This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2007 Travels September 21


We were away early. Sleeping late was not an option in a place such as this!

Not far from our overnight stop, I did manage to convince John to slow down, for a little sightseeing! It was still the season when whales and their calves were to be seen off the coast, and this was an experience we had not encountered before.

Detoured south from the highway, to go to Head of the Bight. Here, we paid $12 for entry to the whale watching area. From the parking area, walked to the viewing platform area.

We were absolutely thrilled to see two whales with calves, really close in to the cliffs below us.

Whale and calf playing at Head of the Bight

These creatures were fascinating to watch, just lazily and slowly swimming around, with the calves playing around their mothers. It was so pleasing to know that, these days, they were mostly safe in a place such as this, and not subject to the hunting depradations and cruelty of earlier times in the Australian colonies. Just a pity that this is still not the case the whole world over. Superb creatures…..

Diving under mum…..

We stayed there, watching the whales, for over an hour. It was the most interesting thing I had seen for years!

Calf somersault

Then it was pressing on to Ceduna, passing through the quarantine check point not far before that town. We did not have anything to hand over – the food supplies were actually getting quite low. It was ages since I’d done a comprehensive food shop – Broome, Over the last couple of nights, I’d made meals that used up what vegetable matter I had on hand.

We obtained a powered site at the Foreshore Caravan Park, in the town. It cost $19.50, after discount. We were informed about the security gate arrangements and codes. When John asked about the TV reception, he was informed by the lady that it wasn’t the best. He was not happy about this and was actually rather terse with the person.

After setting up, we walked out onto the jetty and along its length. From out at the end, the town looked deceptively attractive. Then walked through the town, and bought some food for tonight and for a sandwich lunch tomorrow.

We were browsing in the Information Centre, when an indigine came in. I think he was demanding something – to use the phone, perhaps,  and was very unpleasant to the lady operating the place. He told her it was “a blackfellas town and we can do what we want!” It was quite an embarrassing display to witness, with her speaking politely to him and trying to be reasonable, and him abusing her. I don’t think he was sober. After he wandered out again, she indicated scenes like that were not unusual.

We took Truck out – we’d had to unhitch on this site – and bought a dozen oysters for tea, at a seafood sales outlet. One great thing about the coastal towns in this region is the excellent seafood.

From dusk, and well into the night, there was a gathering of locals on the foreshore area, near the caravan park. They were very noisy and argumentative, and it was not pleasant listening to the ruckus.

We had previously found the Shelly Beach Caravan Park, out of town, a much more peaceful place to stay, but John vetoed going out there this time, because he thought the TV reception was better in town. Thoughts of karma crossed my mind……..

John watched the football preliminary final, after tea. Between the poor TV and the external noise, it was not the quality experience he had been expecting. We might have been better to have stayed in Kalgoorlie until after the weekend, and then had a more pleasant time across the Nullarbor – but I did not think it wise to say so.

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2004 Travels April 12


It was a hot day.

We all played in the Mixed Fours bowls. Won three games and lost one. I think we came in fourth for the day.

I was not happy with my game – I was very tense and worried about letting the others down, so played erratically. John played somewhat inconsistently too.

I won a cocktail shaker in the raffle! Definitely not something we were likely to use.

Long day again and very tiring.

And that ended the Easter Bowls tournament at Ceduna. John was really happy to have been involved in a proper, serious tournament. He now “owed” me some serious bushwalking!

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2004 Travels April 8


Today’s was a rather short move.

It was a pleasant drive, following the coast.

We stopped and had a quick look at Smoky Bay. It was a small place, but looked pleasant enough, with a foreshore caravan park that looked alright. It was for sale – could be a decent business, given the way this coast seemed to be going ahead.

Noted this as another place for a possible future stay. There was a jetty that would offer fishing points.

We were already booked into the Shelly Beach Caravan Park. I had decided that we would prefer not to stay in the centre of this town, and Shelly Beach was about 3kms south  of town.

It was a lovely caravan park, for these parts, apparently being developed from a formerly run down place. It was a FPA park, too, so after discount we paid $17.50 a night. Not bad, over Easter.

We had a nicely shaded site, in an area of the park that was irregularly laid out, with sites tucked amongst bushes. The bathrooms were unusual – a number of unisex shower and toilet rooms – like ensuites – but shared by a few sites. They were clean and spacious.

There were quite high sand dunes between the park area and the sea – Bosanquet Bay. There was a long beach, for walking along, although the sand was a bit soft.

After we set up and had lunch, drove back into town and went to the Information Centre. As well as getting materials about the area, we bought six polo shirts – they were having a sale. For $15 each, bought ones that would be birthday presents for my offspring, one for John, and three for me. One of mine had  a Googs Track insignia, another was Nullarbor logo-ed , and the other referenced the “bugger” Toyota ads on TV, with a little logo on the pocket plus the word. It certainly was not one I could wear on all occasions, but I did love those ads – and the sentiment was frequently very appropriate for camping scenarios!

Stocked up for Easter, too.

Back at camp, we walked the path across the dunes, then walked for about an hour along the beach. That was a real workout for the calf muscles, in the soft sand.

There was a huge bull ant on our outside table. Very aggro it was too. I made a mental note to keep a careful eye out for its mates.

Texted our whereabouts to V and K and received replies. V and family were at Bonnie Doon for Easter. K said that grand daughter loved her “grandma jumper”.

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