Blogs from Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain September 19th 2019

Is travelling about the destination, or the journey? It depends, doesn’t it? On this trip, the journey has been every bit as important to me as the destination. And the one section of the journey that stood above the rest was crossing the Nullarbor. I always thought the word Nullarbor was an indigenous name for some reason, but only in the last year did I discover that it comes from the Latin “nullus”, meaning “no”, and “arbor” meaning “tree”. But long before this, as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to drive across this foreboding place by myself. Of course, these days it is not the vast challenge it once was. There are roadhouses with food, fuel and accommodation at regular, if long, intervals. There is even mobile phone service available at many of them ... read more
The sun setting over my camp
Windmill Museum
Australia's largest windmill

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain April 19th 2019

“We’ve done it twenty-six times,” the grey-haired retiree next door told me matter-of-factly. “Kids and grandkids in WA,” he added by way of explanation. “People ask us, ‘What do you see out there?’ ‘Australia,’ I tell ’em, ‘we see Australia.’” I’d encountered a similar reaction when I first started talking of driving the Nullarbor, that 1,200 km (745 miles) expanse of barely inhabited country in the middle of the 3,940 km (2,450 miles) between Perth and Sydney. “But why would you wanna do that? There’s nothing there.” “Jeez, have you got enough music?” “Well, I guess, if it’s a ‘bucket list’ kind of a thing…” Yet, since joining some friends in a couple of self-drive trips out of Johannesburg and into Botswana and Zambia in the late 1990s/early 2000s, I’ve had a yen for crossing countries ... read more
view from a Bunda Cliffs viewpoint
late afternoon, day one: close to Caiguna
full population count, Cocklebiddy

A dull day in the car, making it a long day. 721km on the odometer and 8hrs on the road with very little to see, kids watching the Star Wars DVD's and doing their school work, even opting to sing in Japanese. An early start 0730hrs, I guess winding the clock back us extra ensured we were up early. Temperature 16 degrees Celsius, odometer 77989kms and bright blue skies. Plenty of dead kangaroo road kill being eaten by wedge tail eagles along this stretch of the Eyre Hwy. 0930hrs we stopped at a roadside facility for a toilet stop and snack, a couple of kilometres from Mundrabilla. Here we saw the biggest spider web we'd ever seen, approx. 3metres wide. Home to some very large Orb spiders. At Mundura we took in the view of the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain March 14th 2016

It doesn't seem to matter how much you prepare before you leave home, something always goes wrong at the last minute. Sylvia and I (well mostly Sylvia) had spent five weeks cleaning the house in preparation for our house-sitter's arrival. We had carpenters to repair the rail on the back deck. A handyman repaired the kitchen drawers. An electrician installed a new fan in the lounge room. All of the carpets were cleaned. We even got someone to come and clean all our windows, inside and out. The house had never looked better, even when it was new. We were all packed up and ready to leave. Our friend Gary had arrived to drive us to the train station. I went into the guest bedroom to turn off the main light. As I did so, there ... read more
Lounge Car
Lunch Menu

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain February 16th 2014

Arrived in Ceduna having traveled with friends we had met at a previous C/P Ron & Cheryl.Our intention here is to prepare for the journey across the Great Nullarbor road and into Western Australia. Vehicles and caravans were given the once over in preparation for the journey and the food stuffs were had were checked to ensure we didn't have anything to upset the Quarantine inspectors at the border, even though we still had several hundreds of Ks to go. Ron had decided to tackle the Nullarbor Links the worlds longest golf course at 1365 Kilometers starting here in Ceduna and finishing in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.Each participating town or roadhouse hosts a hole on the 18 hole par 72 golf course.Along the way you get the chance to see some amazing scenery and a different ... read more

Another pack up, another long day in the car and we pull into a road side stop on the Nullarbor Plains to set up for the night. We light our camp fire and then launch into masterchef mode doing a big cook up to use up all of our fruit and veg before the dreaded border quarantine check point.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain December 16th 2012

16th December 2012. Early morning start as we had a long drive ahead. We have been on the Nullabor on a prior trip to Perth and the past verdict was 'Nullaboring'. This trip wasn't anymore exciting either. Apart from stopping at a roadhouse where Sasha and Alyssa had an icecream and a play on the swing, nothing much happened. We stopped halfway for dinner and watched a movie by the camp fire before retiring to our rooftop tents.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain November 21st 2012

Approaching Norseman we scored another passing manoeuvre. This time Joan managed to capture the evidence. This makes five vehicles passed in 14,000 km. Joan suspects this will be our last, but Greg lives in hope. The Nullarbor has a reputation so when we stopped at Norseman we decided to get the 4WD wheels balanced as we had noticed a vibration at 70kph. It seems that the Wolf Creek Crater road had also caused us to throw off some wheel weights. We crossed the Nullarbor in two very long days, both days starting at 5:30am. Initially we planned to stop at Cocklebiddy but the cave has been closed to the public so that killed that plan. Joan was delighted – Greg much less so. The last time we crossed the Nullarbor we saw vast areas of beautifully ... read more
Trees but not much shade
Passing our fifth vehicle
Still lots of trees after Norseman

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Nullarbor Plain October 1st 2012

We were soo excited to be going across the famous Nullarbor especially mum. She kept going on about how iconic it is and how she use to have to map it as a kid and now she will be actually there. blar, blar blar. The weather was really good. Our first stop was Frazer Range. It is a sheep station. It had really funny things on the way in like kettles and toasters plugged into trees. (Ha ha I get it). Dad thought it was a good idea to do the golf tour across (until he discovered the price). Plus we had absolutely noooooo moooore room for golf clubs. Instead of getting rid of stuff along the way, dad seems to be collecting (useless) stuff along the way. WE now have 3 extra mattresses for example. ... read more
first glimpse of ocean
mum is here
Photo 4

ESPERANCE TO NORSEMAN AND ACROSS THE NULLARBOR to Border Village. An overview of the Nullarbor: Nullarbor means no trees. The plain is a great limestone plain which is porous and does not hold water, making vegetation difficult to grow and people to live. Crossing the southern part of Australia means crossing the Nullarbor just above the Great Australian Bite. The Nullarbor drive is generally considered to be the 1200km drive between Norseman in the west and Ceduna in the east. Preparations included a fully serviced car that we had faith in, lots and lots of water, space blankets for shelter if we broke down, etc. (One of the water container leaked, so we had a wet car boot and some wet clothes. – Agh!). Confidence in the car was important as distances between civilisation ... read more
Typical Road Signs
Early Nullarbor Road View
Royal Flying Doctor Road Airstrip

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