Poondarrie Rocks

These little known hills are rarely visited by anyone other than locals. They were named by surveyor John Forrest in the 1870s.

Courtesy to Property Owners

Poondarrie Rocks are on historic Yuin Station so speak with Rosco Foulkes-Taylor to get permission to access the area. And advise them on arrival.

Narloo homestead has been restored by Trackcare.

Our arrival coincided with a fierce SW wind. Fortunately it decreased in intensity just after dusk and, with the cocktails coming thick and fast, we were able to have a pleasant night around the campfire.

The late arrival yesterday evening meant that we were unable to explore the area so we made amends this morning.

There was a difficult-to-see boggy patch on the track to the top of the hill. Mike got caught. People came from everywhere – with cameras. The first bogging of the trip.

Time to go to the top of the hill.

The communications tower on the top of Poondarrie Hill was installed against all advice from the locals. A track into the rock was graded by the telco for construction access. The track now turns into a quagmire whenever it rains. Somebody in a office somewhere looked at the map and decided that Poondarrie Hill was the only suitable location and that was it – despite local advice of a number of other, better locations nearby.

I went back to camp to check that nothing had been left behind while everyone else made their way out through Narloo.

We headed south to Mullewa.  Just north of the town we stopped to see the elusive wreath flower. This amazing plant grows to approx 50mm high by 400mm across. It is wreath like in shape with succulent branches radiating out from the centre. The plant flowers August to October and dies back to root stock during summer. It grows best in disturbed areas (burnt, graded) and is unique to a narrow area of Western Australia 150 km x 400 km (East Kalbarri to east of Wubin).

Further south we stopped at Coalseam Conservation Park, one of the few spots on earth where coal is present at the surface.



© Kim Epton 2017-2024
518 words, 29 photographs. 

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