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The Nullarbor

Drive the longest, straightest, flattest piece of road in Australia

The Nullarbor is famous for being long and flat, but the most famous stretch is the 90 Mile Straight, a 145.6 kilometre (90.5 mile) stretch of road between Caiguna and Balladonia in Western Australia, which doesn’t have a single rise or bend along the way. It’s the longest, straightest stretch of road in Australia. Don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of the iconic wildlife sign (pictured) for the ultimate Nullarbor souvenir.

Have a whale of a time

The whale watching platform at Head of Bight, 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Nullarbor Roadhouse, is one of the best spots in the world to get a good look at baby whales. Southern Right Whales come here from the icy Antarctic waters to give birth, and between June and October you can sometimes see up to 100 whales and their calves in the water below the cliffs. 

Uncover a lost town in the sand

Large sand drifts have repeatedly covered and uncovered the Eucla telegraph station since it was established in 1887, just west of the Western Australia border with South Australia. No-one really knows how much longer you’ll be able to see the stone buildings before they are completely buried under a mountain of sand, so take the chance to see them while you can. 

Peer over the edge of the Great Australian Bight

The Bunda Cliffs are the longest line of sea cliffs in the world, stretching a colossal 200 kilometres (120 miles) along the Great Australian Bight. Towering up to 65 metres (213 feet) above the sea, they are a truly impressive sight. The highway runs quite close to the edge in some sections and there are six lookouts where you can peer over the edge between the Nullarbor Roadhouse and Border Village, so don’t forget to take pictures. 

Play the world’s longest game of golf

Spread across two states and two time zones, the 18-hole par 72 Nullarbor Links golf course spans a mind-boggling 1365 kilometres (848 miles) with one hole in each town or roadhouse along the highway, from Ceduna in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. Distances aside, the course has a unique set of challenges. Seven of the holes are on existing golf courses, but 11 have been purpose built, although the fairway is the existing scrub. Play the whole course and you’ll receive a certificate. It costs AUD $70 a round and golf clubs are available for hire for AUD $5 at each hole.

 

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