10 Great Tips for a Successful Drive along the Nullarbor

April 30, 2016 14 Comments
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Driving the Eyre Highway or more commonly known as The Nullarbor is one of Australia’s most epic self-drive adventures. The highway covers 1200km of land stretching from Norseman, Western Australia to Ceduna, and South Australia. Tackling the journey is a must do experience and gives you realization about remoteness and the real outback Australia. Whatever the direction being east to west you won’t be disappointed by your drive with  some spectacular stops along the way.  We have driven the Nullarbor a couple of times now and driving the Nullarbor has to be one of our most memorable experiences and its one for your Aussie Bucket List. We share with you our 10 tips for driving across the Nullarbor. 

Carry a Supply of Fuel

 It’s always best to carry a 5 or 10 Litre Jerry Can with Petrol or Diesel so you are able to top up if you are nearing on empty. You will find roadhouses every 200km however you need to keep in mind they are not open 24 hours.  If you happen to travel during the night, you would need to plan accordingly.   We found the price of petrol on the Nullarbor not too extreme however it’s always better to be prepared.

Pack plenty of Water and Food

Stock up with supplies at the largest town you can prior to leaving. As we were going from WA to VIC, we stocked up in Kalgoorlie. We had plenty of food and water for both of us to last a week. However it does not hurt to spend some money at the Roadhouses along the way. Maybe an ice cream or some lollies for your sweet tooth!

Have your ITunes Playlist organised

 For driving 1200km, you would want to have some good music to listen to, to help pass the time; you won’t get any radio reception on this drive. I recall lots of Taylor Swift, Creedance, and Fleetwood Mac on our trip.

Take plenty of photos on the drive

 It’s a memorable trip and one that you can cross off your bucket list. Be sure to take plenty of photos of the landscape and even the signs!  There are many tourist lookout spots, we highly recommend the 4 Great Australian Bight lookouts! They are amazing!

Obey the law at Border Village (Border of SA & WA)

Driving into WA you are not allowed to take any fresh fruit or vegetable with you. You must declare and destroy at this quarantine stop.

Phone Service

 Hate to break it to you, but you won’t have much luck getting reception on this drive. The best reception is with Telstra and you get this only at the Roadhouses. We stayed at Mundrabilla in the caravan park and we were only 20 meters away from the Roadhouse and we were lucky to get 1 Bar of Service.

Heavy Vehicles

The Eyre Highway is a major highway in Australia, be prepared and on the lookout for heavy vehicles towing big rigs. You may have to move your vehicle off the road completely and wait for them to pass.

Work out how much time you want to spend driving from Norseman to Ceduna

We did the drive in 2 days and no doubt they were a big 2 days of solid driving. Most people do it longer however it’s entirely up to you. It’s always recommended not to drive at night and early dawn & dusk with the wildlife being very active. There are plenty of road side stops and roadhouses that provided accommodation. Now remember you’re on the Nullarbor it certainly isn’t 5 stars out here! At Mundrabilla we payed $20 for a powered caravan site with access to toilet and showers.

Wave to your fellow Travelers.

You may drive a number of kilometers before seeing a single car, but when you see them give them a wave. Sure makes some form of entertainment for you.

Drop Toilets

When nature calls sometimes you have to go where you can. When no toilets are available the bush makes good use and we urge people to either take your toilet paper with you or dig a hole and dispose of it.  Don’t leave it on the ground like many others do. Do the right thing and bin it! If you’re able to hold it in, there are many road side stops that have Eco Toilets or more commonly known as Drop Dunnies available. Just be prepared for the stench when you walk in!

The Nullarbor is a great road to drive on it’s a fully sealed road and whilst it does travel  through remote areas it requires preparation before you set off. Our YouTube video of our drive along the Nullarbor can be found here and it will give you close up views of the roadhouses and the landscape. Enjoy your drive and we hope you loved our tips 🙂

 

Planning more Australian Road Trips? Take a read of our Tips for Travelling the Stuart Highway between Port Augusta and Darwin or even check out Tourism Australia’s Crossing the Nullarbor Guide.

WATCH OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO OF OUR DRIVE ALONG THE NULLARBOR

loveyourtravels

loveyourtravels is joint travel blog by engaged couple Stacey and Wayne. The blog is to encourage others to get out there and see their own backyard. Even if its day trips, weekends, holidays or full time travel we do it all. We love to share our travel experiences, thoughts and costs. Planning our Wedding in March 2019 then taking off immediately after to Road Trip and Work Australia.

14 Comments

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    mavis

    May 3, 2016

    What about golf we’d love to do that

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      loveyourtravels@hotmail.com

      May 3, 2016

      Hi Mavis, thanks for your reply! Yes there is the nullarbor links golf that can be done. Due to our timing we did not look into this. But for our next trip, we will have to look at it. 🙂

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      Delwyn Swaisland

      May 3, 2016

      Thanks for your tips. We will be coming from W.A. across at about the end of July.

      • Reply

        loveyourtravels@hotmail.com

        May 3, 2016

        Thanks for your comment Delwyn. Much Appreciated. You will enjoy the drive, its great 🙂

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    Liz

    May 3, 2016

    Great tips, we hope to head from Victoria to WA around this time next year.

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      loveyourtravels@hotmail.com

      May 3, 2016

      Thanks Liz. Our first trip i didn’t really enjoy it, it was mostly because i was a passenger in the car. The next trip we had both vehicles and drove independently which made it more fun!
      You will enjoy it!

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    Kay

    May 5, 2016

    Thanks for the insight we will be heading that way this year

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      loveyourtravels@hotmail.com

      May 5, 2016

      No worries at all Kay. Glad to offer helpful advice. Enjoy your trip 🙂

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    Neil Fyffe

    May 5, 2016

    Your statement “Keeping in mind there is road houses most 300km that will have fuel available” is a bit confusing for new travellers, there are NO stretches more than 200km between service stations.

    We love doing the trip having done it many times.

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      Vic Wyborn

      October 5, 2016

      You may have read a different article Neil.
      The way I read this article, it stated Road Houses and fuel are located every 200 klm’s. I saw no mention of your stated 300 klm distance.
      I may be wrong, I often am.

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    Lauren

    June 17, 2016

    When we travelled the Nullarbor a few years ago there were trees that had themes. One had underwear hanging from it, another had kitchen utensils, one had random household items etc.etc. so we started our own with flags. We still wonder whether our tree is still there with flags hanging from it.

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    Vic Wyborn

    October 5, 2016

    My wife and I, along with our pet Pup Noko. Have crossed the Nullarbor three times. We were amazed at the diversity of the Flora, the wonderful lookouts, the many great camp sites along the way. My idea of the crossing from one side of Australia to the other, is to do it slowly, appreciate the trip, enjoy the changing sky line, explore the Bundi Cliffs and watch the Whales frollick in the seas below.

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      loveyourtravels@hotmail.com

      October 16, 2016

      Its remarkable isnt it!!! We are planning on a trip again next year!! LoL! Cant get enough of it 🙂 Thanks for your comment 🙂

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    Delphine

    December 16, 2017

    I would love to do this drive!, thank you for sharing some great tips!

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