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GEARING UP… From Left: Will, Angus and George get ready to take on the 90 Mile Straight just outside Caiguna WA.

Be prepared

Editor February 18, 2016

TAKE three Aussie blokes, a ute, esky and barbeque and you have got the makings of a fun filled six day ride from Victoria to Perth.
It all started when one of three old school mates decided to relocate to Perth. Angus Hawkes had a new job on the go and he had to take his ute, some clothes and other bare essentials. At the last minute, his two mates decided to make the journey with him. So Will Morphett from Hay and George Adams from Shepparton made up the Aussie three.
They quickly put everything they needed for the trip in the ute. It was a bit of a rush but thought they had enough. Setting off from Wye River they could not use the Great Ocean Road as the bushfires were in full force, so they took another road to Colac and headed to Hamilton and then onto Adelaide.
The wine at Coonawarra was good and sleeping out in their swags was ok as the weather was kind. They then travelled to Port Augusta, onto Kimba and made their nightfall at Streaky Bay.
George says the prawns, oysters and seafood from Streaky Bay had to be the best in Australia. The beaches are wide open and at times you are the only ones using this huge landscape.
After two nights dining on Streaky Bay’s seafood, they set off on the next leg of their journey, heading to Ceduna. The Nullarbor was flat and dry with not much wildlife to be seen. This is due to being national parks and Aboriginal land. But crossing the border into Western Australia there was a complete change. More wildlife was present because of more underground water being available from the privatised land.
They stayed on the border at Eucla and if you wanted to meet the locals, the best place in town was the pub. George says they met some real characters with stories to tell about unprepared travellers who took on too much and came unstuck on the Nullarbor.
George and his mates just looked at one another thinking they were prepared. They had the barbeque, the esky, swags and of course a spare tyre. Everything an Aussie bloke could need in the outback.
Even though you are on the Nullarbor, George says the scenery is spectacular. The views along the coast are breathtaking. It’s an eighty metre drop down to the waters of The Great Australian Bight, another testament to how spectacular the views are.
It was 950km to Kalgoorlie and another two night stop over with plenty of time to see the local sights and what sights there were to see.
It’s called the Super Pit. An open cut gold mine that so far has yielded $88B worth of gold. Even the equipment used is big dollars with the huge trucks costing $4.4M each with 40 on-site and four loaders coming to a cost of $18.5M each. It’s a massive investment for a massive prize.
The final leg to Perth was a mere 570km, but in all they had travelled 4,500km, with each of the three swapping the driving every 200km or so.
They got Angus settled into his new digs and then went sight-seeing. Perth has lots to offer. From Freemantle you catch a boat to Rottnest Island. Every second person in Perth it seems has a boat and at weekends they all go to Rottnest Island, with anchorages catering for the masses.
That night they stayed in jail. The old Freemantle Prison has been converted into a back packer’s accommodation.
The ute stayed in Perth with Angus while Will and George flew home to Melbourne, and as George says, you can make a trip like that easily as long as you go prepared.
Until next time,
Safe Travel’n,
Geoff Vallance