Nullabor

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 14:32
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G'day All
We will soon be heading off from the Eastern States to spend some time in WA, travelling up the Canning and then the Kimberly.

Anyhow - we will be travelling over to the west via the highway across the Nullabor - and while we are basically shooting across we do have a bit of extra time. We hadn't given this section of the trip much thought - but what are peoples thoughts on the must see/do's between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie?

Thanks for any tips!

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:08

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:08
Did the same trip in Nov 03, and because I was on a tight schedule didn't do much sight seeing; however, I do wish I had spent at least a day or two in both Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta as well as around Balladonia and Ecula. There are some good websites, but I can't recall what they were, in particular for sites along the Nullabour.

Enjoy your trip, it's not to bad.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:32

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:32
G'day There Karl
Many thanks for the tip!

Cheers
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Reply By: The Banjo - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:15

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:15
Fowlers Bay (past Ceduna) is a must for me....fishing is great (fabulous beaches for salmon fishing - rock and reef fishing too)......huge and expansive dunes too, if you like sand driving). See http://www.fowlersbay.com/location.htm for an example. Don't take to much note of the website glamour......its a pokey little outpost, with a micro store (a few lines and diesel only) and a comfortable caravan park (run by disorganised people when I was last there). Have a great cruise across the paddock.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:33

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:33
G'day Banjo
Pokey with great fishing - sounds like a great spot.

Will definately give it a visit!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 17:25

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 17:25
Hi Banjo,
I dont fish but went down through Fowlers Bay a couple of years ago and found it a great place to explore. Dead right about the caravan Park?/Store and those that were fishing sounded like they were on a winner
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Reply By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:30

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:30
Hi Troopie,
stop at the Yalata Roadhouse and check if any whales are at the Head of the Bight.
They are usualy there betw. May and October.
Yalata

Cheers,
Mike
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:35

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:35
G'day Mike
Thanks for that - I hadn't even thought of the possibility of seeing a few Whales!

Like I said - most of the trip thinking has fosussed on the Canning and Kimberly - once again - many thanks!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:43

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 15:43
Hey Mike
Your rig pics - from the Canning are they?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:17

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:17
Yes Troopie,
Savory Creek and a detour before Well 46, Aug. 2002
enjoy
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Reply By: Magnus - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:08

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:08
Went across lat Sept.

Recommend the Waldatta Outback center in Port Augusta. Well worth the entry price.

Take a joy flight from the Nullarbor Roadhouse out over the Head of Bight ad see the cliffs properly and of course the whales form the air. The plane is based at the servo.

Cocklebiddy Cave is worth a look. We went in with our Camper. Road is fairly good. It is not signposted but iif you get one of those freebe maps from the visitor center in Ceduna it will tell you where the turn off is. The distances are correct and the turn is easy to miss. We walked / scrambled down to the cave entrance. There are layers of sea shells just poking out from the cave entrance walls about 40 to 50 meters below ground level. Spooky. Was really once an inland sea.

There are plenty of caves to see, but require some effort to find them. Asking at the roadhouses is the wat to go,

The real adventuruous go to the Eyre Bird Sanctuary. Can only go so far and then need a ride in with Rangers. Didn't go there , but is a favourite with bird lovers. Also gets below freezing as late as September. Is right on the ocean.

Also there is a waterhole in the middle of nowhere, off the road and real easy to miss. Will be on the right on your way West. Something ?? (Not Something obviously) Rocks it is called. Way over to the western end of the Plain Again only about 5 k in from the highway and accessable with van or trailer. Strange place.

Of course the old Telegraph Station at Eucla is a must, only because everyone goes and has a peek. Not much left and a really bad corrugated rod to the station but is only a few Ks from the road. Saw people taking their caravans down it last year.

A joy flight over the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie is also a good one. The Pit Viewing platform will have moved by now. The old one was a bit ordinary to say the least. Take the joy flight.

Don't forget to go look at the still working turn of the century brothels in the next but one main street. Two left and they look cute.

Go down to Esperance and visit the Cape Le Grand national Park. Fabuluous scenery and some really super places to camp. Really special. But be prepared for it to be a bit windy. And of coyrse like all parks in WA, a fairly hefty entrance fee. Manned entrance gate etc But really good camp sites.

Wind farm in Esperance is cute if you havent seen a wind farm before. Did I already say it might be Windy (WA means Windy Always.)

The Whale World museum at Albany is first rate. It is the old Whaling station turned into a museum. Will fill half a day easy. It is rare to see what was a fully functional commercial enterprise turned into a museum.

Don't miss the Pinnacles on the way to Geraldton and Kalbarri just to the Norh of Geraldton.

Have fun.

Magnus
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:14

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:14
G'day Magnus
That's brilliant - thanks very much for all the detailed information!

We have planned to give our selves a few extra days making our way across to Kalgoorlie - at this rate we wont even get to the Canning! ;-)

once again - thanks muchly!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:20

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:20
They still work fine to, or they did 30yrs ago when I worked for BHP near there. The locals used to call the brothels the starting boxes as they look like starting boxes at the greyhounds. I hope it has'nt changed since I was there as it's part of our history & very interesting to have a look.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:23

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:23
By the sounds of it these brothels are worth checking out - although I'm not sure the significant other would be too happy if I found out "how well" they are working.... ;-)

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan- Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:33

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:33
A couple of years ago you could access the beach at Cape Le Grande via the small boat harbour which is East of Esperance.
If you travelled along the beach and exited at the other end the money takers were there on the park access road.
Although they may patrol the beach and charge anyone not going through the gate, I never saw anybody do it in a week down there.
Lovely place. Happy travelling.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:36

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:36
G'day Alan
Thanks for the tip on Cape Le Grande. Have had a number of comments from people around the place about CLG being worth a look.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Magnus - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:39

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:39
Troopie,

The brothels are well worth a look. Go along at about 10 am with your missus. They are not open then but you can get good pics etc.

Do not suggest that you suggest a 10 pm visit. That may get you in all sorts of strife!!!!

Magnus
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Reply By: Member - Fred - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:11

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:11
Whales can be seen in season from the lookouts along the cliffs on the SA side of the border - some of these are not far off the road
The old Telegraph Station just out of Eucla is worth a visit - you can walk to the sea
The view from the top of Madura Pass shows how vast Australia is
Have a great trip
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:17

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 16:17
G'day Fred
Thanks for the tips mate!

I think after quite a few long trips around Australia I'm starting to undertand the true vastness of this place. If the Madura Pass captures some of this it must be worth a look!

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 17:29

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 17:29
Dont forget SA on the way .
There is the Riverland , Clare Valley, York Peninsular, all with EO cuppas,
and of course Willem for PP Juice at Peterborough.
The Eyre peninsular has heaps to do as well depends on how much time you have.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 13:58

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 13:58
G'day Pesty
We are actually swinging through the Eyre Peninsula on the way over as I have a mate that lives near Edithburgh.

Who/which EO-ers live on the Eyre P.?

Will probably swing through Clare on the way home as I have other friends that run a winery there.... hic....

Had forgotten Willem was down that way - he helped me out with some pics of his gas bottle storage a while back!

Thanks for the tips though!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 20:39

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 20:39
Hi Troopie Edithburgh is on the York Peninsular not the Eyre Peninsular and Roachie is at Kadina and that is less than a hour from me at Blyth, near Clare. May be able to catch up , email and Mobile on rig pic.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:38

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:38
G'day Pesty
York Peninsular - that's what I meant to say....

Have noted your details mate - thanks a bunch!

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:55

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:55
If you are looking for a change of accomodation, I can really recommend Olive House B&B in Kimba. Found it by accident and ended up staying two nights. Wonderful place to stay and very freindly host. My two cents worth.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 13:58

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 13:58
hey there
better not let the significant other see this post - or we will never get away... ;-)

Cheers
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Reply By: motherhen - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 23:05

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 23:05
We recently went across the Nullabor for the first time - rushed trip, so didn't do much exploring, but loved the cliffs of the Bight. Stop at a few of the short drives in to the cliffs. We camped near the cliffs, watching a the spectacle of the sun set through showers out over the sea.
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:00

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:00
G'day mumhen
We plan to do a bit of this - I'm really looking forward to seeing the cliffs.

Been reading a lot about the area - based on peoples tips. Didn't know this but the bite is arguably the longest line of cliffs in the world.

Another "biggest" foir Australia!

Cheers
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Reply By: joc45 - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 01:19

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 01:19
Troopie,
If you have a 4wd, a detour south of Cocklebiddy to the Eyre telegraph station is worth it (you could detour off southwards at Madura on the telegraph track, see Eyre, then back up to the highway at Cocklebiddy). South of Caiguna are the mighty cliffs and the telegraph track. And the track south of Balladonia takes one to Mt Ragged, Israelite Bay, Cape Arid, etc. Great coastlines. Bit out of the way if you're going to Kalgoorlie, tho. Got info and waypoints if you need it.
email me at gerron at bigpond dot net dot au.
cheers Gerry
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Follow Up By: Troopie - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:03

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 14:03
G'day Gerry
Might get back in touch with you re. way-points. Will have a yack with the crew over the weekend based on some of the tips I've got and decide how much time was can play before getting serious and heading up the Canning.

Cheers
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Reply By: Davoe - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 13:18

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 13:18
unless you are going along the eyre castal route try a visit to mt wudinna 16k north of wudinna should be sighn posted or ask at the servos large impressive granite monolith with a rock the shape of a turtle nearby good barbie stop off or free camping
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