To those who haven’t crossed it, the Nullarbor is often thought of as ‘the Nullar-boring’ – a 1,600-kilometre stretch of highway devoid of anything and everything interesting. Among those who have, the verdict’s usually a little different.
The road spanning the world’s largest expanse of limestone bedrock is long on bitumen and short on big name features – that there can be no denying. But to slate the Nullarbor as boring is to overlook its attraction. Two straight days of driving through a landscape of little change makes for surreal travel. As horizons warp and perspectives alter, questions present themselves. How did Indigenous Australia survive out here? How can the ground above Australia’s largest underwater lake be so arid? Whatever became of the Nullarbor Nymph? Much more than ‘a bloody long drive’, crossing the Nullarbor has become a rite of passage for travellers wanting to fathom Australia’s sheer vastness.
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What to see on Australia's southern coast:
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- Timezones can be a little bit haywire across the southern coast of Australia. Adelaide works on Central Standard Time, Perth has Western Standard Time (which is an hour and a half behind) and then there's Nowhere Standard Time, which applies to towns on the SA/WA border. Throw daylight savings times into the mix and you're got an extra hour of confusion (but is that earlier or later?).