The long stretch ahead of us between Norseman and Ceduna, across the Nullabor Plains, was first preceded by our trip up to Norseman from Esperance. This drive took us through the devastated burnt out country near Salmon Gums, where bushfires had ravaged through the farmlands, over the past couple of months and where 3 people had sadly lost their lives.
Along the Eyre Highway, between Balladonia and Caiguna, we came across the sign proclaiming that this is the longest stretch of straight road in Australia – and it certainly was a long, straight, boring stretch!
Then we came to the beautiful vista from up on the Madura Pass lookout which showed the lonely vastness of these plains.
On Reaching the WA – SA Border Village we adjusted our watches and clocks and suddenly had 8:45pm sunsets. WA does not have daylight saving time and the sunset was annoyingly over with by 6:30pm. So long summer evenings were again enjoyed by us.
Driving along the section of the Great Australian Bight was spectacular. The Bunda Cliffs are picturesque and looking at the Head of the Bight gave a far away feeling on realizing that this is where the whales passed by in huge numbers at the right time of year. From one viewing spot we could see the Bight stretching west towards WA and at another the Bight could be seen for many kilometres towards South Australia.
After a night spent at the Nullabor Roadhouse, where a large thunderstorm passed over the area, we drove through the SA quarantine check, near Ceduna, then on to Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula and set up our camp on the beach.