Things to see along the Nullarbor

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I'll going to the Nullarbor over the xmas break for a few days. What are the must see things along it? Obviously the cliffs, spending most of the time along these filming with a drone. I'll probably go to Cocklebidy cave, i know i can't climb down into it but might be able to send the drone down the main chasm. Also Knowles cave, bit of a drive off the main road north of Nullarbor RH. Any other spots worth visiting?
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Reply By: quicksilver103 - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 15:05

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 15:05
try seeing old telgrah station at eucla (depends how much sand blown over it) pluss old jetty there. bird sancturay near madura pass.cliffs and dunes between border village and eucla.some tims there is tour flights fron coclebiddy over redymix sign pluss along cliffs at sunset.another telegrah station at western end of the 90 mile
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 15:27

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 15:27
Thanks quicksilver, i forgot about the redymix sign. I have the old tele station on my list.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 16:00

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 16:00
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:00

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Ill see if i can find that in the local store. Thanks Phil
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 16:03

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 16:03
Koonalda and the Old Eyre Highway may be of interest. See TrekNotes Old_Eyre_Highway
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Follow Up By: Member - mark D18 - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 17:19

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 17:19
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:56

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:56
I haven't been to Koonalda Station since the 80s. Is there still fruit trees, etc in the Koonalda cave?
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Follow Up By: Happy Frank - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:41

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 19:41
Another recommendation for Koonalda, and the cave 20 or 30 KM north of the home stead is worth a look.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 16:03

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 16:03
Michael

I have stayed at Fowlers Bay in the past and it is a beautiful place. Consider the slight detour there.

Also there are a lot of wombats on the Nullarbor. Interesting to see. If you drive at night be careful. You would not want to hit one.
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:04

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:04
Thank you, another spot to check out and camp at. I don't plan on driving at night. Just spending a few days in the area to check it out. Cocklebidy will be as far west as i plan on going.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 17:04

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 17:04
Hi Michaeljp,

Take your time doing the crossing. Too much to see and experience.

1. Get some old golf clubs and play the 'International Golf Course". It spaces out the driving and you get a lovely certificate at the end. Donate the clubs at Kalgoorlie when you are finished. Or Ceduna if going the other way.

2. Take some old sneakers, high heels etc as well as a bra or Bondi Bloomers, so you can add to the collections draped in the trees. Good for a photo or two as well.

3. The usual sightseeing things about which you can find anywhere. Even on this site!

Its great camping in the bush too.

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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:08

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:08
buzz, I don't plan on going that far west. This is just purely a Nullarbor trip mainly coastal, with some deviations north to caves and sink holes.
But thanks for that info.
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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:23

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:23
Hi Michael,

The Nullarbor is a great trip and there are many things just off the road that are worth seeing.

I've written a blog a few years ago about some of the places just west of the border. I was out there at Christmas time too!!
Baxter Cliffs, Hampton Tableland and some Western Nullarbor Tracks

Twilight Cove is certainly worth a visit as you pass.

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:41

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 18:41
By far the best thing if you have the time and it's not too late is a tour of Maralinga.

Search for an article on it on this site.

One of the best places I have ever been. Fantastic and not to be missed.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:26

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:26
The coast west of Fowlers is superb.
Knowles cave is probably too small to bother flying a drone in, but there are other BIG caves on the Nullarbor like Mullamilang (sp?), Abracurrie, Koonalda. No idea about access these days though.

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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:52

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:52
The research I've done on knowles is that you can walk in part way, so wouldn't need the drone there, but cocklebiddy and weebubby are closed unless you have a permit. So might lower the drone into the opening to get a different perspective.
Just to change the subject Peter, i went up to Mt Elizabeth station in June this year, but the road work crew were stopped at the calder river and couldn't cross it on the Munja Track. So i didn't bother doing it this year, maybe 2015 around september time.
Thanks for your info on this trip.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:57

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 21:57
Half a dozen pics of Knowles Cave.

http://s246.photobucket.com/user/Peter_n_Margaret/slideshow/06%201%20Nullarbor%20and%20Anne%20Beadel/Knowles%20Cave

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:05

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:05
Abracurrie Cave.



Weebubbie Cave.



Koonalda Cave. Yours truly in the foreground.



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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:11

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:11
Re the Munja Track, is Rick still doing the road and operating the camp?
Need to go back there again.......

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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 23:50

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 23:50
I have no idea who runs the road crew mate, the young lady at the homestead said the roads not open all the way to wallcot, so i just went to the falls south of the homestead for the day.
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:32

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 20:32
we could see fig trees in the cavern at Koonalda just last June - an incredibly interesting place with all the car wrecks
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:01

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 at 22:01
Koonalda Homestead circa 1954 when I was there aged 8 :)



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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 09:04

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 09:04
Plenty to see across the Nullarbor, if you go into one of the rest areas where the cliffs are don't stand too close to the edge, the weather over the years has eroded in under some places and if you stand there it could collapse, it's a good 90m drop on your way to your maker.

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Reply By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 13:22

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 13:22
Eyre Bird Sanctuary and a drive along the beach down there. Also Ivy Tank - 48 kms to the east of Nullarbor Roadhouse on the old Eyre Highway ...... see Hema GDT South Central Map. There is a tower just to the East of the Head Of The Bight road, and a track opposite leads to the old Eyre Hwy.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 18:35

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 18:35
Ivy Cave is not far from Ivy Tank....
Can't recall how big it is. :(

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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 21:22

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 21:22
Pete,
the Ivy Cave is to the west of Nullarbor Roadhouse on the track leading to the Catacombs. There is a cave near Ivy Tanks called Disappoinment Cave (20 kms to the north).

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 21:54

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 21:54
Stand corrected.....It was a long time ago....

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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 03:23

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 03:23
Thanks Laurie and Peter,
at this rate ill be there a lot longer than planned.
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Reply By: TwevSmiff - Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 at 07:06

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 at 07:06
The ABC did an interesting series of Podcasts about crossing the Nullarbor 3 or 4 years ago:

Download the Podcast here: Crossing the Nullarbor - ABC Podcast
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