Australia is a big country, similar in area to mainland USA, yet our population is not quite 23 million. Of those, around 85% live within 50km (31 miles) of the coast. That leaves a very large part of the country with very few people in it! Most of the centre of our country is desert, and we city folk rarely travel inland. I live in Sydney, the biggest city, and in the eastern (coastal) part of the city at that. We tend to go to the beach for our vacations, or to other cities. Much to my shame I had never seen the heart of this country – until now.
On my bucket list for as long as I can remember was to do the trip all the way across the country, from coast to coast, on the iconic Indian-Pacific Train. The Indian Pacific has been crossing the country from Perth to Sydney and back since 1970, and it traverses some of the most inhospitable parts of the country. I take my hat off to those who live and work in those dry hot remote places!
Seeing the vast Nullarbor Plain was one of the highlights. Nullarbor sounds like an Aboriginal word, but it actually comes from Latin, meaning “No Trees”. It is a vast plain of red earth and small shrubs. According to Wikipedia, it is the world’s largest single piece of limestone, and occupies an area of about 200,000 square kilometres (77,000 sq mi). At its widest point, it stretches about 1,100 kilometres (684 mi) from east to west between South Australia and Western Australia. As we sat on the train the scenery barely changed from hour to hour the day we crossed the Nullarbor, yet it was endlessly fascinating. The whole time I had the song “Nullarbor (The Biggest Backyard)” by Kasey Chambers playing in my head – check it out if you haven’t heard it. It captures the feel of the outback perfectly.
Of course the Nullarbor was just a part of the 4,352 kilometre (2700 miles) journey. I’ll be posting pages to our Facebook page, so pop by & see some more of our beautiful country. Did you know you don’t even have to join Facebook to view our page? Meanwhile here are a couple of pages about the journey.
- Challenge 158: Say It With a Song (Song lyrics used with permission)
- Content: Bush Treasures Digital Kit, PS I love you Digital Kit
- Font: Aaargh
“Crossing the Nullarbor”
- Blueprint: Travel (R)
- Content: Bush Treasures Digital Kit, Love Digital Overlay
- Fonts: Aaargh, Landsdowne