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Perenjori  Western Australia

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In a mineral-rich area popular with fossickers, prospectors and wildflower fanciers, Perenjori, 358km north of Perth, is at the centre of what is primarily wheat farming country at the edge of the Murchison goldfields.

About 67km to the east of Perenjori is the goldmining ghost town of Rothsay where gold was first discovered in 1894 and is now being reworked.

The 180km, round trip on the Perenjori-Rothsay Heritage Trail traverses a diversity of landscapes and passes by many interesting features, including the salt lake country around Rothsay, the vermin-proof fence, and the ‘Camel Soak’ - a watering hole which saved the lives of many workers and their camels during the building of the vermin-proof fence at the turn of the 20th century.

That fence, by the way, is longer than the great wall of China. Some wags suggest that it has had as much success in holding back the vermin as the Great Wall of China had in dissuading the Mongol hordes.

The unique lechenaultia wreath flower (Lechenaultia macrantha) can be found around Perenjori, among a plethora of wildflowers which turn the landscape into a riot of colour from July through to September.


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