Tour guide jumping at Dutchmans Stern in Flinders Ranges South Australia

Tour Guide Tales – 60,000km Across the Nullarbor and Counting!

Every month for the last 8 months I have driven 8500kms with two groups of Nullarbor Traveller passengers. I can stand with my hand on my heart and say that no moment in my 60,000kms this season has been the same as the last. These epic adventure tours across the Nullarbor are so unique and there is an unbelievable amount to be seen between Adelaide and Perth.  It is two thirds of Australia after all!

I get so many questions on my trips, a few of my favourites include:

  • Do we saddle emus and ride them like we do with the kangaroos?
  • If it’s raining will the sea lions still come into the water and play?
  • Why is the road so straight?
  • Do the camels actually live out here in the middle of nowhere?
  • Why is the sky so blue?
  • How long is the 90 mile straight?
  • Why are there so many bugs out here in the bush?

 

Tour Guide doing handstand on the Nullarbor at sunset on Perth to Adelaide tour

I could go on all day! The two questions I get asked the most though are one, “Do you ever get bored doing the same trip across the Nullarbor?”

The second most common question is about one of my many favourite places on the Nullarbor tours. People ask, “The Great Australian Bight – what does it mean”?

Great – large, magnificent, epic (yes its certainly all of those!)

Australian – part of this great big amazing country we call home, Terra Australis.

Bight – in nautical terms, a large open bay. Large as in 1160kms running from Cape Carnot in South Australia to Cape Pasley in Western Australia.

The Great Australian Bight is the longest continuous cliff coast line in the Southern Hemisphere. Epic indeed and a place that takes my breath away every single time I stop there and proudly showcase it to my passengers. Seeing their responses, the emotion and their reconnection to nature is absolutely one of the best parts of the job and makes those 60,000km so enjoyable!

My passengers and the questions and enthusiasm they share are one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I meet so many amazing individuals and there is always at least one question on tour that is a new one!

By Jodie Douglas

Take the epic journey across the Nullarbor Plain on our Adelaide to Perth Tour.

 

 

Passengers doing handstands on beach at Esperance Western Australia