There is a sculpture in Fremantle, WA Australia dedicated to the fishermen of the region. There are two bronze figures and a jetty with twelve columns containing 608 names, the pioneers of fishing in the west. This is the work of Greg James & John Tarry, unveiled in 2005.
Here is a part of the scene, interpreted to include the current fishing fleet: Fishermen, then and now.
On our way through Western Australia we spent the night camping on a sheep station. Fraser Range Station, 100km from Norseman is a fantastic place full of history. First settled in 1872 running sheep, it is the oldest continually running station in the region. The size of the station is mind boggling; at approximately 500,000 acres. To put that into perspective I looked up the area of a couple of cities, London: 388,000 acres, Los Angeles: 321,000 acres.
The station still runs sheep, but now for meat instead of wool, so where once were shearers are now tourists using the quarters for overnight accomodation. The camp kitchen was amazing and they even supplied an evening meal if you wanted it. A place I would thoroughly recommend.
Oh the irony, we travel so far and do a brewery tour we could have done at home. The Little Creatures Brewery established in Fremantle, WA in 2000, expanded to Geelong in 2013.
The site in Fremantle is interesting because it is housed in the former site of the boat sheds for the 1987 America’s Cup yachts. The site in Geelong is housed in a former carpet factory and is just as spectacular. I enjoy both the beer, especially the pale ale and the food menu at Little Creatures.
The Fimiston Open Pit or just Super Pit as it has become known is just south-east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It is Australia’s largest open cut gold mine and currently measures 600 metres deep. It produces 850,000 ounces of gold a year (gold price 17 Apr ’16: $1,237.50 per ounce).
This shot was taken from the viewing platform with my fixed 35mm lens on a crop frame camera. I needed 2 rows of 4 images stitched together to get the whole pit in picture. The tiny specks of vehicles close to the bottom are those enormous dumper trucks with tyres twice the size of a man. Whether you agree with the mining of resources like gold or not, you can’t help be in awe of the size of this thing.
It would be whales country if we were here in the right season. Southern Right Whales come to this spot to calve from May to September (roughly), the sheltered waters of the Head of Bight bay are protected. A specially built visitor centre and a boardwalk offer a good location to view the scene.
Out of season, the views are just as spectacular of the cliffs leading along the coast of the Nullarbor.