- Counting down the days
- Packing up
- J18.1 Perth to Esperance
- J18.2 Esperance to Cocklebiddy
- J18.3 Cocklebiddy to Ceduna
- J18.4 Ceduna to Port Augusta
- J18.5 Port Augusta to Mount Gambier
- J18.6 Mount Gambier to Melbourne
- J18.7-16 Melbourne
- J18.17-18 Melbourne to Devonport
- J18.19 Devonport to Launceston
- J18.20 Ben Lomond & the Bay of Fires
- J18.21-22 Alum Cliffs, Cradle Mountain & Swansea
- J18.23-24 Douglas Apsley NP, Bicheno, Elephant Pass & Freycinet NP
- J18.25 Wineglass Bay & Hobart
- J18.26 Mt Wellington, Richmond & Carlton
- J18.27-29 MONA, Lake St Clair, Ferry, Yarra Valley & Victorian Alps
- J18.30 Falls Creek, Fainter Falls & Omeo.
- J18.31 The Grampians
- J18.32 Adelaide to Ceduna
- J18.33 Ceduna to Balladonia
- J18.34 Balladonia to Hopetoun
- J18.35 Hopetoun, Fitzgerald River NP & Perth
- J18: Post PolArt Depression Highlight Reel
Today’s drive was rather daunting: forecast weather of thunderstorms with potential for hail, flash flooding and strong winds, add to that the task of driving almost 1000km to check-in by sunset in Balladonia before the kangaroos start hopping around.
Thankfully the weather out of Ceduna held back and was partly cloudy till crossing into Western Australia after Border Village,where the blue skies opened up.
Before that though, I made sure to visit a few lookouts along the Great Australian Bight where the Bunda Cliffs meet with the Southern Ocean and in a stroke of genius and by coincidence, the westbound shuffle through time zones worked to my advantage to reach Balladonia in good time.
The lookouts at Head of Bight are privately managed and worth visiting for a small entry fee, though the free lookouts further west are just as great.
Today was also the longest day of driving and longest stretch between fillups so I finally made full use of those fuel jerry cans before filling up with premium-priced V-Power at $1.87/L. Not to be outdone, Balladonia BP are charging $1.899/L which from memory is the highest price paid on this roadtrip.
I briefly stopped by the Caiguna Blowhole but with my typical luck, there was no show for me today! Caiguna also marks the western end of the Ninety-Mile Straight, but the novelty of Australia’s longest straight stretch of tarmac was lost on me while first battling with direct light from the setting sun then a hard-hitting thunderstorm and aquaplaning that comes with flash flooding.
Those forecast storms did come and they hit hard about 60km west of Balladonia and again over the roadhouse as I type this while dinner is being prepared. I’ve always been fascinated and excited by storms, however these outback thunderstorms seem to have an epic presence impact that we don’t enjoy in the cities, as the thunder rolls on and never seems to end.
Glad I made it here in one piece, with the plan of spending more time tomorrow exploring a region that’s well regarded by West-Aussies for weekend getaways. More to come tomorrow!This entry was posted in Journey 18 ● PolArt 2015, Journeys
- border village
- caiguna blowhole
- great australian bight
- head of bight
- south australia
- western australia