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The great stillness by the Great Australian Bight

There is a very special part of Australia that Rod wants to share with fellow travelers. The Nullarbor Plain is a place by the ocean where your thoughts will settle down and your senses can rest.

Australia is an island continent located in Oceania between the Indian and South Pacific Oceans.

If there is one part of Australia I think everyone should see, it’s probably the simplest. On the way from Adelaide to Perth, across the Nullarbor Plain, you need to turn south on the tracks near the Western Australian border at Eucla and drive the short distance to the edge of the enormous cliffs overlooking the ocean. By the time you get to this area, your mind has settled down from so many of the ordinary distractions, and there is so little left to see. As you reach the cliff, there is only the flatness of the land, the sea, the sky and nothing else.

The cliffs are a sheer 300 feet high and there is no way down to the water. You've come to a full stop. It’s simply a wonderful experience – the absence of tourism. At last the sense of stillness is tangible and the mind stops racing. Timeless winds twist and dry the stems of desert plants and perhaps far below, you might see a seal or two. The air has a salty ocean freshness and above all else, there is a sense that for all that man has done to change the planet, it will go on as it always has, far into the future.

Sent by: Rod from Australia
Edited by: Kerstin Boljahn

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