Australian Outback Tours – Crossing The Nullarbor
Hassie, owner of Nullarbor Traveller, describes his experiences
I can remember Crossing The Nullarbor for the first time. It was in 1973 with my father when I was 13 years old. We were in our Valiant Station Wagon and the road was all dirt at that time. There were huge potholes and my dad thought the best way to get over them was to not go in them. He would go as fast as he could to pretty much fly over them. I remember pulling up at Eucla where we were going to sleep the night but Dad said: “you’ve snored most of the way across son, let’s just keep driving”. That’s my first recollection of the Nullarbor.
My first Australian outback tour across the Nullarbor was back in 2004 when we first purchased Nullarbor Traveller. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been back and forward those 4000 km each way between Adelaide and Perth. But I can tell you I haven’t done it near as many times as my guides or wife. One guide might do up to 80,000 km back and forward in one season alone! It is one of the longest haul tours in Australia. But they keep coming back every year because they love it. That says something, does it?
Every time I cross the Nullarbor, whether it’s taking a tour, camping with my wife or transferring a vehicle, it always holds something special for us. It’s just a really unique destination. It combines the outback, world-class coastlines and wildlife. It covers two thirds of Australia. And it ticks all the boxes of what people come to Australia for. It’s the wildlife, the outback, the nature, the landscape, the coastline, all of those things the Nullarbor holds. The Nullarbor is one part of a very comprehensive journey. You’ll see an amazing part of Australia as you travel east to west across Southern Australia.