13.10.2012 - 15.10.2012 24 °C
We checked out caravan parks in Kalgoorlie last night, intending to go up there from here for a day. All the parks were full tonight and tomorrow and for Monday they said to ring. Cost 40-41 dollars a night.
We decided to give it a miss.
We drove to Grass Patch where there were some quite nice signs at the entrance to the town so took a photo.
Next stop was Salmon Gums where we had morning tea before continuing on to Norseman where we did some necessary shopping for the long drive across the Nullarbor. There are some magnificent corrugated iron sculptures of Camels in the centre of town along with a sculpture of Norseman the Horse who stumbled on a gold ingot and started the gold rush in the area.
The Cinema in Norseman seems to have suffered somewhat.
We drove out onto the Eyre Highway and took a photo or two of the sign telling how far to Adelaide.
We stopped at Balladonia and had afternoon tea. A Skylab satellite fell near here once and there was an old boiler in the garage as well.
Next stop was at the sign at the start of the 145.6 km straight road.
We drove another 50 km into a rest area for the night – it is quite windy. The sunset tonight was very good, partly due to all the dust in the air.
We left last night stopping place rather early after a noisy and dusty night. The wind was extremely strong and gusty and the dust storm was tremendous.
We drove through Caiguna (fuel stop only there), and drove on to Cocklebiddy for a rest room stop and an ice cream, then continued on to Madura Pass which looks down on the plateau below. We took some photos.
We continued down Madura Pass to the service centre below and Pommy Bob got out one of his golf clubs to try out one of the holes on the longest golf course in the world – it goes all the way over the Nullarbor Plain.
Our next stop was at Mundrabilla and that was only for a fuel stop then on to Eucla and a visit to the old Telegraph Station which has been partly buried in sand. We have seen it covered with more sand than now.
A short trip to the border of Western and South Australia where we took some photos of the large kangaroo and the sign telling how far to a lot of places.
We have camped for the night 38 km into South Australia.
We drove to Bunda Cliffs Lookout and took a couple of photos of the scenery there.
We drove to Nullarbor Station Fuel stop and while there took a couple of photos at the Bus Stop.
. A traveller told us that there were whales yesterday at the Head of the Bight so we decided to go there and see for ourselves.
Out then to the Head of The Bight Lookout and we were rewarded with some wonderful sights of at least 3 mother whales and their calves frolicking just below the cliffs.
The Cliffs here are magnificent.
We backtracked to the highway and drove on through Yalata which is now closed and then to Nundroo and Penong before stopping just 31 km short of Ceduna in a rest area beside the road.
Pommy Bob just about ran out of fuel as the warning light on the dash came on so we drove to Ceduna and purchased a jerry can full and returned to the rest area for the night.