Time to reminisce – Pilbara Part 7 Final

After our day on Rottnest Island we had a couple more nights in the city of Perth even enjoying a local production of the popular musical Cats on our final night here. With our time in the west coming to a close we pointed the trusty hilux east for the long journey home. Note to self that unlike the major capital cities we were accustomed to in the east there were no shops open, including supermarkets on a Sunday until 11am. Oh well, it was time for a cuppa at the local cafe and a late breakfast anyway.

Fueled and stocked up we motored east out of the city, albeit a little later than planned however that is part of the fun of traveling and changing plans on the hop. We eventually pulled into karalee Rock and Dam camping area just off the Great Eastern Highway near the town of  Southern Cross. We had explored this site with its historic aqueduct on our westbound journey and noted then it would make a great overnight camp spot. Time to  find out and we were not disappointed. Dinner was pork chops, sweet potato on the biji with steamed vegetables.

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Our serene camp at Karalee Rock and Dam

Next morning it was into the historic gold mining town of Coolgardie. Although once the third largest town in the state this ghost town is now a popular tourist stop over. We made a quick detour to check out the Bayleys Reward, Lions Lookout to gain a better understanding of the fascinating history of this region.

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Historic mining relics and an outstanding view are located at Lions Lookout

Moving on from Coolgardie it was time to put some distance under our tyres making it to yet another outstanding campsite just off the Eyre Highway west of the Balladonia Roadhouse at Newman Rocks. Watching the moonrise over the vastness of the plains here is a very humbling experience and one of the many reasons we love traveling this vast country we call home. Dinner tonight consisted of chilli chicken, bacon and sweet potato done on the biji with steamed vegetables.

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Moonrise over the vast plains is something to behold.

Leaving Newman Rocks it was time to hit the Nullarbor and make our way back to South Australia with a night at the Eucla Caravan Park on the border on order and another superb meal at the tavern . A night off cooking is always a bonus.

Next day it was back into South Australia and with white line fever setting in we made a detour at the Head of Bight to view and experience some of the gentle giants of the sea. To say we were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of these majestic creatures here would be an understatement. If you ever wish to see vast numbers without jumping on a boat then this is the place to come. Every year the Head of Bight turns into a rest area and nursery and you are guaranteed a front row seat to one of natures most awe inspiring creations.

Tearing ourselves away from these majestic creatures a we made for a roadside rest area camp just out of Penong on the Eyre Peninsula.

For those who know us or have followed us for a while you may know that one of our all time if not most favourite destinations in the country is the Eyre Peninsula. If it is the vastness and isolation or the white sandy coastline and deep blue Southern Ocean something here keeps drawing us back. So with a couple hectic months behind us we decided to put the brakes on and pull up stumps along the coast here for a few days r&r. Speeds Point is a stunningly beautiful spot located on a protected bay where you can camp among the sand dunes and luckily for us not another soul in sight. We were even visited by dolphins and seals in our sheltered bay, sheer bliss.

All too soon it was time to hit the road again with one more stop on our homeward bound journey in Adelaide, a treat for Sandra’s birthday. Before that there was still time to explore the famous Eyre whistling rock and blowholes, take in more of the beautiful coastline, visit the inspiring John Eyre Sculpture at White Knob Lookout, Kimba which coincidentally is also the halfway point across the country. An overnight camp at Mambray Creek in Mount Remarkable National Park was also had en-route to our lodgings in Adelaide.

 

After our hit of the big smoke and few days of luxury it was time to head for home, after all we have to call in home sometime, don’t we? Although with this massive adventure coming to a close we were already thinking ahead to the next big adventure and where that would take us. Stay tuned for you never know here we may have ventured to in  the past or the future for that matter.

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