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NULLARBOUR ROAD TRIP

Adelaide to Esperance Across the Bottom End

FAVOURITE PHOTO

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BYE BYE ADELAIDE. WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO ESPERANCE TO LIVE NEAR HUBBY'S MUM AND STEP DAD. THEY HAD RAVED ABOUT ESPERANCE AND NEARBY TOWNS FOR A WHILE NOW AND OUR INTEREST WAS CAPTURED. I HAVE THE STORIES OF ESPERENCE IN MY WESTERN AUSTRALIA BLOG.

NOW ON THE LONG ROAD COMPLETE WITH DRINKS AND LOLLIES.... TRAILER PILED WITH A FEW PRIZED POSSESSIONS AND LITTLE PATCHES IN HER DOGGIE BED IN THE BACK CHECKING OUT THE TAILGATERS DRIVING BEHIND.

FIRST STOP STREAKY BAY WHICH WAS QUITE A PRETTY LITTLE STOP.

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WE THEN HIKED IT OVER TO CEDUNA WHICH IS THE LAST TOWN BEFORE THE BIG LONG STRETCH. THE CARAVAN PARK WAS A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE NIGHT. PICTURE IS OF A PINK SALT LAKE NEARBY.

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I GUESS THE WORD NULLARBOR CONJOURS UP THOUGHTS OF DULL AND BORING BUT I FOUND THE SCENERY QUITE INTERESTING. I LIKED THE WAY THE LANDSCAPE CHANGED FROM WOODLAND TO SCRUB TO TINY SALT TOLERENT BUSH. PART OF THE STRETCH NEAR THE GREAT BIGHT IS CLOSE TO THE COAST LINE AND YOU CAN SEE THE GREAT SOUTHERN OCEAN. I LIKED THIS BIT THE BEST. THERE WAS HARDLY ANY BUSH... IT WAS FLAT COUNTRY AND THE ROAD HAD TURNS WHICH MADE A CHANGE.

HERE AT THE GREAT BIGHT YOU HAVE TO TURN OFF AND HEAD OUT TO THE COAST. THERE IS A VIEWING PLATFORM TO LOOK OUT OVER THE GREAT SOUTHERN OCEAN. IT'S QUITE IMPRESSIVE.

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BY THE TIME WE GOT TO THE SA/WA BORDER WE WERE TIRED. YOU CAN'T DRIVE THE WHOLE NULLARBOR IN A DAY ..... UNLESS YOU ARE A TRUCKY ON NODOSE PILLS OR SHARING THE DRIVING. SO WE STOPPED AT A PLACE CALLED BORDER VILLAGE AND HIRED A DOG BOX FOR THE NIGHT. LUCKY PATCHES FOR SLEEPING OUT UNDER THE STARS. THE ACCOMMODATION WAS WHAT WE CALL DONGAS WHICH ARE NOTHING MORE THAN SHIPPING CONTAINERS. WE WERE ENVYING THOSE IN AUSTRALIAN JAILS RIGHT NOW.... ;) BUT WE WERE TIRED AND NEEDED SOME SLEEP. IT'S AMAZING HOW MILES OF STRAIGHT ROAD CAN MAKE ONE TIRED. AT LEAST THEY HAD COLD BEER!! :)

PETROL SOLD ON THE NULLARBOR IS EXPENSIVE. YOU CAN'T DO WHAT MY DAD USED TO DO YEARS AGO..... DRIVE ON IN THE HOPE THAT THE NEXT TOWN WOULD BE CHEAPER.... TOWNS HERE ARE NON-EXISTANT. YOU JUST HAVE TO SUCK IT UP AND PAY WHAT THEY DEMAND.

DIDN'T GET ANY PICTURES OF BORDER VILLAGE..... THERE'S NOTHING MUCH TO TAKE PICTURES OF ANYWAY. I WAS TOO BUSY TUCKING INTO SOME EXPENSIVE BEERS!! ;)

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WE WOKE EARLY AND DECIDED TO HEAD OFF JUST BEFORE SUNRISE. BE CAREFUL THOUGH DRIVING IN THE DARK. ROADKILL IS PRETTY BAD IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK. WE SAW PLENTY ALONG THE WAY. THERE WAS A LITTLE LIGHT ON THE HORIZON SO WE HAD PLENTY OF VISIBILITY.
SUNRISE AND SUNSET IS STUNNING. WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK WITH MY DSLR.

At a Petrol Station Cringing at the Price

At a Petrol Station Cringing at the Price

Road Kill

Road Kill

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SA/WA BORDER. NOT MUCH HERE. WE GOT THE OBLIGITORY PHOTO STANDING HALF AND HALF ACROSS THE BORDER AND DROVE ON INTO WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

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FUNNY STORY

YEARS AGO THE BORDER BETWEEN QLD AND NSW WAS HEAVILY MONITORED. WE USED TO REGULARLY DRIVE FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY TO VISIT MY BROTHER THERE. I REMEMBER ONCE, WE HAD A BIG STICK OF SUGAR CANE. WHEN I WAS YOUNG SUGAR CANE WAS LIKE ONE HUGE LOLLY. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PARTING WITH MY BIG LOLLY SO DAD, MUM AND I SAT ON IT WITH A BLANKET OVER TOP. THEY DIDN'T DETECT A THING.... ;)

ANOTHER TIME WE HAD A BAG OF ORANGES THAT THEY FOUND AND WERE GOING TO CONFISGATE. NO! SO WE PARKED THE CAR AND ATE ALL OF THE ORANGES LOL. THAT IS PROBABLY WHERE I GET MY STUBBORN STREAK. NO ONE WAS GOING TO TAKE OUR HARD EARNED ORANGES AWAY FROM US!!! HAHA

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JUST OVER THE BORDER IN WA IS A PLACE CALLED EUCLA. WE DISCOVERED A LITTLE TOO LATE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE STAYED AT EUCLA. AT LEAST THEY DON'T HAVE DONGAS. SO WHEN WE DROVE BACK ACROSS THE NULLARBOR A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER WE STAYED HERE. MUCH NICER. SO THERE'S A TIP FOR YOU.

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AND LASTLY A PHOTO I TOOK OF AN INTERESTING SIGN. I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE HAVE A COLLECTION OF ROAD SIGNS. SOME ARE PRETTY COOL. THERE JUST HAPPENED TO BE A TRUCK IN THE DISTANCE. I WAS HAPPY WITH THIS SHOT :)

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Posted by aussirose 01:47 Archived in Australia Tagged travellerspoint blog nullarbor eucla roadkill aussirose border_village streaky_bay ceduna great_australian_bight

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Interesting read as usual, Ann! The cliffs of the Great Australian Bight have always matched my imagination of the End of the World.

by Kathrin_E

Great pictures. The Nullarbor has always intrigued me. I would like to cross it by train.

by ADAMYAMEY

I love big open skies like this - must be an amazing drive!

by ToonSarah

Thanks Katherin Adam and Sarah for visiting :) Yes it's nice to share old memories here on TP and so much more when guys like you appreciate my humble blogs. This is certainly a wild part of the world that is appreciated for the natural rugged beauty. But you can only do it once or twice. I do not envy the truck drivers that do it for a job haha ;) Adam... the train trip would be awesome. Haven't done that but I hear it's worth the trip.

by aussirose

I'd love to do that train trip too!

by ToonSarah

I have done the train trip. It was very special, and fascinating. Of course, sitting on an aircoditioned train in Gold class, being fed until you almost burst, and having nothing else to worry about but which brand of beer to try next, that must be described as "Nullarbor light";-)

by Kathrin_E

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