3/07/16 From Cocklebiddy, we went 200kms west to a bush camp on the Eyre Highway near Woorlba Homestead. There was still a big chunk of the morning left when we got there and, over a cuppa, the decision was made to press on to Fraser Range, a further 140kms west.
As we went, we played the 11th hole of Nullarbor Links at the Caiguna Roadhouse, located at the eastern end of the 146.6km straight section of the Eyre Highway. This stretch is the longest single section of straight road in Australia.
At the western end of the straight, the 12th hole was tucked away in mulga scrub behind the Balladonia Roadhouse. On display in a museum inside the roadhouse was a large chunk of Skylab that landed near the roadhouse in 1979 when the NASA space station’s orbit decayed causing it to break up in the atmosphere. The near-miss prompted a call by then President Jimmy Carter to apologise for the litter.
Fraser Range is a working sheep station, the first property to be founded on the Nullarbor Plain, back in 1872. The area bears little resemblance to the rest of the Nullarbor Plain, with a range of granite hills and hardwood eucalypt forest. We rested up for two nights before continuing west to spend some time in the historic Goldfields Region.
Since leaving home on this leg, we’ve travelled 8,146kms in 69 days and across 4 state borders.
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
― A.A. Milne