Nullarbor crossing 3

15 August 2002 We were up and on the road in a reasonable time – reasonable that is until we realised we would lose 1.5 hours daytime as we travelled east across the Nullarbor.  We drove straight on to Eucla, where we refuelled, and then drove down the scarp via a ragged gravel road to…

Nullarbor crossing 2

14 August 2002 We all slept soundly that night and slept in to 8.00 a.m.  Susie and I got up first and Susie rekindled the campfire.  Clare wanted only bread, but Ruby and Susan had toast and I made a jaffle with an egg inside of it.  This looked so good that Roo wanted one…

Nullarbor crossing 1

13 August 2002 The next morning we packed up and prepared to set out across the Nullarbor.  On the way out of Kalgoorlie we visited an op shop to satisfy Susie’s predilection, and after that we stopped at the Pioneer Cemetery.  The latter was a bit of a disappointment because the majority of the graves…

Coolgardie to Kalgoorlie

11 August—12 August 2002 It was cold overnight at Scenic View bush camp and the tent collected a load of condensation, so we had to give it time to dry out in the morning. Just as we had almost finished packing up, a bloke showed up in a short wheel-based Land Rover and told us…

A camp near Coolgardie

10 August 2002 It felt good to leave Perth and go bush again.  The wheatbelt region of Western Australia presented us with the unusual prospect of rolling green hills; but after travelling east for about 300 km, we found ourselves in the bush again.  The first sign of this was the salmon gums with their…

Apart in Perth

5 August to 8 August 2002 While we were in Perth, I spent a few days apart from Susie and the girls for the first time in over three months. While they took some time to look around Perth, I attended a workshop at Curtin University that had been organised by a former colleague at…

Perth to Fremantle

2 August—4 August 2002 After our first night in Dalkeith, Ruby and Clare played with the Drake-Brockman boys whilst Susie and I helped Geoff and Penelope prepare for a party that they were throwing at their house that night.  The only time I got to talk to Geoff was when we were out running errands…

Dunsborough to Perth

31 July—1 August 2002 Our last full day in Dunsborough was largely a service day. Susie and I had to take the car in to town to get air and oil filters fitted.  Whilst we were waiting we went shopping to buy ingredients for a roast dinner that evening.  We also went to the post…

Margaret River “cave crawl”

30 July 2002 We have heard much about the caves in the Margaret River area, so we put a day aside for a “cave crawl”.  We headed off down Caves Road and covered four caves during the course of the day: Calgardup Cave, Mammoth Cave, The Lakes Cave, and Jewell Cave. Calgardup cave was unlit,…

Albany to Dunsborough

28 July—29 July 2002 Our stay at the chalet was perfectly enjoyable.  The kids thought it was really special to be in a cute little cottage, and the proprietors had very kindly left half a dozen fresh eggs in a little basket for our breakfast.  Susie cooked up some scrumptious omelettes and we were soon…

Dunsborough to Albany

27 July 2002 On our overnight trip to the southern-most point of Western Australia, we left the camper trailer in Dunsborough and booked a chalet just outside of Albany.  Given how cold the south-west corner had turned out to be in mid-winter, we were not keen to rough it. We got up as early as…

Dunsborough

21 July—26 July 2002 We set out for Dunsborough in the south-west corner of the state on the last day of the school holidays, so there was a lot of traffic on the road.  Around 2 p.m. we stopped for a lunch break, and just happened to stumble on a small national park just north…