We have made it to Esperance, stopping for a night along the way at Ravensthorpe. And after a short detour through the Stirling Ranges. The camping ground at Ravensthorpe is in the process of being ‘renovated’. Not a lot needs to be said, apparently when the new owners bought it back in 2013 it was very run down, some work has been done to fix it up. There is a 10 year plan of work. The sites are great and the bush land setting very agreeable. But if you stay here go for the new amenities not the old ones………
As we left Albany we passed by Dog Rock. It is an institution with a shopping centre named after it and various little plays on words around the place. A must be seen attraction!
As we left the coast the weather cleared up and blue skies appeared, it also got a little warmer. At the Ravensthorpe campground we were able to enjoy the green grass, dam and the warmth of the afternoon setting sun.
Here in Esperance we are by the sea-side. The temperatures have risen and Allthego is enjoying shorts and thongs. Yesterday the temperature reached 38 d and it was quite humid, today a more pleasant 26 d.
We have taken it quite leisurely here, preparing for the Nullarbor. A day trip out to the beaches in Cape Le Grand National Park revealed what this region is famous for………white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Truly spectacular sights. Lucky Bay is a particularly devastatingly beautiful place.
Frenchman’s Peak towers over the park. It is supposed to be a leisurely stroll to the top, one and half hours by the gentle east slope. Up close it’s not so gentle, we had thongs on so didn’t attempt it.
In total contrast is Esperance Stonehenge. This is an actual size replica of what Stonehenge would have looked like in 1950 BC. Nothing like the bits and pieces that are currently on display over in the UK. No sir ree us Esperance Aussies built this one out of granite blocks and arranged them according to the layout of the original. Unlike the original this was assembled with bulldozers, cranes and winches etc. Didn’t muck around rolling stones on logs across the countryside and some how or other levering them into place. Sitting among the stones here in Esperance makes you think……. just how did those ancient Britains build Stonehenge? Well worth the $8 to get in!
We now head up to Norseman and then along the Eyre Hwy to Fraser Range Station for a couple of nights before starting the crossing of the Nullarbor. The 6 th hole on the Nullarbor Links Golf Course is also at Fraser Range Station, it’s a par 3. Allthego may not need that 3 iron this time.