Our last night near the coast was a lovely free camp on the golf course at the historic town of Northampton, we then headed inland through the wheat belt. We stopped at a nature reserve for lunch and found the sign below at the lookout. It tells a story of what goes on quietly out here in these lands of drought.
St Hyacinth’s Chapel is a quaint little building – originally part of a larger convent designed by an interesting character called Monsignor John Hawes – an architect who became a priest, but used his prior skills to great effect in designing several interesting buildings in the area.
The next two days were spent covering kilometers in dry, mostly flat mulga country as we headed towards then into Australia’s gold mining region. Of course we had cause to stop on several occasions to see the odd attraction, more wildflowers and to avoid a few grossly oversized vehicles.
Just south of a small town called sandstone are some basalt capped outcrops that were worthy of a small detour. One such outcrop was used as a brewery with a hollowed out cave serving as the cellar. A bit further along – a nice arch called london bridge.