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Old 13th February 2011, 04:04   #1
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Default Perth-Adelaide road trip - Across the Nullarbor

Wohoo..my first trip report here on t-BHP!

We (my parents, sister and me)..did this trip in December 2010. My sister was working in Perth, but she finally managed to get a decent job in Adelaide..so we decided to fly into Perth, and drive back with her car.
Vehicle: My sister's old 2005 Holden Commodore (was a nice car, but used to guzzle fuel though, just sold it in Jan 2011).

Dates: December 4 -7, 2010

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Mount Street, Perth (this is where we were staying)

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Perth Skyline

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Swan Bell tower, Perth

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Main street in Coolgardie - 580 km from Perth (you can see our car in front)

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The "tourist area" in Coolgardie - an old mining town in Western Australia

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Onward to Kalgoorlie - main street

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Paddy Hannan (the guy who first found gold here)

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Kalgoorlie Hotel - est. 1897, still in great condition

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The Superpit - the world's largest open cut gold mine, can be seen from space.

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The superpit in all its glory

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A caterpillar (its hugee!) dump truck, looks like a toy carrying ore.

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A similar dump truck on "market day" (the day before). Please note the very good-looking girl operating the camera in the foreground

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Leaving Kalgoorlie...onto Adelaide!

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Eyre highway to Adelaide

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Still a long way to go!

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Warning signs at Norseman (population: 37) advising travellers to carry water (780 km from Perth).

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Balladonia roadhouse (a typical roadhouse - here you get food, fuel and accommodation if people want to spend a night), 915 km from Perth. This is also where Skylab (the US space station) fell in July 1979.

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The Skylab "museum".

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Balladonia - the middle of nowhere!

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Watch out for road trains!

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A real live road train (not very big though).

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Between Balladonia and Caiguna Roadhouses, the Eyre highway forms the longest stretch of straight sealed road in the world. Too bad the sign was vandalized.


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One of the many RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) emergency airstrips found along the route.


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Caiguna roadhouse (1100 kms from Perth)
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Cocklebiddy roadhouse (some of these place have funny names).

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Madura roadhouse (1255 kms from Perth) in the middle of nowhere


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The road from Madura towards the endless nullarbor plain


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Quarantine checkpoint at the Western Australia- South Australia border.

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The Western Australia- South Australia border. There is also a change in the time (1/2 hour difference).

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WA-SA Border village - our overnight stop (1470 kms from Perth) including the Rooey 2 kangaroo statue (the most horrible statue I have ever seen).

Part 2 of the roadtrip coming up shortly!
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Old 13th February 2011, 08:10   #2
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Here's part 2:

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Cabins where we stayed the night

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The restaurant in the middle of nowhere

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The roadhouse at a place called Border Village

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The Great Australian Bight, right next to the road.

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The world's longest cliff-face.

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Warning signs posted all over next to the road.

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The long road to Adelaide

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Another roadhouse - this one is called Nullarbor roadhouse

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Inside the roadhouse

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Saw a Ferrari in the middle of nowhere (even though it was on a flatbed..it was still cool to see this car).

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Typical road signs

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Entering Ceduna (1980 kms from Perth)

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Port Augusta (population 15,000), marks the end of the Eyre highway.

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Entering Adelaide, end of the drive.

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It was quite an experience to drive across the nullarbor, the monotony is the biggest challenge. Also, you dont see another car for literally a hundred kms..but the fuel stops etc. along the highway are well laid out.

I'll post some offroading trips we did recently a bit later.
Thanks for reading everyone!
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Wow. This is one trip which I wanted to do. This is that 180 kms straight road. Isn't it?
Heard that speeding road trains are dangerous. Leave behind quite a air turbulence. Also drivers tend to go into a different state of mind since its an endless straight road. Infact It is listed somewhere as a dangerous road to drive on.

Way to go. Atta boy.
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Great Drive Jeeper with some sight seeing stops in between. That dumper is huge. How does the driver get into it

How much is the distance and how many hours did you take to cover it?

You have commented that the Road-Train in the snap is not huge. How long is it normally?
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Old 13th February 2011, 10:22   #5
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Download2live: yes, you should do this route..in fact I think every bhp-ian who is crazy about roadtrips (and I think most people here are), should do this. One of my father's friends has done the entire Perth-Sydney (4055 km) trip 4 times..which is a bit too much if you ask me haha.

Amit..the distance we covered is 2700 km, did it in about 2 and a half days.
The road trains are normally very big, here is a typical one:

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In the remote areas, you get to see even bigger ones.

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Nice travelogue and pictures.
Am used to drive on Indian highways and the highway in Australia is tempting for a long drive.
Do you require an international license to drive in Australia?
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@jeeper,
Too good writeup. Glued to the thread. And thanks for the virtual roadtrip of Australia.
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@Jeeper,

Lovely pics. Reminded me of my days in Melbourne. Had done a similar drive from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocen Road. Again thats one hell of a scenic road to drive on.

I loved the Road train pics. Seen plenty of them on the hwys there.
Keep posting and bring on some lovely photos of good ol Adelaide.
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That brought back memories. My son rode his Unicycle from Perth to Sydney along the coast and crossed the Nullabor in 2009. He is the first ever person to do the feat. On a recce i drove the Nullabor straight in a RAV4 . Amazing place.
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