The Eyre Highway and the Nullarbor Plain offer one of the world's greatest road adventures. Travelling this expansive plain, you’ll experience the remoteness of the Great Victoria Desert, the pounding Southern Ocean of the Great Australian Bight and the beautiful Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. This harsh yet stunning region is home to terrestrial and marine wildlife including wombats and whales, and there is abundant bird life along the way.
Day 1: Eucla to Balladonia
(500 kilometres/5.5 hours)
Make your way west along the Eyre Highway to the Nullarbor Plain, the world’s biggest single piece of limestone measuring 200,000 square kilometres. Take the 20 kilometre detour south to the Great Australian Bight, where you’ll be rewarded with views over white sandy beaches, popular for fishing. Madura Roadhouse and its views over the surrounding tablelands make a great rest stop.
Drive to Eyre Bird Observatory, home to more than 240 species of birds, many of which are rare or endangered. Stop for lunch at Cocklebiddy, famous for its cave systems, which are among the largest in the world. Take a detour from here to see the towering 70 metre cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. You’ll find a roadhouse and fuel stop at Caiguna before hitting the longest straight stretch of road in the world – all 146.6km of it. Its common name is the 90 Mile Straight.
Accommodation options: Balladonia Roadhouse
Day 2: Balladonia to Kalgoorlie
(380 kilometres/4 hours)
Check out the local museum, home to the remnants of Skylab, a former space station that crashed to earth near Balladonia in 1979. The journey continues through low shrub and spinifex to Norseman – the first major town on the Western Australian side of the Nullarbor Plain and the end of the Eyre Highway. Stop for a picnic lunch at Beacon Hill Lookout, which provides views of the town, surrounding countryside and salt lakes. Drive north to the gold mining hub of Kalgoorlie and continue to Perth, or head south to Esperance and return to Perth via the scenic southern coastline.
To ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, take a look at Travel times and distances, Road safety and Important travel tips. If you have your camping gear or caravan in tow, check out the range of caravan parks and camping sites available in Australia’s Golden Outback.
Driving times and distances intended as a guide only and may vary depending on exact route taken. Accommodation options are indicative as to what is available in the area.
Above map not to scale and intended as a guide only. It is highly recommended before heading out on your journey, you purchase a detailed Western Australian road and track map available from the RAC, petrol stations or where good maps of Western Australia are sold.
Download the Nullarbor Map App
If you are travelling across the Nullarbor, a free hard copy of the Nullarbor map is available from the Ceduna, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Norseman Visitor Centres. Alternatively, an interactive digital map is available from www.nullarbormap.com.au
Before you set-off on the Eyre Highway across the Nullabor Plain, why not have a look at the other road trips around Australia’s Golden Outback.