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Nullarbor Plain Road Sign

The Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia

One of Australia’s classic must-do road trips is this crossing of the Nullarbor Plain from Norseman to Ceduna.  On this 2000km drive you will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique perspective of the vastness of the Australian continent between Perth and Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.  This is a relatively easy, but very long drive and the best way to enjoy it is to take your time, and preferably also take your accommodation along with you!  It is the perfect road trip to do in a motorhome rental or campervan hire, which will enable you to stop and rest whenever you like and to linger a little longer in some of the intriguing stops along the way.  You will be amazed by the scale of wide open country that will be yours to enjoy, as you drive through areas that were once only traversed by camel trains!   You can cover the distance in roughly 2 days, but a 6 day itinerary will give you time to enjoy the journey. 

Perth to Balladonia

Starting in Perth, WA, let us make our way east to Ceduna. The first part of your journey will take you along the Beaches and Goldfields Drive to Norseman, where the Nullarbor crossing starts.  See a monument to the ancient camel trains and walk through the world’s largest eucalyptus forest, before visiting Fraser Range Sheep station and driving to Newman Rocks for a great view.  Continue on to Balladonia for your first overnight stop.

Nullarbor Plain

Balladonia to Caiguna

After trying your had at sheep mustering in Balladonia, continue to Afghan Rocks and start the Ninety Mile Straight, one of the world’s longest stretches of straight road!  At the end of the Straight you will come to Caiguna for your next overnight stop.

Caiguna to Madura

The next section of the drive from Caiguna to Madura is fascinating – see the Caiguna blowhole, caves, caverns and underwater passages.  There are several side-trips from here, but you will need a 4X4 to venture off the highway.

Madura to Eucla

Day 4 will see you reach the border of WA and SA, where you can visit the Eucla National Park to see the amazing shifting sand dunes; this is a fascinating part of the journey and  once you cross the border into SA you will be in a whole new time zone!

Eucla to Nullarbor Roadhouse 

On the next part of your trip you will drive through the Nullarbor National Park, alongside the sheer Bunda Cliffs; there are five lookouts where you can absorb the dramatic scenery as the cliffs drop off into the ocean.  The next part of your journey is what Nullarbor is all about…seemingly endless treeless plains stretch as far as the eye can see off to the horizon.  It is hauntingly beautiful and rather other-worldly.  Visit Cook, an outpost on the Trans-Australia Railway and meet the people who man this isolated little station in the middle of nowhere.

Nullarbor Plain, Bunda Cliffs

Nullarbor Roadhouse to Ceduna

The last leg of your journey will take you from Nullarbor Roadhouse to the end of the drive in Ceduna.  You could catch a glimpse of Southern Right whales from the Bunda Cliffs and admire some Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Yalata Roadhouse en route.  Lastly, visit pretty Fowlers Bay fishing village and feast on fresh oysters in Denial Bay.

From Ceduna you can drive on to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

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