Well, I don’t know where to begin. Missing a week due to lack of reception, has thrown me right out. Many, many kilometres have been travelled, so before you start reading, make yourself a cuppa 🙂 Now where was I? Oh, yes. In Normanville, South Australia …
Normanville was a beautiful little town on the way to Victor Harbor in South Australia where the locals play the roles of Jack & Rose from The Titanic in full public display. Oh, to be young!
It was school holidays when we arrived at Victor Harbor and the fair was in town. The atmosphere was busy and lively and it was a pleasure to walk around. This tram takes you over the bridge from mainland to Granite Island which can also be done on foot with ease. I felt very sorry for the horse and the poor thing looked exhausted to me, so we chose to walk. I might add that the tram is on rails but to me, that made little difference to what he had to pull 😦
We were very lucky to see the penguins on the island before they closed the inclosure for the day, so that was a special treat.
As we walked the steps to the lookout on Granite Island, I just caught our silhouettes on a rock. It lasted a few seconds and then, it was gone! Talk about being at the right place at the right time 🙂
The jetty in Port Germain is 1,676m long and the second longest in the southern hemisphere. I have to admit, I’ve never seen one this long 🙂
Well, here it is and I guess it needs no explanation. We have reached half way across Australia in Wudina just on the outskirts of the Nullarbor.
We stopped for lunch just by this jetty at Ceduna which is the starting / finishing point of the Nullarbor – depending whether you go East/West (like us) or West/East. The Nullarbor meaning: ”nullus, “no”, and arbor, “tree” is part of the area of flat, almost treeless, arid or semi-arid country of southern Australia, located on the Great Australian Bight coast and covers about 1100 kms. It goes from South Australia (SA) to Western Australia (WA) and vise-versa. Some people cover this area in two days, but we chose to make a trip of it and took four days to cross it.
We stopped here for an ice cream and looked around for a while. I loved the signage at the front of the shop and they’re right. It is a remote area 🙂
We were very lucky and didn’t see any wild life which when you’re driving at a fair speed towing a caravan, that’s the way you want it! Mind you, we helped ourselves by pulling up for the night around 3ish which gave us a nice long stop before setting out again in the morning.
This is the Nullarbor Roadhouse and one of the biggest in the crossing. It’s a one stop shop: petrol station, shop, restaurant, toilets, showers, motel and campsite all rolled into one!
This is pretty much what you see most of the time 😐
Occasionally, we came across signs to something breaking the monotony of the ‘nothingness’ so we stopped and were rewarded with sights like this! This is part of the Great Australian Bight – the bottom of the earth and there’s nothing else south of here apart from the south pole!
Its’s not until you get a little bit higher like we did here at Eucla just across from the Border Village to Western Australia that you appreciate how big Australia is!
This sign made us smile as the road becomes an airstrip and is used by the Royal Flying Doctors Service for emergencies. The RFDS is a doctors service used in remote areas of Australia.
We also have the longest stretch of straight road in Australia (146.6 km) thrown in here – just to keep you Null-a-bored. Haha 🙂
Ahhh, the end of the Nullarbor. Norseman!
Travelling gives us such an appreciation for what we have! The small little towns we stopped at have virtually NOTHING to boast about and you can see that life is hard there. Yet, they carry on doing the best they can with so little. Visitors Information Centres are run by volunteers. Groceries Stores are dimly lit. Op Shops don’t have enough money to switch the lights on or to turn the heating on, yet volunteers turn up all rugged up to do the best they can to support their community and leave the doors wide open to welcome sales.
They’ve shown me amazing resilience where most of us city folks seem to have forgotten what going without feels like. I now feel more encouraged to stop at these little towns and buy something to support and boost their economy.
They’ve gained my highest respect!
So above is what the Nullarbor looks like on the map.
I’ve used links in this post, so that if you’re interested in an area, you can just click on it. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Let me know 🙂
As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂