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Sep 7, 2016 - Nullarbor 25 klm free camp

Wednesday September 7 Free Camp – 25 klm Peg on the Nullarbor It goes without saying that this will be another day of long straight roads with a lot of low lying scrubby vegetation. The plan for the day was to get across the border into SA and stop somewhere on the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. It was a busy day for cyclists – a couple on one bike going east, then within half a klm another cyclist going west into the fierce head wind. Further down the track there were 2 more cyclists heading east, but doing it tough on a steep...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Woorlba free camp

Tuesday September 6 Woorlba Homestead Free Camp The day dawned bright and hot – feels great to be warm again, but it won’t last once we get to the SA coast. Time to hit the road again and get ready for the Nullarbor crossing – it’s funny how everyone talks about crossing the Nullarbor when in fact it is less than 200 klms of the 1800 klm (or thereabouts) from Norseman to Adelaide! We passed through the salt pans, and tracked the water pipe for much of the way. In Norseman we met up with Pete & Lyn and headed east – now it really feels like...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Friday Oct 16th

Friday Oct 16th The birds were awake and in full song around 5am, tried to ignore them but wasn’t happening so up at 6.30, for weetbix, allbran and toast. Obviously too cold for the flies or too early so it’s a pleasant morning in the middle of nowhere. Yesterday we passed one of Western Areas nickel mines….I guess it’s still operating. Spotted signs to other mines today, I think gold and/or nickel. Took a few more pics before packing up….pulled out at about 7.50. The road into Norseman (about 150kms) had recently been graded so a much...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Kalgoorlie to Balladonia

Thursday 17 September 2015 Time to leave Kalgoorlie. Have enjoyed our stay there very much. We had two interesting neighbours in the park. To the back of our van, we had a couple (not young) who were into fitness. Had the exercise mats, medicine balls, weights etc and did their workouts on the cement slab. Made us feel rather unfit, but decided it was not for us to join in! On the other side of Dot & Gary was a huge fifth wheeler. We could not work out what they towed it with, but did see a prime mover in one section of the park - and...

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Nullabor Adventure

Oct 6, 2013 - Day 15 - Balladonia

After leaving Tennille and Andrew at Norseman, we had an uneventful trip to Balladonia (another favourite of mine). Whilst there we went across to the Cafe/bar for Dinner. While I was there I was chatting to a lovely young lady behind the bar. She had been living/working here for two weeks. Was on her way to Perth but fell in love with the sunsets. I agree, check out the photo. Funny story. While we were having dinner in the Café, the girl I mentioned came to our table a number of times. After one those, CJ said she's nice..... I wonder if...

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3 boys to Kalgoorlie

Sep 27, 2013 - Day 6 - Balladonia

Greetings from WA! We are in Balladonia tonight, only a short 400 Klms stretch from our destination. Today we drove from Eucla to here after a leisurely/late start (as always). We went to check out the old telegraph station near the coast at Eucla. It is now just the remains of what would have been a lovely sand stone house; half buried in pristine white sand…..ruined only by the initials of all the morons who thought it would be good to deface something of historical significance with their initials……because they can’t spell their whole...

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3 boys to Kalgoorlie

Dec 1, 2012 - Day 7 Fraser Range Rest area to Eucla

After spending the night at the free camp at Fraser Range we left reasonably early as we were expecting a long day. Reached Balladonia at 9.10am, re fuelled and continued on stopping quickly at the Madura Pass and arrived at Mundrabilla around 4.30pm, re fuelled and continued on as we had a bit of washing that we needed to do and they did not have any laundry facilities. On arrival at Eucla we decided to stay at the Caravan Park so we could do our washing. There was about 20 other vans/travellers stopped as well. Most days we have found the...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Day 72 Eyre Highway, somewhere on the Nullabor Plain

We decided not to rush this morning, because we gathered that wherever we stop this afternoon will just be a rest area on the highway, better to arrive later this afternoon when we can just get dinner sorted and go to sleep. India was roaming the campground with her posse, so she was happy. The grey nomads love to hear you are crossing the Nullabor, all having done it about 16 times, we were given plenty of advice regarding the best places to stop along the way. The advice usually centered around whether the pit toilet had a wurly bird on...

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Oct 2, 2011 - Balladonia

Episode 4 of 5 – Nullarbor Plains Madura to Balladonia Balladonia is 1150kms from Dunsborough. We made another early start, mainly due to being in WA and now not having daylight saving. It now gets light at around 6:00am, whereas we have been used to it getting light much later. We soon left the Hampton Tablelands far behind and the terrain has returned to its former low scrub on both sides of the road. The traffic today is very light, which is probably due to it being a Sunday, and comprises mainly caravans and camper trailers, with the...

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Living the Dream

Mar 4, 2010 - Balladonia

To me, there was something very special about crossing the border over to Western Australia. On so many levels it was completely exhilarating. Having grown up in WA, I had my childhood memories there. So many of my extended family still lived there and there were wonderful reunions to be had in the days ahead. In the light of our Australia Tour, it was also a very long way from home, too far to turn back now. It signified a real ‘permanency’ to this travelling gig, and cemented my commitment to throwing myself into it whole and soul. This...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Day 117 – Kalgoorlie to Balladonia - The day of the roadtrain.

If it is possible I think we saw as many road trains today as we have on every other day of the trip combined. We were on the road for about four hours but it seemed like almost every other vehicle on the other side of the road was a road train. Two, three and four bogie versions, first on the Goldfields highway and then the Eyre highway. It was a daunting drive. Fortunately I had Al to do the last section of the drive for me when I was over dodging these monsters. This morning we hung around Kalgoorlie as it was Boulder market day. Boulder...

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