Streaky Bay in South Australia.

Trip Start May 10, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Streaky Bay Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

As we left Eucla at 7.10am, we moved our clocks forward another forty five minutes to the South Australian time of 7.55am.  A short time later we crossed the State border where we stopped to take a photo of Rooey II at Border Village.  From here it was 182 kilometres to the Nullarbor Roadhouse and we expected to take just on 2 hours to cover this distance to arrive in time for morning tea. We were making such good progress, especially with Lesley  helping with the driving, that we phoned Streaky Bay to bring our booking forward one night as the 600 kilometre or so drive would be easy enough to manage in one day.  The road was quiet and the landscape did not change except there were fewer trees and we remarked that at last we were crossing the 'Nullarbor'.

On arriving at at the Nullarbor Roadhouse at the correctly estimated time, we decided that we need not fill up as the fuel prices were high and we still had 40 litres sitting in the jerry cans in the back of the car. Margaret went into the roadhouse to see what they had to eat. Mike was delighted when she returned with some sticky buns and the dingoes were equally delighted and followed her to the car. Needless to say Margaret was not impressed with the attention they gave her nipping her heels so she immediately developed a dislike for these scrawny animals.

We decided that we would stop for morning tea at the Head of the Bight about 25 kilometres down the road where we could sit and overlook the ocean as we tucked into our special treat. We traveled further on and after 14 kilometres came to the turn off to the Head of The Bight where whales congregate during their mating season to do what whales do at that time of the year. We had missed them but took a walk down to the lookouts via the boardwalk provided by  National Parks. Despite not seeing whales it was worthwhile just to see the impressive cliffs that form the southern edge of this great country that we live in. After an hour we had eaten our snack and it was time to carry on to the next roadhouse, Yalata, which we found was closed so Nundroo roadhouse was our next port of call. As we had now covered over 300 kilometres since filling up we decided, as the fuel prices were still high, to empty our Jerricans into the tank. So off we went again. Ceduna was now 211 kilometres away with only the little town of Penong, renowned for its many windmills, to break up the journey. We were now moving into farmlands and leaving the long dry lonely Nullarbor Plain behind. We were actually looking forward to seeing signs of civilization at this point, not realising that there were still many kilometres of nothing ahead.

Penong consists of the South Australian Quarantine Station, where our car and caravan was searched to ensure that we weren't carrying any fresh vegetables or fruit, a service station, a few houses and a few small businesses obviously to service the local farmers. We stopped for a short time alongside the road while Margaret and Lesley took off to take some snaps of the little windmills that dotted the land. Having done that we now made for Ceduna and our planned stop for the night at Streaky Bay which had been recommended to us as a great caravan park close to the sea. It was late afternoon as we rolled into The Streaky Bay Caravan Park and found our allocated site which would be home for the next two nights. Fish and Chips from the local shop was on the menu for the first night, which turned out to be very nice especially as there was no work involved with the cooking and very little cleaning up to do after dinner. After a fun packed day we soon showered and made our way to our beds - lights out was about 9pm and we soon fell asleep.

Wednesday morning and not moving today, so we took the opportunity of sleeping in a bit later than normal, then it was breakfast time before jumping into the car and heading off to town. Here we stocked up on fresh vegetables and fruit and then took a leisurely walk along the town jetty where we found some fishermen trying their luck with little result. The afternoon was spent generally relaxing and catching up on the laundry. Dinner that night was a roast beef cooked to perfection in our electric frying pan accompanied by some vegetables, roast potatoes and mushroom gravy. The meal was enhanced with a glass of a very nice red, and finished off with a fruit salad. Then off to the beach for another short walk on the sand and to admire the sun setting in the west. The end of a perfect day with good food - what a life!
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