Andrew Peacock Rules The Roost
is located 62 kilometres west of Eucla and 115 kilometres east
settlement of the Mundrabilla area began with Tom and John Kennedy,
and a married couple named Bill and Annie McGill. In 1872 the
Kennedy brothers and McGills trekked 1200 ardouous kilometres
to the east of Esperance in the hope of selecting grazing land
at Eucla. Chronic water shortages, difficult terrain and 1500
exhausted sheep forced them to abandon their journey however.
The Kennedys and McGills later settled at Mundrabilla homestead
where they found good grazing lands and sufficient water for their
stock. Tragically Tom Kennedy was later speared to death, and
Annie McGill died during childbirth in 1879.
the 1920s engineers from the Indian Pacific Railway also hoped
to discover significant underground water supplies in the Mundrabilla
area. Drilling teams were a common sight throughout the Nullarbor
at the time, and numerous boreholes were sunk in the hope of discovering
water to power early 20th century locomotive boilers. At Mundrabilla
the mother of all boreholes was sunk to a depth of 472 metres.
At that depth the drilling team were dismayed to discover that
they had reached a bedrock of solid granite - and more to the
point, there was absolutely no water whatsoever.
receiving a miserly 6 inches of rain per year Mundrabilla continues
to rely on pastoral activities for its existence. To the south
of Mundrabilla lies the Great Australian Bight where a small Rock
Lobster industry has developed.
semi trailer drivers and other Nullarbor travellers Mundrabilla
is a welcome rest and refueling stop.
Mundrabilla Roadhouse: A Favoured Truck Stop
Roadhouse is operated by Bruce and Joanne Mulroy. Normal Roadhouse
opening hours are from 5-30 AM to 12PM seven days a week. Mundrabilla's
Roadhouse staff can also provide home cooked meals aswell as the
usual takeaway fast foods.
Bar is also attached to the Roadhouse and is open from 11AM to
12 PM seven days a week. Mundrabilla Bar is definitely one of
the Nullarbor's snuggest little bars and comes complete with a
pool table and interesting collection of pubobilia. One of the
quirks of Mundrabilla Roadhouse is that Bruce permits his pets
to wander about the place. Whilst there, Nullarbor Net met the
very colourful "Andrew Peacock."
should note that over the years Mundrabilla Roadhouse has developed
a reputation for having some of the cheapest fuel on the Nullarbor.
Mundrabilla Roadhouse is one of the few locations that sells Super
Grade petrol on the Nullarbor and down the track Bruce and Joanne
also plan to install an LPG fuel facility. For the most upto date
petrol prices from Mundrabilla Roadhouse telephone (08) 9039 3465,
or email email@example.com.
Bruce will only be too happy to oblige.
Bruce Pumping Petrol
Mundrabilla Roadhouse has 10 En suite Motel Units fitted out with
televisions and fridges. Current tariffs range from $85-00 and up per night
for 2 or more people. Within the Roadhouse travelers will also find 20
powered caravan sites at the going rate of $20-00 and up per night for
2 or more people. Campsites are also available at a nightly rate of $15-00 and up for 2 or more people.Please note these prices are valid as at November 2007.
Mundrabilla Roadhouse also accepts Mastercard and BP
Card. For further information and bookings telephone Bruce or
Joanne on (08) 9039 3465. Alternatively email Mundrabilla@bigpond.com.
Mundrabilla is very much a rest and refueling stop for Nullarbor
Travellers. The area does however have some attractions for those
travellers prepared to depart the beaten track. Twenty kilometres
to the south lies the Great Australian Bight. Access to the Bight
is made by the Wanteen Beach Road and this is where the locals
go sand beach fishing. Apparently Whiting and Herring are commonly
caught species in this area. Fresh Lobster or Crayfish can also
be bought from the Rock Lobster Receival Depot. Located 20 kilometres
to the west of Mundrabilla are numerous small caves and sinkholes.
These features are located along the "Old Coach Road" which lies
atop the Hampton Tablelands. Should you wish to access these areas
Nullarbor Net recommends you ask for directions and discuss your
plans with Bruce at the Roadhouse.
Net Travel Tips
Roadhouse is one of the few places on the Nullarbor that sells
Super Grade petrol. Elsewhere travelers will be required to buy
Premium fuels and fuel additives.
Nullarbor standards fuel prices at Mundrabilla represent excellent
value for your driving dollar. If you are travelling between Adelaide
and Perth, fuel prices for petrol, diesel and LPG can be viewed
at ExplorOz's Western
Australian and South
Australian fuel website pages. Another regularly updated and
particularly good website is Fuel Watch. Fuel
Watch provides pricing coverage for the Perth metropolitan
area and country areas within Western Australia.
final thought. Please read the sign
regarding dogs and urgent calls of nature! The sign says "You
have just passed 1,000's of acres to the left and 1,000's to the
right. So PLEASE let your dogs out somewhere else".