Where are we now?

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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 40. Nullarbor to Caiguna

Hello Western Australia

It was a very chilly morning on top of the cliff this morning so we rugged up in socks, jeans and jumpers. I spent the morning preparing a slow cooker to use up the rest of the veg, and stewed up the last of our apples for a later desert. Shane worked on the solar, as we ran out of power last night (first timer ever). It turns out we had neglected to charge up one of the batteries, they need to be manually turned over every few days so each gets a charge.

W.A. Border Crossing

We hit the road late, but let’s face it, we aren’t on any schedule. About an hour down the road we crossed the border into W.A. With a quick quarantine check, and some mandatory border photos Scarlett asked could she go over and check out some of the massive truck loads waiting to head out across S.A. The trucks were carrying huge mine dump trucks on their backs, they were the biggest loads she had ever seen, I must admit I was impressed also. There was a BP service station here at the border, and diesel was $1.97 a litre so we gave it a miss and held out for the next town.

Next stop was Eucla and it turned out to be a good move holding out for the diesel as we only paid $1.75 here, what a difference. Diesel is still really expensive, so Shane put the two jerry’s we had been carrying in the truck this evening to get us through to something hopefully a little cheaper.

We had lunch here while Scarlett played in the park. Then a quick drive down a dirt track just next to the petrol station was the ‘Eucla Telegraph Station Ruins’. This telegraph station was opened in 1877, and linked W.A. with the rest of Australia and the world. This station sent 11,000 messages annually, a huge amount considering the isolation here.

‘Eucla Telegraph Station Ruins’

It turned out to be a big drive today, we covered over 400 km’s. There isn’t much to see and do so we try to get a far as Scarlett can cope with. We did see two more wedge tailed eagles today and some emu’s too, but that was about it. We have driven off into the bush to a free camp site 21km’s east of before Caiguna, to try and get away from the noise of the trucks on the main road. There are so many free camps along the Nullarbor and with our solar power, generator and using our water very sparingly it looks like we won’t have needed a caravan park for three nights in a row, our new record.

Shane and Scarlett playing Nullabour Soccer

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