Crossing Borders: WA to SA

January 18, 2010 · 6 comments

Waking up in Baladonia, just 36km away was the longest straight road in Australia, a mind numbing 146km (90 miles), but mercifully a cool temperature with overcast clouds (after a small thunderstorm the night before).

Nullarbor straight road sign

Start of the Nullarbor Straight

Doing the same road at the same time, a Belgium and Italian girl driving slower than us joined us at numerous points of the day.

We all decided to stop for some beach time after entering the Nullabor plains and found a very nice one just off the road at a fuel stop (required a further 4km drive and 1km walk over sandy dunes) however it was worth it.

Euro girls on beach

Alex is not so impressed by girls on the beach

After that we had some van temperature soup and topped the van up with oil as it was running a bit low, and it was good to go some more. There seemed a lot of dead kangaroo’s today, probably because we was closer to the center of Australia rather than driving a coastal route.

We originally decided to end the day at Eucla, already passing one time zone, at dusk but as the euro girls continued we followed suit, a further 60km of night driving later and crossing the Western Australia/Southern Australia border (the 2nd time zone crossed in a day), we arrived at Yalata in the middle of Aboriginal land. The Belgium girl was insistant on continuing and me and Alex decided to call it a night there as we weren’t in such a hurry or keen on driving at night through kangaroo territory.

Mystery Machine on Nullarbor Straight

Mystery Machine on Nullarbor Straight

Kangaroo Tally:

Alive: 0 Dead: 92

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Vi January 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I wouldn’t drive at night in outback either, it is too tiring to keep eye on all wildlife in the dark.
.-= Vi´s last blog – Short trails in New Zealand. Key Summit track =-.

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Candice January 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Lol, that picture is so great. And that road IS mind-numbingly long, wow.

And what’s with all the dead kangaroos? Wtf?
.-= Candice´s last blog – WTF, Halifax? =-.

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AdventureRob January 19, 2010 at 5:48 AM

I took a video in the center of it showing both directions but the wind drowned out what I was saying, the road just bends over the horizon :-)

Candice – not sure but this was the highest day of the trip with dead kangaroos, I guess it’s because the nullarbor is quite a bit inland rather than the usual coastal route. Plus the nullarbor is so boring to drive I imagine a few truckers just plow on through without caring too much about what jumps in front of them.
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Head out on the Highway =-.

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Amiee January 19, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Whoa – that is one crazy ass road. And I thought driving through Iowa was one straight line…
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brian January 19, 2010 at 9:44 PM

You were wise not to drive at night. I read another blogger’s account of driving in AUS at night and plowing into a ‘roo, wrecking the car and delaying his trip. He was alright but he had to deal with the aftermath.
.-= brian´s last blog – Best Travel News and Deals – January 19, 2010 – Haiti, Beat the Single Supplement, See Namibia, Frequent Flyer Miles, More Charges for Checked Bags =-.

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AdventureRob January 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM

All too many stories like that one Brian!

I met a guy on the road who just ran into one that day, he was fine, and luckily had a roo bar fitted (it was a wicked camper rental) but it looked like it needed replacing and not up to taking another ‘roo on.
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Beach to Desert =-.

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