Driving the Nullarbor in summer: what you need to know before you go

October 26, 2022

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  • Avatar North Plain Field Jensen says:


  • Avatar sharron says:

    great website , I want to travel across the great nullarbor in June this year. Are the winds cross the Nullarbor bad coming from Melbourne to Perth the winds going across the Nullarbor in June very bad from Melbourne

  • Avatar Michael Tennant says:

    Any way i can find out re disabled services on the trip

    • Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Michael, Your best bet is to contact one of the organisations who specialize in disabled travel information. Good places to start? LeisureOptions.com.au – TravAbility.travel – disabilityonline.community — Hope they are able to help. Look forward to hearing about your Nullarbor adventure. Regards

  • Avatar Jim Orrock says:

    Remind me never to order a hotdog at the Iron Knob roadhouse! My tip – you must stand at the smallish bar in the Cocklebiddy roadhouse around dusk and have a cleansing ale and take in the endless space. Ah, the serenity!

  • Avatar Cat says:

    I am sooo looking forward to driving this now after such a great write up

  • Avatar Peter McLean says:

    Thanks for the rundown, son and his partner are about to start their 100 day adventure and heading west is the start of it. Thanks for the advise.
    Regards Peter

  • Avatar Steve says:

    I’m going to attempt it next week, Sydney to Perth and I’m hoping I can do it in 4 days safely.

  • Avatar Alex Ilic says:

    I am about to do my 4th Nullarbor crossing (Melb to Perth) in early June (2019) and I can not wait! I was so pleased to read your very positive article, it actually gave me some goose bump moments as I read through. It’s been almost 7 years since my last trip over so I am expecting the usual. Crazy fuel prices, “truckie” food as you put it. Lol, Very friendly waving to other travellers and of course the 2 Star accommodation! Like last time, I shall pack my little survival kit of water and snacks and my doona, a sheet and pillow and my best bath sheet! Not that I really shower, one time the Motel reminded me of Bates Motel and I was expecting Norman to visit at any time, hence no shower that day! But oh my, the scenery is amazing!! I also have a dash cam this trip, with an SD card of 64gb so I don’t miss anything. I do this trip solo, stereo cranked up! Sunroof open! Headlights On! Trackies, T shirt, cap and scuffs for comfort. Lastly, that moment when you get to Esperence is priceless, finally real coffee, a boutique Hotel with Wifi, Foxtel and a Spa!!!!! Thank you again for your article, love it! Happy travels. 🙂

  • Avatar Alex Ilic says:

    Hi Sharron. I have done my trips (3) so far around June to August, I can’t remember it be windy with crosswinds but I only travel by car, not towing anything, so I probably wouldn’t notice but from memory I think it’s windy as the Bight gets closer but I guess that’s to be expected. I am planning my trip in June too, probably around the 10th June so give me a wave! Little red Merc is me! lol

  • Avatar Steve says:

    Doing it for the first time in early June 2019! Excited but nervous too

  • Avatar Michele Darmanin says:

    Thank you sincerely for your informative fun article on
    ‘Driving the Nullarbor – everything you need to know’.

    I am hoping your story will inspire my husband for a outback nullarbor adventure.

    Wishing you safe travels and look forward to your next story of sharing this incredible unique country of Australia.

  • Avatar Steven Cole says:

    Sounds interesting for my first time

  • Avatar Geoff Spackman says:

    I have travelled the Nullarbor five times and I love it!, never have I found it boring. The last time was last week, I drove a fairly new Ute from Perth to Canberra for my Grandson, it was an epic trip as I did it in the shortest time possible, for me, 63 hours. Apart from fuel and snooze stops, I never stopped.
    The strange thing was…..”I never saw any wildlife!”… normally I’d see heaps, not this time.

  • Avatar Richard says:

    I crossed the Nullabor 8 times in the early 70s before the road was sealed , bulldust and cattle grids .

  • Avatar Shiradean George says:

    Thank you for this information..I feel like we won’t be driving blindly now..