Nundroo – Head of the Bight – Nullarbor Roadhouse – Campsite East of Border Village

Nundroo Tee Off

Nundroo Tee Off

I headed west to Nundroo (on the western extremity of the SA Agricultural Land) this morning to play the third hole of the Nullarbor links “Wombat” – a par 5 like no other – what a challenge – white exposed rock, up a hill and a dogleg to the left, via an old fence rolled up on the fairway and a mullock heap on the other side!!  I took 10 shots but was unfairly disadvantaged by a crow pinching my ball – hence had to drop a shot – cheeky buggers.  Teeing up on the fairway is mandatory – if you can get your tee into the ground!!  What an experience!! One I’m sure I’ll never forget.

There is an old well on top of the hill that the tee off is named after and on my way back to the bus I stop to check it out (After trying to see where the crow dropped my ball, to no avail) The windmills just outside of town amaze me – four on one side of the road and three on the other – all close together.

After Nundroo I drive through Yalata Aboriginal Land – Mallee scrub abuts the highway and I pass the Yalata Community but don’t go in as I want to go to the Head of the Bight which is on these traditional lands.  The entry to the Head of the Bight is $5 per person and I didn’t think the storm was very close so I set off the two hundred metres to the walkways to the Bunda Cliffs on one side and the Two Rocks on the other – didn’t get more than 150 metres and the rain came down.  I got saturated but the view of the Great Australian Bight, the Southern Ocean, the pristine white sand dunes, the Bunda Cliffs and the rugged coastline – Priceless!! There are information boards about whales, the dunes and the cliffs dotted along the ramp which enhance the whole experience. Back at the bus and a change of clothes and lunch before setting out again.

There are several places on the highway that the RFDS have emergency landing strips – 500 metre straight stretches of road where they land in an emergency – marked at both ends with stripes across the bitumen and there are no guideposts so that the plane has space to taxi,  What a great idea.

Some interesting information about the Nullabor Plain – it is the largest single piece of limestone and covers an area about 200 000 square kilometres. It is a Karst landscape where there is system of caves and underground channels and rough uneven ground. Some passages run for kilometres beneath the surface. What you see here is definitely not what the whole picture is – amazing.

I fuelled up at Nullarbor Roadhouse 192.9 cents per litre here, as well as put some air into a slow leaking rear tyre, as I played the Dingoes Den hole the rain was threatening so I headed out. There are quite a few lookouts to visit before Border Village campsite.

The Bunda Cliffs stand at 80 metres high and continue unbroken for over 200 kilometres are stunning – They are made up of three different layers of limestone and several lookouts are available just off the highway for ease of viewing.  It’s hard to believe that I’m driving just 100’s of metres from such an amazing edifice. The last 190 kilometres of today’s amazing journey has followed this magical coastline.  Tonight I’m camped on the cliff top only 50 metres from the Great Australian Bight!!, have had drinks with some fellow travellers, Sue and Cliff from McLaren Flat SA and Jim and Kaz from New Zealand – plenty of laughs and stories so a lovely evening – can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Nundroo Wombat Hole

Nundroo Wombat Hole

Nundroo Fairway

Nundroo Fairway

Nundroo Well

Nundroo Well

Yalata Aboriginal Lands

Yalata Aboriginal Lands

Yalata Country

Yalata Country

Head of Bight Sign

Head of Bight Sign

Cliff Warning Sign

Cliff Warning Sign

Head of Bight Pristine White Sands

Head of Bight Pristine White Sands

Head of Bight Cliffs

Head of Bight Cliffs

Bunda Cliffs Information

Bunda Cliffs Information

Bunda Cliffs Information 2

Bunda Cliffs Information 2

Bunda Cliffs Strata

Bunda Cliffs Strata

Bunda Cliffs

Bunda Cliffs

Bunda Cliffs Colours

Bunda Cliffs Colours

Paula at Bunda Cliffs Lookout

Paula at Bunda Cliffs Lookout

Plants at Bunda Cliffs - Samphire

Plants at Bunda Cliffs – Samphire

Plants at Bunda Cliffs

Plants at Bunda Cliffs

Nullarbor Plain Eastern End

Nullarbor Plain Eastern End

Nullarbor Plain Information

Nullarbor Plain Information

Nullarbor Vegetation

Nullarbor Vegetation

Camels Kangaroos and Wombats ahead

Camels Kangaroos and Wombats ahead

Snails - two different shells at Bunda Cliffs lookout

Snails – two different shells at Bunda Cliffs lookout

Campsite Coast

Campsite Coast

Campsite Cliffs

Campsite Cliffs

Campsite was at Great Australian Bight Marine Park

Campsite was at Great Australian Bight Marine Park

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