Day 57-58 Fowlers Bay (NULLARBOR Stage 1 )

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
Trip End Nov 08, 2009

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Fowlers Bay Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Day 57-58 THE NULLARBOR (Stage 1)                                                     Mon Jan 26th - Thurs 29th  2009
Fowlers Bay via Penong
We met a woman at the Aust. Day Brekkie who was born and bred in Fowlers Bay, only moving to Ceduna when she married. She tells us how much she misses living there. I am looking forward to leaving Ceduna and moving on after Greg's electrocution...
On the journey from Ceduna to Fowlers are world renown surf beaches: Cactus, Castles and Caves. They are reached from a turn off at Penong, just beyond them is a more sheltered cove Point Sinclair. The drive is 21km of dirt road, we are not keen to go down there without a 4wd and with a traditional caravan, so we stop at the pub to make a final decision whether or not to stay.
Greg is enjoying the cold Coopers pale ale on tap and soon begins a conversation with a local who arrived not long after us. The publican poured his drink as he walked in and handed it over with his schooner stubby holder. 'Whale' is a retired surveyor approx 60 years old (but looked 80yrs), his well weathered face doesn't tell of his time spent surfing out on these surf breaks. Whale regales the tale of his naming and his time on his surfboard which included competing in the '74 Australian Surf titles.
The local footy team, West Tigers are back to back premiers 6 years in a row in the 4 team Ceduna based competition. Guernseys and paraphernalia adorn the pubs walls. Its Greg's type of town - three beers and several toasted sandwiches later I am struggling to get him to move. The Penong Cup is raced on March 21st; no amount of procrastinating on Greg's part will see him attend, much to his disgust.
It's getting really hot - about 40 something degrees. The kids and I are keen on a swim so we continue driving to Fowlers arriving after lunch.
The tent sites are a lush green grassed area, but the caravan sites are dirt. We set up as close to the tent area so the boys can play cricket. A van full ( 36 in all) of aboriginal kids has arrived for a swim at the jetty and Greg eagerly takes our kids to join in their fun. The banter of the excited visitors in their language sees Greg and the kids enamoured. After a game of cricket with some fellas from Adelaide in the tent area we drive to nearby Scotts beach. The water beside the jetty is quite dirty and there's heaps of seaweed so we are keen to find a better spot.
Only a fisherman can be found at Scotts Beach and he soon leaves allowing us carte blanche of the foreshore. Maegs and I collected some spectacular shells and we all enjoyed a splash in pools that developed in the shallows as the tide came in.
After dinner we climbed the impressive dunes that dominate the skyline and overlook the tiny town. Max and Maegs were rolling down the hills and Greg joined in too.
Fireworks off the jetty that night signalled the last of the celebrations for Australia Day.
We plan to leave as early as possible tomorrow to make some headway on the Nullarbor and hope to make it to Eucla. It is forecast to be 44 degrees!!
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