After sadly leaving Shane and Nicky’s farm we headed off towards the town of Esperance. This is a beautiful Southcoast town, and if the weather had been cooperating we would have gotten a lot better pictures. We had to deal with some harsh thunderstorms, but as usual, we made the most of it! Around Esperance there are some awesome picturesque views, and we took some pics, but if the weather had been a little better they would have been great. Here are a few shots from our coastal drive, and Cape Le Grand National Park.
Coastal view near Esperance
Cathy at one of the lookouts
One of the many views in Cape Le Grand….too bad the weather wasn’t better
Frenchman’s Peak in Cape Le Grand National Park
After leaving Esperance we made our way North to Norseman, which is actually the gateway to the Nullarbor Plain and to start heading East. This is a very famous stretch here in Australia, since you have to drive across the Nullarbor Plain, and past the Great Australian Bite. The highway is very similar to driving in the outback, with long stretches of nothing, but then you get some great views of the coast.
Still not a lot of traffic out here!
In case of an emergency the Royal Flying Doctors Service uses the roads for runways
Some of the cliffs looking out over the Great Australian Bite
Yep, they are out there
Another famous item about driving this stretch of highway is the Nullarbor Links Golf course. It is the longest golf course in the world…some of you might be thinking, how long are the holes? It is not long in that way, it is long in the fact that you have to drive sometimes up to 100km between holes! We thought about doing it, but it cost $70 per person, so we thought nah, but we did stop off to play one hole for free….nothing like golfing in the outback!
Nullarbor Links, hole #15
After her drive Cathy ended up in the fairway…….yep, that is the fairway!
After my drive, I did not end up in the fairway….but it’s the outback….who could tell!
We only had a 7-Wood (thanks PB!) so we had to make do….and yes…Cathy drained this putt
We ended up spending that night at the Nundroo Roadhouse. We cooked dinner and then headed into the local bar for a drink. We had a great evening having drinks with a couple of locals who gave us a view into their lives. One was a farmer and the other was a house builder for the indigenous people in the area…..very interesting stories!
The next morning we started to make our way South down the Eyre Peninsula. Our first stop was a small town called Smokey Bay. Not much going in town, but their pier was very interesting, since we are right in the middle of great white shark territory. You can go for a swim very easily at the beach…..and I guarantee you won’t get eaten at this beach!
Smokey Bay swimming cage….pretty sweet!
Speaking of great white sharks…..our next stop was Streaky Bay. Another gorgeous place right on the coast. An interesting fact about Streaky Bay is that back in 1990, before great white’s were a protected species, a world record was landed on rod and reel here. We stopped off at the local roadhouse were they have the newspaper article about it, as well as, a full scale replica of the big girl….impressive!
Now that is a shark!
The article from the newspaper when she was caught
We also had a pretty nice camp spot at Streaky Bay.
Not a bad spot for breakfast
Today we woke up, had a workout, showered, had breakfast, then hit the road still moving further South down the Eyre Peninsula. Our first stop was Murphy’s Haystacks. These cool rock formations out in the middle of farmland. Check it out.
Murphy’s Haystacks from a distance
Murphy’s Haystacks up close…too bad you can’t climb them
More of the haystacks
Our next stop was Venus Bay. At first when you pull into the town you think there isn’t much to see but maybe the local beach, but then you get to the backside of the town. The pictures of the coast are just awesome.
Coast line at Venus Bay
Cathy trying to stay warm at Venus Bay
We moved on from Venus Bay and stopped off at some interesting cliff formations right on the coast. One of the coolest ones was Woolshed Cave. Really impressive, and easy to get great pictures here.
Woolshed Cave from a distance
Cathy in Woolshed Cave
Looking out from Woolshed Cave
Water level view looking out from the cave
One of the cool pools near the cave
On a final note, some of the signs here in Australia are great, and today we came across a few good ones. We thought we would share…..
Pretty easy to figure these out
Apparently if you fall off a cliff…..your buddy is coming with you
And finally…..with all the things that you have to watch for while driving in this country……kangaroos, cows, dingos, horses, camels, sheep, snakes, lizards….and so on….now we have to add this to the list……