Published: May 8th 2012May 8th 2012
Whale watching along the Nullarbor
The turn off to the visitors centre where you could watch for whales if in season, or just look at the scenery of the Great Australian Bight coastline. Access is by a metalled road, a few KM lin length.
ACROSS THE NULLABOR from Border Village to Ceduna South Australia.The better half?
There is a border post between West Australia and South Australia at a place called, not surprisingly, Border Village. These border controls attempt to stop the moving of disease and insects in fruit, etc across state borders. Hefty fines for naughty boys (or girls) if caught. The west to east check is actually carried out just outside of Ceduna, much later.
After crossing the border, we were advised to watch out for camera signs indicating photo opportunities of the Great Australian Bight coastline - they were worth stopping at, as we saw a variety of shorelines of the Bight from cliffs, to sloping banks to giant sand dunes. At one, we saw in the distance what we were told by some other observers to be a group of about 10-20 killer whales swimming along the coast. The attached photo of two was shot from a great distance so is a bit blurred, but if there are any experts out there, it would be nice to have it confirmed that they were probably killer whales. It was fantastic to watch them in real
The Bunda Cliffs on the Bight
Stretching for 500 miles, what would the early explorers do to access the mainland?
life, even at a distance, slowly and effortlessly rising out of the water periodically, presumably to breath. Further along the coast we stopped at the whale watching platforms at the northernmost point of the bight. There was a $5 per adult charge to access the platform, even though the large whales were not due to be present until June. Scenery made the platform viewing worth it.
The Nullarbor was at its barest (vegetation) at this point and for the next 100km. Traffic was light, usually no more than one car per minute and often much less. Road views/pitures were much the same as the west side of the Nullarbor and are not repeated here.
We pushed on until we reached Ceduna, where we went through the border check. We declared our Sultana Bran to the inspector, but the dried fruit in this was not a problem. Better safe than sorry. Filling up at Ceduna was done at main town petrol prices, about $1.50 per litre. The campsites here seemed full, in spite of the time of year, and
Bunda Cliffs Notice
The cliffs stretched to the right of the whale watching plasform, but to the left were the highest sand dunes I have ever seen, stretching for miles
as we had a bit more daylight, we left the Nullarbor and headed down into the Eyre Peninsula towards Smokey Bay to stop the night.
Overall, I would recommend this trip once, but might want a long break before trying it again.
Next stage of our journey, the Eyre Peninsula:
There are more photos below