More than expected
02.03.2017 - 03.03.2017 30 °C
We had been looking forward to crossing the Nullarbor so with a forecast of tail winds for the next 2 days we decided to begin the long drive after leaving Cactus around 1:30pm. Our aim was to try to get to Eucla and find a camp but it was getting close to dusk so we stopped at a rest stop about 50km east of Border Village and drove down a track into the scrub and set up camp away from the road noise. The flies here were very friendly so it was a quick cook up of our remaining vegetables, which we wouldn’t be able to take over the border, and a retreat to the camper to eat dinner in peace.
The sunset here was great and after a peaceful sleep we awoke to a cloudy morning. A quick breakfast and we hit the road with first stop being the border quarantine station where they search your car and camper thoroughly looking for contraband. They took what little fruit and veg we had left which consisted of a lemon, garlic and some lettuce. They also took 2 cardboard boxes that we were using to store books and packaged food in, apparently the boxes were produce boxes so they could be contaminated.
We got fuel at Eucla at $1.61 a litre which was much better than the $1.74 they wanted at Border Village. We also got fuel at Penong after we left Cactus at $1.31 and finally at Balladonia for $1.71. The other roadhouses in between were more expensive at $1.74 or $1.76 except Mundrabilla which was $1.61.
At Eucla we visited the Old Telegraph Station and the old jetty before pushing on to Caiguna for lunch at the roadhouse. The food here was very average and expensive, the vegie burgers we ordered were just greasy hash browns shoved in a roll with some salad.
There were a lot more trees and vegetation on the way across the Nullarbor than we expected and some hilly sections with forests of trees. After Balladonia the scenery changes to forested ranges and hills which is quite scenic.
After driving for 11 hours we stopped for the night at another bush camp, this one had toilets and was situated next to a dry lake. It was a rest stop in the Fraser Range about 10km past the caravan park. The camp was amongst trees and away from the road with plenty of room and only one other camper there. This is a lovely spot with the sunset over the dry lake very beautiful and a lovely warm night with no wind. The only problem here was the flies, they were horrendous, the worst we have ever encountered and cooking dinner had to be done with the fly veils on. Thankfully once the sun had set the flies disappeared and it was so nice just watching the moon and stars in the night sky. Next morning the flies weren’t as bad and we managed to have breakfast and head to Esperance where we needed to restock our food, fuel etc.