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Submitted: Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 23:28
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We crossed the Nullarbor and came to Norseman this morning.
Does that mean we are now members of "the grey nomads hall of fame"??
Jorgen and Lis
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Reply By: Rob J8 - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 23:34

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 23:34
Hello Jorgen,
It means you are in the great state of Western Australia.
Enjoy your time in the West and don't forget to stop in Busselton for a week or so.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 23:44

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 23:44
Thanks for your advise. We will be staying in Busselton in the last week of school holidays Jan next year.
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:01

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:01
Jorgen & Lis, did you happen to sight the Nullarbor Nymph, by any chance??

Nullarbor Nymph

And have you got the official, stamped certificate, to prove you did it?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vdU5eDRoQHM/Uy7ZHHoU-RI/AAAAAAAAA74/4CpNn2PYKlI/s1600/Nullarbor+Map.jpg

Welcome to W.A.! The hall of fame you have entered, is the privilege to visit the finest State in the nation, with the best beaches, the widest open spaces, the biggest parks, and some of Australia's best scenery!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:09

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:09
I saw her.
You forgot to mention WA is also the coldest state. We are at Esperance in bed under a doña 2 blankets and flannelette.
sleep ware and still freezing cold
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:23

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:23
Yes, Esperance isn't exactly noted for warm nights. The coldest day I can ever remember, was in July 1984.
I was working at Mt Beaumont, East of Esperance - and Esperance recorded a MAXIMUM of 8 degrees that day!
The wind was a screaming Southerly, straight off the Antarctic ice sheet.

However, to commiserate, we're not exactly enjoying a warm night here in Perth, either, with 8 degrees minimum forecast.
Just a last blast of Winter to remind us Antarctica is never that far away.

Tomorrow will only be slightly better, but it will fine up after Sunday.
The magnificent Esperance beaches will help compensate for the cold, though. Just make sure you wear some wind-proof clothing, that's nearly always a necessity in Esperance.

Cheers, Ron.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:31

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 00:31
Thanks Ron.
We will try stay alive until Saturday.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 08:14

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 08:14
Dont forget to alter to the correct time zone.

Wind watch back 20 years

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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:24

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:24
Thanks Tom
Lol??
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:18

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:18
Cold in WA?

Funny that, I spent one of the coldest days of my life near Kununurra!

July '68, and a bloke and I were travelling back on the Cave Spring/Weaber Plain, in a Toyota truck loaded with portable yard panels. Got caught in a storm, and got within a stones throw of the bitumen, at Northern end of the then cotton farms.

In morning, walked up to a Dept of Ag house and the bloke kindly rang the cotton cocky, who allowed us to use his Chamberlain tractor, to extract the truck, and another truck also caught there(one of Member Rob Mac's trucks)

As we were towing the trucks out, it rained again, and being on the tractor, sans cab, I got drenched. My woolen cardigan did little to keep me dry.

Once on our way again, heater at full noise, we stopped at Camapeske's pub, the only pub then, had a shower and reviewed the spirits list, for something warming.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 15:39

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 15:39
Bob - We camped at the Bungles Caravan Park in a motorhome in early July, 2012.
On July 7, 2012, Kununurra recorded a minimum of 6.7 degrees!

I reckon it was about 5 degrees at the Bungles! The only reason no-one has a record of what the low was, is because there's no temperature recording station anywhere close to the Bungles!

We woke up that morning, and there was steam forming from our exhaled breath - inside the camper!
I can't recall any previous time in the Kimberley being so cold, when I was there in Winter.

It was the same time as many of the Eastern States centres recorded record low temperatures.
There was a huge high pressure system sitting in the middle of Australia at that time, and the very strong winds it was producing, were dragging icy air from the Southern Ocean, and bringing that cold air right the way up the East Coast, and then across the NT to the Kimberley region.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:50

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:50
Welcome to WA Jorgen and Lis
Was thinking of heading down to Esperance yesterday to camp on a beach. Sorry to say I could see where that wind was coming from. So am staying put until I see some nice warm air coming from off the continent. Hope you get some nice weather to enjoy some of the prettiest and most scenic beaches in Australia. Hang in there. It really is too nice to miss.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:56

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:56
Thanks Kerry,
We think it is supposed to clear up tomorrow.
We are survivors and have been trough worse in the last couple of month.
Looking forward to tomorrow.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 20:52

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 20:52
We stayed in the Stirling Range Retreat on Oct 25 2007. The following night, after we had shifted on, it snowed on the Stirling Ranges. It wasn't much warmer at Ravensthorpe that night.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 20:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 20:43
Quote "Does that mean we are now members of "the grey nomads hall of fame"??"

All it means is you have gone a long way west. Many of us have joined the grey nomads and spent years travelling the the local states first before heading further afield. We then explore the central states before heading off around the block. I'm of the opinion that you should thoroughly cover the closer regions before heading off into the great unknown. That way there is nothing to distract you when you head off around the block until you get to WA. That way I was able to concentrate on just WA and get to know more of it when you venture all that way.

I'm sure that there are those in the west that concentrate on their own state before heading west. I despair of those who head off on their first adventure when they aim on travelling a few thousand kilometres and then back and only have 3 to 4 weeks to cover the ground. Do they actually see anything apart from the road ahead?
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