Another breakfast, another beautiful view. I set up the table and chairs to maximise our viewpoint of this majestic landscape. We ate earlier than we had over the last few weeks, probably due to the difference in time zones. A simple breakfast of toast and crumpets with a coffee in hand. Such a lovely way to start the day.
Our neighbours Andrew and Kylie left quite early, around 5.15am, to drive to Ceduna for a flight to Brisbane. In such a difficult time for their family, we are thankful that they were contactable in Eucla. If they received the call two days prior, there would have been a good chance they wouldn’t have received the call to head to Brisbane. Staying in contact with them today, we believe they made it to Ceduna with enough time to catch their flight. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew, Kylie and their family!
Back on the Eyre highway for our final stretch of the Nullarbor. We were preparing ourselves to say farewell to Western Australia. Thanks to my amazing wife, we were suitably prepared for crossing the border to South Australia. Caroline had the snacks and lunch prepared to ensure all offending fruit and vegetables were consumed prior to crossing the quarantine point. Today’s drive was 497 kilometres, with Caroline taking the drivers seat today.
The drive across the remaining component of the Nullarbor allowed us to familiarise ourselves once again with the landmarks we experienced on our maiden voyage. Nullarbor Roadhouse and the Great Australian Bight, where over a month ago I was limping about with a damaged calf muscle, the windmills of Penong and a reminder of how dramatically the scenery changed at Ceduna when departing the Eyre Highway. In some respects I am happy that we have completed the Nullarbor component of our trip. It means we now say farewell to Western Australia, the beautiful coastlines and vineyards and can eagerly look forward to saying hello to South Australia and some amazing Shiraz!
During our drive we had good intentions of hanging up our Christmas decorations that had remained fixed to the front of our car since Margaret River. Attaching them like so many other Nullarbor travellers had done previously to a tree en-route. Our return trip on the Nullarbor was different to our initial experience over a month ago – we only spotted one tree decorated with old tin cans and another tree I have affectionately named the ‘boobie tree’, which had around five bras hanging from it’s branches. Realising that someone has to come past and take down these tree decorations, we decided that it would be best not to leave our decorations on the Nullarbor, rather disposing of them accordingly in a bin in Ceduna.
Arriving at Shelly Beach Caravan Park, Ceduna, we have treated ourselves to a campsite with an ensuite – a free standing bathroom that is at the rear of our caravan, equipped with a clean shower, toilet and basin. It may not sound like a too bigger deal, but having our own bathroom so accessible with no need to wait for a shower or a bathroom (and the possibility of not showering with thongs “flip flops” on) is one of camping life’s simple treasures!
Crossing the Nullarbor slightly quicker than we anticipated, I think there will be a few amendments to our course over the next few days. Our new plan is to spend the next two nights in Ceduna, one in Kimba and a few nights in Burra (approximately 50kms from the Clare Valley) for a spot of wine tasting before more wine tasting in Barossa and Mclaren Vale!