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There are few travel experiences that would surpass the trek across the Nullarbor Plain, spanning two states – South Australia and West Australia. Located on the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and being a treeless plain, it’s a 2,000 km journey from Ceduna to Perth, but it can be broken up into manageable segments with plenty of interesting places to see along the way.
The South Australian section of the Nullarbor Plain officially begins at the town of Ceduna, located on the shores of Murat Bay and at the beginning of the Eyre Highway.
Like many of the towns located on the West Eyre Peninsula, Ceduna is very much a fishing and seafood centre. It is also a great place to stock up on provisions prior to embarking on the journey across the Nullarbor Plain.
There are a few interesting things to do and see, including:
An easy 75 kilometres drive to the west of Ceduna, is the small town of Penong that is probably most memorable for its large amount of windmills that pump water from the Anjutabie water Basin.
It is worthwhile spending a day or two exploring the area with a couple of attractions only a short distance away. These include:
One of Australia’s greatest marine parks, Great Australian Bight is primarily intended to provide for undisturbed calving for the southern right whale and protection of Australian Sea-lion colonies. Head of Bight is a premier whale watching area, in season, where white sand dunes meet the Bunda Cliffs.
There is a purpose built boardwalk and viewing platforms that gives fantastic views of the whales and the towering cliffs into the pounding Southern Ocean. A visitor’s information centre at Head of Bight provides educational information on the marine park, flora and fauna and the Bunda Cliffs.
The Bunda Cliffs form the southern edge of the Nullarbor Plain which extends far inland. The cliffs are some 60 to 120 meters high and sheer with the white lower bands comprising of white Wilson Limestone. There are five coastal lookouts to view the dramatic Bunda Cliffs which stretch for 200 kms to the West Australian border.
After you have spent the day being blown away by the eye-popping Bunda Cliffs you will reach Border Village just prior to crossing the border into West Australia. Border Village is a combination of the Western Australian agricultural checking point and a very comprehensive service centre offering petrol and other provisions.
Once you have crossed the border in West Australia and the town of Eucla the vast Nullarbor Plain continues all the way to Norseman. It really is one of those quintessential Aussie experiences, seeing the vastness, the enormity of our country and the isolation of Australia’s outback regions. Make sure you do this just once during your lifetime.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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