Here are a few of our favourite things to do when driving the Nullarbor that help break up this drive. It’s a long drive but it doesn’t have to be a boring one.
Whether you’re coming from South Australia or Western Australia, a stop at Penong is a must. Located at the eastern end of the drive the town has put together a spectacular windmill museum. The outdoor display pays tribute to a vital part of the town’s history. Their height and shape also make an impressive visual impact against the blue sky and flat landscape.
If you feel like a longer stop before driving across from South Australia, don’t miss Fowlers Bay. It’s situated on the eastern edge of the drive and just off the main road. If fishing, 4WDing or whale watching are your thing this is the place for you. There’s a great little caravan park that has a super friendly atmosphere.
Old telegraph station
Everyone doing the Nullarbor road trip will stop at Eucla to refuel or stretch their legs. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the nearby old telegraph station. Even today, it’s not hard to feel a sense of isolation on the Nullarbor. So, as you take a few minutes to look at the ruins of the old building being swallowed up by sand, imagine how the telegraph operators must have felt in the late 1800’s. There’s a beautiful beach just a 20m minute walk or short 4WD away too.
Yes, there’s fuel, food and a range of accommodation but the roadhouse is also a great base for exploring nearby attractions and getting more detailed information about the area. You can see a scaled replica of the original roadhouse and murals depicting the history of the region. The roadhouse is also home to Hole 5 – Dingos Den – of the Nullarbor Links golf course. You can hire equipment from the roadhouse.
The Nullarbor Links is the world longest golf course stretching over 1300 kilometres between Ceduna and Kalgoorlie. There are holes at the roadhouses – including the Nullarbor and Mundrabilla roadhouse – and other towns along the way. Even if, like us, you are terrible at golf, you should play at least one hole. Not only is it a chance to stretch your legs, but every hole speaks to the history of the location. One thing is for sure. You’re ready for a cool drink by the time you reach the 18th hole!
If you are making the crossing between June and September, you can’t go past the head of Head of the Bight Whale Watching Centre. Yes, you pay to get in, but the view can be priceless. Dozens of southern right whales and humpback whales come to the protected bays and beaches to calf and nurse their young. As if the whales aren’t enough, there are also great views of the towering Bunda cliffs and giant sand dunes.
The stunning vertical drop of the Bunda Cliffs can be seen from several lookouts between the border village and the Head of the Bight. The Great Australian Bight is one of the most recognisable features of the map. Don’t miss the chance to stand on the edge of the Bight, marvel at the Buda Cliffs and take in the views of the Southern Ocean – next stop Antarctica!
Blow holes & caves
The Nullarbor Plain sits on top of an enormous slab of limestone so, not surprisingly, it is riddled with caves. Many of them are off the Main road. The best know are the Cocklebiddy and Murrawijinie Caves. If you are not straying off the Eyre highway you can still checkout the blowhole at Caiguna. You won’t see water spouts but you might hear it ‘breathe’ as air pressure equalizes between the cave and surface.
NULLARBOR ICONIC ROADSIGNS
A road that becomes a runway, the 90 MileStraight, giant road trains and wildlife warnings. No trip across the Nullarbor is complete without a selfie or family shot next to these iconic signs.
SUNSETS & STARS
One of the best things about the Nullarbor is its size. Wherever you stop, it’s impossible not to blown away by the scale of the space. Rarely can you see so much sky and such a vast horizon. Not only does it make for some amazing sunsets and sunrises, you’ll see night skies like you have never seen before. The longer you stare at the night sky the more stars you’ll see. It’s a light show like no other!
The Nullarbor Roadhouse is a central hub for sightseeing, accommodation, fuel and food. We camped alongside the roadhouse for the night, but there are plenty of free camping options also available.
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driving the nullarbor
The world’s longest line of sea cliffs.
The longest, straightest, flattest road in Australia
The longest golf course in the world 1,365km
Distance: 1,256 km
Nullarbor means “no trees” in Latin, but the Nullarbor is covered with bluebush and mulga scrub.
You’ll see plenty of wildlife, including wild camels, kangaroos, dingos, whales and emus.