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Day 46 Crossing the Nullarbor part 1

It's all about Dad and his golf

sunny 29 °C

Mum really liked the caravan park at Ceduna(Shelley Beach caravan park). She said the facilities were excellent. They even had a wood-fire oven! I’m giving it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

Mum and Dad wanted to head off early (their kind of early is 9.30am) but they were having trouble with the fridge battery. Dad bought a big battery for the fridge so that when the fridge was in the car, it would be run by the battery and everything would be nice and cold. But the battery wasn’t working properly and Dad was really angry at the battery and at Mum, but of course he wasn’t angry at me even though I just sat in the back of the car and watched him hit the battery a few times (Does that really work?)

Finally at 11am, things were sorted out and we were off! First stop: Penong Roadhouse where Dad played the third hole.

Hole 3: Windmills Penong Par 4 260 metres (Shots: 4)

Then onto Nundroo Roadhouse where we stopped for petrol ($1.63) and the fourth hole.

Hole 4: Wombat Hole Nundroo Par 5 520 metres (Shots: 5)

How do you play this game? Dad wonders

How do you play this game? Dad wonders

We reached the Head of Bight (Great Australian Bight) at around 3.30. You can see whales from here but we were about a month too late. Mum and Dad did walk along the boardwalks (I wasn’t allowed to go). The gates closed at 4pm, so Mum and Dad had only a quick walk around (and still got charged $10 for the experience Mum grumbled)

The last hole for the day was at the Nullarbor Roadhouse.

Hole 5: Dingo’s Den Nullarbor Par 5 538 metres (Shots: 7)

Mmm...what do I do here? thinks Dad

Mmm...what do I do here? thinks Dad

Mum and Dad had decided to do a free-camp so Mum looked up a place in one of her many books she brought with her and she decided to stop at the Bunda Cliffs Lookout. When they arrived there were about 6 caravans already so they squeezed themselves between two caravans. They weren’t sure if they were going to put the trailer up or we were going to sleep in the car because it was quite windy. Little did any of us realise how windy it was going to be! They did put the tent up and then we went for a walk to see the cliffs.

View from about 200 metres from the tent

View from about 200 metres from the tent

It became even more windy after Dad's cooked curry and by the time we went to bed it was almost a gale. I hate the wind. It is too loud for me. The tent flaps so much and I just find it scary. I kept pacing up and down the tent and I could hear both Mum and Dad tossing and turning. None of us slept well.

We may not have slept but at least Mum and Dad had a nice meal

We may not have slept but at least Mum and Dad had a nice meal

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Day 45 Streaky Bay to Ceduna

The Nullarbor Links

sunny 27 °C

We said goodbye to Ray, Dave, Sue One and Two and headed to Ceduna. The Streaky Bay Foreshore Campsite was really good. It was a huge campsite but still very quiet. The facilities were great and there was a beach right opposite us which allowed dogs off the leash 6am-8am and 8pm-10pm. I’m giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

Dad wanted to get to Ceduna early because he was finally going to start playing the Nullarbor Links. It cost $70 to do the whole course. The first two holes were at Ceduna Golf Course. He said that the fairways were okay. He couldn’t believe the putting greens - they weren’t greens, they were black sand!

Black sand!

Black sand!

Hole 1: Oyster Beds Ceduna Par 5 485 metres (Shots: 6)
Hole 2: Denial Bay Ceduna Par 4 370 metres (Shots: 5)

Afterwards we went to the beach which was right behind the caravan park. Dad made a whole heap of food for the next few days. He made lots of mess which Mum didn’t appreciate because she had to wash up. She should be grateful that he made her some food instead of complaining about dishes to wash.

Not another beach scene!

Not another beach scene!

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Day 44 A relaxing day in Streaky Bay

Dad caught some fish (but had to chuck them back in the water)

sunny 24 °C

In Streaky Bay our camper trailer was opposite a lovely couple called Sue and Ray (Mum found out their names because Sue and Ray told them their names - who knows what names she had for them in her head before they told her their names) and they were on holiday with Sue’s brother, Dave and her sister-in-law, also called Sue. (so they called themselves Sue One and Sue Two) Ray and Dave were so excited because they caught some fish from the jetty and they got Dad all fired up and they said to Dad ‘Come with us and catch some fish’ and Mum was like ‘The fish run away when he fishes’ and Ray said ‘Don't worry, you’ll catch fish with us’, so we all went down to the jetty. After about 10 minutes Mum was bored so I went for a walk with her around Streaky Bay and then we bumped into Ray because he was walking his dog, Jackson. He left Sue One in charge of his rod.

When we got back to the jetty, Sue One came up to Mum and said that Dad caught a fish. And Dad said, ‘I caught 2 fish’ and Mum said ‘Can I see?’ and Dad said ‘I had to throw them back, they were Trumpeters, so they were too small and not nice to eat’ and Mum said, ‘So you didn’t catch any fish then to eat’ and Dad said ‘Not to eat, but I still caught some fish’ and Mum said ‘That’s not fishing!’ and then Mum went on a bit about what she thought fishing was about (eating fish) and Dad went on a bit about what fishing was all about. (which wasn't just about catching fish and eating fish)

The professional fisherman!

The professional fisherman!

After lunch, Dad went back to fishing so me and Mum walked back to the caravan park. Dad came back after 2 hours and said he caught 2 more fish but had to throw them back in. 'THAT’S NOT FISHING', Mum yelled! If she thinks she’s so smart she should try fishing herself and see if she can do any better!

Someone has to love him!

Someone has to love him!

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Day 43 Venus Bay to Streaky Bay

Up the other side of the Eyre Peninsula

sunny 24 °C

The Venus Bay Caravan Park was really good. We only stayed overnight but I was able to walk along the beach in the morning and the staff were really friendly. I’m giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 4 paws.

The wind died down in the morning so Mum and Dad packed up easily and then we had a wander around the Venus Bay Walking Trail. It was a great trail because it was leash-free although Mum insisted I go on the leash after a while because I kept going near the edge of the cliffs! Yikes, it’s a long way down and Dad can’t swim and Mum’s scared of going underwater so I would have been one dead dog if I fell. (And parents are supposed to give their lives for their children - not mine!)

I won't fall in, I promise!

I won't fall in, I promise!

On the way to Streaky Bay we went to Murphy’s Haystacks, which I thought were just a bunch of rocks but apparently they were quite old!

It's just big rocks!

It's just big rocks!

Mum and Dad didn’t expect to stay in Streaky Bay but when they drove into the town they liked what they saw so they decided to stop for a couple of days. (I think Dad read something about Streaky Bay being reliable for catching fish - seriously , who is he kidding, even I now know Dad can’t catch fish)

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Day 42 Coffin Bay to Venus Bay

It's not just about the fishing!

sunny 39 °C

Coffin Bay was a great place to stay and the campsite was fantastic. Both Mum and Dad said that the showers, camp kitchen and laundry were great. We even had kangaroos on our sight every night! I'm giving it 4 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

Mum says that when you are travelling you see all sorts of strange place names. She liked this one so much that she told me I had to show it in my blog!

Only in Australia!

Only in Australia!

Today was a difficult day for Dad to drive as it was so windy and so hot. He really had to concentrate and Mum didn't even once offer to drive for him. (If they taught me how to drive, I certainly would share the load, unlike Mum who is too busy looking at the sights to worry about Dad) As we were driving up to Venus Bay Mum and Dad couldn't believe how the landscape in South Australia keeps changing so much. All the way up the coast we kept seeing sand dunes. At Sheringa Beach me and Dad kept running up and down the sand dunes. It was so much fun!

I wonder if there's any fish here, Dad ponders

I wonder if there's any fish here, Dad ponders

Along the Finders Highway, we bought some wood-fired bread at a self-serve bakery.

Do you sell fish too?

Do you sell fish too?

By the time we got to Venus Bay, it was so windy that Mum and Dad struggled to put the trailer tent up. Then Dad couldn't use the gas stove because the wind was just too strong so he had to go into the camp kitchen to cook. And there was dust all over the tent and all over us. Mum said she needed a 3-day shower to make herself clean. (She only ever thinks about herself!)

At least Dad can cook fish!

At least Dad can cook fish!

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