The Nullarbor Plain
Highlights, drive times and rest areas
There is something about this vast and barely-inhabited space -
the straight roads, the big skies, the wide open plains – that gives you a
glimpse of what it might have felt like to be a pioneer crossing new turf. To
the south you have the churning Southern Ocean and to the north desert plains
right to the horizon. It’s nature at her most formidable.
Null = Zero. Arbor = tree. Therefore Nullarbor means ‘no trees’.
The 90 mile straight, Nullarbor Plain. Photo: anna_andco via IG
Crossing the Nullarbor is quite a feat. There’s a lot of
driving and not much to see. We recommend taking 3 to 4 days to cross the 1,400
kilometers of the Nullarbor from Esperance in Western Australia to Streaky Bay
or Ceduna in South Australia. This means you’ll be driving for around 6 hours
per day. Don’t drive from sunset onwards; you will almost definitely hit kangaroos. Not good for your vehicle and certainly not good for the kangaroo.
Stock up with groceries before you leave, and fill up with fuel (and use the toilets) when you can because there are long
stretches between petrol stations. Here are the highlights for each day and places
to stop overnight. Everything is mapped at the end of the article.
All the caravan parks listed score more than four stars in online reviews.
Skipping camels crossing. Photo: thefrench_baroudeuse via IG
3 Day Itinerary for Campervans
Day 1: Esperance to Baxter Rest Area
510 km | 6 h 20 min
Day 2: Baxter Rest Area to Nullarbor Roadhouse
600 km | 7 h 30 min
Day 3: Nullarbor Roadhouse to Streaky Bay
400 km | 5 h
Day 1 - Esperance to Baxter Rest Area
- West end of the 90 mile
straight. Photo opportunity and chance to stretch your legs!
- The longest straightest
road you will probably ever cross in your life.
Rest Areas and Roadhouses
- Jimberlana Rest Area – no
- Rest Area - 80 km east of Norseman - toilets. FREE.
- Fraser Range – 83 km east of Norseman. Toilets,
picnic tables, BBQs. FREE.
- Baxter Rest Area – 240 km east of Norseman. Toilets, picnic tables, BBQs. FREE.
- Woorlba Homestead Rest Area - 305 km east of Norseman. Picnic tables, BBQs/fireplaces, toilet - wheelchair accessible,
rubbish bins, public telephone - for emergencies, dump point. FREE.
The incredible night sky. Photo: spkruit via IG
90 mile straight. Nullarbor. Photo: rubyhayes95 via IG
Emu. Photo: jesterontour via IG
Day 2 - Baxter Rest Area to Nullarbor Roadhouse
- East end of the 90 mile
straight. You’ve done it!
- Bilbunya Dunes just east
of Eucla is worth a detour. It gives you a chance to stretch your legs running over the dunes pretending
you are Lawrence of Arabia.
- The Bunda Cliffs start
just east of the Bilbunya sand dunes. There are several lookout points from
which you can enjoy the surging Southern Ocean and the Great Australian Bight.
Rest Areas and Roadhouses
- Cocklebiddy, Wedgetail
Inn Hotel – food, pub, fuel, caravan park with toilets and showers.
- Moondini Bluff rest area
– 554 km east of Norseman. Toilets. FREE.
- Mundrabilla Roadhouse –
Facilities include toilets, showers, bar, beer garden, restaurant, fuel, WiFi.
RATES: $8 per couple.
- Eucla Motor Hotel and
Caravan Park - Toilets, coin operated shower, food, fuel.
RATES: $20 per night.
- Eucla - there are public toilets on the north side of the highway at Eucla.
- Nullarbor Roadhouse –
food, fuel, pub, murals, toilets and showers.
RATES: $20 for the site.
Bilbunya Dunes, Nullabor. Photo: thinkwearelost via IG
Kangaroo Population, Cocklebiddy. Photo: allvintage62 via IG
Nullarbor Roadhouse. Photo: misseggili via IG
Nullarbor Roadhouse. Photo: hangingtreephotography via IG
Day 3 - Nullarbor Roadhouse to Streaky Bay
- Head of the Bight Visitor
Center – learn all about the whales of the Southern Ocean, the bunda cliffs,
the Great Australian Bight marine park, and the animals, birds and plants of
the region. There are toilets here.
- Head of the Bight Lookout
- Ceduna - visitor
information center and supermarkets
- Streaky Bay – calm water beaches,
rockpools, boardwalks, supermarkets and a place to lay your weary head.
Rest Areas and Roadhouses
- Colona Rest Area – picnic tables, phone
reception. No toilets. FREE
- Roadside Camp Area – no facilities. FREE
- Penong Caravan Park - facilities. Rates unavailable.
- Point Sinclair Campground – privately owned and
onsite caretaker. Flushing toilets and cold showers. Located on Cactus Beach which is
great for surfing. The Point le Hunte Bay has a protected area by the jetty for
- Big 4 Ceduna Tourist Park - WiFi, camp kitchen, TV room, gas BBQs, laundry, showers, toilets, dump point, ice, gas swap refills.
RATES: From $30 for two. $10 additional adults.
- Ceduna Shelley Beach Caravan Park - on the beach with a great camp kitchen and outdoor areas.
Rates not available.
- Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park - Free WiFi, showers, toilets, laundry, camp kitchen, dump point, shady sites, electric BBQs, playground, gas refills, fish cleaning spot, crab cooker.
RATES: $34 for two. $8 additional adults.
- Smoky Bay Caravan Park - Beachfront location, camp kitchen, gas BBQs, laundry, showers and toilets. RATES: From $32
- Streaky Bay Foreshore Holiday Park - gorgeous beachfront location with shady grassed sites, laundry, showers, camp kitchen, BBQs, playground and games room.
RATES: $23 for two. $12 additional guests.
- Speeds Point Camping ground. Beachfront. No facilities FREE
- Tractor Beach camping ground. Beachfront. No facilities. FREE.
Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight. Photo: joshkealy via IG
Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight. Photo: david22zhj via IG Point Sinclair Jetty and campground. Photo: jenniferennion via IG
Map of the Perth to Adelaide Drive
Look for the purple tags to locate the highlights mentioned in this article.
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