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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain February 16th 2014

Arrived in Ceduna having traveled with friends we had met at a previous C/P Ron & Cheryl.Our intention here is to prepare for the journey across the Great Nullarbor road and into Western Australia. Vehicles and caravans were given the once over in preparation for the journey and the food stuffs were had were checked to ensure we didn't have anything to upset the Quarantine inspectors at the border, even though we still had several hundreds of Ks to go. Ron had decided to tackle the Nullarbor Links the worlds longest golf course at 1365 Kilometers starting here in Ceduna and finishing in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.Each participating town or roadhouse hosts a hole on the 18 hole par 72 golf course.Along the way you get the chance to see some amazing scenery and a different ... read more
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Another pack up, another long day in the car and we pull into a road side stop on the Nullarbor Plains to set up for the night. We light our camp fire and then launch into masterchef mode doing a big cook up to use up all of our fruit and veg before the dreaded border quarantine check point.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain December 16th 2012

16th December 2012. Early morning start as we had a long drive ahead. We have been on the Nullabor on a prior trip to Perth and the past verdict was 'Nullaboring'. This trip wasn't anymore exciting either. Apart from stopping at a roadhouse where Sasha and Alyssa had an icecream and a play on the swing, nothing much happened. We stopped halfway for dinner and watched a movie by the camp fire before retiring to our rooftop tents.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain November 21st 2012

Approaching Norseman we scored another passing manoeuvre. This time Joan managed to capture the evidence. This makes five vehicles passed in 14,000 km. Joan suspects this will be our last, but Greg lives in hope. The Nullarbor has a reputation so when we stopped at Norseman we decided to get the 4WD wheels balanced as we had noticed a vibration at 70kph. It seems that the Wolf Creek Crater road had also caused us to throw off some wheel weights. We crossed the Nullarbor in two very long days, both days starting at 5:30am. Initially we planned to stop at Cocklebiddy but the cave has been closed to the public so that killed that plan. Joan was delighted – Greg much less so. The last time we crossed the Nullarbor we saw vast areas of beautifully ... read more
Trees but not much shade
Passing our fifth vehicle
Still lots of trees after Norseman

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain October 1st 2012

We were soo excited to be going across the famous Nullarbor especially mum. She kept going on about how iconic it is and how she use to have to map it as a kid and now she will be actually there. blar, blar blar. The weather was really good. Our first stop was Frazer Range. It is a sheep station. It had really funny things on the way in like kettles and toasters plugged into trees. (Ha ha I get it). Dad thought it was a good idea to do the golf tour across (until he discovered the price). Plus we had absolutely noooooo moooore room for golf clubs. Instead of getting rid of stuff along the way, dad seems to be collecting (useless) stuff along the way. WE now have 3 extra mattresses for example. ... read more
first glimpse of ocean
mum is here
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ESPERANCE TO NORSEMAN AND ACROSS THE NULLARBOR to Border Village. An overview of the Nullarbor: Nullarbor means no trees. The plain is a great limestone plain which is porous and does not hold water, making vegetation difficult to grow and people to live. Crossing the southern part of Australia means crossing the Nullarbor just above the Great Australian Bite. The Nullarbor drive is generally considered to be the 1200km drive between Norseman in the west and Ceduna in the east. Preparations included a fully serviced car that we had faith in, lots and lots of water, space blankets for shelter if we broke down, etc. (One of the water container leaked, so we had a wet car boot and some wet clothes. – Agh!). Confidence in the car was important as distances between civilisation ... read more
Typical Road Signs
Early Nullarbor Road View
Royal Flying Doctor Road Airstrip

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain March 28th 2012

Wed 28th Mar - up early for our long drive today - estimated about 614klms - not looking forward to this drive but there is nothing much to see along this stretch of the Nullarbor so just headed off. Went through the Quarantine Checkpoint at the Border Village and then we were in WA, nearly home!!!!!Checked out some of the Golf links at some of the petrol stops. Booked a night at the Fraser Range Station CP ($30pn). Very nice little park - used to be a working sheep station but now just seems to be a caravan park and 1 hole on the Nullarbor Links Golf Course (the World's Longest Golf Course). Tom and Rosemary were up early as they were heading to Esperance for lunch but we took our time and decided to check ... read more
Sunrise with cloud cover
Crossing the BorderIMG 8594
The border road sign IMG 8590

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain November 13th 2011

Leaving our secluded campsite after breakfast with the family of Magpies we made our way back to the Eyre Hwy and headed west towards Balladonia. After passing more of the magnificent semi arid shrublands dominated by Mulga (s) we arrived at Balladonia. This arid shrubland is one of the world's oldest landscapes, containing seashells millions of years old from when the area was ocean floor. The Balladonia roadhouse (eating & fuel again!) has a cultural heritage museum setting it apart from all the other roadhouses exhibiting Aboriginal dreaming, Pioneers, Afghan Cameleers and the crash landing of NASA's Skylab in 1979. Balladonia is also the end of the 80 mile straight. We enjoyed a morning coffee here served to us by a young lady from Mildura. Like us, she is struggling with the sunlight at 4.00AM. No ... read more
Station Land before Balladonia
Balladonia Roadhouse
Norseman

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain October 1st 2011

After Esperance we talked about going to Adelaide, but there was one thing Paul really wanted to see and that was the Flinders Rangers National Park, I was of course up for exploring anything, so we started the very long journey from WA to SA. Crossing the nullabor, I was excited at first as it's a famous road with the 90 mile straight, in reality it was very uneventful! I passed the time reading and me and Paul had a competition of how many waves we could get from people coming the other way.....he played it cool and just raised a finger at the wheel where as I did the full on wave! Must have looked a bit loopy! I still won though :) our first stop was Caiguna, it's basically just a place where the ... read more
longest road
love this sign!
border


Day 6 7am start again. As I was cleaning the camper floor before I fold the camper up I noticed some small droppings inside the camper. I still can’t find the critter and hoped that it left the camper that night. We drove pass Mucklamukla and saw the Kuhlman name on street in Ceduna. I fuelled up at Ceduna at 1.89/litre. Got a sms from Andre saying they left the Berverley Easter camp. I did my sums on the Kms left to do and realised I am going to be late for our Esperance destination. I really have to travel a lot of kms today but I still want to do a few sight seeing things on the Nullabor. The Nullabor were green. I expected white or red dust with little plants. We are outside whale ... read more




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