We progressed well and broke the drive up quite a bit with a stop at Joondalup so Ves could get a new phone...she is now the proud owner of an I-phone 5, as luck would have it on the first day they were released. Changing lanes, traffic lights and highways were a change from the norm, albeit Perth traffic, but still raised the stress levels somewhat (from zero to one that is). We had promised the kids Maccas on the way through and luckily stumbled across one on the Eastern outskirts, the kids first trip to the golden arches for the holiday.
We stopped for the night in Corrigan at a nice little park and still had enough time to walk the town viewing the old farm machinery museum, visited the playground complete with helicopter and wishing well and mucked about in the skate park.
The next morning we had a short drive to Wave Rock which is the main reason we took this one route of many from Perth to Esperance. As a child I recall a picture of wave rock being on the front cover of our family's set of Australian encyclopedias and it looked pretty cool, finally I get to live my childhood dream and see it myself. Well I may be exaggerating slightly there but it was still pretty cool.
Even though there are some aboriginal links to the region unlike Uluru there is a lack of regulations of where you can and can't go, you can pretty much freely walk all over the rock here and the local council even used one side of it to build the town dam.
After we left Wave Rock we stopped for lunch in Lake King township for our lunch. Fortunately being the weekend we were provided free access to a fantastic playground...that also happened to be the local primary school.
The final stop of the day was at Overshot Hill Nature Reserve which we found via the Camps 6 book. We collected some wood for the evenings fire as it was going to be a cold night. The kids decided to build their own fires and the final "Parenting 101" moment was to light them...so we had three small fires going at once.