of Nullarbor Roadhouse
Roadhouse is located 94 kilometres west of Yalata, 187 kilometres
east of Border Village, and 201 kilometres east of Eucla.
In 1866 E. Alfred Delisser surveyed the Nullarbor Plain and noted
a marked absence of trees. Contrary to some popular opinions the
word Nullarbor is not of Aboriginal origins. In fact the local
Mirning people referred to the area as "Oondiri" which
is said to mean "the waterless". Delisser derived the
term Nullarbor from the Latin "nulla" for no, and "arbor"
for tree. Hence the term Nullarbor meaning no trees. In the 1870s
and 1880s vast areas of the Nullarbor were leased to sheep graziers
with many sheep stations later being incorporated into the vast
Fowler's Bay run that stretched from Streaky Bay in the East to
areas even further west of Nullarbor Station - a distance of over
400 kilometres! Today just about all that remains are abandoned
homesteads. Koonalda homestead is one such abandoned site that
the traveler can visit and use as accommodation, or as a base
to explore nearby Koonalda cave and other limestone sinkholes
within the area.
Tracts of the Nullarbor
Accommodation and Facilities
Roadhouse has close to a full range of facilities for travelers.
Nullarbor Roadhouse sells fuel such as Diesel, LPG, Unleaded, PULP and Avgas. Also sold onsite are take away
foods, and I've crossed the Nullarbor memorabilia. Within the complex
are a motel, licensed restaurant, and attached to the Roadhouse
is a caravan park with 17 powered and 11 unpowered sites. Rates
for powered sites are $25 and unpowered ones cost $20. Dogs are
permitted in the Caravan Park if on a leash. Four Backpacker rooms are also available
with rates ranging from $47 for a single bed, $57 for 2 people, $67 for 3 people and $77 for 4 people.
Nullarbor Roadhouse also provides
travelers with laundry facilities that include washing machines
and clothes driers. Nullarbor Roadhouse is open from 7 am to 10
pm 7 days a week and has EFTPOS facilities available. Nullarbor Roadhouse
also has a bar that is open Monday to Saturday between 10 AM and 10 PM.
Sunday bar hours are 12 midday to 8 PM. Nullarbor
Net recommends Nullarbor Roadhouse and Motel as an overnight stop.
Nullarbor is a remote area and when traveling you can expect to
pay high prices for fuel and food. Make sure your vehicle is reliable
before crossing the Nullarbor as mechanical repairs will be expensive
and time consuming - especially if parts have to be freighted
in. Transport costs are high this far away from civilisation!
Please note Nullarbor Roadhouse DOES NOT have mechanical
repair facilities available. Nullarbor Roadhouse is RAA listed
for towing. Nullarbor Roadhouse can be contacted on (08) 86 256 271.
Motel Accommodation Rates
Rooms Singles $125-00
Rooms Doubles $145-00
Rooms Triples $165-00
Rooms Four People $185-00
Rooms Five People $205-00
Rooms Six people $225-00
Rooms Two People $115-00 (Extras $18 per person - up to 6 - 8 people)
note that Motel Rooms are fitted with ensuite facilities.
Rooms do not have en suite facilities. Please note Dogs are not allowed in
Nullarbor Roadhouse accommodation facilities, however exceptions are made for guests who require guide dogs or hearing dogs.
further enquiries and bookings telephone (08) 8625 6271.
are valid as at 7 July 2011 and may be subject to variation.
Nullarbor Limestone Cliffs
Roadhouse is a staging point for travelers wishing to take in
splendid views of the Bunda Cliffs and Southern
Right Whales when visiting their winter calving grounds -
generally between May and September. As of the 2011 Whale watching season prices for entry to the whale
viewing platform are $12 for adults, $10 for senior card holders, and $26 for families (2 children and 2 adults).
Extra children between 5 and 12 years old are permitted entry for $5 and children under 5 years old are admitted free. During the non whale watching season
entry is by gold coin donation. This money is used to improve
the facilities in the area. For keen photographers the Bunda cliffs
are a must and Nullarbor Net recommends that you don't miss the
spectacular views at the Head of Bight
- whatever the time of year.
Watching and Charter Flights
next to the Roadhouse is the Nullarbor airstrip. Operating out
of this airstrip Chinta Airways
conducts 30 minute flights for the very reasonable 2011 season price
of $140 per person, with a minimum requirement of 2 passengers. The charter flight
season generally operates between June and September, covering the Southern Right Whales
migration to the Head of The Great Australian Bight. Spectacular
aerial views of the Bunda cliffs and nearby sand dune complexes
can be expected. Between June and September you can almost be guaranteed
observing quite a large number of Southern Right Whales in their
winter calving grounds. For further enquiries Chinta Airways can be contacted
by telephoning 0488 994 988 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Nullarbor Roadhouse travelers can find some of Australia's
best cliff top scenery. As some viewing locations are better than
others we recommend you ask Nullarbor Roadhouse for advice, particularly
if time is an issue. For those of you who are on a camping tour
of Australia there are lots of areas between Nullarbor Roadhouse
and Border Village which offer free camping - that is if you can
endure sleeping under the stars! In summer daily maximum temperatures
can reach over 40 degrees so take plenty of water.
West of Nullarbor Roadhouse
of Nullarbor Roadhouse are the Murrawijinie caves. These limestone
caves are open to the public but please take full safety precautions
before venturing off the Eyre Highway. Reliable vehicles are necessary
and the access road is a fairly rough track. The track is suitable
for 2 wheel drive vehicles, however those of you with brand new
vehicles might prefer take in other attractions! It is also recommended
you ask Roadhouse staff for precise directions. Situated 10 kilometres
north of Nullarbor Roadhouse the site is marked by a large
sign. Here visitors will find a large doline - a collapsed cave,
along with 2 more caves typical of the Nullarbor's Karst topography.
Caves 2 and 3 are the most interesting with Hawks and Swallows
using the caves as nesting sites. Temperatures inside the caves
can be over 10 degrees cooler than above ground temperatures -
especially during summer. Another warning - beware of snakes and
be aware that entering caves is not without risk.
kilometres to the west of Nullarbor Roadhouse is the turnoff to
the abandoned Koonalda homestead. The abandoned homestead itself
is located roughly 20 kilometres north of the Eyre Highway. For
more information it is recommended you contact the Ceduna Office
of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on (08)
will occasionally see wild camels roaming the Nullarbor. Always
on the move, and particularly during the summer months, herds
of wild camels can be seen making tracks from the desert interior
to cooler coastal areas. Herds can range from just a few individuals
up to 40 or more animals. Pictured below are some specimens of
Camelus Dromedarius - otherwise known as the One Humped Camel.
Camels On The Nullarbor
Dingos can also occasionally be seen scavenging for food. If you
come across Dingos don't feed feed them as they are wild creatures
and best left to themselves. Whilst on the Nullarbor we've seen
Dingos attempting to steal travelers running footware. No doubt
such shoes are tasty, but if you value your runners don't leave
them about! If I were a dingo I think I'd prefer a can of
Dingo near Nullarbor Roadhouse
Net Travel Tips
TIP: When crossing the Nullarbor and points further east or
west it is always advisable to check on the opening hours of
your next proposed refueling point. This is particularly true
if your vehicle has a small fuel tank with limited range. And
don't forget to take sufficient drinking water for yourself
and any potential radiator problems that your vehicle may have.
Road Goes on Forever......
across the Nullarbor is not without its hazards. In particular
cyclists are advised to beware of cycling at night and to treat
semi trailers with the caution they deserve. For those of you
who are seriously into long distance cycling Nullarbor Net recommends
you view the Australian Bicycle Camping Fact Sheets site by clicking
on the the link below. Written by a hard core cyclist, for hard
core cyclists, this site offers plenty of practical advice on
how to avoid perishing of thirst, how to keep your carbohydrate
intake up, how to avoid hazards like semi trailers, and more importantly
what to do when the inevitable tyre puncture occurs!
For an alternative guide to riding around Australia check out the guys at The Riders of Oz. The Riders of Oz website has some useful tips for crossing the Nullarbor, everything you need to know about crossing the Nullarbor on your bike - and a couple of entertaining videos.