Balladonia to Caiguna (12th May, 121 miles)

 MG 5279-HDR

The road from Balladonia to Caiguna is known for being a very long straight road! Having said that, many of the roads we drove on were long and straight, and this meant that driving could be quite tiring. I had intended to stop at a rock formation (Afghan Rocks) just outside Balladonia, but we never did see a signpost for that. We did however see many other signs, warning of animals on the road or the possibility of a plane (from the Royal Flying Doctor Service) landing on said road.

 MG 5273-HDR MG 5272

So, the following photos aim to show you the landscape of this strange part of the world. You will see how the colour of the sky changes throughout the day as we move out of the rain belt and into the sunshine.

 MG 5282-HDR

 MG 5285-HDR

 MG 5299-HDR

And here are photos taken in both directions along the '90-mile straight’. This was one of the few bits of road where we could safely pull over to admire the view. Lawrence of course got his drone out for the occasion!

 MG 5318-HDR

 MG 5321-HDR

 MG 5327

We did not encounter heavy traffic along this road, so it was quite safe to squat in the middle of the road to take photos. You had plenty of warning of when something was coming. Here are some examples of typical road traffic.

 MG 5324 MG 5338 MG 5330 MG 5348

The only listed feature near Caiguna is a blowhole, just a few minutes west of the settlement. Apparently it blows air but not when we were there. So, instead, we just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. You will realise soon that I love Australian trees and clouds! Can’t have too many photos of trees and clouds!

 MG 5358-HDR

 MG 5370-HDR

 MG 5361-HDR

Finally, we arrived at the Caiguna Roadhouse and settled in to do some reading.

 MG 5385-HDR

 MG 5376

 MG 5400-HDR

 MG 5388-HDR

 MG 5394-HDR

 MG 5379

All these roadhouses are rightly obsessed by their distance from anywhere else, resulting in plenty of interesting signposts. This one gives the distances from Caiguna, the Hub of the World.

Please click here to return to index page: Crossing the Nullarbor

© Helen Gray 2021