Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WA - Geraldton

Just before arriving in Geraldton you drive through Greenough flats. This area is buffeted by southerly winds and many of the trees have horizontal trunks which have become an icon for the region. (Photo 1 )

Geraldton is the regional hub and largest city on the Coral Coast. The area supports mines, grain, sheep and the sea breezes encourage windsurfers and kitesurfers from all across the globe.

On a hill overlooking Geraldton is the HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial. It pays tribute to the 645 crew lost in a WW2 battle against a German ship. The dome of the monument has 645 bronze birds heading skyward and a concrete wall lists the names of all lost. (Photo 2)The Sydney was found in March 2008 along with the German vessel the Kormoran about 150klms from Shark Bay.

Just over half way from Geraldton to Kalbarri is Port Gregory where we found the extraordinary Pink Lake. The lake is an intriguing site with areas of dark pink to pale pink and pieces of pink salt bordering the edges. The colour is due to a bacteria trapped in the sand granules. This is a provides a rich source of Beta Carotene which is harvested from small ponds. (Photo 3)

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