We crossed the Nullarbor, all 2700km of it, pretty much the same distance it would be to travel from London to Moscow! One of the worlds longest stretches of straight road, the so called 90 mile straight is part of the Nullarbor, full of tree’s & signs decorated with undies, shoes & tv’s!! This is where we spotted our first redback spider….small but deadly!! Everyone told us to be prepared to for hours & hours of boring driving but the two nights/three days it took us to cross from Western to South Oz was one of the most memorable parts of our ‘Wicked’ road trip! All helped out by the ‘Canadians’ Alysha & Keaton, fantastic guys.
After our plan to meet Lysh & Keat in Fitzgerald National Park went all wrong we finally caught up with them in Esperance. Well when we say caught up, said hello in their campsite for 10 mins, then off we went to our free parking spot at the side of the road! $32 for a campsite, no thanks!! Met up with them the next morning to head to Norseman. We decided to stop there for the night to get a proper catch up, shower, do some laundry and drink plenty of beer! It was fab seeing them again. Still can’t actually believe we met them way back in October in Singapore, again in Bali, then again in Thailand and then once more in Oz! Lysh if you keep giving me free haircuts we’ll def be friends for life!! ;o) Norseman is a total redneck/abo town, the only reason people stop there is to stop in actual campsite to get a sleep & shower before or after hitting the Nullarbor. I was glad we didn’t walk to the supermarket to pick up essentials, the Abo’s hanging around outside were freaking me out! We had a fab day catching up on each others travels, sitting in the sun, then being shouted at 10pm by some crazy old women telling us to get to bed! Oh well time to get some sleep before the long hours driving start!
We totally stocked up on plenty of food & water before taking off. We knew we wouldn’t be able to buy any food shopping & we’d been told that most places didn’t even sell water, so didn’t want to be stranded in the middle of the outback for a few days until we saw another car!! All the people who told us the road would be deserted must have never actually driven on it because in the end there were plenty of cars, caravanners & road trains giving us a wave as they went by! Both days we drove for about 8/9 hours, stopped before it got dark to cook tea & let the boys get the fire started! Finally we were taught how to play poker, we’ve been saying for years that we want to learn, cheers guys! Pity the monopoly money we were playing with wasn’t real as could have been done with a few extra $’s to pay for the ridiculous petrol prices. We spent an absolute bomb! The mornings were pretty chilly, both mornings I actually had to wear trousers, the first time, apart from when we’d be hiking in the jungle, since we’d left home! The trousers came in handy when we were chilling out at the end of the day as the huge flies that liked to take a knash out of your skin drove us nuts. At least the snakes stayed on or near the roads, we really didn’t want to find one of the nasty looking black ones in our van!
Travelling on this road you definitely can’t worry about doing the toilet in the bush or going a few days without a shower, a good supply of baby wipes & plenty of loo roll & you’re sorted! We did manage to pay for a shower at a roadhouse one morning, felt like a proper trucker!! It’s crazy no matter where you are in the world you always bump into someone from near home…..a Scottish guy working in a roadhouse literally in the middle of nowhere! He gave us some good tips on where to find Irn Bru, he even told us what shelf it was on in a supermarket in Sydney!!
Ceduna was the end of the loooong road, felt so strange having to turn a corner or stop at traffic lights! Now time to see what South Australia has in store for us!
Lots of Love
Chelle & Dean xxxx