Day 58-59 Eucla (NULLARBOR Stage 2)

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

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Day 58-59 THE NULLARBOR (Stage 2) Fowlers Bay to EUCLA 400kms Tues Jan 27th 2009
The sunrise that morning in Fowlers Bay was spectacular, albeit extremely early as we move further west. Greg and I have woken at 5.30am to try to leave by 7am - Greg was on the pier witnessing a giant squid being caught as he fielded the SEN call, we actually get away by 8! The forecast is for 45 degrees, hence attempting to travel as early as possible.
The drive includes vast expanses of low scrubs and then no vegetation at all. It was absolutely awesome those initial stages of the Nullarbor between Yalata and Eucla. The Head of the Bight is our first stop for site seeing and it is here we shove down breakfast in the car park, not wanting to get out of the air-conditioned car to negotiate the flies.
It is searing hot from as early as 9am and we force the kids down the boardwalk to the Head of Bight - we didn't linger as both kids whinged the whole way. The view of the cliffs and the vantage points for the whale migration (which has come and gone by the time of our visit) is fabulous. The one advantage we have crossing today is the tail wind of the North Easterly that accompanies this scorching day.
I intend to stop again to see the Bunda Cliffs for another photo opportunity and to have lunch. We have to eat all the fruit and vegies in the fridge as they will be confiscated at the S.A/W.A border village, B.N won't hear of any wastage...
No-one ventures out from the car at Bunda Cliffs, I am alone in the heat trying to appreciate the sheer drop and realisation that Australia's southern edge is actually like some-one has taken a huge bite of the land!! Many of the car pull-out points have been closed along the highway for the erosion and I wonder how long it will take before a new stretch of highway will need to be laid to traverse the country.
The petrol prices rose 37cents a litre over a 100km stretch from 112.9 at Nundroo to 149.9 at Nullarbor Roadhouse!!
Cloud cover hales our arrival into Eucla 2.00pm W.A time (having lost 45mins at the border) and having had to dispense of only a few pieces of fruit n veg and a jar of honey. At the check-in we are told we are able to use the Motel's pool and gratefully we set up hastily to take advantage of the fact that we are first to arrive in the caravan park for the day and hence have the pool to ourselves.
We enjoy time in the pool and wait for the tavern to open at 5pm to have refreshments. There are no beers on tap and the charge for a stubbie was ludicrously expensive ($6); the glass of bubbles even more so ($9)! We are keen to see the news to get the forecast for tomorrow as we have no reception in the van. Conditions in Eucla were set to be 46 degrees tomorrow!!
Pj called to warn us of the weather coming our way, which included the remnants of Cyclone Dominic. As a result Esperance and surrounds were in flood, so he advised us to prolong moving forward or we'd come to a week worth of torrential rain! We had to weigh up whether to endure the heat or head into rain and cooler conditions. We chose to move on and again planned to get up and leave as early as possible. The caravan park section was now housing about 15 others; over the BBQ we met a family from South Africa who were heading to Geraldton for work having been in Adelaide. They had 4 days to complete this journey; their first night was spent at Streaky Bay, the second here at Eucla. I didn't envy their average 900km drive per day to make it in time.
Funny that we slept in next morning (given the 5.30am start yesterday); instead of attempting to be the first on the road we were the last....
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