Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Bight 5th and 6th September 2014

The Bight, 5th and 6th September 2014.

Yesterday we headed off from Streaky Bay with all intentions of going to Fowler Bay, well all was going to plan until the final 22 km’s. On the map it indicates that 12 km  is made road and the last 10 km is good gravel road, if that road was good I would hate to see a bad one, the road was heavily corrugated and we traveled only about 1km before we turned back otherwise the van would have shaken itself to pieces. So we back tracked to the highway and continued on to the Nullarbor Road House, we thought this was a good location as any, as it was only about 17 km’s from there to the Head of the Bight turn off. The caravan park attached to the roadhouse is pretty basic but it has power and there was a hot shower ($1.00 for 5 minutes), the toilets were old but clean, you can even get a cold beer from the roadhouse.

The night was cold but we slept well and considering the location after about 2200 there was very little truck noise from the highway, we woke up early this morning and I managed to get a photo of the sun rising over the Nullarbor.

Sunrise at the Nullarbor Road House.

 We got the grassed site!

You see strange things in the outback! 

We headed off to the Great Australian Bight early, and arrived at about 0830 and left at 1200 as Robyn was in her element and we just sat there and admired the moving scenery i.e. the whales and dolphins swimming past. Over the whole viewing are I estimate about 50 to 60 adults and calves. Needless to say a large number of photos were taken and after serious discussion and cropping we narrowed it down to those on this blog. This was definitely a bucket list experience a massive nursery for the Great Southern Right Whales at the base of the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.

The whales are there somewhere, but there are nice cliffs.

More nice cliffs.

And some more!

Finally the whales.

 Here's looking at you.

Nice spot to have a picture taken.
The road to somewhere.

 This is the site for the free camp on the road from the highway to the Head of the Bight, Dave told me about this the night we stayed at the Nullarbor Roadhouse.

The drive back was uneventful and we have booked in to the Top Tourist park in Ceduna, this is quite close to the beach, but you feel a bit like a prisoner as the place has an 8 ft fence around it and the main gate closes at 1900 and you need a code to get in, so I think the next few days may be interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!

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