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CROSSING THE NULLARBOR –
PERTH TO ADELAIDE – 9 DAYS
After departing Perth, head south down the
coast through Mandurah and Fremantle.
Perth to Bunbury: 177km/110miles
2 hours 30 minute drive
The coastal route to Albany from Bunbury
is nothing short of spectacular. You’ll travel
through Denmark, Manjimup, Bridgetown,
Margaret River and Busselton.
Bunbury to Albany (via Margaret River):
412km/256miles, 5 hours 30 minute drive
Take the South Coast Highway to
Esperance, the beautiful coastal town
known for its brilliant white beaches. This
journey stays inland for much of the route.
Albany to Esperance: 479km/298miles
5 hours 45 minute drive
Just a short drive today, up the Esperance
Highway to the town of Norseman.
Esperance to Norseman: 206km/128miles
2 hours 15 minute drive
It may seem like a high kilometre count, but
the roads are long and straight and, for much
of the drive, there are few reasons to stop.
Eucla is the last stop before you cross the
vast, isolated space of the Nullarbor Plain, so
stop here and ensure a good night’s rest.
Norseman to Eucla: 713km/443miles, 8 hour
Today will take you from the small town of
Eucla across one of the straightest stretches
of bitumen in Australia, the incredible
Nullarbor Plain. Make a stop at Head of
Bight for spectacular views of the Nullarbor
cliffs. Just 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) by
sealed road from the Eyre Highway, a short
walk to a boardwalk and viewing platforms
is rewarded with uninterrupted views of
the dramatic Bunda cliffs where the land
plunges into the ocean. Between May and
October, you may see whales frolicking with
their calves in the water below. At Fowlers
Bay, 29 kilometres (18 miles) off the highway
from Nundroo, you’ll see spectacular coastal
scenery and shifting sand dunes that are
perfect for hiking or sand -boarding. Stay the
night at Ceduna.
Eucla to Ceduna: 500km/311miles
5 hours 30 minute drive
Call into the Ceduna Visitor Information
Centre to map your route along the coast or
inland to Whyalla. If you take the Flinders
Highway south, you’ll travel through Streaky
Bay, Elliston, Port Kenny and down to Port
Lincoln. Visitors should stop at Baird Bay
and take part in a tour to swim with sea
lions and dolphins. As tours generally depart
in the morning, an overnight stay at Streaky
Bay or Baird Bay is recommended. A detour
through the picturesque seaside town of
Coffin Bay is also worthwhile.
Port Lincoln is on the shores of Boston
Bay, three times the size of Sydney
Harbour and famous for its clear, clean,
beautiful blue water. At least one overnight
stay in this unofficial capital of the Eyre
Peninsula is recommended (see page 91 for
Ceduna to Port Lincoln: 402km/250miles
4 hours 45 minute drive
While in Port Lincoln, you can swim
with tuna and sea lions (see page 91) or
experience a tour on the Seafood and
Aquaculture Trail. Stay longer and charter a
boat or yacht to enjoy some of Australia’s
best blue water sailing.
Travel up the east coast of Eyre Peninsula.
Tumby Bay is especially beautiful and known
for its fishing and stunning beach and
Cowell is well known for fresh local oysters.
In Whyalla, the north-eastern gateway to
Eyre Peninsula, you can dive or snorkel with
Giant Cuttlefish between May and August.
You will end your day in Port Augusta (see
page 103 for accommodation listings).
Port Lincoln to Port Augusta: 345km/215miles,
3 hours 30 minute drive
Before leaving Port Augusta, visit the
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden and
Wadlata Outback Centre (see page 104).
A Spencer Gulf cruise departing from Port
Augusta to discover the local dolphin pod
in the waterway at the foot of the Flinders
Ranges is recommended (see page 104).
Continue south, and maybe detour from the
main highway to stop at a winery or two in
the Clare Valley to sample award-winning
wines before reaching Adelaide.
Port Augusta to Adelaide: 305km/190miles
3 hours 30 minute drive
From Ceduna take the Eyre Highway to
Wudinna, the central entrance to Gawler
Ranges National Park, a spectacular
wilderness area where great domes of
volcanic rock contrast with the stark
whiteness of salt lakes. There are brilliant
displays of wildflowers in spring and wildlife
includes the Southern Hairy-nosed wombat,
pygmy possums and hopping mice. The
park is currently only suitable for 4WD
vehicles, although conventional vehicles with
high ground clearance might pass some
tracks. Keep to designated tracks and avoid
travelling in the park when conditions are
wet. Carry at least a two day supply of food,
water and firewood, as well as additional
fuel. Camp overnight or join a 4WD tour
with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris
(see page 91). Camping and entry permits
Ceduna to Wudinna: 209km/130miles,
2 hours 30 minutes
Continue touring the park. In the afternoon
take the Todd Highway to Port Lincoln.
Wudinna to Port Lincoln 217km/135miles,
2 hours 50 minutes
* Distances and times do not include detours or stops.
This publication is available through the SATC’s international
representatives – see page 166 for contact details.
Nullarbor Links is the world’s longest golf cour se stretching
1365 kilometres (848 miles). The 18-hole, Par 72 course star ts
at the coastal town of Ceduna, on South Australia’s Eyre
Peninsula, and finishes at Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
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