From Esperance we headed north detouring to Cape Le Grande National Park before venturing further up the road to Norseman… the recognised starting point for the west to east crossing of the famous ‘Nullarbor Plain’.
In the ’70s, this crossing was a dirt road, often corrugated and only tackled by more adventurous travellers. Nowadays it is 1256- kilometres of bitumen and an outback odyssey that covers 2/3rds of Australia from the goldfields of Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia… combining the rugged outback with a beautiful coastline.
There were some great photo opportunities, with a couple of cool animal road signs; one just before Yalata and another at the Nullarbor Roadhouse and the ’90 Mile Straight’ sign just west of Caiguna – this sign marks the start of Australia’s longest straight road, 146.6-kilometres!
Located right on the Western Australian and South Australian border was a great sign indicating the distance to other places in the world and of course we couldn’t miss another of Australia’s ‘Big Things’ where a photo with Rooey II, a massive kangaroo statue was a must!
We were amused to encounter the very rare ‘Nullarbor Underwear Tree’ and other related varieties such as the ‘Nullarbor Bra Tree’, the ‘Nullarbor Hat Tree’ and the ‘Nullarbor Thong Tree’… which we had thought of donating to – but we were already a bit short in the clothing department as it was!
‘Bunda Cliffs’ were a must see where massive cliffs form one of the longest uninterrupted cliff ranges in the world as was the ‘Head of Bight’, one of the most famous spots in the world for whale watching!
For golf enthusiasts there was also a golf course claiming to be the longest golf course in the world with towns or roadhouses along the way home to one hole… each hole having a green, a tee and a fairway that was part of the rugged, barren, outback terrain.
The Nullarbor Links’ is an 18-hole, par 72 course that spans the distance of the Nullarbor between Kalgoorlie and Ceduna for 1365-kilometres!
There was very little phone reception along this highway and very little traffic apart from the odd caravan, camper or road train.. but there was a lovely sense of comradely.
It truly is a unique destination and a must do experience and it doesn’t matter which direction you travel you won’t be disappointed so add the ‘Nullarbor Plain’ to your ‘Aussie Bucket List’!
Stay tuned as our journey continues…
‘Bound for South Australia’
‘All roads head to the Spirit of Tasmania’