Well we are coming towards the end of the Nullarbor run. Headed off from Eucla with an overnight stop planned for the Nullarbor Roadhouse, before lobbing into Ceduna for a couple of nights.
As noted in the last golf report it was blowing a veritable gale from the west at the Nullarbor Roadhouse. Fellow travelers coming from the east were moaning and groaning about their petrol consumption. On the other hand we could have put up the sails up and cruised along without using any diesel. The downside though was that we couldn’t get the van popped up, it would have blown away. So rather than sleep in the car we lashed out on a motel room at the roadhouse. This expense absolutely destroyed the trip’s average nightly accommodation costs. Homealone though appreciated the little home comforts. The bathroom just around the corner rather than a 100 m walk up the road and a nice comfy bed. We slept in though, not being stirred by the early morning bird calls and got away a bit late after breakfast in the roadhouse.
Stopped off at the Head of Bight Centre for a last look at the Bunda Cliffs and the sand hills further to the east along the Bight. This is a spot for prime whale viewing from the cliff tops. But there were no whales on show. The season had not long ended and the last whale had left 5 days before. In the later part of September and early October we were told that there were up to 140 whales frolicking around in the waters below us with their new-born baby whales on display.
After an hour or so at the Head of Bight it was back on the road to Ceduna and across that part of the Nullarbor known as the tree less plain. The wind had changed direction and was now blowing from the south, much cooler too. Up to this point the Nullarbor had been a bit of a surprise because of the expanse of vegetation along the way; many trees, albeit small ones, and green shrubbery. It seems that the ‘new’ highway, because it passes further south across the plain and has a bit more rainfall, has this vegetation whereas the ‘old’ highway (now mostly a decaying track) further to the north is where the great expanse of treeless plain is. Some people still travel parts of the old road for fun. Tempting but not allowed.
Down in Ceduna we had a quiet couple of nights looking around the town and port. Had some local prawns on a bread roll out at the Denial Bay foreshore. This is where the original settlement of the area took place before it was moved to Ceduna because of the need for an enhanced port facility. It is now a sleepy fishing village.
The challenge at Ceduna was the completion of the Nullarbor Links Golf course. The last 2 holes are at the Ceduna Golf Club. The final golf report will be shortly forthcoming after Allthego tallies the score card and presents it at the Ceduna Information Centre for the certificate presentation.