[Photos of Bullara’s accommodation, and the donkey we had to light for hot water]

We had plans to head for Coral Bay, but everything is booked up. We called in for a look and it’s a bit like Lakes Entrance – very touristy and everyone lined up as though a race is about to start. We continued south, through the most boring country so far – not a tree, shrub – nothing!

Drove into Woorarra Stn, along a single land sand track, heading 32kms to the coast, where the station offers camping. There is a caretaker on-site, so here goes! The track was a little rough and sandy in places, but everything was going well, until we met a caravan coming out. His van wasn’t offroad, so we had to drive up a 2 foot embankment, onto the verge and let him pass. Russ wanted me to take photos of it, but I had my eyes closed at the time!! Needless to say, everything was OK, though the descent was just as scary! At least I know now what can be done and it will be easier next time.

Over a dune and we saw the spectacular torquoise Indian Ocean, but not a tree or shrub in sight. Russ had to drive the K’van onto the white sand beach (not his favourite thing to do). We were greeted by the caretaker, who said the howling freezing Easterly would continue for at least 3 days and decided against staying there. Apart from the exposure to sun and wind, unless you had a boat and heavy fishing gear, there wouldn’t be anything for us to do, as idyllic as it seemed – it wasn’t for us.

Travelled to Minilya, along this still boring stretch of road and camped at a wayside stop on the Minilya River. At least there were some beautiful ghost gums, BBQ, table and budgerigars nesting in a tree hollow near us.

Set off at 8am for Carnarvon and we were lucky enough to get the last site – next to the bowling green, so we have booked in for 3 nights. We have reception at last and had a great chat with family, will fill up with good water, do the washing, defrost the frig etc. and catch up with the blog. I apologise for the layout of the blog, but my back doesn’t allow me to sit for too long and make all the necessary adjustments.

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