Nullarbor Plain sunset South Australia. Experience outback Australia on a Nullarbor Traveller camping tour

8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Nullarbor Plain

Crossing the Nullarbor

Crossing the Nullarbor Plain is one of the greatest road journeys in all of Australia. It was once deemed the most dangerous crossing  due to the vast distance from Adelaide to Perth and lack of amenities along the way. Nowadays, it’s a right of passage for international adventure seekers, and an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Our 10 day wildlife adventure tours from Perth to Adelaide and vice versa show travellers the “Real Australia” as we cover two thirds of it overland! Yes, that’s just a mere 4000 km give or take a few.

A desolate plain with not one tree breaking the horizon, the Nullarbor Plain makes for one epic view, and one heck of an adventure whilst on South Australian and Western Australian tours.

But here’s a few things you maybe didn’t know about the Nullarbor Plain that will put you in good stead for your adventure tour!

It’s Massive!

So massive in fact, that The Nullarbor is officially the world’s biggest piece of limestone, covering a whopping 200,000 km squared and ranging 1200 km from east to west.

It’s Record Breaking

The Nullarbor Plain also boasts the longest section of straight railway line on the planet, spanning 478km. But that’s not all, it’s also home to the longest straight length of tarmacked road at 146.6km!

It’s Extra Terrestrial

Luckily, for its extremely low population, many meteorites have been discovered on the Nullarbor Plain, with some weighing many tonnes. They are often perfectly preserved due to the desert climate.

A goanna on Nullarbor Traveller tours from Perth

Another Spaced Out Fact…

The Skylab crashed to earth in 1979 in Balladonia, near the Western Australia end of the Nullarbor.

It’s Latin For…

No Trees! Although the name sounds exotic and interesting, it literally translates as nothing (nullus) tree (arbor).

It’s Dry

So dry in fact the whole region only receives on average 200 mm of rainfall per year!

There’s No Nullarbor Nymph

In the 1970s, an image of a woman living semi-nude amongst wild kangaroos was leaked to the media. However, after many journalists descended on the tiny town of Eucla, population 8, it emerged that the whole thing was a publicity stunt. Damn it!

There Are Camels

Although camels aren’t endemic to Australia, you’ll find around 100,000 roaming the Nullarbor after being abandoned there having helped build the railways… and now they’re pretty much at home!

Want to experience the majesty of it all for yourself? Find out more about our Adelaide to Perth wildlife adventure tours, here.

If you are looking for adventure further west, check out our new 3 Day Margaret River Tours.