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Nullarbor Plain - Cities, Towns and Localities
To travel across the “Nullarbor” is a journey into a timeless and unforgettable land.  The name “Nullarbor” is derived from the Latin “nulla arbor” meaning “no tree”.  There are only three ways to cross it, via air, rail or road. The Eyre Highway is a popular way of travelling across the Nullarbor Plain and is one of Australia’s great road trips. The highway is named after the explorer, Edward John Eyre, who was the first to barely survived the East-West crossing of the continent in 1841. Unlike then, today, the journey can be made entirely across the bitumen highway, with the route being well signposted, advising travellers of the distance between towns for petrol and other services.

The Eyre Highway starts at Norseman. Heading east you pass the hilly, undulating countryside of the Fraser Range until you get to Noondoonia and Balladonia.  Between Balladonia and Caiguna, you travel along one of the world’s longest straight stretches of road, at 145 km. You then pass Cocklebiddy and follow the escarpment, with it’s magnificent views, as it starts to descends to Madura. The Highway then continues on through townships of Mundrabilla and Eucla, until you hit the border town of Border Village.
 

Border Village is the start of your South Australian leg along the Eyre Highway. Here is a much photographed signpost pointing the direction to the South Pole, Paris and many other international destinations.

As you continue east, you pass through Yalata Aboriginal Land, with a stop-off at Nullarbor Roadhouse and Yalata Roadhouse. The stretch of road between Border Village and Nullarbor Roadhouse 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.

As you keep following the Highway, you pass the townships of Nundroo, Bookabie, Penong, and Ceduna, a town on the picturesque Murat Bay. You keep on going east through, Poochera, Minnipa, Pygery, Kyancutta, Kimba, Iron Knob, until the end of the Eyre Highway at Port Augusta.

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 Norseman and Ceduna. 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 Norseman for west-bound travellers and Ceduna for east-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.

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Nullarbor Plain Attractions

The Caves of the Nullarbor
The Nullarbor Plain is the largest single karst formation on the earth. Originally an ancient shallow seabed that has been uplifted, the region has been weathered by wind and rain, reducing it to the current flat plains. During this time many caves were formed under the Nullarbor. The area is unique as the only desert region with extensive caves containing large quantities of water. Although the water salinity varies, some of it is being used for stock watering. Current exploration of the many caves by speleologists are turning up frequent new findings.

Cocklebiddy Cave is located under the Nullarbor and is Australia’s longest underwater cave at 6.7 km.

There is an information display of the caves at Balladonia as part of the interactive museum. Here you can find how to access some of the easier and safer caves under the Nullarbor Plain.


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Chasing the Sun Golf Festival - Nullarbor Links
• From Sat 29th September 2012 to Sat 6th October 2012
A week of fun, golf, culture - Davric Australia's "Chasing the Sun Golf Festival 2012". Commencing in Ceduna on Sunday 30th September and concluding in Kalgoorlie Saturday 6th October.
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