I spent last week camping in the arid inland mulga country at Cue in outback Western Australia, 650km north east of Perth. It’s a beautiful red dirt landscape of low scrub dominated by Acacia with many Eremophila species.
This time of year it’s around 0°C at night but can get warm during the day, up to 20°C. It was sunny the whole week I was there, but this autumn and winter there have been good rains.
Lake Austin south of Cue township has high waters
The creek beds have billabongs
Our campsite at Dairy Wells 5km south of Cue has all the mod cons
And sparkling aquifer water on tap
Wildlife is abundant, particularly birds. A pair of mulga parrots roost on the tank stand and regularly inspect the hollow logs. You can only see the colourful male on the top strut, the female is inside the right hand log.
Even some reptiles were out and about at midday
The wildflowers aren’t at their full splendour yet, but were spectacular none the less
Some plants are alien in their beauty
Others more recognizable
Wattle and mulga (Acacia spp) dominate the landscape
Eremophila flowers put on a show
I have so many photos and Rosalie who has the leasehold of Dairy Wells shared so much mining and natural history with me. I’ll blog about my adventures over the coming weeks.