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On from Penong we stopped in at Cactus Beach which is famous for its surf breaks. We walked along the cliffs and saw some amazing scenery but there were only a couple of surfers out.
We stopped at the Head of Bight but the tourist area wasn't open at this time as no whales at this time of year (May to Nov). We stopped at a roadhouse and saw a few wild dingos hanging out looking for food.
We drove to a rest stop about 100km from the WA border which was right near the cliffs and gave great views. And Haz and Lindy - the stars did look great out here!
The next morning we managed to finish off all our honey ("Phew" I can hear you all gasp in a collective sigh - a happy ending after all!)
This was the longest part of our drive across the Nullarbor. We drove past some small towns: Eucla, Mundrabilla, Madura, Cocklebiddy and Caiguna where we had to put the clock back another 45 mins. Petrol started getting more expensive the further out you got and at Cocklebiddy we paid $1.61L to fill up!
Needless to say this was pretty mind-numbing...
...and we even resorted to watching a couple of episodes of Flight of the Conchords (You bet your Arse I'll be there!) and South Park.
We then drove on to Lake Ballard and made it our mission to see all 51 statues. Unfortunately they were all dotted around the Lake a quite big distances and it was very hot with the sun reflecting up off the salt in the Lake. We spent about 2hrs walking around and saw about 30 of them and most others from further away. The sculptures were all created from scans the artist took of 51 of the residents of Menzies.
and of course Dave liked this one..I wonder which resident of Menzies this came from - Pamela Anderson maybe?
You can read more about Antony Gormley's exhibition here
We drove back to Kalgoorlie and thankfully the Superpit lookout was open. We went to have a look and it was absolutely HUGE!!! In the photo below you can see the scale of it when you look at the trucks to the left about halfway down. And these are big trucks! Just a breathtaking example of what machinery can achieve.
Video of Sammy
We also saw Frenchman's Peak which we decided we would climb the next day as the weather was a bit iffy.
We ended up at Lucky Bay which was voted to have the whitest sand in Australia. We stayed in the camp site there - $7.50pp which was pretty good considering they had flush toilets, a camp kitchen and hot showers (well, cold when I used them as they were solar powered and it hadn't been very sunny for a few days!) and was right by the beach. They also had a number of kangaroos wandering by, having a good old scratch...
Lucky Beach - Pristine!
Us before the steep ascent:
As many of you know, I'm pretty freaked out by heights. I'm not sure why, I had no problems as a kid but it seems to have got worse and worse the older I get. And this was no exception. I had one "panic" moment where a few tears were shed and I thought I wasn't going to get any further up or back down again.
Dave got this shot from the summit looking down on the car park and Space Pig waiting patiently below..
We drove to Frenchman's Bay and had lunch, saw the whaling station, Salmon Holes Beach, Stony Hill Lookout, the Blowholes and The Gap and Archway.
Rocks at the Archway
We also visited the ANZAC Memorial at the top of Mount Clarence. Albany was the spot where the soldiers sailed off to war from and so was the last glimpse of australian soil for many men. A very special place.
A very sobering sight was the tree lined street leading up to the Memorial with each tree bearing a plaque to a fallen soldier.
We then drove back to Tanglehead Bar to see yet another free gig - Saz lockyer, a one-man band, Xavier Rudd style (but a lot more restrained!) We were very impressed with the number of free gigs on a various places in Albany.
There were great 360 degree views all around right out to Albany on one side and the Stirling Ranges on the other.
That took us about 2 hours and then we did the walk to Balancing Rock and The Castle. WOW! This was just stunning. It was a fairly gentle walk through the trees and then up to thes incredible rock formations that just had to be seen to be believed.
Just up from Balancing Rock was the Castle, named after some huy who was the first European guy to climb up it. It involved a bit of rock scrmbling to get up but was just magnificent.
A good rock for abseiling...
We made it!
...and a lovely big steam tractor.
We headed back to Mount Barker for the night where we had a few games of cards and a wee drink of the old Pawny...
And here we are now in Mount Barker. We are heading off to Denmark today where there is lots to explore and then west to Walpole. We're just hoping all the free camping spots aren't too full over Easter!!!
Til next time folks, ciao!