Please note Yalata Roadhouse will not be operating for the near future. Maybe 12 months or so. The Roadhouse requires repairs before resuming normal operations. Travelers are advised that the nearest fuel stop is Nullarbor Roadhouse 94 kilometres to the west, and Nundroo 51 kilometres to the east
Yalata Roadhouse is situated 94 kilometres
to the east of Nullarbor Roadhouse and 51 kilometres west of Nundroo.
The Yalata Lands surrounding the Roadhouse are now occupied by
the Anangu people. Originally many of the Anangu people of Yalata
lived in the spinifex country far to the north around Ooldea,
in the vicinity of where the Indian Pacific Railway now runs.
Anangu people were forced to vacate these areas for a number of
reasons, not the least of which was that the sands around Ooldea
soak had begun to drift as a result of the railways overusing
supplies. In the 1940s and 50s areas around Maralinga and Emu
were used for Atomic Testing by the British Government of the
day. Around this time the Australian Government resumed much Anangu
land to be used for the Woomera Rocket testing Range. These actions
forced many Anangu people to settle more permanently in the Yalata
area. In recent times much of the spinifex country has been returned
to the Anangu people. Today the Anangu people still retain very
strong links with their traditional lands - just as their ancestors
have done for many thousands of years.
Hazards you may encounter
Camels .... Kangaroos
.... and Wombats!
Yalata Roadhouse has been allowed to
run down for a number of years but under new management its friendly
and helpful staff are beginning to spruce the place up. Yalata
Roadhouse has a number of powered caravan sites and air conditioned
units available for the budget traveller, backpackers and sports
fishermen. Please note there are no onsite vans for hire. From
the Roadhouse take away food can be bought and there is a very
good selection of Aboriginal Arts and Crafts for sale to the general
public. I should add that some of the carvings represent very
good value. Yalata Roadhouse is generally open from 8Am to 8 PM
seven days a week. Should you wish to contact Yalata Roadhouse
telephone (08) 8625 6986 or fax (08) 8625 6987.
Intricate Anangu Dot Paintings
Yalata Roadhouse is a rest stop for
travellers passing to the east and west. 78 kilometres west of
Yalata is the Head of Bight. If you are heading west Yalata is
a good place to purchase a permit to enter the Aboriginal and
Nullarbor National Park Lands at the Head of Bight. Here Southern
Right Whales can be seen in their winter calving and breeding
grounds. The Bunda cliffs also begin at the Head of Bight and
are a spectacle not to be missed - particularly for photographers.
Alternatively travellers can obtain permits at White Well Ranger
Station for $7-70 in order to access the Whale Viewing platforms
between June and October. Concessional rates are $5-50 and children
under 16 are free. Roadhouse staff are usually fairly up to date
as to how many whales are present in the viewing area, so just
ask how many Southern Right Whales are around.
For serious sports fishermen there
is a usable road from Yalata Roadhouse to one of the few fishing
spots in this part of the remote Great Australian Bight. Here
sports fisherman can catch Mulloway, Shark and Salmon. Locals
reckon this area has some of the best remote sports fishing in
Southern Australia. Reports of Mulloway catches in the order of
40 to 50 kilogrammes are not uncommon. To take full advantage
of these fishing opportunities you will need a boat suitable for
fishing in exposed waters. The road to the Yalata coastline is
really only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles and you will need
to approach Yalata Roadhouse staff to obtain an entry permit.
Along the Yalata coastline are a number
of remote camping areas including Yalata Beach, Goya's Beach,
The Granites, Goombarra and The Hilton which has 4 separate locations.
Perhaps the camp site with the most interesting sounding name
is Bob's Kitchen. All of these camp sites are in ecologically
sensitive areas and in all likelihood you will be the only camper
for many miles around.
Whilst stopping at the Yalata Roadhouse
check out the Aboriginal paintings, carvings and other arts on
display. Some of the carvings are particularly good value.
Master Didgeridoo Player and Apprentice
Yalata has some of the
largest areas of undisturbed Scrub in S.A.