Border Village – WA Quarantine Checkpoint – Eucla – Mundrabilla Roadhouse – Campsite 40 K’s East of Madura (8)

Breakfast View

Breakfast View

I woke early to sit on my step and marvel at the magical scene before me – how many people are waking up to the view of the Great Australian Bight 50 metres from their door? After bidding my neighbours goodbye this morning I headed to WA-SA Border Village where there had been quite a storm through the night and water was lying everywhere.  I’m about to play the Border Kangaroo Par 3 hole at the roadhouse. Firstly, I head into get my card stamped and head to the Travellers Chapel in the complex – a charming, serene little room at the end of the motel units.  I played the hole in 5 shots which I was thrilled about given the wet fairway, and fuelled up on my way to the WA Quarantine Checkpoint only a hundred metres away. There are two trucks back to back unloading sheep – a sheep dog is assisting the drivers.

The Quarantine officer checked my bus over – mainly for honey and vegetables, but I had ensured that I complied with the rules and was soon on my way to Eucla for Gas and a tyre repair. Thankfully there was a fellow there who fixed my tyre as the mechanic was not answering his phone. I went to get my card stamped only to find that I’d lost it – rang Border Village, but no luck so I’ll just get my receipt stamped and hope Norseman will be OK with that and give me a new card. The Museum which is attached to the motel complex is very interesting – lots of memorabilia about the Telegraph Station (now ruins about 4 kilometres from town), which ran from 1877 – 1927. I’m not going out to the site as it has rained and 4WD is required. It has a poignant story of a truck accident on the pass in 1992 – reminds me to take care on the roads.

I travelled out to the golf course about 5 kilometres from town to play the Nullarbor Nymph Par 4 hole (again wet conditions, but there is a nine hole course here – some elevated tee offs and all). The story of the Nymph is interesting – as with a lot of good stories, it began over a few beers at the local motel, they came up with a story of a naked sheila living in the desert with kangaroos. “Mr Steve” a local identity got the media involved – he is honoured by a plaque in his name at the Travellers Cross. The nymph failed to help my golf – an 8!!

Back in Eucla, I visited the Travellers Cross and Eyre’s Memorial before heading to Eucla Pass. The view from the pass is stunning – overlooking the valley below and the ocean off to the left.I’m off to Mundrabilla via some magical scenery and was lucky enough to come across 3 wedge tail Eagles feeding on a carcass of a kangaroo. I stopped the bus to try to photograph them, partially successful – they are magnificent creatures – The larger one stayed close to the road but the two smaller ones flew to a tree nearby. The vegetation seems to be in hummocks with many varieties of plants, with a few wind stressed trees dotted here and there.

I arrived at Mundrabilla Roadhouse – got my receipt stamped and fuelled up. The Watering Hole Par 4 – 330 metres is a challenge – narrow fairway then a dogleg to the left – can’t really cut the corner as the ball would be impossible to find. This resulted in an 8 – I need lots more practice on wet and challenging holes!! On my way back I chat to some Melbourne travellers in the Caravan Park and head off for lunch in the bus. Mundrabilla’s claim to fame is that Australia’s biggest meteorite was discovered nearby, it weighed over 10 tonnes. There are 8 crosses on the opposite side of the high way from the roadhouse – powerful messages.

The country has changed to include a range of hills running parallel to the highway and some small trees close to the hill. As I’m driving along, lo and behold, I see another two Eagles!!  My lucky day – I’m still waiting for the Wombats and Camels though. I’m getting quite weary but decide to try to get close to Madura tonight – got to within 40 kilometres. The campsite goes back off the road and there are a couple of other vans in so I tuck into the back and catch my washing up before dark.

Breakfast View

Breakfast View

Border Village Rain

Border Village Rain

Border Village Travellers Chapel

Border Village Travellers Chapel

Border Village Chapel

Border Village Chapel

Border Kangaroo Hole

Border Kangaroo Hole

Border Fairway

Border Fairway

Eucla Sign

Eucla Sign

Eucla Whale

Eucla Whale

Eucla Traveller's Cross

Eucla Traveller’s Cross

Eucla Fairway

Eucla Fairway

Eucla Nullarbour Nymph Hole

Eucla Nullarbor Nymph Hole

Eucla Golf Course Road

Eucla Golf Course Road

 

Mundrabilla Watering Hole

Mundrabilla Watering Hole

Mundrabilla Fairway

Mundrabilla Caravan Park

Mundrabilla Water Catchment

Mundrabilla Water Catchment

Grasses

Grasses

Nullarbor Hummocks

Nullarbor Hummocks

Range beside Highway

Range beside Highway

Wedge Tail Eagle

Wedge Tail Eagle

Mundrabilla Range
Mundrabilla Range