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Our quick escape from Starvation Bay, WA!!

Now the waters have subsided and the roads are on their way to being rectified by Main Roads and most stranded Traveller’s are comfy in a new location, it’s all a bit ‘what was all the fuss about?

We were still at Starvation Bay on Tuesday 21st February (2 weeks since arriving there) when a Council worker drove by and advised that if we wanted to leave we should do it NOW! It had started raining again and he could see some of the gravel roads being cut off again. Luckily we had already hooked up and packed up the day before so we were easily in the car and heading out in 15 minutes!!

We headed up Fence Road where we saw where the rush of water had eroded all the sides of the road for kilometres. A single lane was open, the council had laid sand over boggy areas so we got through with ease. Turned onto Jerdacuttup Road and followed it to the South East Highway. Only one or two areas underwater and no problem getting through.

The rain didn’t ease so we were glad we’d heeded his warning about leaving. The winds were increasing to 40klm/hr gusts so we took refuge in a gravel pit 20klm’s out of Esperance for the night (along with a number of backpackers!).

Now we are comfortably staying at a van park in Esperance, re-stocking and having a clean up. The weather has been wonderful since arriving here!!

I guess my advice to Traveller’s who also find themselves in this situation: carry enough water and food to last you a week longer than you think you need – the dried foods such as pasta, noodles, powdered milk, flour, sugar etc can be lifesavers!!

We still quite enjoyed our time at Mason’s and Starvation Bay’s, despite the delay!!

The Grey Nomads website had an article on the flooding in this area…..http://www.thegreynomads.com.au/flood-2/

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Flooded in at Starvation Bay!!! (appropriate name)

Well, we were having a fine time until about Wednesday last week when the heavens opened up, and up and up!

4 full days of rain day and night. At least we were able to fill our water tanks! And as I’m writing this it’s pouring again!!!

So we are now stranded here at the campground with other campers till the rivers go down over the roads as all flooded. The camp hosts are organising a food drop this week as most everyone’s supplies are getting low.

The bridge at Ravensthorpe on the hwy (Phillips River) washed away as seen on the News making life difficult for Truckies and Travellers. My recommendation to anyone heading towards Ravensthorpe and Esperance….DON’T!!

 

Heading east along the WA coastline

All good things must come to an end and with our house sit complete we are now ‘on the road again’!!

We left Mt Barker and headed south east toward the coast. Stopped in a couple of Rest Areas for a few nights along the way (one was a gravel pit at Gairdner as the weather turned nasty, gravel is better than mud!). Bremer Bay was ok but not very dog friendly plus the weather wasn’t good so we didn’t see it at it’s best. At the Meridian RA outside of Ravensthorpe we chatted to a lovely lady Ranger who gave us lots of info about the area.

We visited a few small towns – Jerramungup (they have a great Kokoda Op Shop (open Wed & Sat) next to Lions Park, Fitzgerald – an old school site and tennis courts now overnight stop, Ravensthorpe – neat town with painted silos, easy to locate dump point & water. They are doing up the footpaths with pavers which makes the long haul up the hill easier.

We turned south to Hopetoun and then along the Southern Ocean Road to our fist campsite, Mason’s Bay. Reasonably new bays, dump point, shire owned, camp hosts and drop loo all for $10 pn. Good price for a change. We have had a bit of a fish but nothing to brag about…yet!

Till we move on (or one of us catches the BIGGEST FISH EVER!!!) ……