A taste of The Nullabor
Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
27Trip End Jan 29, 2012
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Upon leaving Esperance, we found this amazing place called Fraser Range Station, it is a working sheep station of 437,000 acres. Amazing oasis at the beginning of the Nullabor Plain. It is 180kms round trip out of our way! But when you are traveling the distances we are, what's a few kms out of your way??!
However let's first finish off with Esperance. Now whilst this is the most beautiful scenic coastline, I don't really feel we embraced it as much as we should due to the fact......we don't like the rain. I know, I know, we 'need' it, but frankly...not for me. Just makes everything look dreary
One day we set off for Lucky Bay which is apparently a 'must' for visitors of the area, it was at this moment that I realised that I need to research a bit more before setting off!! We had about two and a half hours before we were going to catch up with just about everyone from Doubleview School, so I suggested we 'pop' to see lucky bay to kill some time. Well! It turns out it's about 70kms away!! 140 km 'round trip'.......to fill in some time.......ANYWAY!!!!!!
Spent a lovely night catching up with the crowd and nice to be able to have a chat and drink and relax with people you already know. We were done with the cold and rain though and thought it time to head North. Got the heads up from some fellow campers about at spot called Fraser Range Station and headed there. Felt good to be warm again and out in the middle of nowhere again.
Then we found out that Fraser Range Stations hosts the 6th hole of the Nullabor Links Golf Course, the longest golf course in the world! As luck would have it Fabio had packed his and Jacks clubs (essential items for camping .....
As mentioned before the Fraser Range Station is the sort of camping I love (children not so much) so, when they mentioned that they needed a couple to run it for a couple of months, it was tough to walk away. So we drove instead!! (Ha Ha!)
Did the Norseman hole, and arrived at this strange campsite in Kambalda. Only $20 per night which is cheap for this party of 5 and with free washing machines, a pool, a gym and a restaurant with all you can eat for $15 adult and $7.50 per child! It's a site pretty much geared up for the local gold mines, so lots of little cabins and the campsite is pretty much incidental. So we stayed here and visited Kalgoorlie
The boys played golf and us girls shopped. Nice to be in a city for a while. I actual like this whole goldfields area much more than I thought, the red earth and the mines dotted around everywhere, still seems to give it a feel of expectancy, you can't help but scour the earth, looking for that gold nugget!!
Time to move on and we found ourselves out in the outback at a place called Niagara Dam. No facilities, just us and the elements and one 'drop' loo. The dam was made by C Y O Conner to supply water to the goldfields, but after it was built it turns out that it didn't rain as much as he anticipated and the pipeline went through any way! So basically it was used for swimming. Was standing on the dam in the middle of nowhere and my mobile rang, it was my dad, from England!! How's the serenity!!!!
We camped overnight and made a fire, sat around it when the children went to bed, watching the shooting stars sprinting across the sky
From Niagara dam we headed North and was trying for another free camp spot but time got the better of us and we headed for a town on the map that had very little tourist info about it, but indicated there was a campsite. BINGO, we stumbled into a greatlittle town called Leinster, a BHP closed town, meaning they own and control everything. The campsite was cheap and clean, the town had a free pool to use, a BMX track – which the children loved and generally a great feel to the place.
We went to the mess for another 'all you can eat' and I bumped into an old work colleague from the casino! Haven’t seen in over 11 years!! Couldn’t believe it. So Laurie Coffey on a secluded beach bike track in Esperance and now Rudy in a mining restaurant in Leinster. Where???
By this time we are loving the red earth and just feel I should be scouring the floor for gold...just in case there’s some just waiting to be discovered
Surprised also to find out four days after leaving Kalgoorlie – Boulder a 5.0 earthquake hits and causes quite extensive damage. Could really relate to the places shown and relieved to have missed this ‘once in a lifetime’ experience! So we head off again and we have quite a long trip ahead and
according to our 'Camps 5' bible, there are a couple of nice overnight stops on
the way to Mt Magnet and you can get about 100 metres away from the road (rather than another campsite), so we are considering doing that. However on the road, whilst we only saw 8 other vehicles in 315 kms, 4 of them we road trains and in this part of the world, they are huge! And loud! So we decided against it a heading into Mt Magnets campsite......WELL bit of a mistake as it turns out, only 20 metres from the road and not on the quiet road we were on, but the intensely busyroad on the way to Meekatharra and Cue
ROAD TRAINS EVERY 30 MINUTES!!!! EVERY 30 MINUTES. OMG, could do no more than laugh and laugh and hysterically laugh some more, high pitched and insane laugh!
So we are now in Greenough near Geralton and frankly 'too cold and rainy' again....so might be a quick visit....I'll keep you posted!