Crossing the Nullarbor: A photo Journal

We actually started driving from Melbourne but after taking a detour along The Great Ocean Road and stopping off in Adelaide it was time to make the drive. Crossing the Nullarbor starts from Ceduna when heading East to West, this is the last town you will see until Norseman in WA 1200km away. Ceduna  is also the start of the Nullarbor Links, the Worlds Longest Golf Course that we intended on playing to break up the journey.

Due to Kangaroos it was risky to drive through the night and since we were heading West we spent most of the time driving into the setting sun. Officially the Nullarbor ends in Norseman but we continued to Perth. The drive took us three days and during that time I took photographs from the backseat every hour to see how the landscaped changed throughout the journey.

I had heard many things about the Nullarbor before leaving and the main thing people told me was there is nothing out there. After reaching Perth I can say that’s not necessarily true. There are things you will see crossing the Nullarbor that you won’t see anywhere else in the world, the Great Australian Bight, 90 Mile Straight and of course the Worlds Longest Golf Course.

Below is the photo journal of our drive, see for yourself if the landscape changes while crossing the Nullarbor and if you look closely you can get a small insight into our life on the road.

Crossing the Nullarbor

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Adalaide to Darwin

Travelling to Uluru was part of a road trip from Adelaide to Darwin. A distance of around 3200km with only one ‘city’ in between, Alice springs. It was a large amount of driving but there were many highlights along the way. Some of these I have covered in other posts but here are a few other reasons the drive is a must.

Coober Pedy

In south Australia there is very little to see along the drive and its not until Coober Pedy, a small town that grew out of Opal mining but now resembles the last place on earth, that you meet any signs of civilisation. Most of the town is built underground out of the rock so when you go to the local viewing point there is very little to see. The town has also become famous for being the location for many films, including Mad Max.

Coober Pedy

View over Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

Sculpture in the Coober Pedy mines

Uluru National

Heading from Adelaide you have to turn off the highway to reach Uluru National Park but it is well worth the visit. It can be expensive in petrol but also park entrance fees and higher camping costs. Before heading back to the highway I would recommend another detour and stopping at Kings Canyon and using a few hours for the larger walking route which offers amazing views.

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

Alice Springs

Alice Springs is almost exactly halfway between Adelaide and Darwin. The town is one of the only major towns to be named after an Australian woman. The Todd river runs through Alice Springs but is usually always dry.

Adelaide to Darwin

Alice Springs

View over Alice Springs

The Todd River, Alice Springs

The Todd River, Alice Springs

National Parks in the Northern Territories

Once you arrive in the Northern Territories the scenery really changes with an abundance of National Parks. I stopped in both Litchfield and Kakadu, they were both absolutely spectacular. The sites in Litchfield are much closer together and a good majority of them can be seen in one day, where as Kakadu requires a lot more driving but again is well worth it. If you are staying in Darwin a weekend trip can be made to visit this National Parks and can be a very busy time.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

This route does seem very long and there are other cheaper and quicker alternatives if you are looking to visit Uluru National Park but if you are looking to take in the National Parks in the north I would drive. There are many other sites along the way including the Devils Marbles, Australia’s UFO capital and of course the natural beauty of the Australian Outback.

The Australian Outback

The Australian Outback

Take a look at my other road trips including Crossing the Nullarbor and the Icefields Parkway in Canada.