A Stack of Smokestacks

On Saturday I went for a ride in the Swan Valley. Three of my favourite things in the photo, Lovely Wife, bicycle and Guildford Bakery pasty on the table.

This post comes with a sunshine and no cloud guarantee. On Sunday I decided to head south along the coast to Kwinana Beach Heavy Industrial Area and check out the smokestacks for the Cycle365 Challenge for January. There was a strong, cooling sea breeze headwind (here it’s called the ‘Fremantle Doctor’) whilst I was cycling south but it was the nicest headwind ever as it would have been unbearably hot with out it. I was curious to see how far I could go down the coast from Fremantle before the industrial complex got in the way. I suppose smokestacks are there to release toxic gases into the very air we breathe. The world would be a much better place without this industrial pollution. Here’s a few photos of my ride below.

SHoreline with SHarknet and Sunbathers (I call them sunbakers)
Canoeists with Waste water treatment plant chimney behind them and shipbuilding facilities on the right.
Ship chimney or funnel.
The view towards the Kwinana Industrial Area. It’s smokestack-o-licious. Most of the close smokestacks are from an Aluminium refinery, then an oil refinery further on.
SHipbuilding at Henderson. The USA are our close allies so I’ll show it to you but please don’t tell the Chinese or Russians as it’s Top Secret.
Omeo SHipwreck with some swimmers.
Robb Jetty abattoir boiler room chimney, the only thing left from a large slaughtering complex. Memories… on the family holidays many years ago (50 years) we used to drive past the abattoir and tanning yards heading south along the coast to holiday in Busselton. It really STANK and everyone in the car had to wind up the windows really quick. Now it’s being sub-divided into prestigious real estate.
Royal Poinciana s are now flowering. They’re originally from Madagascar.

BTW, I’ve got a big announcement on my next post, stay tuned.

That’s all folks


I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

14 response to "A Stack of Smokestacks"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: January 11, 2022

    I see you finally beat Suzanne’s record of 7 chimneys in one picture. The rest of your photos are very interesting too–especially the top secret shipyard, which I’ve already forwarded to Mr. Putin.

    What’s up with the cliffhanger? That’s mean.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 12, 2022

      About 16 smokestacks, not a bad effort I think. Telling Putin might have been a mistake as ASIO (Aust secret service) might set their baby-eating dingos onto you in a late night visit.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: January 11, 2022

    Interesting post and pictures! And you certainly did get more chimneys and more interesting chimneys than I am going to find in my area.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 12, 2022

      But it must be said, you do have the most beautiful chimneys

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 11, 2022

    Smokestack-o-licious — I count 15 there or so?
    Beautiful photos and envious of your weather.

    The Royal Poinciana is magnificent!

    Like Greg, I am in suspenders here too . . . .

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 12, 2022

      Are they the black, lacey, fishnet one’s, very nice.

      Actually it’s more of a C grade, not that exciting announcement but no harm in hyping it up.

      • By: Suzanne Posted: January 12, 2022

        Hmmm …suspenders in American English aren’t the same thing as in British English. In the USA they are what you guys in Australia call braces. But why shouldn’t Rich wear black lacey ones? Braces in the USA, on the other hand, are what are used to correct crooked teeth.

        • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 12, 2022

          Ha Ha. Something got a little lost in translation, even amongst the English speakers all over the world.
          In Aust the term ‘pissed’ means drunk whereas in USA in means angry.

  4. By: Scooter Posted: January 12, 2022

    Very nice post, and nice to see someone else is enjoying the sun. Getting pretty impatient waiting for that big revel though. C’mon already!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 12, 2022

      Actually I’m sick of constant sun, heat, high UV rays, at least we haven’t had any bushfires yet. You’ll just have to wait in suspenders, like Rich.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: January 12, 2022

    Ohhh — Sun. Beach. Sunbathing. Swimming. I am just a tad envious.

    Numerous -o-licious smokestacks too! You got it all. AND a pasty with you beautiful wife. Fantastic.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 12, 2022

      Although human nature is to always want more than you’ve got, I don’t have too much to complain about. Wouldn’t mind a snow capped mountain and Bavarian village close by though.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: January 12, 2022

    I hope the big news is that you are retiring and going for a long ride!

    Your pics make me think a little of Geelong, where there is a really nice, picturesque foreshore… and just around the corner on the point are the smelters and refineries.

    We had an abattoir in my hometown that was pig processing only (my home state grew A LOT of hogs). And like your memories, any time we drove by there in the hot, humid summer, the windows got rolled up really quickly! I remember my dad leaving me in the car once while he went into a TV repair shop nearby, and it was so bad I was sure I was going to puke.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 13, 2022

      Retiring, Alas no, I haven’t enough money and too many dependants. I need to win lotto or receive an inheritance. Some smells can really churn the stomach alright, Tanning yards would be the worst. It’s been so hot here for the last month.

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