My Favourite Five stops along the Nullarbor
The Nullarbor Plain, the epitome of the Australian outback; where there are real life tumble weeds rolling across the road and days of flat, dry land. Driving across is definitely an experience most Australians have pencilled in on their bucket list but what about with two toddlers? You’d have to be either brave or partially insane to try it (I think we may just be the latter). My husband and I decided to venture across the Nullarbor as part of our trip moving from New South Wales to Western Australia with our two girls aged one and two and a half. Below are my five top places to stop on the Nullarbor for anyone adventurous enough to make the trip!
1 Great Australian Bight- Bunda Cliffs
I knew explorer, Edward John Eyre was not near the Bunda Cliffs when he described the Nullarbor as ‘something from your worst nightmare’, when I saw the view here. Beautiful cliffs with layers of colours of rock that dropped off to the sea made this spot at the bottom of the country one worth stopping at. The Bunda Cliffs go for about 200 kilometres along the Great Australian Bight from Border Village, on the South Australian/ Western Australian border. This is a great place to stop, stretch your legs and see the view (even if you’re the only one because the kids are finally napping).
2 Ceduna (Highway One Motel)
We stayed a night at Highway One Motel in Ceduna, South Australia and although it’s technically not on the Nullarbor it is part of the Eyre Peninsula. This is such a convenient place to stop after a long day of driving. We arrived at the end of the day so we were thankful for Hungry Jack’s being close by. The rooms are right on the beach and have Wi-Fi. If you are considering driving across from New South Wales make the most of the Wi-Fi and message your friends/ family here as you’ll most likely have no reception for a few days after here. There is also a petrol station right next door so it’s easy to fuel up before the next stretch.
3 Border Village Roadhouse
Situated right at the end of the Nullarbor and on the border of South Australia and Western Australia, Border Village Roadhouse is the place to do a victory dance for making it across the Nullarbor. Border Village is a roadhouse community and a rest stop for many travellers and truck drivers. This is a good place to stop, fuel up and have something to eat. There is also a restaurant, pool and laundry facilities. You can camp, park your caravan or stay in a motel
4 90 mile straight
The 90 mile straight (146.6 kilometre) is Australia’s longest straight section of road and one of the longest 10 in the world. It is located between Balladonia and Caiguna on the Eyre Highway in Western Australia. It is definitely one to take a photo at and tick off the list while you’re travelling through.
5 Nullarbor Roadhouse
The Nullarbor Roadhouse is definitely on the top five of places to stop on the Nullarbor. It is filled with antique pieces inside and out which give it an old school, outback vibe. Behind the roadhouse is a camping area with tables and is the perfect spot to set up a camping stove and have some lunch. The roadhouse also has a motel and restaurant. Just be ready for the heat and flies!
If you’re going to do this trip (especially with tiny travellers) make sure to plan your stops and tell people when you are due to reach them, take lots of food, water and fuel money and use a trustworthy car. Another tip for long distance drives with children is to and pack lots of lots activities for them to do. Our favourites were books, colouring books, pipe cleaners, toys, car dvd players and my husband’s favourite- a wiggles cd. We had some days we didn’t drive the whole day so the entire trip took us about a week. The Nullarbor itself I think took us a day or two. This is a very long time for toddlers to be stuck in a car so be sure to stop at some of the places I have recommended to give them a break. Enjoy!