YogiOnTheMove

Follow my yoga quest at home and on the road…

Yoga in the Outback (Part 2)

on October 7, 2015
Bunbury, Western Australia to Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales ... a 48 hour drive

Bunbury, Western Australia to Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales

The Bunbury, WA to Kingscliff, NSW, drive was fabulous. To see – albeit mostly from a moving vehicle – more of this ruggedly beautiful country was a wonderful experience. The changes in flora, fauna, geology, landscape, etc was something special. Doing it all again – but at a more leisurely pace – is on my to do list.

As predicted (in Part 1), time spent getting from A-B each day, did not allow me to attend any asana classes – with one exception, ie Byron Bay (more about that later in a seperate post).

We were on the road 11-13 hours each day. We travelled at a sedate pace, ie 100km/hour, complying with the speed limit when towing a trailer. We only took time out to make stops for fuel, to eat, restrooms, to sleep… oh – and to change a tyre, repair the tyre, buy some tools, and undertake makeshift repairs on the trailer. The trailer door latches failed resulting in the door dragging on the road for several kilometres. A truck driver and his wife (Jim and Janet Crawford) stopped to assist us with the trailer. Our paths crossed several times throughout the journey  – it was great to acknowledge one another with a tiny toot from our van’s horn, and a huge honk from the truck’s air horn.

Our 14m long

Our 14m long “rig”

Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park ...

Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park …

We stopped overnight at – the Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park staying in a 100 year old stone room – complete with stone floor (not conducive to rolling out the yoga mat). This looks like a great place to revisit; Highway One Motel in Ceduna – 24 hour BP service station and food outlet – I was rapt to find barramundi with vegetables on the menu; The Royal Exchange Hotel in Broken Hill – Art Deco in the outback – our room was gorgeous (with plenty of room to roll out my mat), their restaurant excellent – looking forward to a return visit and checking out Broken Hill; Tooraweenah Caravan Park – off the beaten track – population C80. A quiet spot away from the highway to spend the night – check out the local pub, 3 min walk from the caravan park; we stayed at Tallow Beach Motel (which I loved!!) in Suffolk Park (near Byron Bay) for two nights to recharge our batteries after the full on driving days. The shame was we usually arrived at our overnight stop in the dark, and departed the next morning around 6.30am – hence, seeing little of the chosen stopover apart from the inside of our eyelids.

We left home laden with water, dates, nuts, fruit, licorice tea, and cereal. It was my goal to eat as healthily as possible whilst on the road – and I am happy to say that goal was achieved.

My luggage contained my mat, a strap, two blocks and the sequence prepared for me by Lara Favelle.

Whilst in the passenger seat I undertook some ca-yo (car yoga).  I was glad to break up the long hours of sitting with a little asana practice – not an ideal environment however I was able to achieve sukhasana, baddha konasana, swastikasana, padmasana, eka hasta bujasanana (the seat and dashboard height were made for this posture), garudasana arms, and malasana. When we stopped the vehicle – where possible – I would do some standing postures making use of available seats, poles, etc.

Following are details of outback yoga venues (on our chosen route), however I was not able to attend.

Norseman, WA – Olenna Korczynskyj takes classes at 4.30 pm on a Wednesday (restorative) and 11am on Sunday (vinyasa flow) at the Railway Motel, 106 Roberts Street, Norseman WA 6443  Tel: 08 90390003 Mob: 0458 995 899 – Therese Wade, Railway Motel Manager

Ceduna, SA  Sandy Taylor Mob: 0427 097 584. 6 students/class. Please phone Sandy in advance to check if she has space in a class. Private tuition by appointment.

Gunnedah, NSW –  The Wellness Centre  IMG_2229[1]

203 Conadilly St, Gunnedah, NSW 2380
info@wellnesscentrensw.com.au
Tel: 0427422682

After 6 days on the road we arrived at Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales. A great adventure – I look forward to making a similar trip in the future.

Namaste

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We saw kangaroos and emus but no camels. Also, spotted a beautiful Major Mitchell, wedge tail eagle, snake, lizard, goats, and sheep.

We noticed many cairn on the roadside - particularly in WA

We noticed many cairn on the roadside – particularly in WA…

The first time we saw a red/yellow/white heart painted on the road was on the Eyre Highway (WA)...

The first time we saw a red/yellow/white heart painted on the road was on the Eyre Highway (WA)…

We noticed another heart painted on the road near our accommodation near Tallow Beach. Can anyone shed light on what there are about?

We noticed another heart painted on the road near our accommodation near Tallow Beach. Can anyone shed light on what these are about?

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