Western End of the Nullarbor

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

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Gateway Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, May 22, 2009

We left Eucla just as the sun was rising above the horizon.  The morning was lovely and fresh and before long we were travelling with the sun behind us at a comfortable 100 kilometres per hour. The Nullarbor is a long way to drive but for some unknown reason it isn't boring as the countryside is quite varied and the outback can be quite stunning depending on the time of year. Today the wind was blowing from West to East so our fuel consumption rose accordingly, from about our usual figures of 16 litres per hundred kilometres the Pajero was now using almost 20 litres to the 100 kilometres!  As we crossed the pass at Madura the wind died for a while and we stopped at the lookout to take in the views. The wind picked up again soon afterwards and we drove into the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse in the rain. We filled up with diesel and bought a couple of meat pies but at $4.50 each they were pretty ordinary and we vowed that we wouldn't be buying roadhouse food again anytime soon. The rain came down much harder as we approached Caiguna, filled up again and pushed on to Balladonia where we arrived at midday. Too early to stop for the night so Mike lay down in the caravan for a short nap while Margaret went across to the roadhouse for a look around and a coffee. At one o'clock Mike rose from his bed and we took to the road for Norseman about two hours drive away. The rain persisted and we arrived at a very damp and muddy caravan park where we stayed for the night. Norseman caravan park is ok, obviously under improvement with sites being upgraded and the toilets and showers were inundated with very large moths which was a bit off putting but otherwise not too bad.
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