Friday, December 11, 2009

Crossing the Nullarbor

Camels played an important part in all the industries on and around the Nullarbor and they are commemorated in Norseman by the camel sculptures made of tin in the town. Norseman is considered the beginning of the road adventure known as crossing the Nullarbor.

The Nullarbor Plain would cover England, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland and still have 7,000 sq kms left over. The Plain is bordered by the Great Victoria Desert, the Great Australian Bight’s Southern Ocena and SA’s Eyre Peninsula. It is a harsh unique landscape and day-time temperatures can be very high in summer. We drove at a good speed and we took 2 and a half days to cross and we were very fortunate that the temperatures were cool. A fortnight earlier the temperature reached 47C we were told. The Nullarbor is the driest karst (limestone) area in the world. It is not a boring drive by any means with blowholes to see and hear, and the longest stretch of straight sealed road in Australia between Balladonia and Caiguna (146.6 kms).

Another WA road sign that amused us. Our last WA road sign by the way. Good-bye WA after 5 months - we loved you lots.

This is on the SA's side of the Nullarbor. Note the emu has changed to a wombat.
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