Travelling Oz - Part 1 Across the Nullarbor to Southern Western Australia
We left Adelaide and made our first stop at Mambray Creek Campground in the Mount Remarkable National Park. This is a favourite of ours, having stopped here on numerous occasions previously and as we have a SA Multi Park Pass plus camping, there were no additional costs for us to stay. This is a beautiful campsite which is around 4 to 5 hours to the north of Adelaide. You need to book this site in advance and only online using your multi parks pass.
After a restful night at Mambray Creek, we headed for Port Augusta then west to Whyalla. Port Augusta is the crossroads of 3 major highways so there is a lot of traffic in this area. We fueled up at Port Augusta and then continued on to our next planned stop at Whyalla. Whyalla is a fairly large and busy town and as you drive into the town from the east, you pass by the large navy ship, which stands in front of the maritime museum. You can do a tour of this facility including the ship and it explains the history of shipbuilding at Whyalla plus how they moved this navy vessel from the water to its present site for display. This is a very interesting and worthwhile visit and cost only $20 for two seniors. If you missed getting supplies at Port Augusta this is an excellent opportunity to do shopping before heading further west. A good place to stay is the Stuart Park Motorhome Facility for self-contained motorhomes, run by the Weeroona Bay Football Club. It costs $10 per night per vehicle and there are hot showers, toilet facilities and water. As an added bonus on your day of departure the caretaker, Kay brings you some freshly home baked cookies, that she made the night before, as a thank you gift for your stay and support.
After Whyalla, we headed back north to the highway junction at Iron Knob to look at the wonderful history of this area. There is a small museum on the iron ore era run by the local community and is well worth the stopover with a donation entry fee. Next stop was the fabulous council facility at Kimba, a great free camp with hot showers, water, toilets and a dump point. It is free to stay and all they ask is a coin donation for your stay. It is great to support the towns that provide these fabulous facilities, but be warned this place fills up early. Kimba also has a community museum, which is worthy of a visit as well as the great nature walks around the area.
After a few days at Kimba, we ventured west on the Eyre Highway and then did a turn to the south at Kyancutta on to Lock and then west towards the coast and our next stop at Elliston. Lock is a very small farming community, the drive through the area is very interesting. Elliston is a small town but the drive and scenery around the area makes it a worthwhile visit. A stay in the caravan park is well worth it as there is a great walk from the caravan park around the beach and coastline. After Elliston we headed north to the famous Streaky Bay. This is a wonderful little town with stunning coastal scenery and great seafood restaurants. After Streaky Bay we continued north to Smokey Bay, another small town on this fabulous coastline, then onto Ceduna. It is a great drive from Elliston along the coastline to Ceduna.
We continued on to our next overnight stop, which was to be the beautiful Fowler’s Bay. We stayed at the van park in Fowler’s Bay for a couple of nights. The stop at Fowler’s Bay allows you to take a boat tour of the harbour and look at the stunning coastline and also whales, which were around at the time. The park also puts on a wonderful seafood and steak BBQ dinner for $12 per person on Saturday nights along with the mandatory bonfire. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with other travellers.
Before we continued across the Nullarbor, we made another turn south approximately 11klms east of the Nullarbor to see the migrating whales at the Head of the Bight. This facility is run by the SA Government and costs $12 per person senior. It was well worth the money as they have fantastic viewing areas and board walks where you can get up close to the whales. We were fortunate enough at that time of year to see around 20 whales in the area, most with calves including a white calf performing for the crowd. This was an amazing centre to visit, however you need to visit at the right time of year to be able to see the whales.
In our next newsletter, David and Noreen make their way across the WA boarder.
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