Once more onto the beach dear friends, once more!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012




We spent Christmas in a campsite at Shelley Beach just outside Ceduna in South Australia.  What can I say about Australia and beaches?  They are endless, beautiful and mostly deserted, especially by European standards.  'Busy' beaches tend to have a couple of dozen people at the most.  We have hardly ever seen a ‘busy’ beach – probably Cable Beach at Broome – the one that reminded us of Woolacombe – was the busiest we’ve been to.   But we had been warned about Christmas and the school holidays, that everywhere will be full and it’ll be really busy. So it was a nice surprise when we arrived at Shelley Beach to find the site nearly empty and a great pitch available.  Very clean with individual en suite toilet/showers which are always a treat when you’ve been using communal loos/shower blocks for a while.   And a beach  - with shells!!

We arrived in Ceduna  after the drive along the Eyre Highway and the infamous Nullabor Plain.  We had read about this drive and it was described as ‘long and lonely’, ‘desolate’, ‘boring’ but most of the people we met who had actually driven it talked about it in much warmer terms.  In fact it was really interesting and we enjoyed it!  We took 4 days to drive the 1200Km (approx) driving no more than 4 hours a day.  That’s at our lowly speed of 80 to 90 KPH.  WA’s gateway to the drive is named after a gold prospector’s horse, ‘Norseman’.  According to legend, in the 1890s, Norseman was tethered to a tree overnight and by morning had unearthed a nugget of gold by pawing at the ground.  It became the second richest goldfield in WA!  One overnight stop was at Eucla which in the early 1900s was the busiest telegraph station in Australia outside the state capital cities but is now just a roadhouse and campsite, the old telegraph station ruins are a tourist site.   The scenery changes frequently over the journey until you reach the treeless plains of the Nullarbor (nullus arbor), the world’s largest, flattest piece of limestone.  There wasn’t a lot of wildlife about!  There are roos and wombats and camels but we didn’t see any.  We saw a few birds, a dingo and a cat!  It looked like an average tabby moggy – another feral problem but the first we’ve seen.  We stopped a couple of times along the ‘Head of Bight’ to view the fabulous cliff top views.  We were crossing at the wrong time to see whales. And of course drove the longest stretch of straight road in Australia!   Entering SA we had the border check for fruit and veggies – we had eaten everything except a sealed bag of supermarket salad which the guy actually confiscated because ‘there may be snails in it’.  Couldn’t actually see his point there as I’m sure it will be the same bag we’ll buy in Woollies in SA!!

We spent the last few days in WA in and around Esperence, a very laid back little town surrounded by fabulous beaches and National Parks.  We spent a couple of nights at Lucky Bay in Cape le Grand NP.  Lucky Bay has been voted the beach with the whitest sand (or something similar!).  The colours of the rocks, sand and the sea are just so beautiful. 

And from Ceduna we drove down to Streaky Bay where the campsite was actually on the foreshore and we popped our little van on the beach for the night.  It was our Anniversary so we went for a meal at a beachside restaurant and ate seafood.  And it was a full moon.  Wow………………… 

Happy New Year! 
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Jane and Dave on

Great pictures! Happy New Year!
Been walking along the Monsal trail today, scenery pretty different! Certainly busier! Everyone out on their new bikes! Time they were all back at school!!
Love Jane and Dave.

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