Ceduna, 28 February 2008
The beach at Ceduna is where Australia ends.
It is the start of the ocean.
Now it is pretty hard to tell the border between those two.
So, the edge of Australia is never completely clear.
- At low tide the beach turns into an archipelago of many small islands.
- At high tide the coast line is more clear, albeit still fractal and continuously changing.
There is no distinct border between land and sea.
The beach is a shared country by land and sea.
Shelly Beach Caravan Park
- Sun, dunes, sea, beach
- Clean air
- Drinkable rain water from tab
- 2 luxurious villas
- Bubble bath sunset
- en suite cabins
- camping sites
Shelly beach is usually empty.
There are not many people living here.
Ceduna is a small town, but the biggest one around.
Those who come here have left their hurries behind.
From the top of the dunes my European eyes see something unbelievable:
a totally empty beach.
- Adelaide is a day and a half drive east.
- Perth is about 4 days to the west.
It is a great experience to stroll along a totally empty beach.
Leaving footprints on a totally flat beach feels like a shameful thing to do.
I take a walk along the shore.
Looking back I see a single trail of footprints, my own.
When the tide goes low several islands emerge.
Strolling through the water you can go island hopping.
With sufficient patience you can walk in circles on one of those islands.
Those circles grow, until the island becomes an peninsula.
Suddenly you can walk to mainland Australia, across a new untravelled land bridge.
An empty, pristine beach without any footprints.
It is a sheer joy for anyone with a young mind.
You will see 2 tracks landing from sea to a mysterious circle,
where the footprints suddenly end.
Now, is that fun or isn't it, well anyway it is for all kids aged 120 or younger.
- Walk from the sea diagonally onto the beach.
- Create a circle in the sand at the end of your trail.
- And walk an other route backwards to the sea.
The high tide will erase the circle.
So it is a temporary puzzle for the rare visitor.
Walking back to the caravan park I notice something weird: foot prints.
Huh? This is an unexpected puzzle.
Where do they come from?
I did not see any other people walking this beach.
Now, did I miss this beach rush hour?
Hmm, these foot prints are made by a heavy weight, just like me.
And the feet are my size too.
O how silly: I have encountered my very own trail.
Shelly Beach is shared country, but beach and ocean share it with you exclusively.
Shared Country is an Aboriginal expression.
It is the area that 2 neighbouring peoples use for trading.