Western Australia's Agricultural Quarantine
Border Village is located 12 kilometres
east of Eucla and 187 kilometres west of Nullarbor Roadhouse.
Situated just 50 metres east of the Western Australian Agricultural
checkpoint, Border Village acts very much as a gateway to both
South Australia and Western Australia. Nullarbor travelers will
appreciate a short stop at Border Village.
The traditional owners of the coastal
strip of land in this area of the Nullarbor were the Mirning people.
Tentative European explorations of the Nullarbor commenced with
Edward John Eyre's expedition of 1841. At the time Eyre and his
4 fellow expeditioners were engaged in a desperate quest for rich
grazing lands and an overland passage to King George's Sound in
Western Australia. South of Border Village, Eyre's expedition
very nearly came to a calamitous end with the party forced to
endure a waterless 5 day trek across the Bunda Cliffs. Salvation
later came to hand when Eyre discovered native wells in the sandhills
at nearby Eucla.
The SA-WA Border: No Man's Land!
At the time of Eyre's explorations
the territory lying between the Head of Bight and Border Village
was held to be part of New South Wales. The "Bight Rectangle"
as it became known stretched as far north as the Great Victoria
Desert and the present day boundary of the Northern Territory.
Isolated from the eastern coast of New South Wales it made good
political sense to transfer the "Bight Rectangle" to South Australia's
colonial government. Transfer of sovereignty finally occurred
in December 1861.
Border Village is a relatively new
settlement and today its sole purpose for existence is to serve
the needs of passing travelers and the freight hauling industry.
Village Roadhouse has good modern amenities, EFTPOS facilities,
and is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day. If you are heading west
a short rest break is recommended given that your vehicle will
be required to undergo a compulsory quarantine inspection at the
nearby Western Australian Agricultural checkpoint. Within the
Border Village Roadhouse travelers will find a Motel with licensed
bar and restaurant. Dormitory accommodation is also available
for Backpackers. Caravan Park facilities are also available although
there are no on-site vans available for hire. Useful facilities
for travelers include take away food services, pay public showers,
pay telephones and an internet service for those of you needing
to email home. Bookings and further information can be obtained
by telephoning (08) 9039 3474, or faxing (08) 9039 3473.
Village Attractions : THE NULLARBOR CLIFFS
Travelers heading to the east of Border
Village should definitely take the time to view the Bunda Cliffs
- situated just to the south of the Eyre Highway. Between Border
Village and Nullarbor Roadhouse are 6 or so scenic lookouts, some
with perpendicular limestone cliffs dropping 90 metres or so into
the Southern Ocean. Occasionally Southern Right Whales can be
seen here in their winter nursery grounds - between May and October.
Visitors should note that some scenic lookouts are definitely
much more spectacular than others, and for those of you who have
a fear of heights we recommend you stay in the car until your
friends return! Another word
of warning: Nullarbor Net urges you to avoid approaching cliff
edges too closely as these limestone cliffs are prone to crumbling
into the ocean below. Having said that, bring your camera, take
some snaps and enjoy some truly stunning cliff top scenery.
This is dangerous. Please don't do it!
Between Border Village and Nullarbor
Roadhouse travelers will find numerous rest stops, many of which
are suitable for overnight camping. Travelers should be aware
that during summer daily maximum temperatures can often exceed
40 degrees celsius.
Nullarbor Net Travel Tips
If you are heading to Western Australia
the Agricultural Checkpoint is located on the border - 50 metres
west of Border Village. Travelers are advised fresh fruit, seeds,
honey, plant material and soil will be confiscated. For those
of you with long haired pet dogs, be prepared to brush their coats
in order to remove any offending stray grass seeds! Travelers
heading across the Nullarbor in a westerly direction should note
South Australia's checkpoint is located at Ceduna - 500 kilometres
east of Border Village.