"Nullarbor Roadhouse." Ceduna by australia2
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Just over 200 kilometres west of Ceduna, on the Nullarbor Plain, is the Nullarbor Roadhouse. (See Ceduna travelogue in construction below.) On your very long journey from the east towards Perth it is a relief to arrive here and freshen up yourself and your petrol tank . The latter a very expensive 'freshen up'.
At the edge of the Southern Ocean it is a world famous Whale Watching location as they come to spawn.
The word "Nullarbor" is the Latin botanical term for "no trees". Null, Arbor. Not the aboriginal name that many people think it is.
A bit further west of the Nullarbor Roadhouse it is easy to stand right at the bottom edge of central part of Australia and the Nullarbor Plain. The majestic sandstone cliffs are battered by the strong waves of the Southern Ocean........ And the flies almost pick you up and carry you away !
A "Big Red", stubby in paw, marks the border crossing from South Australia to Western Australia, still on the road west, across the Nullarbor Plain.
The "Eyre" Highway is named after the explorer who, in 1842, trudged with a white friend and aboriginal companions the whole distance from Fowler's Bay just west of Ceduna to about where the town of Esperance, W.A., now stands - approximately 1,300 kilometres. Their courage was sorely needed to cope with much adversity and mortal danger.
Eucla, the next roadhouse was the site for one of the many telegraph stations built afterwards along Eyre's "path". Its remains are now almost completely covered by the shifting coastal sands.
That is the same Edward John Eyre who had already explored the heartbreaking area around the salty and mostly dry, Lake Eyre.
OK., now into Western Australia. Get out your gold-digging tools...Go.
Written Jan 12, 2005
Written Apr 23, 2010
Ceduna. Eastern doorway to Nullabor Plain
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