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Moora : Directory 2010-11
Moora Community Directory -- 6 Shire Information MOORA WILDFLOWER DRIVE - MOORA THE HEART OF THE MIDLANDS Moora stands on the junction of two important and very different botanical districts, where the underlying geology has produced different soil types and so very different plant communities. Moora lies very close to the Darling Fault. To the east lies the very ancient rocks (2000 million years or more!) of the Western Australian Shield, one of the oldest land surfaces on earth. It has fertile red soils and has largely been cleared for farming. To the west are the younger rocks of the Dandaragan Plateau, covered with poor sandy or gravelly soils. The fault line is marked by the course of the Moore River. This drive is designed to show you these regions and their plants. There are many other attractive routes around Moora for you to discover! 1. Dandaragan Road 9km This road crosses the Moore River, which here trends southward following the trough formed by the Darling Fault. A few York Gums and, to the west, some remnant Banksias woodland can be seen. 2. Prices Road 31km This road travels north along the eastern edge of the Dandaragan Plateau, with some good views east across the trough line of the Darling Fault. Originally this sandy soil would have supported a dense prickly heath the Aboriginals called ‘Kwongan’. This can be seen in places where the wider road reserve has preserved it from clearing. In winter and early spring look for masses of Wattle and blue Dampiera, but as summer approaches, the colours change to orange Eremaeas, yellow Kangaroo Paws and pink and white Feather Flowers, all backed by the gentle waving gray of Smokebush. The occasional WA Christmas Tree makes a brilliant show in December. Try photographing them with a Polaroid flter against a clear blue sky - brilliant. 3. Namban West Road 10km Soon after crossing a salt area note the magnifcent stand of Saltmarsh Honey Myrtle which can grow in salty soils. It is an excellent windbreak and wildlife refuge and in early summer is smothered with small cream bottlebrush fowers. 4. Agaton Road 6km Watheroo National Park, which lies on either side of the road, contains superb examples of Kwongan, one of the most diverse plant communities in the world. Feather Flowers, including Scarlet Feather Flower and the extraordinary Bush Caulifower - at it's best in December - are a feature, and there are many Myrtles, Dryandras and six different Banksias. In late summer look out for the spectacular white sprays on the Woody Pear Trees. Their huge pear shaped fruits open after fre to release two papery winged seeds. 5. Watheroo West Road 28km The road continues through the Watheroo National Park, which here is low woodland dominated by plants of the Banksia and Myrtle families, among which the fuffy white balls of Lambswool can be seen in spring. In some areas dense thickets of Wattles form a glorious yellow hedge in spring. The salt lake system more or less overlies the Darling Fault. Samphires are especially adapted to grow in very saline soil. Their feshy, jointed stems store fresh water collected during the rainy season. The road now climbs up the Darling Escarpment, where the ancient rock outcrops and the vegetation changes abruptly from Kwongan to woodland of York Gum and Mallee. 6. Eagle Hill Road to Jingemia Cave 5km An attractive winding road leads to a pleasant shady picnic site on Jingemia Hill (still Watheroo National Park). A short walking trail leads to Jingemia Cave. It is formed in chert, an unusual rock which leads to a vegetation community in the hill that is very different from surrounding areas. In winter and spring you will fnd numerous orchids under the Mallees, while later on in the year Everlastings appear. Among the tumbled boulders around and above the cave are a number of attractive and unusal plants including the felty gray leaves and glorious scarlet fowers of Compact Poverty Bush. 7. Midlands Road For much of the way the road follows the Midlands Railway, which was an important infuence in opening the land for settlement. You will see several magnifcent mature trees of Salmon and York Gums and Wandoo. Look out for the glorious Lilac Hibiscus, (especially just north of Coomberdale) from whose spindly stems enormous pale fowers appear in late spring. Cairn Hill is a chert outcrop south of Coomberdale which is covered with dense scrub dominated by Wattles, Sheoak and Dryandras, with many interesting understorey plants. A small track crosses the railway and you will fnd many unusual plants on the edges of regenerating quarry areas. Approaching Moora the road passes between a superb avenue of native trees, one of the most magnifcent natural roadside avenues to be found anywhere in the world. Best times for travel - most wildfowers are at their best from August to January, although there is something in fower all the year round. WESTERN WILDFLOWER FARM WHERE THE FLOWERS GROW A unique collection of hundreds of WA Wildfowers. See them growing in the grounds, drying in the sheds and enjoy the novel displays: Morning and Afternoon Teas and lunches See packaging for export and wholesales Admission free Open 9am-5pm Monday -- Saturday Sunday by appointment Phone (08) 9651 8010 for special appointments PO Box 23, Coomberdale 6512