End of Eyre Highway

We started early for our last day on the Nullarbor Plain and refuelled before we left. At 1.80 dollars it was the most expensive yet. Last night we were chatting to an Australian couple. They were in their own plane which was parked out the back of the roadhouse. They were flying from Victoria to Perth for a family dinner. This is quite common around these parts. They recommended that we visit Streaky Bay which is about 90km further on from Ceduna where we had intended stopping. That makes about 420km to travel today.

The Nullarbor Plain goes on endlessly and we made just one detour to the Bunda Cliffs. There are purpose made walkways for viewing and photo opportunities. In season (June to October) the Southern Right Whale comes here to give birth and hang about for a while but they have long since gone back to the Antarctic which is a shame as lots of them come in very close to the cliffs.

On the Eyre Highway virtually everyone waves – even the roadtrain drivers! It just seems to be something left over from the 50’s and 60’s when this was just a track and only a few cars attempted the crossing. There were various endurance road races that tested both vehicle and driver to the limit.

There is a certain camararderie on this road. People all discuss their trips at the roadhouses and we are sure that if you were to break down the next vehicle to pass would stop to help. This road certainly attracts eccentrics. Some people push bike accross (must be mad) and a few walk across (really mad!). Of course with todays modern vehicles everyone can safely drive the John Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain and many do but many, many more don’t. We’ve enjoyed every minute of our journey and as we enter Ceduna in the late afternoon we go into the visitor centre, buy a sticker and proudly stick it on Geoffrey ‘We Crossed the Nullarbor’

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