Hi again we have had a couple of hot day’s since the last post, from leaving Elliston we travelled about 130 klm west to stay free camping at the Murphy’s Haystacks, not sure that was the best decision we have made as it turned out to be 45 degrees in the shade that day, we had made arrangement’s with Bruce and Elizabeth to meet them there and spend the day and night catching up having a BBQ and drinks it was a good time talking about past adventures and melting in the heat together.
after our farewells to Bruce and Elizabeth we headed west to start the long drive across the Nullabor, first stop was Penong caravan park, we were headed to fowlers bay but once again the Temp was in the high 40’s and it was time to get the aircon plugged in the caravan and hide from the heat, poor Jock as soon as he jumped out of the car he was doing cartwheels to stay off the hot ground, it was so hot the water in the caravan tanks was to hot to shower in.
after a hot night even with the aircon on the van all night best we could get was 30 degrees in the van we started west again on to the start of the Nullabor Plains again the temperature was up in the mid 40’s it was amazing that the heat haze from the road was visible 100 mtr’s in front of the car at all times and gave a real sense of being in the middle of nowhere.
we took in the usual sights of the Bunda cliffs a fantastic sight.
after some sight seeing and lots of driving we decided to camp on the cliffs just before the WA border and watch the sun going down with a few cold beers
It was another scorcher that night with little sleep for all of us (didn’t help with Jock panting most the night) no aircon and didn’t drop below 33 degrees all night, so we decided to cross into WA and plug into 240v at the Eucla Caravan park for the day it was again into the 40’s but with a welcome cool change on the way that afternoon, so we spent the day looking around the old telegraph ruins which are slowly being submerged by the shifting sands, saw a few emu’s and a good dust storm with the cool change pushing in behind it.
we had a few beers and a chat with some friends we met along the plains that after noon and we agreed to meet up at Fraser Range Station the next day, it was along drive just over 600 klm with changing scenery all the way, there are a lot more trees than I thought and following a range most of the way.
well the straight tired me out so Robyn took over for most of the 140 klm while I had a bit of a snooze, we made the sheep station in the afternoon and Mal, Vicky were already set up when we got there and it was about 20 min’s and John, Ida pulled up so after getting things sorted we settled down for a great afternoon of stories and drinks.
after a good nights sleep, its such a peaceful place on the station even though it is a working station, all was very quiet with the odd chirp of birds and wildlife bounding by, we said our farewells to John, Ida, Mal and Vicky who will catch up later down the track as they have very generously offered to put us up at there homes in Albany and Bunbury so we look forward to seeing them all again soon, we decided to stay on for another day and stretch our legs after the long drive and take the range walk, about 6 klm up and along the Fraser range ridge to the highest point about 600mtr’s.
It was a good walk except for the 3 corner jacks most the way with jocks discomfort we had to stop a number of times to clear his feet, at one point I had to throw him over my shoulder they got that bad for him, that tested my fitness out too (heavy little bugga) it was a great walk with magnificent views of the station, lots of eagles, roos and emu’s.
after a relaxing afternoon and night we packed up and set of for the last leg of the Nullarbor and to do some fresh fruit and veg shopping at Norseman, we were hanging out for some because of the hand over at the border quarantine we haven’t had any fresh since then.