Your trip can
begin from Port Augusta, 330 km north-east of Adelaide at the head of Spencer
Gulf. Passing through the townships of Iron Knob, Kimba, Kyancutta, Pygery,
Minnipa, Poochera, and Wirrulla, the Eyre Highway meets the sea at Ceduna, a
small town on the picturesque Murat Bay. On the outskirts of Ceduna is a warning
sign about the last reliable water and this marks the beginning of the
desert-like, almost treeless landscape that sweeps towards the Nullarbor Plain.
The name “Nullarbor” is derived from the Latin “nulla arbor” meaning “no tree”.
The highway journeys close to the coast, with a little scrub and other
vegetation on the “plains” and the sand dunes that lie between the highway and
the ocean. The Eyre Highway actually only crosses a small section of true
From Ceduna, you keep heading west to Penong, a town of 100
windmills. As you keep going, there is Bookabie and Nundroo. From here is is
worth a detour south to the abandoned settlement of Fowlers Bay, once an
exploration depot for Edward John Eyre and now a ghost town that offers great
Heading west once more, you pass through Yalata Aboriginal Land, with a stop-off
at Yalata Roadhouse and Nullarbor Roadhouse. The stretch of road between
Nullarbor Roadhouse and Border Village offer five of the most spectacular
coastal lookouts anywhere on the Australian coastline, where you can see giant
ocean swells pounding the towering limestone cliffs that make this part of the
Great Australian Bight. If you are travelling from June to October, you may get
the chance of spotting the Southern Right Whale on their annual migration along
the southern part of our continent.
Border Village is the start of your
Western Australian leg along the Eyre Highway. Here is a much photographed
signpost pointing the direction to the South Pole, Paris and many other
Heading west you pass the townships of Eucla,
Mundrabilla, Madura, Cocklebiddy, Caiguna, Balladonia, Noondoonia, and finally
When planning such an epic journey you need to ensure you
have sufficient water, provision and fuel. There is very little fresh water
supplies between Ceduna and
Norseman. If you are thinking about a return
journey, you may like to consider placing the car on the train for the return,
as this is also a great way to travel across this great region.
There are also
quarantine checkpoints at Ceduna for east-bound travellers and Norseman for
west-bound travellers. There are restrictions on certain items including
fruit, potatoes, onions, walnuts, grain, honey, fodder, livestock, birds,
rabbits, animal skins and wool, bird seed, other seed, plants, soil, used fruit
containers, used potato sacks, and native fauna.
In addition to our listed
online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for
your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.