The Nullarbor Plain journey stretches 1200km from Norseman in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. Many are under the impression it’s a long and boring drive with nothing to see but disagree we must. It's an outback adventure along the Eyre Highway, exploring the spectacular coastline of the Great Australian Bight, travelling the 90 mile straight and observing Australian wildlife and the changing landscape along the way.
Fuel is available at several outlets on route, however prices are higher due to the remote location and cartage costs. Fuelling up in Norseman is highly recommended. The next service and accommodation is at Balladonia
which is 188km on. Here you can learn about the “Nullarbor Nymph”
legend, pertaining to sightings of a free spirited blonde woman dating back to 1971 and as recent as 2007 at Balladonia.
27km on at Caiguna
is where “Australia’s Longest Straight Road”
begins. You just can’t pass up the opportunity to stop and photograph the sign that marks the 90 Mile Straight, being the longest stretch of straight road in the country. The straight measures 146.6km to be exact and snapping this moment makes a great memento of your Nullarbor experience.
Caiguna is also the next service and from here to the state border there are several fuel stops with accommodation and camping, being Cocklebiddy 65km on, Madura 91km further, Mundrabilla 115km further and Eucla 65km further east.
Eucla is a small village with fuel supplies, food, drinks and ice and the Eucla Hotel with bar, restaurant and camp ground with amenities. If you follow the unsealed road past the camp ground you will find Eyre’s Memorial, Traveller’s Cross and the Old Telegraph Station ruins nestled in the sand dunes.
13km east of Eucla is the state border where you are required to stop at the quarantine check point and discard any fruit or vegetables, honey, seeds, plant material, etc. At the end of the Nullarbor journey at Ceduna is an inspection station which is often manned and your vehicle can be checked by Quarantine Officers so you’re better off sorting it out here at the border. Once you’ve done the right thing you can check out the official state border line.
The Bunda Cliffs are the spectacular highlight of the Nullarbor and can be accessed at several lookout points along the coast between the state border and Nullarbor Roadhouse. Gravel tracks lead to the coast in the Nullarbor National Park where you’ll find absolutely breathtaking scenery. The exposed limestone cliffs drop 90 metres to the Southern Ocean and the overall effect is postcard perfect. The Great Australian Bight is awe inspiring.
is 182km east of the state border and sells fuel, food, drinks and ice and offers motel accommodation and a camp ground more suited to vehicle based campers and caravans.
The Head of Bight turnoff is 14km on and 11km in reaches the carpark. This is where the beaches meet the cliffs and a whale watching platform sees action between May and October. To view the Southern Right Whales entry fees apply.
Back on the highway the next service is Yalata
which is 79km on and then Nundroo
55km further. Fuel, food and refreshments are available as well as motel accommodation and camping.
Some 15km on is the turnoff to Fowlers Bay
. The unsealed road offers a scenic approach to the coast as the magnificent white sand dunes draw near. Nestled behind the dunes is Fowlers Bay Motel and Camping Ground, which has amenities, laundry facilities and drinking water. The fishing is fabulous here and at nearby locations such as Scott Bay
and Mexican Hat
(mud maps are available at motel reception). Common catches are Australian Salmon
and King George Whiting
. Whale watching tours operate from Fowlers Bay and you are almost guaranteed to see whales in season with the experienced local guide.
Fowlers Bay can be exited 32km east via Glen Boree and a further 35km along the highway reaches Penong. The small village has a service station, pub and camp ground. Surfers might like to check out Cactus Beach
21km south of Penong which is known for its excellent surf breaks.
The Eyre Highway ends 76km on at Ceduna, where you can finally hit the shops. The large seaside town on Murat Bay has several caravan parks, great shopping and is the ideal place to restock and refuel before continuing on. Note all fruit and vegetables are prohibited across the WA/SA border. Manned fruit fly inspection stations are located at Ceduna for traffic coming from the west.
The Nullarbor journey is scenic in many aspects. The coastline is obviously the highlight but the drive itself is a unique experience. The vegetation changes along the way from treeless plains to shrubs and bushes and eventually trees. Some trees sport memorabilia left by those who’ve completed the journey. There is plenty of wildlife to look out for, kangaroos, emus, wombats, camels, wedge-tailed eagles and try to avoid the lizards crossing the road, as well as the larger more noticeable creatures. The Nullarbor is an Australian adventure worth embarking on and whichever way you tackle it there is more to see at either end.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
Return from Nullarbor to Western Australia