Letho's Blog

Go West

by on Apr.16, 2011, under Traveling Australia

Monday evening, 11th April 2011 – Saturday noon, 16th April 2011

As you have read so far we have arrived in Ceduna with a sense of achievement – not only had we finished the Eyre Peninsula but gathered important insights into sanddunes, beaches, high tides and four wheel driving in general. But more important lessons are still to come.

We arrived in Ceduna in the evening, met our couchsurfing host Matt at his workplace, the best fish and chips shop in town, and, surprising for us, got his only key and a map to his house.
There wasn’t anything particular we wanted to do at Ceduna, just get everything ready for the next trip that is doing the laundry, writing some blog articles for you guys to read and wait for our mate Sebastian whom we had met in Adelaide before. The peace and quiet was disturbed when Frank saw a mouse escaping from him in the car and our patience and empathy for this little creature was over quickly due to former mouse encounters. Among doing the laundry and going shopping was a new agenda: to buy a mouse trap. Armed with good advise from all sides with what to prepare the trap (“fry some cheese in a pan”, “they like cheese and peanutbutter, that’s how my parents would get them in the restaurant”) we decided on good old plain cheese only to be fooled by the mouse which ate the cheese and was very much alive afterwards. You can imagine our growing frustration.
We finally got it with peanut butter on top of cheese put very tightly into the mousetrap.

We spend three days at Matt’s place, the second day two other couchsurfer were there too and enjoyed a great dinner with self-caught fish (Matt caught them not us ; ))

Preparations were finished, our mate had arrived, Pet Shop Boys on CD – to cut it short we were ready to go West. (I am only joking about the Pet Shop Boys though).

Ahead of us the mighty Nullarbor Plain named after one bit without trees. To be honest, even with a tree here and there the rest of the area wasn’t much more exciting, at least the plain driving.

First stop was Cactus Beach where some of our now 7 head and 2 car strong group took a swim. The beach is reknown for its great surf waves, not interesting for us and only few sufers there.

On the way back to the main road the pink lakes:

After that we stopped at head of Bight about 000 km from Ceduna to have a look at the Australian Bight with its steep cliffs and rough waters. Being a platform for whale watching as well they charged 5 $ so that only some of us went to check out whether it was worth it or not. It wasn’t especially since the view at the Bunda Cliffs that were free was so much more spectacular. Have a look for yourself:

After such beautiful and exciting landscape another manmade adventure awaited us – The South Australian – Western Australian Border! In order to not spread fruitflies or larvae no fresh vegetables or fruits were allowed that means we had to eat up all our fresh food he day before. Not a problem. But then they wanted our honey! So we had to throw away an only half empty jar of honey when they searched our car. In case you haven’t noticed Australians are extremely keen on giving fines and of course there would have been a fine if you „forgot“ to get rid of it. So in this case better not take the risk. When the grumpy border lady was finished searching our car we finally had arrived in Western Australia. But still no big towns no nothing – the Nullarbor Plain only.

Old Telegraph Station in Eucla

One more exciting event along the Nullarbor Plain was the Weebubbee cave which we found after several attempts and via quite hidden tracks since the Australians are not the best when in comes to well visible signs. After a rather rocky drive of several kilometres we finally arrived – only to find out that the cave was closed. The entrance to the cave was located in a huge sinkhole and since there was no danger visible having a look at that three of us did so. The climb down was fairly easy and there it was the entrance to the forbidden cave. The ladder leading down was a fair bit welcoming and therefore we gave in to temptation and had a quick cautious look. And what a great cave it was, quite dark though and quite big. And fortunately, we got out save and sound – hurray!!

Now off we went back to the Nullarbor Plain with Australia’s longest straight road and pretty straight it was!

Camping and travelling together as a team of seven:

In between Sebastians car had problems with the clutch – not the only problem we would encounter during the trip…

But for the moment we arrived safe and sound in Balladonia, ready for the next adventure to come!

Have a look at the map to see where we have been and what is ahead of us…

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