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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’.

90 mile straight, Nullarbor
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. 

the nullarbor plain
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

Highlights

  • 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 facilities. FREE.
  • 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.
night sky Nullarbor Plain
The incredible night sky. Photo: spkruit via IG
90 mile straight - Nullarbor
90 mile straight. Nullarbor. Photo: rubyhayes95 via IG
Emu
Emu. Photo: jesterontour via IG

Day 2 - Baxter Rest Area to Nullarbor Roadhouse

Highlights

  • 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.
    Rates not known.
  • 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
Bilbunya Dunes, Nullabor. Photo: thinkwearelost via IG
Cocklebiddy
Kangaroo Population, Cocklebiddy. Photo: allvintage62 via IG
Nullarbor Roadhouse
Nullarbor Roadhouse. Photo: misseggili via IG
Nullarbor Roadhouse
Nullarbor Roadhouse. Photo: hangingtreephotography via IG

Day 3 - Nullarbor Roadhouse to Streaky Bay

Highlights

  • 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 swimming.
  • 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 of the Great Australian Bight
Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight. Photo: joshkealy via IG
Bunda Cliffs Great Australian Bight
Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight. Photo: david22zhj via IG
Point Sinclair Jetty
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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