was used for church services, school and dances. The highlight was that Ruby found the toilets showers. Alas, the shower water heater wasn't working. Nonetheless, I was determined to have a shower, despite the freezing water. Refreshed and revived. Ruby then braved the cold and had a shower too. The use of the shower just required a gold coin donation. Bonnie Rock townsite will be placed on our campsite list for future reference especially during wildflower season.
      Beeringbooding Rock has Australia's largest rock water catchment with a tank that can hold 2 million gallons of water . It was built in 1937 by labour from the unemployed in Perth for the farmers who were struggling with a lack of water supply. By the time the project was finished in 1941, all the farmers but one had given up and left the area. The network of low stone walls to channel water from the large granite rock of Beeringbooding to the tank is extremely effective, and the tank is still servicing the farms around the area. There is a large gnamma water hole called Kangaroo Pool. We could not find the aboriginal rock painting in the area. Lunch of cheese, pickled gerkins and crackers was had at the picnic table there.
      On our way back into our campsite, we stopped at the sign marked Walk Trails for Elachbutting Rock. It was a very short trail to a wave rock feature, the fascinating Monty's Pass and a cave beyond that.
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    • Day 4

      Elachbutting Peak

      May 24, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      After our explorations yesterday, we had a cup of tea with fellow campers, siblings Noel and Sue. They each have their own extremely well setup caravans, and are staying at this campsite for 10 days. They told us that we can get mobile phone reception at the peak, and at the top of the 4WD track. Noel showed us his special track to the peak, but the rain turned us back before we summited. It was incredible how a bit of rain made the rock so very slippery. We took refuge in our car to sit and watch the storm pass. A quick heat up of our pre cooked meal for dinner when there was a lull in the storm, and a fast hike up the 4WD track to check in with Kai. We were in our tent before 6pm, and the storm blew, galed, gusted and pelted down on us all night. Grace checked the tent pegs in the middle of the night and all was still secure. The rain stopped this morning, but the winds were still gusty.

      After breakfast, we met Noel and Sue when we walked towards the 4WD track again. They were so pleased to hear that we weathered the storm so well, and Sue told us that they are Christians, and had prayed for us last night. We wanted to explore further up the 4WD track, and managed to get to the summit from there. As the wind died down some when we got back to camp, the flies emerged. We decided to set up our shade tent to eat in peace without bothersome flies, and to have some shelter should it rain in the afternoon. Just in the time of writing this entry, the weather has changed from sunny to rain. Hoping the rain won't blow into our shade tent and we can sit here to wait it out.
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