Ceduna to Port Augusta by caravan

Submitted: Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 17:21
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We are going to be doing our first caravanning trip from Ceduna to Port Augusta then on to Adelaide. We are novices. My question is, are there hills and windy roads to travel along.? And what is the best route to take? We are starting from Perth across the Nullaboor. After Adelaide we want to do great ocean road to Melbourne. There is no hurry. Thought doing 4 hr stints along the way.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 18:38

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 18:38
Ceduna to Port Augusta is flat.
Best route for a caravan is the highway.
Best route to make it interesting is down via Port Lincoln or up via the Gawler Ranges.
If you are on the highway, call in at Lake Gillies - turnoff is about 20k east of Kimba.
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Reply By: Ozrover - Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 19:00

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 19:00
The quickest and easiest way is via the Eyre highway, some smallish hills but nothing to worry about.

The scenic route is via the Flinders highway past Smoky Bay & Perlubie beach to Streaky Bay, then on to Port Lincoln via scaele bay, poInt La Batte, Venus Bay etc... Then up the Lincoln highway to Whyalla & Port Augusta...

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 21:46

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 at 21:46
As all aforesaid. From Port Augusta, following the highway south to Adelaide as an easy route, but not the most scenic. The cliff edge portion of the Great Ocean Road (currently closed in places due to landslides) can be a bit daunting with a caravan if not used to those sorts of roads, but very scenic.

Fours hours driving time is a good day when towing. We usually do less, to allow for sightseeing and walks along the way.

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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 09:55

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 09:55
Dont rush the Nullabour as there are many interesting places on the way. We took 6 weeks from Norsman to Ceduna. Stopped at a lot of the water holes to check out the birds (feathered ones). There are blow holes and caves as well. Whales to see off the cliff tops in right time of year. We took some time watching a penguin chasing fish, they are so quick with their turns.
Enjoy your travels and take your time.

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Reply By: new boy - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 10:15

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 10:15
Hi Miriam Your biggest hill is Greenmount from then on all very easy . Port Augusta to Adelaide is flat, equal or better than the road to Bunbury dual carriage way the whole way.The GOR is very windy ,first time in 2005 we left the van in Geelong and drove to the end then looked on the way back to Geelong 2016 lot more experienced we drove it quite doable but you might need to camp somewhere for couple of days and retrace your steps to look at it properly.The Nullabor is interesting with plenty of fuel and camping spots and in this day and age there is plenty of traffic mostly grey nomads lot less trucks than 10 yrs ago . With the rain thats been through that area wild life has plenty of water and feed so doesn,t wander onto or near the road.
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Reply By: wendys - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 14:52

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 14:52
As others have said, no dramas re hills or winding roads from Norseman to Adelaide. There is a shortish pull up the Madura Pass, a bit the WA side of the border. Like others, recommend follow the coast from Ceduna to Port Augusta - some pretty coastal places along there. Good roads, no mts to real bendy sections.

Have to travel hills to leave Adelaide for Vic. Either up the freeway and on to Murray Bridge - not too bendy, but steep for a way. But trucks do it. Or via Southern Vales and back roads - again, some steep and much more bendy that way.

Great Ocean Rd - after about Port Campbell start to get into the bendy stuff. Coming from west, you will have the cliff walls on your left. But you will have to turn across oncoming traffic to access most of the lookout car parks. Need to take much care - overseas drivers used to being on other side of road can be an issue along there; are tourist buses too..No news yet as to when the GOR will reopen at Wye River.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 22:53

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 22:53
Let this web site be your guide. It's a bit strange to negotiate but a worthwhile guide.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 09:43

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 09:43
Besides Eyre and / or Yorke Peninsulas as great detours form the fast highway, Pildappa Rock is a nice detour for a great camp there, gold coin donation.
The back dirt roads are in good nick, drive to conditions and easy drive.
You can do a detour in there and exit further up the highway at various points as per mapping.
Pildappa Rock might make a nice early camp after leaving Ceduna.
Good for vans, look for camps on both sides of the rock, the obvious one is smaller area on the north side (good for wind shelter) and the southern side has a lot more room available if needed.
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 22:55

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 at 22:55
+2 for Pildappa. Wave Rock may have a bigger wave but you can't camp there and have this sunrise while having breakfast.
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