Eyre

Don't let anyone tell you that crossing the Nullarbor is boring! Magnificant cliffs overlooking the Great Austalian Bight, viewing areas for watching the migration of southern right whales, freshwater caves, historic telegraph stations and so much more!
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Page Updated: 5 Nov 2011

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The Eyre Highway actually passes through 2 states, SA and WA although for simplicity we refer to it as a South Australian route.

Curving around the Great Australian Bight, the route across the Nullarbor is legendary and one of Australia's great road journeys. It is more than 2700km from Perth to Adelaide, about the same as the distance from London to Moscow!

This long highway crosses the southern edge of the vast Nullarbor Plain. It was once a track fraught with bulldust and potholes, but since the late 1970s it has been fully tarred and is now the major road to cross the country from east-west.

The highway runs close to the coast on the South Australian side with 6 well-signed tracks leading to lookouts over the dramatic Nullarbor cliffs where the flat plains abruptly drop off into the ocean below. Most of these are located around the SA/WA border.

Although the entire crossing from Port Augusta in SA to Norseman in WA can be completed in just a few days there is much more to the region than merely the highway and the lookouts.

Each year pods of southern right whales on their annual migration pass the Nullarbor cliffs from May-Oct.
A special viewing platform has been constructed at the Head of Bight and is not uncommon to see the whales very close up, frolicking in the bays. It is one of the best whale watch viewing areas in Australia.

The Nullarbor region is also one of the largest arid to semi arid KARST landforms in the world. KARST topography is the result of the solvent action of water on bedrock. This dissolving of rock forms many different KARST features - the Nullarbor caves being a good example. Most of the caves can be easily accessed, some require 4WD. These caves contain underground fresh water channels and are therefore frequented by cave diving expeditions. Cocklebiddy Cave is the largest of the Nullarbor Caves and is a favourite with experienced cave divers. The deepest cave dive record in the world has been set here although due to a number of tragic accidents over recent years diving the caves is a strictly controlled activity. Koonalda Cave and the nearby historic homestead are also interesting features.

With a 4WD there a number of excellent opportunities to experience the true nature of this fascinating region. South of Cocklebiddy you can travel to Twilight Cove where there are 75m high limestone cliffs or to the Eyre Bird Observatory, one of the best places in Australia to go bird-watching. There is also a museum and telegraph station here. Check details before going.

Behind the township of Eucla you can follow a sealed track right down to the sand dunes where the picturesque ruins of an old telegraph repeater and weather station from 1877 has been almost engulfed by the sand.

Fowlers Bay and Mexican Hat Beach offer excellent fishing while south of Penong you can see a pink lake on route to Cactus Beach, a famous surf beach with left and right breaks.

The Eyre Peninsula, dotted with sleepy seaside villages and the fabulous 4WD playground of Coffin Bay makes an excellent alternative to the direct drive between Ceduna and Port Augusta.

The best detour into the Nullarbor for 4WD enthusiasts is along the transcontinental railway line.

Go to top Treks

Coffin BayCoffin Bay
The Coffin Bay penninsula is a large wilderness area, almost surrounded by water, reaching out into Great Australian Bight. It is situated at the southern-most tip of the Eyre Penninusula near Port Lincoln.
Gawler RangesGawler Ranges
This rarely used route is a great alternative to crossing the Eyre Highway from Ceduna through to Port Augusta. Passing through the ranges and saltbush country there is the option to head further north to Kingoonya & onto Coober Pedy.
Googs TrackGoogs Track
A most adventurous short-cut for those travelling from the west to Coober Pedy & the Alice. Excellent views and plenty of wildlife, featuring memorials dedicated to Goog and Dinger, Goog’s Lake and Mount Finke.[Feature Story]
Nullarbor Roadhouse to CookNullarbor Roadhouse to Cook
The appeal of this trek is the ease of which four wheel drivers can visit the ghost town settlement of Cook on the Trans Australian Railway line, and along the way see caves, sinkholes, blowholes, bores, tanks and ruins.
Old Eyre HighwayOld Eyre Highway
Now a 4WD track, this was once the main route across the country linking east to west. It's rough, remote, and inhospitable country but there are many relics of a bygone era to explore.

Go to top Eyre Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Ceduna at 01/11:00pm CST
Distance from Ceduna 1.5km E
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
10.7°C8.2°C85%8.3°C996.4hPa0.0mmENE11km/hr
6knots
15km/hr
8knots

Closest Climatic Station

Ceduna Amo
Distance from Ceduna 1.5km E
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C28.628.226.724.220.818.217.418.721.423.826.027.3
Mean Min. °C15.215.113.210.78.56.45.86.27.89.912.314.1
Mean Rain mm11.513.716.419.432.335.339.834.527.725.319.420.7

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