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 some spectacular stops along the way. We have driven the Nullarbor a couple of times now and here are our 10 tips for you to have a successful and great drive along the Nullarbor Plain.
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!
HERE IS OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO OF OUR DRIVE ALONG THE NULLARBOR PLAIN
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