Day Four. Norseman, Western Australia to Geraldton, Western Australia. 1,046 Kilometers.
By far, the most beautiful part of the drive!
I think we ended up taking a longer route because we ended up driving taking the longer road to get to Kalgoorlie, but it was worth it.
I was so surprised driving through Kalgoorlie, where we stopped for a breakfast sandwich from McDonalds. By far, one of the nicest McDonald’s I’d ever been too! I couldn’t believe how big the town actually was. It was far different than all the ones we had been driving through over the past couple of days. They’re was a main street filled with stores and takeaway shops. More importantly being the first and the last good coffee Nate has had since being in Orange. I can’t remember the name of it, but I will keep trying to Google it.
They had this super cute drive thru coffee shop (Hello flashbacks to Starbucks!) where they actually had a whole heaping list of drinks they made. Most coffee shops have just coffee on their menus…if they even have a menu posted…which silly me, I’m more of a vanilla steamer/iced carmel macchiato kind of girl. Or a smoothie girl. Nate’s got used to asking for “steamed milk with a shot of vanilla for the wife,” and sometimes has to explain in further detail the virtually fool proof drink.
Anyhow, it was a real nice town to drive through along the way, with real good coffee.
The rest of the way looked the same, as in green, green and more green. It was stunning! Lots of crops and fields of…green fruit and veggies. I’m guessing lettuce, strawberries, fruit trees…and other green produce. Lol… Even the wild grass was greener. I’m guessing that part of the state as seen quite a bit of rain.
Again, blue skies and no cars. Or very few cars. I think this was my favorite part of the trip so far. It’s amazing the relaxing feel the state of Western Australia gives off.
After our little detour to get through Kalgoorlie, we contemplated going to Perth for the night, or cutting through the middle of the state and just going straight up. Our budget decided going straight up to Geraldton, which put us a day ahead of where we should have been. Because we crossed the Nullarbor and skipped Esperance 😦 we were making amazing time. Nate decided to finally use the Tom Tom App to guide us the rest of the way so we made sure we didn’t add any extra kilometers we didn’t need.
With out trusty Tom Tom in hand, we cruised along. Then we came to a semi dirt road…I’m thinking great, it’s taken us the off road way. Then we see a sign Nathan thought he would never see in his life:
Nate loaded the photos, but only like 15 from the day- but he didn’t load the sign! So I have to try and find it now…
Yes, that is a no speed limit sign. We had no idea these event existed! I believe some Outback roads used to have no speed limits, but that had changed over time. So seeing this sign, Nathan clicked the car into manual from automatic and drove like a school boy pretending he was Craig Lowndes of the V8 Supercars.
Actually, he really didn’t even go that fast. He went slower than I would have! Which was the responsible thing for him to do. While we went faster than the normal 110 speed limits, we were well under what the car was capable of. Such a good boy.
Nonetheless, it was super exciting driving on these random roads with farms land all around without a car in the world.
The drive was much the same as we stopped off every couple of roadhouses or gas stations to fill up. And as we got closer the Geraldton, we got closer to the ocean and the coast as Geraldton is along the coastline. I was so excited! The sun was starting to set as we drove into Geraldton, and I couldn’t get over how pretty it was! It still didn’t feel like an ocean town driving in, as there was still green hills all around.
Then we hit a highway! Yes! We turned onto a real highway! Holy crap. At first it looked like an enterance to a freeway, but after being on it, it was really similar to what PCH would be like in California. The main parts of the town were off the road. Geraldton was quite big as well.
Nathan had booked the accommodation for the night over Wotif early in the day because he saw that vacancies were becoming slim. We drove for awhile once in Geraldton, because the caravan park was on the outer parts of town. It had become dark as we were waiting for the driveway to come up, and finally we saw it.
Our Caravan park on the Western Australia coast. Nate checked us in, we drove down to the one caravan park behind the office and there was our beach front caravan for the night. Lovely. Oh how I wish we got there earlier to see our first West Coast sunset! But we did get to see our first West Coast sunrise that day…
Geraldton, WA Sunrise