Road trip across Australia – Day 3 Ceduna

We left Caiguna quite early, at about 7.30am and drove to Madura, about an hour and a half away. The road to Madura is very flat, but it takes a surprising dip and drops about 100 metres or more at the Madura Pass, where you get fantastic views of the plain below. Apparently this plain, which is perfectly flat, used to be underwater. Because it was early, the plain was covered by a faint mist, and it made for a beautiful sight.
We had breakfast at the Madura Roadhouse and then headed for Eucla. This section of the road is bordered by the high plateau from which we had descended at Madura, and which continued to Eucla, the eastern most town Western Australia. At Eucla you climb the hill to the top of the plateau, where there is a roadhouse. We topped with fuel here, at 179 CPL it was the second most expensive so far.
A few kilometres from Eucla is the border between Western Australia and South Australia, and the WA quarantine station where you need to throw away any fruit or vegetables that you accumulated in South Australia.
On this portion of the road you follow the Great Australian Bight, which is, literally, just metres away, and from where you get some spectacular views of the cliffs and the Southern Ocean.
There are a few lookouts on the portion of road between Eucla and Nullabor, and they are definitely worth visiting. Some of the lookouts have warnings about not getting too close to the edge, as some of the cliffs are unstable, and are still prone to collapsing.
Just west of Nullabor is the true western edge of the Nullabor Plain. Nullabor means “without trees”, and it is an area that is completely devoid of trees, however the Plain is covered is low shrubs and is completely flat.
As you head further east the land becomes undulating, and the foliage denser, with trees re-appearing. The roads are long and straight still, and, once again, we witnessed a magnificent sunset through our mirrors.
We continued on to the South Australian Ceduna, where we decided to stay the night. By this time we’d been on the road for almost 12 hours, with just a few short stops. By crossing the border into South Australia we had completed one third of the distance to the East Coast, not bad going for just two and a bit days.
Upon or arrival in Ceduna we had travelled 1588 kilometres and despite the fact we had travelled over, mostly, uninhabited country we had found the journey to be incredibly interesting. The landscape constantly changes, and you often arrive at scenes that are utterly gorgeous. The trip had been anything but boring, and the trip across the Nullabor must surely be counted as one of the world’s great drives.

1 comment to Road trip across Australia – Day 3 Ceduna

  • Heather Collins

    Twelve months prior to driving across the country with Grumpy our son had done the drive and recommended we do it too. A highlight for him was the drop as you came off the plateau at Madura Pass. It really is totally unexpected and stunning. It meant that we investigated the lookout but decided the view from the road was much better. We stopped in Madura for our “Sunday Brunch”. A long way from home for that but well worth the stop.
    We commented from time to time on the changing scenery. It is not the same all the way across as one assumes. Just as you start to get complacent it changes.
    This is a trip I would recommend. Signed Grumpy’s wife.

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