We set off from Kalgoorlie and commenced the trek eastwards across the Nullabor. This crossing is about 1200klms of no water and expensive fuel ($2.11 per litre). The nullabor itself is only actually about 60 klms wide at this point, but the term Nullabor is used for the road that stretches between Norseman and Ceduna.
The main challenge on this road is to dodge the stumpy tail lizards. These little fat lizards love the warm bitumen and are everywhere. I also spotted a couple of snakes which weren't too happy about having their nap interrupted. Also on this section of highway is the longest straight section of road in Australia, 146 klm of dead straight road without a bend. There are also many sections of the road where aircraft can land, but its generally used by the flying doctor.
To break the boredom people have also decided to decorate trees along the way. You have the sock tree, bra tree, undies tree, tea cup tree, christmas tree, button up tree, teddy bear tree, and of course the pan tree (pantry). We didn't stop at the all, simply because I got sick of trying to hit the anchors everytime we spotted one and pull up 6 ton in 20 metres so Jo-anne could get a photo from the window of the car.
We stayed overnight at the bluff at Madura. This was a free camp and had a spectacular view down on the plain below. Just prior to us getting there other people headed down of the bluff because of the wind, but we didn't think it was bad at all. Wrong, about 7pm the wind got so bad we headed inside, the majority of the night we copped wind but the view was fantastic.
The second night our stop for the night across the Nullabor was at Fowlers Bay. This is a small coastal town that runs entirely on solar power. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to look around but was a very scenic spot for a stopover.
Next day we crossed the border into South Australia and back onto normal time zone and hooray daylight savings. I had been suffering jet lag from the time we entered WA which was nearly 2 months ago. Every morning I was waking up at 4.30 - 5.30 am pissing Jo-anne off.
At the border crossing there is a Quarantine Station which is very strict in regards to fruit and veggies. After freezing onions and lemons, giving away tomatoes and carrots we only had a couple of potatoes which were confiscated. Jo-anne was talking to people in Fowlers Bay who came from SA into WA and had done a big shop at the town before the Quarantine Station and had nearly all their fresh fruit and veggies confiscated, the guy at the store told them they only had to show their receipt, but obviously that is not the case.
We found the old telegraph station at Eucla, she needs a bit of work as there is not much left. The elements are pretty harsh out here.
The coastline across the Nullabor is pretty spectacular, and every chance we got we headed down to the Great Australian Bight to view the cliffs.