Day 6 - Fraser Range

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Fraser Range Station

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gorgeous sunrise this morning, nothing around just us you could see for miles & miles not even a car on the road. This is what it's all about great wide open nothingness…love it. We even start the day with cooked breakfast in the roadhouse a couple of road-trains had stopped either swapping drivers or having a break. We got chatting to a lady in a camper who had stayed the night as well, turns out she lives in Carnarvon and drives road-trains absolutely full of stories of travelling around WA, her partner lives in Perth & they share driving their truck Nth/Sth WA, she would have to have been in her 60’s just her and her dog "Chips" on Holidays heading home from visiting in Victoria. Finally break free of the lady with a zillion stories & continue West we plan on stopping at Fraser Range about 550km. I start the driving and it appears today is wildlife day, we pass a gigantic Eagle claiming his prey, road-kill in the middle of the road, we drive around as he wasn’t moving for anyone. He would have been the size of a 3yo child with several smaller Eagles looking on, we then see several Kangaroos crossing up ahead so slow down, lucky as there were about 4 more ready to follow their mates tooting the horn startles them and they hop away, a group of 3 or 4 Emu’s is next, just hanging on the side of the road watching then 2 Eagles decide to swoop & attack each other just to the side of the road as we pass!

Our only fuel stop for the day is at Caiguna roadhouse just before we hit Australia’s Longest Straight Road. 145km of dead straight roadway, nice road wide enough you can sit to the side when a road-train passes so the vacuum of air doesn’t start the death wobbles & the van takes on a life of its own.

We make pretty good time with far less wind today just a bit of headwind (be good when we come home & it’s a tailwind) we stop mid-afternoon to spend the night at Fraser Range Station an oasis on the Nullarbor, set on a private property. The owners have made about 20 or so power sites, amenities block camp kitchen all set around a big fire pit which they light a fire in every-night for a communal get-together they also have refurbished the Shears quarters into quaint B&B style units, a really nice safe place to spend the night our favourite place so far!

Now we are on true W.A we find ourselves under a pitch black sky, no internet/phone reception, everyone fed & watered (moscato’d), cleaned up, communal fire chat and toasting marshmallows over and we’re all ready for bed…’s only 7:30pm (10:30 Melb time)…….OMG we’re turning into Grey Nomads.

Marshmallow Melting Mackay Mob.

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