Nullarbor to Esperance: The Search for Western Australia (Van around Australia Part Two)

Ceduna SA – Esperance WA (28th April – 30th April)

We set off from Ceduna across the Nullarbor. It was a bit repetitive but it wasn’t as bad as we expected. There wasn’t much in the way of official campsites (outside the expensive and depressing roadhouse caravan parks) but we found an amazing cliffside campsite/place where we could camp for the first night. We stayed well away from the edge. The lookouts had tons of warnings (and gravestone markers) about not getting too close to the cliff, but it didn’t stop some people from trying to get selfies right up to the crumbling edge.

Sunset along the Bight
Panorama of our campsite

Esperance (30th April – 2nd May)

Esperance was actually a nice as the travel brochures, especially after a few days of brown scrub. The beaches were lovely and we went swimming and snorkelling around the big rock…before we found out about the shark that likes to circle the rock :/

Caravan parks are known for their excessive signage, but one we stayed at in Esperance took it to the next level. At least they were keeping the local signage company in business. Our favourite was the “book for book basis” restriction on the book exchange. The owner started roaming the park from 5am, seemingly looking for sign breaches. We’re not sure what kind of interference a dryer gets from an open door, but we didn’t want to stick around to find out so we headed for Cape Le Grand National Park.

Cape Le Grand National Park (2nd May – 4th May)

We did lots of hiking at Cape Le Grand. The first day we walked up to a lookout over the park and its beaches. There were lots of wild flowers, wattle birds and spooky things.

The next day we explored the beaches and more of the great rock formations.

View of Frenchman’s Cap in the distance

Next we had to scale Frenchman’s Cap before the rain came back.

New Holland Honeyeater

The last night we went exploring around the campsite and found some more cool rock formations.

We’ve also made another video!

Now that we’re in WA we will slow down a bit and wind our way through all the national parks west of Esperance. Thanks for reading!

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