January 17, 2013

Norseman WA to Perth WA - 730km in 3.5 minutes

December 11, 2012

Week 23 of Bernie vs. Aus: Adelaide – Perth

After having been on the road for quite some time with no schedule and no consistent company, I made up my mind that I needed to go home, get a job and be in the one place for a while. Once I’d gotten the idea of home in my head, I wanted to get back ASAP!

Bruce had a service and got some new tyres while I checked out the Adelaide CBD again on Monday, including the Adelaide Museum (which has the most extensive display of Indigenous artefacts in Australia!) and the Art Gallery. In the afternoon I had a quick chat to The Doctor on Triple J radio about my trip and the time-lapse videos I flmed for my journey home as a part of the Triple J Road Trip Relay. It was then early to bed in preparation for the first day of my 2,700 km journey home.

I broke up the trip like this:

  • Day 1: Adelaide – Nundroo. Nundroo is 300km east of the WA/SA border.
  • Day 2: Nundroo - Norseman. Over 1,000k’s in one day!
  • Day 3: Norseman – Perth. Home sweet home :)

There were a few notable things to see along the way. First and foremost, there was the Big Galah in Kimba, SA. After driving the whole way around Aus, I still don’t quite understand the point of all these big things! But in seriousness, the highlight was the Great Australian Bight. There are three lookouts from which to view the bight, but I took a dirt track near the Nundroo end and was able to walk right to the edge. If you ever want to feel small and insignificant, that’s the place to go! Even the waves pounding on the bottom the cliffs look small compared to their sheer height.

After hearing how boring the Nullarbor was going to be from almost everyone I’d spoken to, I actually quite enjoyed crossing it. Petrol may not be cheap (unleaded was $1.95/L at Nullarbor Roadhouse!) but you get some great service by very friendly people in the roadhouses and towns in that stretch. As a whole the landscape does change, and there’s something awe inspiring about being able to turn 360 degrees and see nothing but plains and roads snaking off into the distance for what appears like forever. Sunsets and sunrises are fantastic on flat landscapes, and the night sky lights up beautifully with stars.

Getting back to Perth and remembering what it’s like to drive without relying on a map was a fantastic feeling. Doing this trip has made me realise that I take for granted the freedom that familiarity gives me in terms of knowing where to go, what to do and who to call on any given day. I guess that’s just a part of being home and I’m looking forward to making the most of it now I’m back.

It may be all over, but this is not the end of my blog! I still have a few little ideas for a summary post or two about my trip and I’ll also put links to my time-lapse videos once I’ve sorted them out. Hopefully I’ll catch up with all you Perth people soon! :)

May 16, 2012
You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!

…that’s what I was supposed to post on my departure day (Monday the 14th) - but of course my mind was elsewhere!

On Monday morning, after a lot of stressing and running late and sorting out last minute things and saying goodbye, I picked up Luisa and Wolly, two German backpackers who were staying in Fremantle (I got in touch with them on Gumtree and met up with them prior for a coffee). Then we were on the road! It was a very strange sensation driving down the freeway as I usually would to head up to the northern suburbs of Perth but knowing I wouldn’t be coming back for a long time.

We arrived in Cervantes and set up our tent in a camp ground just in time to head to The Pinncales for sunset. The second day on the road included a stop in Jurien Bay and Dongara. A nice local guy from Dongara gave us some advice on tying fishing knots for the rod Wolly borrowed off a guy in their Fremantle hostel. We then headed to the Dongara op-shop where we managed to find a cheap hand-line, so hopefully one of these nights we’ll be having fresh fish for dinner! After Dongara it was off to Geraldton to set up camp for the night.

Being the small world that it is, Luisa bumped into Kirsty and Zac from Cairns who she’d traveled the southern coast with - they’re settled in Geraldton to work for a while. This called for a celebration, which consisted of goon, skateboarding and a late night swim in the ocean (don’t tell my mum!).

So we’re now in Gero and just about to head to Kalbarri for a couple of nights. Unfortunately there’s no time for photo uploading right now, but my next post will have lots, promise!