Saturday, November 24, 2012


On our way across the Nullarbor we stopped at a couple of vantage points just off the Eyre highway to take in the vistas along the coastline of the Great Australian Bight.

The Bight

Giant sand dunes

Bunda cliffs

We also detoured to the Head of Bight, where for 5 dollars you can stroll along the boardwalk there and  enjoy the views. We were too early to see any migrating whales, but I did manage to spot a couple of Nullarbor Quail-thrush in the salt bush alongside the road in. They are actually a race of the Cinnamon Quail-thrush, found only along the Nullarbor Plain. 

Nullarbor Quail-thrush country

We took our time crossing and enjoyed some free camping at some of the numerous rest stops along the way.

Sunset at Domblegabby rest area

Near Norseman we had another species of Quail-thrush not far from our campsite and this one, another lifer, I was able to capture in action.

Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush

A detour to Kalgoorlie gave us the chance to see a different sort of landscape to that we had just come through. A man made hole in the earth of gargantuan proportions, the Super Pit at Boulder is a gold mine, 3.5 km long, 1.5 km wide and 370 metres deep.

The Super Pit

On the way to Kalgoorlie

Cheers and Happy Birding


  1. So you got the Nullabour Quail-Thrush along the road into the lookout John?

  2. Yes Greg, on the way in to the lookout/visitors centre. They were on the edge of the road and flew off into the saltbush as we passed. I followed them in and flushed them a couple of times, getting a decent look.

  3. I love the image of the Bunda Cliffs - it is absolutley beautiful.

  4. Thanks Judi. A stunning location, one of many on our travels to.