I stopped on the side of the highway to Esperance mid morning and made myself a cup of coffee (good old thermos) as there was a distinct lack of cafes on this part of the trip. The scenery however, was rather breathtaking. Quite suddenly one encounters over the crest of a hill, a salt lake each side of the road, glistening white in the sun. And over the next hill, there are more of these original relics of a bygone age, when this part of the world was submerged under the sea.
Esperance is a port and a popular holiday destination for tourists, judging by the number of caravan parks and accommodation available. I chose to treat myself to 2 nights at Alexander Drive B & B https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/8156279 run by a very friendly couple, Jenny and Brian. Fabulous guest suite with many extra little touches to make the stay more enjoyable.
My first day in Esperance was gloriously sunny and warm and I packed a picnic lunch and headed for Cape Le Grand which I had heard so much about. However, I didn’t take too much notice of exactly where in the National Park I was going to, and ended up on a very bumpy gravel road that included potholes and even some large puddles of water, and eventually just became sand (that’s when I stopped as I was worried about getting bogged). I continued walking down to the beach where there were people swimming and fishing. The scenery was very striking and made the bumpy journey worth it. There were some huge 4 wheel drive vehicles roaring past me on this road but I was taking it easy as the vision of a burst tyre or broken fan belt or some other such disaster was on my mind!
So on my second day in Esperance (which was rainy) I made the decision to go back to Cape Le Grand as I was keen to see the kangaroos on the beach at Lucky Bay. Again, spectacular scenery and the road is bitumen all the way so much easier to drive. There is also quite a large campsite at Lucky Bay.
And guess what – Tom and Annie arrived in a hire car not long afterwards! Another reunion. So we all enjoyed a cappuccino at Doc’s Café on the beach. Doc is there 8 months of the year with his van, serving all manner of different drinks including his specialty Kangacino.
Despite the rain drizzling on and off, the beach was absolutely beautiful and people were even swimming. Glad I made the effort to to drive out to Lucky Bay.
Visited Stonehenge on the way back to Esperance. It’s a complete full-size replica of the original UK monument, as it would have looked around 1950BC. Much of the one in the UK of course is now missing. The structure is aligned with the summer and winter solstice sunrise – Esperance, WA. It’s a very grand structure and beautifully presented – by Kim and Jillian – see www.esperancestonehenge.com.au
Now that I’ve got the Nullarbor drive over and done with I plan to take it a little bit easier on the drive up to Perth and am heading along the coast up to Denmark today.