Now that we’re in South Australia, we are loving the proximity to the ocean. A couple of days ago we took a detour from the Eyre Highway to visit Fowlers Bay. It was just a 30kms unsealed track down to the shore.
On the way, we spotted some ruins up on the horizon! So we took a hike up to check them out!
Yalata Homestead Ruins
We found out they were the Yalata Homestead Ruins and we were so glad to have made this little detour! To see these buildings made from stone, which we could tell was dug up right from the land they were built on (because there was a shallow quarry site right there), was amazing!
It tickled both my historical site love and the husband’s love for architecture. When you think about what the early settlers had to go through in Australia, the rough and unforgiving conditions with no fertile soil or water in sight, you really begin to appreciate the effort that was put into building this Yalata Homestead. So far, all the early settlers’ cottages we’ve seen throughout WA were timber structures cladded with whatever was available – generally tin.
This Yalata Homestead Ruins site looks like someone wanted to bring a little control into what to them would have been rough, uncontrolled and chaotic site – so far from what home was. They achieved that by using the site’s materials and the result at the time would have been stunning.
We thoroughly enjoyed our walk up there and could not stop taking photos – it is a very picturesque site!
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