Day 299 – 302 6/3 – 9/3 Fonty’s Pool

Moved 10km down the road to Fonty’s Pool. Beautiful place that has an interesting history. Fonty was Archimedes Fontanini who was born in Italy & came to Australia in 1904. In 1907 he was granted 460 acres on which he begun to farm. He built a dam which his kids & friends swam in. Over time the community also used it as a swimming hole & in 1925 it was opened as a public pool. This continued for many years until 1973 when Monty at 93 found it too much to manage. The pool closed for a short time until by public demand the pool reopened. Monty died in 1982 at the age of 102. Another great story of a great Australian immigrant.

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Lunch at Hidden River Estate in an old rail carriage overlooking a dam with a Palomino. The beef cheeks were great.

A  quick look at Big Brook Dam.

And then onto the Pemberton Tramway that runs on part of the line that was closed down. A great view of the old growth & new growth Karri Forests that run along the line.

The Pemberton Timber Mill closed in 2016.

Do you know the difference between the Karri tree & the Marri tree. The one on the right is the Karri tree (Eucalyptus diversicolor) & the left is the Marri (Corymbia calophylla). Very different trees growing in the same area.2018 07 Mar_2052

Lots of fruit & veges grown in the area. Lots of apples, pears, potatoes, advocadoes, rocket, salads & heaps more. We are making the most of the road side stalls.

This is a strawberry farm. There are acres & acres that are undercover. Unfortunately there were no roadside sales.2018 08 Mar_2140

Had a look at Beedelup Falls. Not much water unfortunately. Ulrika wasn’t keen to cross the suspension bridge.

Lunch at Karri Valley Resort overlooking the lake.

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We climbed the Diamond tree. One of us got further up than the other. The tree is the oldest wooden platform fire lookout still in use & dates from 1939. It is over 52m high.2018 08 Mar_2165

Beautiful Scarlet Robin sitting on the fence at back of caravan.2018 08 Mar_2181_edited-1

Visited Deanmill. Another small community based around a Timber mill. The mill was built-in 1912 & closed in 2016. Photos of community hall & worker houses.

This is St Thomas’ Church at Dingup. It was built-in 1895 by Thomas Giblett whose family still lives on the property.2018 09 Mar_2184

Off to Walpole tomorrow.


Quote of the Day

“Are you sure you don’t want to get dessert”

Ulrika Macrae

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