The Eyre Highway has many free camps along its 1600km. We first of all stopped at a couple of camps heading west but they didn't feel right. Wind, flies and used toilet paper do not make you feel at home. Although we could have put up with all three if we had to, we decided a better view was ahead. On the road again, with the Southern and Indian Ocean to our left, we hit the Highway in search of a better spot.
We also stopped at a couple of lookouts over the Great Australian Bight and knew we had done the right thing. Scenic Lookout 3 (SA side) is the first one you come across heading west. It has got to be the best lookout! If you have seen photos of the Great Australian Bight, then you would have seen this. Real life is just as jaw dropping.
The Great Australian Bight - Lookout 3
I would have loved to get the drone out and send it up but the wind was way to strong.
We passed lookout 2 and headed for the Scenic Lookout 1 (WA side), which had a camp by it.
Jackpot! .. Ding, Ding, Ding! … Finally as soon as we drove in you could see the ocean down from the hill. What a view and what a large area.
Lookout 1, is by "Border Village 13km East" (this is the name on WikiCamps) it looks over the Australian Bight. Which would you believe it's 13km east of the WA border 😉
We had a stroll around to find were we wanted to park. Since it's a huge area, we had many choices and we chose a spot with a million dollar view. Right over the ocean. With breeze blowing and sun shining, we decided that this was definitely a place to stop for a couple of nights.
Table, chairs, drinks and nibbles time. Most of all, time to take in the view and remember how good life is 😀
There are lots dirt tracks to drive all size vehicle, you just have to pick your spot. Lots of low-lying green vegetation sprawls out between the tracks making it look quite lush.
Lots of camps – just walk around and find a place
As you can imagine sitting over the water, with nothing between you and the Antarctic it gets a little windy. This was keeping most of the flies at bay but at times was keeping us inside. With a great view from our window this didn't put us off. We decided to stay for three nights 😀
The first nights sleeping in such a windy place, was like being in a slightly rocky boat the next was like a ship on the ocean 🙁 As Larry sleeps through most things he hardly noticed! Thankfully the third night not a peep of wind. Or had I got used to it?
We were closer to the water than most. Maybe further back would not have been too bad. Also a different time of the year maybe less windy.
We didn't unhook here just took in the views from our porch 😉 and from our room with a view 🙂
Great Australian Bight - View from our van
There is a lookout in basically the same area as this camp. Other vans and cars came and went. It surprised us every time, when a van just drove by. It is such a beautiful spot, wind and all.
In fact we both mentioned it's the best free camp yet 😀
This is a must! And as a result is already on our list for next time 😉