This was a really interesting trip. Left Ceduna about 8.30am and for the first time, went off road 32k to Fowler’s Jetty, a pretty little coastal town where I had an excellent cappuccino!
The gravel road wasn’t too bad and Bluebird traversed it very well. I didn’t see any other vehicles going in my direction and I was a bit unsure of whether I should continue or not, but curiosity won in the end and I kept going and there were quite a few other travellers enjoying the seaside views.
The scenery along the Nullarbor changes frequently, as does the colour of the bitumen. Some parts have a reddish tinge to them while others are green and then white or just plain grey bitumen. I still haven’t seen any animals although there are signs everywhere to say watch out for them – mainly cattle, emus and kangaroos. I have seen quite a lot of dead kangaroos on the roadside though. I always feel sad when I see the little wallabies on the road – it just seems like a horrible way for them to die.
A spectacular stopover is the Great Australian Bight Marineland, with a couple of boardwalks where you can gaze at the incredible limestone formations in the cliffs. It’s a breeding ground for whales and sea lions and I imagine, an ecological wonderland for those interested. The coastline is stunning – and there are actually three lookouts to view these magic coastal wonders – all about 10km apart.
The Nullarbor Road House was a hive of activity. Petrol here was 1.95 a litre. Lots of caravanners were travelling together (grey nomads?) and parked in the caravan area. Didn’t see any campers though. Quite glad not to be camping over the Nullarbor, especially seeing the sign on the motel door for venomous snakes in the area (see sign below). Thankfully I didn’t come across any of them.
Went to the bar about 5.30pm and met Tom and Annie who said they are ‘ living the dream’ flying all around Australia in their private helicopter. And sure enough, there it was parked out the back of the motel units. They just ‘dropped in’ to fill up with Avgas fuel and spend a night at the Nullarbor Roadhouse. We had dinner together and I enjoyed hearing all about their many adventures – like landing on a beautiful beach somewhere along the coast and enjoying fresh oysters for lunch! They both fly the helicopter and Tom is also a fixed wing pilot and they have been to New Guinea and to NZ (for lunch of course!)
Have noticed a few lonely cyclists on the road, plus an old man in one of those “lay down” bicycles and a few motor cyclists, mainly going east.
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