Mon, 04 Jul 2022

This epic drive from Perth to Adelaide includes the notorious Nullarbor Plain, which spans the longest stretch of straight road on Earth. The distance of this road trip is approximately 3200kms (2000 miles) and around 34 hours of driving.

Although some people complete this massive trek in a matter of days, it's usually out of necessity, as a change of address or travel for work, but certainly not for the fun of it. It's recommended to take at least two weeks for a self-drive between Perth to Adelaide, making it a relaxed experience, and enabling you to enjoy the many attractions along the way.

Because of the time and distance required to do this journey by land, the most comfortable way to travel is via motorhome or campervan. Once you have organised your one way campervan hire from Perth, the following itinerary can be used as a guide, to assist in planning what to see and where to stop along the way.

Tip: If you haven't committed to flights yet, it's worth checking campervan rental prices in either direction. Sometimes you can get a better deal by simply reversing your itinerary.

Fitzgerald River National Park 520km (320 miles)

This National Park is most significant for the native plant life that grow here, in fact, 20% of all Western Australia's species of flora can be found within its borders. Travelling during the spring will have the area bursting with colour, but the park is worth a visit in any season.

It is also a great spot for whale watching, there is a dedicated platform built at Point Ann inside the Fitzgerald River National Park, that is arguably the best site to spot these amazing mammals from the shore. The Southern Right Whales travel through this region from June through to October each year, and some days there are up to 25 sighting per day. Dolphin pods, Humpback Whales and Sea Lions have also been seen in these waters.

There are plenty of land animals here too, including emus, kangaroos, reptiles and many bird varieties.

Esperance 200km (125 miles)

The Cape Le Grand National Park is listed as the number one thing to do in the pretty coastal town of Esperance, and with good reason. The beaches here have been hailed as the world's most exquisite, and they overlook the Recherché Archipelago, made up of 105 islands off the coastline.

The crystal-clear waters make for great snorkelling and stunning photographs. If you like hiking, there are several lookouts and peaks that give a birds-eye view of the entire bay.

The campgrounds here are a case of the bush meeting the beach, and it makes for a perfect place to wake up alongside the friendly kangaroos that call it home.

Norseman 200km (125 miles)

On the way from Esperance, stop along the way at Dundas Rocks and Lone Grave for a bit of history on the area. It's also a great spot to stretch the legs, the walk here will take you via some interesting granite boulders and a small salt lake.

Norseman marks the start of the Nullarbor Plain, when heading east towards South Australia. Originally beginning as a gold mining town in the 1800's, the architecture here is unique, with much of its original structures remaining unchanged.

Mundrabilla 620km (385 miles)

Today you will pass the road sign marking the start of your trip across the Nullarbor, so settle in for a long journey. Although there is not a lot to stop and see on this drive, take your time and stop to rest when you need to. The night skies here provide an uninterrupted view of the cosmos, so you may find yourself wanting to spend an extra night en route for this reason alone. Find a safe place to park the campervan for the evening and enjoy the free show above.

You will likely see many kangaroos, emus and herds of wild camels at some stage on your journey over the Plain, so avoid driving at night, because the chance of an accident with wildlife become considerable.

Arriving at Mundrabilla marks almost exactly halfway between Perth and Adelaide, and the Roadhouse is a good place to stop for fuel, food and camping.

Nullarbor National Park 150km (95 miles)

The Nullarbor National Park is on the South Australia side of the border, and a national park that not many get to visit, based on its isolated location. The stark coastal cliffs are a sight to behold, and if you weren't fortunate enough to see whales from the WA coastline, you will have another opportunity here.

The Great Australian Bight lookout it a must stop location, with crystal blue waters glistening beneath the multi-coloured cliffs, the view is phenomenal.

The Murrawijinie Caves are further east in the park, about 10kms from the Nullarbor Roadhouse, where you can get some food and fuel beforehand. Inside the caves, the temperature can be ten degrees lower, a welcome change in summer. Wear your walking shoes and bring a torch to explore inside these three caves, one of which contains ancient Aboriginal rock art.

Ceduna 450km (280 miles)

As you travel towards Ceduna, take a break at the Penong Windmill Museum for a pit stop. The museum showcases the largest windmill in Australia, Bruce, as well as a variety of smaller ones that have been collected from near and far.

The small town of Ceduna marks the end of your Nullarbor journey, and sees you back amongst civilisation.

There are several attractions to stop by whilst here, one of which being the National Trust Ceduna School House Museum. Run by volunteers, this museum is a fantastic look into a bygone era, from transport, to food preparation and schooling, the wide variety of exhibits here both quirky and incredibly interesting.

At the Arts Ceduna centre there is a beautiful gallery of Indigenous Australian artwork, from over 130 artists, on display and available for purchase.

Port Augusta 470km (290 miles)

Port Augusta is a junction of major roads and railways, and a gateway to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. If you have the time, it's worth the hour and a half drive to visit the beautiful national park, otherwise, there will be enough to keep you busy in town here, before continuing to Adelaide.

The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden showcases a massive variety of arid zone flora in their 250 plus hectares of landscape. The parkland also provides habitat for a vast diversity of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects.

Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre and walk through their "Tunnel of Time". This attraction provides interactive exhibits, Aboriginal dreaming stories, descriptions of geological events and local history.

Adelaide 310km (190 miles)

On the way to Adelaide, stop in to Mount Remarkable National Park. Enjoy the stunning scenery of native pine trees and gums, the colourful cliff faces and gorges, not to mention the wildlife - emus, lace monitors, kookaburras and kangaroos are abundant here.

Arrival in Adelaide marks the end of this campervan road trip extravaganza, which will no doubt provide irreplaceable memories, experiences and a plethora of sensational photographs.

Author: Leila Gear - Discovery Campervans

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