Nearly WA

Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Monday 6th April. From Clare (a beautiful old wine area) we decided to make a run for Kimba, a whistle stop town on the Eyre Highway. We did a bit of detouring around various roads in the South Flinders Area, and saw lots of steep valleys & awesome rock formations. Conscious of our goal of seeing WA properly, we've all decided that SA will have to be another holiday in itself, sometime in the not too far distant future. There is so much to see, and it's so beautiful. We made time to see the interactive Outback Centre in Port Augusta, (the gateway to the Eyre Peninsula & the Flinders Ranges). An extremely well done display & very informative.
Kimba was very cold when we got there, as indeed every late-afternoon has so far, taking the afternoon sea-breezes thing a bit far, I think.
Tuesday 7th April. From Kimba, & its' giant Galah, we headed west on the highway as far as Wudinna, then we went off the main road to check out Turtle Rock & Mt Wudinna (read big rocky hill), then through a secondary road to Port Kenny, and then up to 'Murphy's Haystacks' ('inselbergs' in geological terms). Awesome photos. Then Streaky Bay. We could easily have stayed there, it was so beautiful (& sheltered), but made our way to Ceduna, the last big town before the Nullarbor.
Wednesday 8th April. A long drive has got us to the SA/WA border. Stopped for the night to eat our veggies & other stuff we have to get rid of.... This check point is all we expected last time & they threaten dire consequences if they find stuff when they check your cars!
Cooke up a BBQ, & got talking to the locals. Good sorts...
We went out to the 'Great Australian Bight Marine Park', Head of Bight, where there is whale watching from the cliff tops, in the right season. Unfortunately for us, we were about 6 weeks early, so no whales in sight, but what a magnificent place, & the Bunda Cliffs, are just breath-taking. We all agree that The Nullarbor Plains are absolutely fascinating & much maligned; stunning scenery. I think we're about way across the Plains where we are here. We must be getting up around the 2000 km mark now. However, we've reached WA, so we now feel we can start having a really good look around!






Whale watching platform, Head of Bight, SA

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