Head out on the Highway

December 26, 2009 · 8 comments

I found a smile increasing the tightness of my face the further I got away from Perth. This is the first big adventure I had set upon; driving across Australia in a 1985 Mystery Machine’d Toyota Tarago.

Time to get moving

Time to get moving

The sun never seemed to vary from being directly above, seldom leaving a shadow to hide away in, I spotted my first Kangaroo since being in Australia, it was beside the highway and trying to get past an impossible fence put up to stop kangaroos getting onto the highway, ironically working in reverse this time.

Hazy horizons seemed the central feature of the drive whilst the Australia bush lined the roads. Winerys and camping sites seem to dominate the attractions on route.

Outback

Outback

More miles and me and Alex swapped driving duty at Bunbury, a relatively small city south of Perth. A quick bite for lunch, and we went on our way south, passing Margaret River with plenty of sunlight hours left, we decided to settle at a place called Augusta which was marked as a whale watching area around Flinders Bay, the most south-westernly point of Australia.

Before arriving a diversion to ‘Jewel cave’ was in order, not as exciting as it sounds (there was no jewels in the cave) and with tours at limited times, we did a quick 1km walk around the place (the only thing of interest was a fallout like ladder down into the cave), and set off too Augusta.

Cave Entrance

Cave Entrance

At Flinders bay where we parked up for the night, we made our first meal out of the van; beef, baby carrots, some vegetables, noodles and an egg all mixed together to mark the end of the first day.

Dinner in a pot

Dinner in a pot

Kangaroo tally:

Alive: 1 Dead: 3

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Vi December 26, 2009 at 7:52 AM

At first look I thought it is shrimps in that pot :)
.-= Vi´s last blog – Where to see koala in the wild in Australia =-.

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AdventureRob December 27, 2009 at 4:57 AM

Not quite ;-) It was nice though!

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Candice December 29, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Rob, I miss talking to you online! Totally love this journey, though. The whole van lifestyle is super appealing to me.

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Chris December 29, 2009 at 8:43 PM

You really have to visit Ninbin

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AdventureRob December 30, 2009 at 12:42 AM

Ah unfortunately my journey has ended now, writing it up one bit at a time which will be over the course of January. Van lifestyle was sweet but I gotta find work now before starting another adventure driving the east coast :-(

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Kalo December 31, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Thank you! You often write very interesting articles. You improved my mood.

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