Tonight is our last night in Esperance. Tomorrow we are starting on the next leg of our journey, crossing the Nullarbor.
One of the attractions of the Great Ocean Drive is the Pink Lake. The colour is attributed to high concentration of salt tolerant algae, dunalella salina. Table salt is harvested from solar ponds on the eastern end of Pink Lake. Due to the high amount of water the Pink Lake wasn't pink as the algae hasn't grown.
During our stay we visited Mermaid Leather. Australia's only specialist fish and shark leather tannery. We could feel the texture of barramundi and snapper, test the robust strength of shark. View an informative DVD presentation on how Mermaid turns fish skins into a unique and exciting leather.
Esperance port was constructed in the early 1960's which coincided with the release of farmland on Esperance sand plain and 1960's nickel boom. The depth of the harbour following dredging in 2001 is 14.5 mtrs along the grain and fuel berth & 19.5 mtrs alongside the break water berth. Making it the deepest port in Southern Australia. The largest vessel that can be loaded is 180,000 tonnes, 300 mtrs long, 50 mtrs beam and 18 mtrs draft.
We will be spending the next three to four days on the Nullarbor and will have limited contact.