When we posted a poll on Facebook asking whether you’d prefer to experience Australia by driving East to West across the Nullarbor or by driving around her coastline, we weren’t really surprised that most folks would rather meander along an Australian coastal road than take on the challenges of a desert.
Aside from the obvious voting preferences (coastline received almost double the number of votes), there were many comments about the Nullarbor being “boring”. But we were convinced the Nullarbor isn’t just a barren landscape and there are some interesting things to see and do. Here’s 5 Cool Things to do on the Nullarbor…
The Nullarbor hosts the world’s longest golf course that covers a whopping 1,365 kilometres. Keep yourself amused by playing golf with your fellow travelers playing a hole in each of the participating towns or roadhouses along the Eyre highway.
From Kalgoorlie in WA to Ceduna in SA, strut your stuff on the somewhat rugged and natural fairways to help pass the time. Oh and good luck with that hole-in-one!
The Dramatic Bunda Cliffs
The famous Bunda cliffs are considered the 6th most dramatic sea cliffs in the world so they are well worth stopping at and admiring on your travels along the Nullarbor.
They are a massive 100kms long and close to the Nullarbor Plain, and there is a rumour that they are a fab place to spot a whale or two.
Norseman has a number of interesting attractions, but by far the most irresistible is its history of gorgeous gemstones such as Moss Agate, Gold Lace Agate and Moss Opalite.
Check out the museum in the Old School of Mines or do some fossicking yourself with a permit from the tourist bureau – you may get lucky and find a stunning souvenir on your Nullarbor trip.
Fraser Range is a veritable oasis of outback beauty along the often sparse terrain that characterises the Nullarbor trek. Located half way between Norseman and Balladonia, the area is peppered with dense hardwood eucalyptus forests with blackbutts, salmon gums and gimlets.
Behind these trees, some of which soar to 30 feet, rises the granite hill range that lends its name to the Fraser Range Station nestled among these hills. Sunset tours, station tours and bushwalking are all available at this historic property that was founded in 1870 and is an important part of Western Australia’s history.
Take some time out at the Eyre Bird Observatory and view the beautiful bird life in this stunning remote location, home to over 240 species of birds, many of them rare and endangered.
Built at the site of first Eyre Telegraph Station, it has the reputation of being the most isolated research facility in Australia. Visitors are welcome at a small cost to share in the raw natural beauty. The soothing sounds are a welcome break from the drone of your 4WD.
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