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    Cocklshell Gully Road, Hill River District WA

    contributed by JockSwa, taken on 28 September 2013
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    Unsealed but well maintained, Cockleshell Gully Road is an ideal trail to check out WA sandplain wildflowers. The great coastal plain stretching from south of Perth to near Port Gregory is basically sandy and limestone country. North of Perth near the coast, the land is generally flat with huge lime-sand dunes evident in some areas. The visual effect is one of snowfalls in a climate often jarringly hot from November to April. Way out around the dunes are many kilometres of scrubby heathland, punctuated with buttes and mesas further inland toward the Darling Scarp where the ancient continent really starts - the plain was covered by ocean in eons past. The heathland looks drab for the larger part of the year. But after reasonable winter/spring rains this country bursts forth with a wildflower display of a variety and colourfest among the finest in the world. Inland in the red dirt country, the display is even more stunning, but the sandplain regions offer a feast for the tourist and wildflower afficionado in springtime. One needs to stop and go for a stroll along the roadside and maybe into the bush to fully appreciate it all. In this image, smokebush in profusion offers an interesting effect. Behind is a zamia palm.

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