So far we have been only inching our way homewards but the time has come to put some serious kilometres behind us! Here are some highlights from two days on the Nullarbor, beginning at Esperance, on to Fraser Range for our only repeat overnight stay on the Plain, through to Mundrabilla Roadhouse (a wonderful little overnight stop on the Nullarbor but don’t order the mixed grill for fear of a meat overdose!) and finally completing the crossing (and then some) in Streaky Bay.
Once again we crossed with rain, threatening rain, clearing rain and even more rain… and once again it was beautiful. The brilliant palette of colours, the amazing light, the textures of the vegetation and the majesty of the journey… magic.
You expect the endless plain but as a bonus you get the dramatic coastline of sheer cliffs and thundering waves, you get one hundred kilometres of driving along the base of a spectacular plateau, you get the rolling hills covered in scrub and beautiful low trees sitting up like flowers in a garden and you get a laser-straight road cutting a swathe through a forest.
And, in best infomercia tradition… wait, there’s more. You get pulled over by the same pretty policewoman who stopped you for a chat on the outward journey (if you are lucky!) You get extraordinary wedge-tailed eagles soaring overhead or feasting on road kill, you get roadhouse after roadhouse staffed by amazing young European travellers happy to spend three months in the middle of nowhere because it is so different to home, you get the endless stream of grey-nomads driving 100-200 kilometres and stopping for the day by one o-clock because they need a rest and a chat. And you get it all for free just because you decided to take a little drive!
The quirky and crazy, the beautiful and savage, the coincidences, the repetition and the once-in-a-lifetime happenings, all linked to one piece of highway and one journey along it. And the best bit: no two people will ever experience it the same way, each journey is as unique as the traveller.