So here we were,
back in Perth again
after a relaxing 30 hour train trip,
but needing still
to cross the Nullarbor
sometime...

for which trip we needed some directions

Now had a chance to take a better look at Kalgoorlie a town of some affluence these days, with the biggest gold mine pit in the world, and proud of its wilder past as a gold rush town

The 'Super Pit' which we had seen at midnight on a tour from the train, is indeed a super pit



After passing the nickel mine and ore concentrator at Kambalda

we set out to cross the Nullarbor, this time with the sun behind our backs... here are some views of the way ahead.

We had missed out on the world's longest straight rail track – 490km –
but we again had to make the run over the 145km without a bend,
early in the run across the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor.


At Eucla, just before leaving Western Australia
and entering South Australia,
we looked at the telegraph station
which was essential 100 years ago
but now engulfed by sandhills.

We still had a way to go!

Past the sunset of Ceduna.

Instead of watching the Melbourne Cup,
we found ourselves lunching while watched by a lizard
who was not initially easy to see
— you can pass the mouse over the image below
to get a close-up from the same image,
if you can't see the lizard

and diverting north into the Gawler Range,
arid hills separating the Eyre Peninsula from central desert country.


with ruins of old farms, in an environment where farming very very marginal


The kangaroos are large, and hide in the shade

Our campsite was a delight, with the added extra of it being a couple of days past full moon
— see the moonrise at dawn in the third picture


When we left the national park in the morning we entered Buckaboo Station
... a sheep farming property.



This was hard country. As we left the national park,
the station name also had a 'no shooting' sign
which indicated that there were demara sheep, which do not grow wool
(and could be confused for wild goats)

We passed the homestead 51 kilometres after entering the property
and left it some kilometres after that.
We then entered grain growing country again
before arriving back at the road more travelled at Kimba..
sharing with many other places in South Australia a love of murals


and that other Australian thing, a big something, in Kimba's case, a big galah

And so to Adelaide

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