Day 5 – Boring roads but good detours


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Day 5 kicked off from with a drive into Fowlers Bay which seemed a quaint little place.

Back on the main road, we stopped at the Nundroo roadhouse to fill up before our journey across the Nullarbor.

It was at this point I noticed something strange with my drivers door handle and lock. It seems one of the locals in Penong got board and had a crack at breaking into the car, most likely whilst we were in the pub having a meal. (I’m looking at you younger guy in the red hoody and your friend.) All they seemed to have done is pulled the handle fitting out a bit breaking part of the locking mechanism at the same time as I now can’t lock the car with the key (but can unlock the car). I’ll be calling Subaru in Esperance or Albany to see what I can do about it.

On the way past Yalata we stopped to have a look at one of the old Telstra microwave communications towers which have now been replaced with optical fibre. These towers stretch all the way across the Nullarbor. Fibre repeater stations can be seen all along the underground fibre run with large sonar panel banks providing any power they need.

The next stop was the Head of Bite which is the start of the Great Australian Bite. It’s not whale season but we still headed down the boardwalk to take in the spectacular views of the coast.

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Road to Bite
The road to the bite, with some fantastic clouds.

For the next 100km we stopped at various cliff top lookouts and even explored a few cliff top tracks and closed lookouts. It was interesting to see the trouble some people had gone to, to get into some of the closes lookouts, going so far as to uproot large signs and bend them out of the way. The map were were using was from 2008, but some of these places look like they’ve been closed for longer than that.

We’d done some research before this trip and one of the places that had been of interest was the abandoned Koonalda Homestead which is about 15km north of the highway (just over the old Eyre Highway).

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This old homestead and fuel stop was leased for 50 years from 1938 to 1988 and was only made feasible by pumping water from the nearby Koonalda Caves for cattle. In 1988 it was abandoned and became part of the national park along with the many cars the were abandoned over the years.

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For those considering a visit, 4WD or AWD will be needed.

The rest of the days driving was extremely boring and boarding on tiresome.

Speaking of boarders, we made it to the SA – WA boarder and even found our next big object, the big Kangaroo.

And the big wombat I forgot to mention earlier.

Eucla was the camping spot for the night and we grabbed a powered tent site, setup tent and then headed down to look at the old Eucla Telegraph Station, now buried in the dunes.

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The ruins of the Eucla jetty at sunset.
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The Travellers Cross, Eucla
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