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Day 21 Queensland to Western Australia continued

Continuation from Mt. Magnet to Mullewa. 2nd August

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Mount Magnet had some wonderful scenery and excellent tourist drives to follow. We did them and now are making our way to wildflower country by heading to the small town of Yalgoo.

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Carpet of wild Daisies

Gold was discovered around Yalgoo in the early 1890s, and by 1895 there were diggings and buildings being erected. In January 1896, this area became the town of Yalgoo. There wasn't any big gold rush here, I don't know why, but only 650 Miners came to Yalgoo. World War II came and went and so did the people, so what is left is a very small town in this semi-arid climate with hot summers and mild to cool winters.

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Yalgoo has a historic tourist trail to follow, so we followed it but found some of the buildings were missing and all that remained was an information board with description and photo.
Some of the other old buildings were the Courthouse Museum with displays of old photographs, lots of gold rush history and the usual displays of old domestic items and some Aboriginal artifacts from the local area.
Next to the Courthouse is the restored old Yalgoo police station and jail. These were built in 1896, replacing the stick and chain method previously used.

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Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth

When heading to the Yalgoo look-out, we passed by a gorgeous Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth, quite famous as Monsignor John Hawes, the Architect Priest who came from Europe to Western Australia, designed the wood and stone Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth for the Dominican Sisters who were working in Yalgoo in 1920. Not only did Hawes design the building, but he regularly travelled by horseback from Mullewa to oversee the construction and to work as a labourer for the local builder.

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Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth

The Chapel of St Hyacinth forms part of the Monsignor John Hawes Heritage Trail, which is a self-drive four day tour including 15 houses of worship created by Monsignor Hawes.

After viewing the Chapel, we continued along the dirt road to Yalgoo Look-out, where the views were over the small town and the countryside, nothing outstanding, but it does give you an idea where mines are located and what the land looks like.

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Wildflowers

Wildflowers abound in wildflower season around here. We were here at the correct time, but as the rain hadn't hadn't come until late, this meant the flowering season was later, hence the wildflowers were just starting to cover the red earth in colour, another week and it would have been a spectacular sight!

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Wildflowers

From here, it is back on the main road (123) and to the town of Mullewa where we will stay for several nights.

Posted by balhannahrise 03:04 Archived in Australia Tagged travel australia outback scenic western wildflowers

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