We enjoyed the beauty around Tullah, despite not allocating sufficient time to explore the town and its surrounds in depth. With mixed feelings we left this small town and headed north on the Murchison Highway (A10). Mostly we were bubbling with excitement, already loving the fresh clean air and the clear colours of the west coast environment, and eager to see new sights. Today would be our first day immersing ourselves in the real Tarkine.
While travelling on the Murchison Highway we passed signs indicating we could take a right turn and head east to Cradle Mountain. But this well-known landmark was not on our agenda. The Tarkine beckoned, and that was located to our west.
We continued northwards on the Murchison Highway and found a vehicle pull-off on the eastern side of the road, a couple of kilometres south of the turn off to the town of Waratah in the area of the Fossey River: the Fossey River Rest Area.
We stopped to have a look. The site came complete with toilets (apparently open 24 hours), spaces for children to play, and a weatherproof wooden building which housed aspects of the history of the area and provided information about some of the sights and walks we planned to find within the Tarkine. So this stopover was useful. Other travellers were out of their cars brushing their teeth, walking their dogs, enjoying the fresh air and generally moving their legs. The Caravan on Tour website provides additional information.