Cocklebiddy's Wedgetail Inn
is situated 66 kilometres east of Caiguna and and 91 kilometres
west of Madura.
Cocklebiddy lies on the southern edge of Western Australia's truly
vast sheep grazing belt. Within the area are several large scale
sheep grazing operations, some larger than a number of European
countries. One such station is Arubiddy which spans an area over
3200 square kilometres. With limited rainfall sparse stocking
rates of about 8 to 10 sheep per square kilometre are the norm.
During its pioneering years Cocklebiddy was the site of an aboriginal
mission. Today however, all that remains of the aboriginal mission
are its stone foundations.
In recent years Cocklebiddy has gained an international reputation
as a site for one of the world's largest cave systems. Ten kilometres
to the north west of Cocklebiddy Roadhouse lies Cocklebiddy cave.
In 1983 a French caving expedition created caving history by exploring
Cocklebiddy Cave to an unprecedented distance of 6.4 kilometres.
This record was later broken in 1995 by an Australian named Christopher
Brown - bettering the 1983 record by a mere 20 metres. Cocklebiddy
cave system is unique in that the cave system extensively penetrates
an aquifer that lies 90 metres below the Nullarbor Plain. Within
Cocklebiddy cave are a number of vast limestone caverns, rockfalls
and saline subterranean lakes that extend for several hundred
World War 2 Australian Army engineers attempted to tap water supplies
from Cocklebiddy's vast underground lakes. All their attempts
proved in vain however. Reports from the time indicate that Army
Engineers were disappointed to discover that a thin skin of fresh
water overlay a much greater volume of highly saline lake waters.
Caving in the Cocklebiddy area is really only recommended for
highly organised and experienced caving groups.
Cocklebiddy Facilities and Accommodation
For the Nullarbor traveller Cocklebiddy Roadhouse is a useful
road stop. Cocklebiddy's Roadhouse provides the traveller with
the usual array of takeaway foods, a licensed restaurant, and
a bar with pool table. Please note Cocklebiddy Roadhouse does not have wifi or computer access.
EFTPOS facilities are also available and the area has telstra Mobile phone coverage only.
Opening hours for the Roadhouse are from 6-00AM to 9-00
PM seven days a week. Regular Bar opening hours are 10 AM to 9 PM.
Sunday Bar hours are also 10 AM to 9 PM. At Cocklebiddy's Wedgetail
Inn the traveller is provided with 24 Motel accommodation units
and a caravan Park. For further
information telephone (08) 9039 3462 or Fax (08) 9039 3403.
Inn Accommodation Rates:
Single Rooms (1 person) $110-00
Double Room (2 persons) $125-00
Triple Room (3 persons) $137-00
4 Person Room (4 people) $145-00
5 Person Room (5 people) $160-00
Cocklebiddy Caravan Park Rates:
Powered Caravan Sites $25-00 for 1 or 2 people
Unpowered Caravan Sites $20-00 for 1 or 2 people - showers included
Extra people on caravan park sites $5-00 per person
Prices are valid as at 23 June 2015, but may be subject to variation
travellers see Cocklebiddy as little more than a welcome rest
stop on the Nullarbor. For those of you who are prepared to depart
the Eyre Highway however, the Cocklebiddy area does have attractions
of note. One such attraction is Twilight Cove which is located
to the south of Cocklebiddy. Here the Nullarbor's limestone cliffs
tower 70 metres or more above the Great Australian Bight. Apparently
good fishing opportunities can be found along this remote area
of coastline. Twilight Cove is located in Nuytsland Nature Reserve
and access to the area is only possible via 4 wheel drive vehicles.
Ask for directions from Cocklebiddy Roadhouse staff.
Ten kilometres to the northwest of Cocklebiddy Roadhouse lies
Cocklebiddy cave. Here travellers can view the entrance to one
of the worlds largest cave systems - just watch out for the occasional
snake! Exploration of this cave is really and truly only recommended
for highly organised and experienced cave groups however. Nullarbor
caves can be quite treacherous and as the sign says at Cocklebiddy
Roadhouse, "Caves are High Risk Areas."
Perhaps the best attraction in the Cocklebiddy area is Eyre Bird
Observatory. Depending on how the crow flies, Eyre Bird Observatory
is located 40 to 50 kilometres to the southeast of Cocklebiddy.
Access to the area is via a turnoff on the Eyre Highway, 17 kilometres
east of Cocklebiddy. Conventional vehicles can travel along the access
road as far as the lookout; located 4km past the microwave tower. Please
note road conditions in the area can be variable. At Eyre Bird Observatory
day visitors are welcome and a modest entry fee is charged, which includes
a guided tour of the facility and access to the surrounding area. Eyre Bird
Observatory also provides overnight accommodation including meals. Should you
not possess a 4 wheel drive vehicle a pick up and drop off service is offered
by the Caretakers of Eyre Bird Observatory, for guests staying two or more nights.
For serious naturalists
Eyre Bird Observatory can also provide overnight accommodation
in this truly unique and remote part of the world. There's more
to look at than just birds! Eyre Bird Observatory is Australia's
first Bird Observatory and is run on a non-profit basis. For bookings
and further information on Eyre Bird Observatory please telephone
(08) 9039 3450 or Fax (08) 9039 3440. Email contact can be made
To avoid disappointment advance bookings are essential.
Nullarbor Net Travel Tips
If you are travelling in the middle of the night, the nearest
24 hour roadhouses are at Border Village to the east, and Caiguna
to the west. Having said that travel at night is best avoided - unless you are driving a semi-trailer rig!