At first blush this 1,600-kilometre stretch of highway might seem devoid of anything interesting. But ask those who have travelled along its dusty length and you’ll usually hear the road 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 whole lot of nothing, crossing the Nullarbor has become a rite of passage for travellers wanting to fathom Australia’s sheer vastness.

Our Southern Ocean & Nullarbor trips

Fun facts about Australia's southern coast

The empty road on the Nullarbor Plain

Nullarbor means 'no trees', which explains the lack of greenery along the 1,600-kilometre road. 

A hairy nosed wombat of the Nullarbor Plain

Along with over 100,000 wild camels, this part of the world is also home to one of the largest populations of hairy-nosed wombats in Australia.

A Coffin Bay Oyster from the Eyre Peninsula

Coffin Bay, just west of Port Lincoln, is famous for its oysters. Molluscs from the Eyre Peninsula often grow to almost one kilogram in size.

See Southern Right Whales off South Australia's coast

Travelling in May to October? Visitors to the Eyre Peninsula should keep their eyes open for migrations of Southern Right Whales along the coast.

Tips for travelling on Australia's southern coast

Timezones can be confusing when travelling across the southern coast of Australia. Adelaide works on Central Standard Time and Perth follows Western Standard Time – which is an hour and a half behind. Throw daylight savings times into the mix and you've got an extra hour of confusion. 

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