Date: 13-14th March 2023
Travelled: 205 kms from Norseman to Esperance in Western Australia
Visited: Norseman and Esperance
Stayed: Esperance RAC , $48 a night, S33.84603, E121.90241
Budget: days @ $ per day
It was a very hot evening in Norseman but the chill comes down quickly as the sun sets. Pam nudges me during the night to close the hatches, I obviously obey and close them.
Another day dawns and after coffee we set off for a walk around Norseman.
Norseman was settled on a gold strike and gold along with other mining is still its life blood. There are several large mines operating around the area and a huge dongle village in town. The open air museum is a continuation of that theme, interesting but only worth one photo.
Back in the Jayco and rolling out of town, there is little traffic as we head south on Coolgardie Esperance Hwy. It quickly turns to farming country and huge silos appear every so often as the road follows the rail line.
We also pass several salt lakes as we continue the one below just outside Salmon Gums.
We’ve arrived in Esperance a day earlier than planned. By that I mean we booked a 4 days Nullarbor respite in the RAC caravan park a week or so ago and were a day early. Our friend Joy and Johannes (more about them later) have come to the rescue and offered us a park at their place for tonight.
We drive up The Esplanade (waterfront) and back down Dempster Street (the shopping strip). We find a long parking spot easily enough and go for a leg stretch.
On the 14th July 2016 we are parked on a beach front in Marazion in Western Cornwall. Two motorhomes along I see an Australian Flag in the window we walk up and introduce ourselves to Joy and Johannes from Esperance in Western Australia. We spend an hour or so chatting about motorhoming around Europe.
It was the start of a long distance friendship, punctuated by commenting on each other blogs.
Joy and Johannes make us welcome and we spend the next couple of hours catching up and reminiscing before we park the Jayco and settle in for the evening.
Next morning we go for a long walk finding some more interesting sights pictured above. By the time we’ve returned to the Jayco and had breakfast we receive an SMS stating our site at the RAC is ready. So we relocate and settle in.
After lunch Johannes picks us up and kindly takes us on sight seeing tour on the Great Ocean Drive, a scenic drive along the coast west from Esperance
Back at the RAC in time for a short nap before going out with J+J to a local sea-food restaurant affectionately known as Fish Face. All locally sourced sea food, it was excellent. Esperance has been an adventure so far.
Michael + Pam