We are now back in Western Australia and thankfully it has been a trouble free trip. We have done 14,500 km and both the Navara and caravan have been great, even on the very poor quality NSW roads. We were surprised to find the network of roads to be so much worse than what we are used to in WA. Even the regional highways have more bumps and potholes than you would imagine.
On the Nullarbor the straight roads, the treeless plains and the gum tree and salt bush that line most of the journey make for an interesting contrast.
Our first camp was at the 157 km Peg Rest Area which is still in South Australia.
This is the first time we have travelled it in the rain and that has it’s good and bad points. The temperature has been very mild, which is a good thing out here, but the driving a little more challenging.
We stopped for a short while at Bunda Cliffs Lookouts 1 & 2 as the rain was approaching.
Crossing back into Western Australia at the Quarantine Check Point, where we had to deposit our remaining fresh fruit, vegetables and honey means that we were without fresh supplies for the next few days. First shop is at Norseman, some 710 km away.
At the Madura Pass Lookout the rain had set in making visibility very poor. The view from here on a clear days is spectacular.
We didn’t see any camels or wombats, but plenty of kangaroos around.
Our second night was spent at Baxters Rest Area and finally it stopped raining. The camp grounds were quite muddy with plenty of pools of water around. The sunset made it all worth while.
Newman Rock is a great vantage point to see Harms Lake. There was plenty of water still on the rock and the water in the lake was glistening in the sunshine.
As the weather improved so did the the daytime skies.
Our next stopover was at Fraser Range Sheep Station on the western end of the Nullarbor Plain. The station is 160 km long and 25 km wide and they have moved from Merino sheep to Damara’s which are lean meat sheep and do not require shearing as they naturally shed their wool.
We did the walk up to the summit lookout to get a birds eye view of the area. I’m not built to go uphill! but it was worth the effort.
Our final night before Perth we spent at Karalee Rock. Another interesting stopover as it was once a water collection point for the steam trains that operated between Perth and Kalgoorlie. The rockwalls that direct water into the channel and then to the dam are still in good condition.
Our final dinner and sunset during which we spent the evening reminiscing about the trip.
From here we are on to Perth to visit family and friends before going down to Margaret River to settle back into normality for a while.
It was been a great trip and we are already planning our next caravan adventure to Queensland.
Guys, no shoddy roads in Queensland
Oh that good….hopefully see you next year then.
Hi Jim & Kerry,
glad you had a trouble free trip – you did lot’s of Klms. it was great to catch up for a few quiet ales and wines in Mudgee. i hope you don’t miss next years birthday with that ALEment you had at Mudgee.
Graham & Heather
ALEment now much better….all back to normal.
Welcome home Jim and Kerry we have enjoyed your blogs and snaps along the way. Look forward to catching up with you both in Perth or down south. Regards Peter & Janet
Looking forward to seeing you both soon. Do you have plans to visit Margaret River?
Lucky we NSW taxpayers have thick skins, gets us over the bumps easier!
It’s been great to read the blog of your travels.
Loved the trip anyway!
Glad to hear that you are safely returning home…in spite of the bumps and potholes…
Looking forward to getting home and settling down until Xmas.
Hi Jim n Kerry, I lost your blog for the last couple of months until Kathy Hanson got me back onto it, welcome home, next time your in Perth let us know and we can catch up for a limoncello or 6
Glad you are back with us. See you soon.
Sorry we didn’t get to catch up maybe some other time we are still at Bremer bay then onto Esperance on Friday. Xx
Yes we would love to have seen you before you left WA. Maybe we will see you on the road somewhere!!!
What a great trip. Australia has some amazing landscapes. I’m sure you will be happy to stay in one place for a little while.