Hassie’s Top 3 Destinations
Top 3 Places to Go when you’re crossing the Nullarbor
Hassie (Craig Haslam), owner of Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, and eco tour company Australian Wildlife Adventures, shares his ‘Top 3 Places to Go’ when you’re crossing the Nullarbor:
“Anyone that knows me or has even just met me in passing will know that I call the regions between Adelaide and Perth “my backyard”. That’s 4000km and a bloody big backyard by anyone’s standards. My wife and I purchased Nullarbor Traveller in 2004 so for the past 15 years we’ve been taking passengers from all around the world on our wildlife and adventure tours throughout the southern parts of Australia. It’s an area that is so magnificent and diverse, and also an extremely underrated Australian destination. Which is partly what makes it so special.
It's untouched, remote, pristine. It’s what we call the real Australia.”
#1 – Head of the Bight
“Number one is an easy one and there’s no question that this is my favourite place in Australia – Head of the Bight – which is the highest part of the Great Australian Bight. It has an amazing coastal lookout and to try and paint a picture of what that lookout is like—you stand on a walk way, and over on the right you have the huge Bunda Cliffs which go right across the top of the Great Australian Bight. The massive, sheer cliffs of this rugged coastline were formed by waves bashing against them over millions of years, which has made them so straight and spectacular. And on the other side you have the creamiest white sand dunes you have ever seen. So it’s a real contrast.
At certain times of the year you can stand there, and you can breathe it, you can smell it and you can really feel it. There’s something so special about this place and if you can slow yourself down, your mind wanders as you look to the sea. In the winter months, you can see the abundant southern right whales that go there to birth and to mate. Seeing these whales and their young frolicking around in the water just adds another level of ‘wow‘ to it.”
#2 – Cape Le Grand National Park
“Cape Le Grand National Park in Western Australia is such an amazing spot, words really can’t describe it. It has a contrast of such spectacular colours like I have never seen in any other national park in Australia. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach at Lucky Bay or doing some of the hikes, such as climbing Frenchman Peak, it’s extraordinarily stunning, with outback reds and greens against a beautiful blue ocean. And then you walk on the pristine beaches and on the whitest sand you have ever seen. It squeaks underneath your feet. You’ll also see kangaroos and joeys lazing on the beach. As you can imagine, people fall in love with this place when they get there. It’s paradise!”
#3 – There’s no place like home
“The third is hard to choose. I really like Whalers Way in Port Lincoln and I also like the coastline and Natural Bridge of Albany. But I also love where I live. Coodlie Park is a pretty special place. Whether it’s the campground, or the beach, or the area around the Homestead. A lot of our tours come through Coodlie Park and passengers sleep in the swag huts in the campground and have a BBQ feast and drinks around the campfire. But if you’re not on a tour, it’s a great place to come and spend some time and use as a base to explore the Eyre Peninsula. When you visit, it’s easy to see and understand why it’s such a special place.
Whether that’s staying in a cabin or the hostel or spending a night in the swag huts in the campground. People often form a special connection to Coodlie Park and it is a home away from home for many people.”