23.11.2013 - 23.11.2013
This was it, this morning we would be swimming with sea lions and boy were we excited!
Having seen footage online of how inquisitive they are and the close encounters you could have we couldn't wait to get in the water to interact with the puppy dogs of the sea... I mean look at this guy!
Sea lion swims are one of the big three underwater encounters that Port Lincoln is famous for, the others are cage diving with Great White Sharks and swimming with Tuna.
We had booked our adventure with Calypso Star charters and as we wouldn't be leaving until 11am we were able to have a bit of a lie in, breakfast over looking the bay as well as finding a chemist for some seasickness tablets (just in case!).
As we entered the marina Dan noticed he had several missed calls from an unknown number. Unfortunately it was from the tour company to let us know our trip had been cancelled as it was too choppy. You can imagine our disappointment! We were offered to go swimming with tuna in the afternoon as an alternative but opted for the full refund instead as we still needed to make it to Ceduna. In hindsight it probably was a bit ambitious to fit in the sea lion swim and get to Ceduna in the same day... You ve got to look for that silver lining somewhere.
So with the weather now reflecting our mood we left rainy Port Lincoln behind and headed towards Coffin Bay. As you can see from this pic it was all a bit dreary.
And I'm not sure what this is but it was huge and looked like it could give you a nasty sting!
Leaving the rain and giant insects behind we chased the sunshine to get some miles out of the way.
Having looked at some of the maps we had picked up along the way we decided to break for lunch at Locks Well beach near Elliston, it was great to see the ocean materialise before us as we approached the coast.
It was a stunning spot for some lunch with some amazing views along the coast.
We were intrigued to see people climbing up and down nearly 300 steps (I counted them on the way back up!) down to the beach with rods and buckets so we had to go take a look.
As it turns out that this area is great for surf fishing and you could catch salmon straight off the beach! How cool is that! They definitely would be having a better dinner than us.
Back on the road again we found ourselves in a strange landscape where it was hard to tell where the cornfields ended and the coastal sandunes began!
Along the way we would spot the odd farm building but most of the time it was only a random mailbox in the middle of nowhere that would indicate that anyone was living out here and even then it wasn't always clear what path would lead you there, or if there was one!
We stopped off to check out Murphy's Hay Stacks, a group of Inselbergs, which in German means Island Mountains.
We were blown away, not by the 'haystacks' but by the sheer scale of this country.
The land stretches as far as you can see without a single building to break up the skyline. It is one of the few places where you really get to experience land that is as big as the sky but at the same time the sky towers above you in a way that neither of us has ever experienced.
And all the different colours are delicious!
We hadn't been on the road for long when we had our first near miss as we noticed a Bobtail crossing the road in front of us. We would soon learn that this mid afternoon time was very popular for these guys to be crossing the road as we had to dodge several others a couple of which didn't then go on to survive the other side of the road
We decided to stop off for coffee in Streaky Bay but nearly everywhere was shut apart from the drive through liquor store! A concept that I still can't quite get my head around!
The local roadhouse was open though so we refuelled the van and ourselves and checked out this sleepy towns claim to fame a replica of the largest White Pointer (Great White) shark to be caught with a rod and reel!
In 1990 it took a local man 5 hours to pull in all 1520kgs of this shark, breaking the world record!
We completed the 382km to Ceduna around 7pm and we stayed out of the main town near the airport as other campsites needed us to arrive earlier. As soon as the sun went down we hit the sack as we would need to start early the next day to take on the mighty Nullabor!