CAWA Trip 2018 – Crossing the Nullarbor 3

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25/9/18
The time difference caught up with us and we didn’t wake till almost 7am which is pretty late for us. After packing up we drove to the foreshore within our camp grounds where Glenn had walked last night. We had stayed back from the shore due to the winds, but others had risked it camping right on the edge of the Southern Ocean. You can see from my video how close they were to the edge of Australia. Sorry it’s a little jumpy but that was the wind moving my arm about.
 


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Heading out, we now started to follow the coastline and you can see from these photos just how close the road is and what the treeless plain section of the Nullarbor looks like.
 
We found the Bunda Cliffs Lookout for our first views of the massive cliffs which make up the southern edge of our country. These photos are taken towards the WA border.
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As we left this carpark there was a sign for Lookout 1 in 37km so we decided to stop there as well. It was well worth it with views again but this time to the east and for a much further distance. These are the iconic cliffs on so many post cards and websites. There were quite a few travellers here so we were able to have a photo taken together as the selfies I tried at the last stop are awful.
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We made a stop for fuel at the Nullarbor Roadhouse and ate our lunch here. That’s the last of our fruit and vegetables as we have the check point for South Australia at Ceduna tomorrow and we have a frozen meal to thaw for dinner and pancakes for breakfast as the last of the bread was eaten as well. We even had a little internet here and caught up while taking our break.
Our last stop for the day at the Head of Bight Visitor Centre was only 26km away and easy to find with a sealed road for 12km off the highway. The adult entry fee is $15 but we were able to pay the senior price of $12 each and it was well worth it.

The Head of Bight is one of the most spectacular whale watching sites in South Australia, where in the sheltered waters of the bay, Southern Right whales congregate en masse to give birth to their calves each year. They then take up residence to rear the calves for an entire five month period between June and October and generally remain within a 15km section of the coast. The viewing area has been set up with a sloped boardwalk which follows the coastline to the east and a lookout at a lower point to the west. To the east the white sand dunes meet the limestone cliffs and the water is a beautiful blue.

Each season approximately 60 calves are born here and as we walked down the boardwalk they could be seen with normal vision right in front of us. In this area we could watch up to ten whales and calves either swimming or simply resting in the clear water. At times you could even tell that a calf was feeding. We stayed for quite a while and then headed to the lookout.
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As we approached the lookout you could see the limestone cliffs close up and the shadows in the water are all whales. Again more mums and bubs were close to the shore, and while some of my photos are taken using zoom, you can see from the photos with the land in them just how close they were. In total we saw around 18 whales and it was an amazing experience to see them so close.

We rounded off the visit with an ice block in the visitor centre watching a dvd on the Marine Park. Our last drive for the day beckoned and we now headed inland a little and drove on to Nundroo Roadhouse stopping again for fuel and then only 10km further to our free camp for the night. It’s not a spectacular camp but we’ve had a big day and just want some quiet to sleep. We only have 140km to travel tomorrow to Ceduna where we have a caravan park booked for two nights. Out of the last 9 nights we have only paid for 2 and apart from fuel have spent just under $60 in snacks and entry fees. That’s great for the budget.

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