Where are we now?

Where are we now?
Where are we now? Tahmoor, NSW. Updated 7th December 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 39. Nundroo to Nullarbor

Bec and Scarlett on the 'Dog Fence'

An evening on the edge of the Nullarbor…

Scarlett slept in until almost 8:30am which was amazing since she was in bed by 9pm last night. Free camping on the edge of the Nullarbor was amazing, as there was no moon in site and the sky was black with clouds. Honestly, with no lights it was the blackest night I can ever remember!

An easy drive was planned today, as we didn’t want to cross the Western Australian border today due to having too much fruit and veg that had to be eaten – or we risk losing the lot due to Quarantine laws. We still have some left, so Bec has now prepared it for the slow cooker ready for cooking while on the road tomorrow.

First stop today was the ‘Dog Fence’, which crosses the Eyre Highway between Nundroo and Yalata. We stopped when we reached a grid crossing the highway, which is a sure sign that we had reached our destination of interest. This fence is one of the longest continual fences in the world built to keep wild dingoes out of pastoral lands; the ‘dog fence for’ is 5,614kms long, starts in Queensland and extends to the Great Australian Bight in South Australia.

We then entered the eastern side of the Nullarbor Plains – also known as the treeless plains. We weren’t disappointed, as there was nothing but grass and the odd low lying bush here and there for as far as the eye could see.

Next stop was definitely a highlight. We took some time out and visited the ‘Head of the Bight’. This area becomes the playground for migrating Southern Right Wales during the months of May to October, so unfortunately we were out of luck during our visit. The interpretive centre was open, and we saw whale bones and looked around in the shop before having lunch. This place is one of the best viewing areas in the world with up to 100 whales, including calves, congregating in the seas adjacent to the Bunda cliffs. In 1996 the Great Australian Bight Marine Park was established, further recognising the importance of these whales. We were even lucky enough to see an Australian Kestrel gliding on the thermals and swoop and catch one very unfortunate lizard during our visit to this amazing place.

‘Head of the Bight’

10 minutes after getting back on the road, Bec asked me to pull over at she wanted a photo of these ‘road signs’ because they looked ‘cool’ and were quite infamous as everyone stops for a photo. Who am I to argue?

We ‘paused’ at the Nullarbor Roadhouse to buy some teabags, as we seriously running low. Bec bought a box of 25 x tea bags that ended up costing $4.00. Bec said that it’s only a couple of dollars more expensive than normal and quite reasonable.

We have so far seen a number of Wedge-tailed Eagles in the distance but nothing close, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. We can’t wait to get a little closer to a few of these big raptors!

Bec was amazed to see a sign saying that this part of the Eyre highway was used as an emergency runway by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). No sooner had we seen the sign, and then we crossed the piano keys identifying the ends of the so called runway on the highway. Very interesting!

This afternoon we stopped and made camp at the Bunda Cliffs Scenic Lookout, which is about 75km’s east of Border Village (Western Australian border). The cliffs and raw beauty of the place is breathtaking. After dinner, we settled in to watch Jurassic Park 2 – The Lost World, before heading back to the cliff tops to watch another magic sunset.

Bunda Cliffs Scenic Lookout
Sunset at Bunda Cliffs Scenic Lookout

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