is located 83 kilometres east of Cocklebiddy and 115 kilometres
west of Mundrabilla.
Originally Madura was settled as a pastoral homestead in about
1876. Madura's early history is rather sketchy, however for many
years the area was well known for producing quality polo and cavalry
horses for the British Imperial Indian Army. At the time these
fine stock horses were employed in various British campaigns on
India's rebellious Northwest Frontier. Later known as "Walers",
these horses were bred at Madura by an ex-Army Officer who overlanded
them to Eucla for shipment to foreign ports. During World War
2 Madura was a site of importance to Australian Army engineers
who were intent upon upgrading what is now known as the Eyre Highway.
At the time Madura was the only known site with free flowing bore
water throughout the Eucla artesian basin. To obtain this supply
the Western Australian Government financed the drilling of a borehole
to a depth of over 300 metres. Whilst Madura's brackish water
supply was perfectly suitable for grazing stock, it nevertheless
needed to be desalinated for human consumption. Today the Madura
area continues its traditional pastoral activities - mainly sheep
- and Madura Roadhouse provides Nullarbor travellers with a pleasant
rest and refuelling stop.
Accommodation and Facilities
Madura Roadhouse is scenically situated at the base of the Hampton
Tablelands. Within the Roadhouse complex travellers will find
an establishment complete with motel, swimming pool, licensed
restaurant, caravan park and camping facilities. Madura Roadhouse
also provides the traveller with take away foods and has a well
stocked bar selling a wide range of bottled beers - including
my favourite, "Redback." EFTPOS facilities are also available
within Madura Roadhouse and opening hours are 6-30AM to 10-00 PM
Monday to Saturday. Sunday hours are 6-30 AM to 9-00 PM. Travelers should note Madura Roadhouse sells
LPG Gas and Super Grade fuel additives.
Madura Budget Room Accommodation:
Budget Rooms Singles $70-00
Budget Rooms Doubles $80-00
Budget Rooms 3 people $95-00
Budget Rooms 4 people $110-00
Budget Rooms 5 people $125-00
Madura Motel Room Rates:
Single Person Room $100-00
2 Person Rooms $120-00
3 Person Rooms $138-00
4 Person Rooms $155-00
Madura Caravan Park Rates:
Powered Caravan Sites $25-00 for 2 people
sites $15-00 for 2 people
For further information and bookings telephone Madura on (08) 9039 3464.
Prices valid at 14 September 2009
is definitely one of the Nullarbor's more pleasant roadside stops.
Two kilometres or so west of Madura you will find a scenic lookout
situated on the Hampton Tablelands. This lookout is well signposted
and located just a few metres north of the Eyre Highway.
View From Madura Lookout
Travellers can expect to see sweeping views of Madura Pass and
the Roe Plains. Whilst at the lookout it might be worth pondering
that between 15 and 45 million years ago sea levels repeatedly
advanced and retreated in this area of the Nullarbor. Both the
Hampton Tablelands and Roe Plains are landforms representing changing
sea levels caused by the advance and retreat of ice ages, and
associated geological uplift processes. Opposite Madura Roadhouse
travellers can also find a small road that leads to a number of
small blowholes. Just follow the road and look carefully for a
rather nondescript red marker on the left side of the road. These
blowholes are not exactly spectacular, but they might provide
an interesting short diversion on your journey. If you are seriously
interested in blowholes, Nullarbor Net suggests you take the time
to view Caiguna Blowhole which is located about 5 kilometres west
of Caiguna Roadhouse.
Nullarbor Net Travel Tips
you are travelling across the Nullarbor at night be aware that
the nearest 24 hour fuel services are located at Border Village
189 kilometres to the east and at Caiguna Roadhouse 147 kilometres
to the west.