This region is sometimes affectionately referred to as 'Nullar-boring', but
for many people it is far from boring. Whilst beauty can be in the eye of the
beholder, the Nullarbor often reveals unexpected things of interest.
Bordering the Nullarbor on the south are the magnificent Bunda Cliffs and the
Great Australian Bight. To the north is the Great Victoria Desert. Indeed,
this vast landscape is recognised internationally as an important natural and
cultural resource, although at the time of writing, only 900,000 ha section of
the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia has been officially declared a Wilderness
It is not uncommon for cold cloudy rain, but it is when
the wind blows from the hot inland interior, that the temperatures
soar across the glaring white limestone plains. It is after the
flooding rains that the 'Plains' rollout the carpet of wildflowers,
although grass fires struck by lightning, are also common, turning
the 'Plains' black. Many parts of the limestone plain is bordered by
deep rich loam to the west and the red deserts of the 'Centre'. At
the head of the 'Bight', at its eastern edge, are vast coastal dunes
that roll across the land, forming a rampart against the Southern
One of the great mysteries of the Nullarbor is found far
beneath the desolate flat surface. Here are found vast subterranean
cave systems which support rivers, lakes and caverns, that stretch
for kilometres. This vast subterranean world holds mummified and
fossilised remains of animals from times long past. Due to their
isolation and inaccessibility, many of the caverns and tunnels
remaining unexplored and unmapped to this day. The Aboriginal
'Dreaming' legends tell of a great snake called 'Ganba' or 'Jeedara'
who lived in the subterranean labyrinth. The sounds of his breathing
can be heard in the strange gurgling which sometimes emanate from
the subterranean blow holes of the plains.
There is evidence of
ancient tribes that date back some 24,000 years into a time when
places such as the Koonalda caves were prized for their permanent
water and their deposits of flint stone used in the making of
The Nullarbor Plain is one of the lowest populated areas in
Australia. There are no towns located in the region, just a few small
settlements that provide services to travellers along the single road.
To travel across the 'Nullarbor' is a journey into
a timeless and unforgettable land. For some Australian's, it is
something that they want to do once in their lifetime.