Preparing for the Nullarbor

Trip Start Jan 31, 2006
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Trip End Jun 01, 2006


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Friday, March 24, 2006

24-25 Mar - Streaky Bay
Ben & Tina recommended we begin our Nullarbor odyssey from Streaky Bay rather than Ceduna. (Ceduna is designated as 'SH' on the Ben & Tina Australian Town rating scale. These guys know, they've been on the road for a long time and have seen a lot of towns...oh...and 'SH' stands for "S--- Hole").
The 500km drive to Streaky is uneventful as we cut across the top of the Eyre Peninsular. Along the way we were reminded of the WA border quarantine that B&T had warned us about - only problem was we had stocked up on a few days worth of deliciously fresh fruit and veg from the markets in Adelaide. Driving into Streaky Bay, we were relieved to find it a typically pleasant seaside town that we could settle in for two days (and eat up all of our fruit).
After setting up our tent in a primo bay view, beachfront site, we walked to the Community Hotel for ice cold Cooper's Pale Ale on tap. A sunset stroll back to camp had us appreciating the simple beauty of this town and the surprising environmental sensibilities and practices of the local council. With Leanne's professional interest in sustainability, we were surprised to read on a sign in the park: the thick, lush, green grass we now walked upon was watered nightly with the town's treated effluent. After all of the fruit we had eaten, we were proud to contribute.
It was raining all off Sunday morning as we packed up camp. There was some consolation in the caravan park's free Sunday morning pancake breakfast. We had heard the rumours, you had to be in the right park on the right day, which is not so easy, but here we were! It was about as exiting as it got for us as we were headed across the Nullarbor these next two days.
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