Nullabor - Perth to Sydney
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2013 3:03 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
Apr 18, 2008 11:43 PM
Im doing my first roady accross the nullabor from Perth to Sydney.
Ive got 18 days to get there, spend 5 - 6 days there and get back.
Any hints as to the fastest way accross (there are 2 drivers but we dont wanna be driving 24/7)?
We want to then take about 5 days coming back to absorb it all a bit more, any ideas of good spots to stay? We are going in a commodore but are taking tents to sleep in.
Also any ideas as to which maps etc are best to use/look at would be great!!
Apr 19, 2008 3:08 AM
1I would recommend taking your time driving one way and flying back. By the time you get to Sydney you will be travel-weary and it's probably not the safest option to turn around and head back. Besides, with the cost of fuel you might as well fly back as I'm guess the difference in fuel costs vs airfare wouldn't be worth the hassle of the return trip. Regardless, you could try and do a vehicle return for a hire company. If that's not an option then you'll need to pick what tickles your fancy on my suggestions below for where you spend your time.
In saying that, it's a sensational drive. I've driven ADL to PER and ADL - MEL return however Hubby has done the drive to SYD and MEL from PER a few times and quite enjoyed it.
Most importantly: You do not want to be driving between dusk and dawn. ( Pause to really take that in ) The chances of you hitting a roo or something is good enough that you will see evidence of such during your daylight hours.
With the extra time from not doing the return trip, my suggested route is:
Perth - Margaret River - Albany - Esperance - Norseman
(Alternative if you you have done MR etc is Northam - Merredin - Kalgoorlie including Menzies and the salt lakes)
Then across the Nullabor to Ceduna - Streaky Bay (swim with the sealions at nearby Baird Bay) - Elliston (nice beaches and excellent fishing if you have the time) maybe Pt Lincoln. Then head up the Eyre Peninsula to Quorn via PortaGutta (that's local speak for Pt Augusta). Quorn and then Hawker are the gateway to the Flinders Ranges/Wilpena Pound, which is a brilliant place to hike and explore. (and is a much less scarier crater than Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater).
From here you have two solid options depending on how much time you've taken to get there. (an itinerary is only so good til you're actually on the holiday isn't it.)
You can drive south eventually via the Clare and Barossa Valleys then on to the Coonawarra but you'd want to spend a day here and there as the temptation of all that wine vs the reality of your road trip isn't exactly a marriage of success. You could then hit the Great Ocean View Road, Melbourne and then head north to Sydney. I've done the drive to Melbourne a few times but my last trip was a few years ago and others would be best to advise you on that if you take that path.
Alternatively you can head south from the Flinders and from Peterborough take the A32 Barrier Hwy or a bit further south to Burra (B64 to the Stuart Hwy at Barmera/Renmark) before you take this road to Sydney. The road from Peterborough will take you to Broken Hill and Silverton and the road from Burra will take you to Renmark, Wentworth and Mildura. Both eventually take you in the general direction of Sydney. I have been to all the towns listed but on return trips to SA but having not driven this leg further than that myself I'll leave it to the others to list the pro's and cons for either of these.
We use Hema maps. I don't know why, we just do.
This is obviously not the fastest way and is based on the one way trip and plenty of time. The fastest way to SYD is head across the nullabor to Adelaide to Burra to Renmark and across the Hay Plains to Syd.
Have done a lot of the above by travelling with a tent and good friends. Be safe and rest when tired. Have a great trip!
Edited by: Pidey
Apr 19, 2008 5:07 AM
2We want to then take about 5 days coming back to absorb it all a bit more
If that is the 'cultural immersion' leg, how long were you figuring on taking to get to Sydney in the first instance? The advice from Pidey is excellent (we have done a great deal of that also), however I get the sense that you own the Commodore and need to take it back to Perth.
As Pidey says, you can get from Perth to Norseman two interesting ways (via Kalgoorlie or via Esperance) and I would do one heading east, and one heading home. Your next decision is whether you include Eyre Peninsula / Port Lincoln or not (must add at least two nights), and then how directly you wish to travel from SA to Sydney. You have three basic routes (1) via Broken Hill and Dubbo, (2) via Renmark and the Hay Plain, or (3) via Swan Hill and the Murray Valley to Albury, and then the Hume Highway into Sydney. The last you would need to add at least a couple of days as well (attractive as it is).
If you have a tent you'll be fine - plenty of places to stay (from pretty good to pretty basic caravan parks, and camping grounds associated with outback roadhouses and country motels).
I suspect you will budget 6-6-6 days for each part of the trip. See www.travelmate.com.au for driving times and distances. For example, Perth to Sydney the most direct way (via Broken Hill) is 4,000km, which amounts to 670km per day for six days - each way - quite a big undertaking in your time. But good luck with it. The road is pretty reasonable the whole way, but perhaps take two extra spares on the roof-rack, and make sure the jack is good - and really calculate your total fuel costs - they will be substantial.
A nice website for all this stuff is www.exploroz.com.au.
Apr 19, 2008 7:36 PM
Apr 19, 2008 8:11 PM
4Yes ... might be a good option, to go by train one-way. Backpacker sit-up fare is $315 each, and accompanied vehicle is $529 Perth > Sydney ($709 Sydney > Perth for some reason). A fair bit dearer in total than fuel (about $720 if your car gets 12 litres per 100 km), but you save other ways - accommodation, wear-and-tear, and so on, in addition to time.
Apr 21, 2008 6:19 AM
5If you wish you can save a few hours driving by using the Norseman to Hyden direct road. It's interesting country, also part of the original Albany to the Coolgardie goldfields route, back in the days of shanks pony and wheelbarrows.
The road is unsealed but capable of 80-100 kph in sedans if you know gravel road driving......20 klms less if not.
You can see Wave Rock this way......and don't miss the dog cemetery.
Jan 30, 2013 7:00 PM
6Wow That's a really interesting shortcut I never new existed Shaen , gunna use it next time I'm driving eucla-perth route I think.
Sorry about resurrecting a 5 year old post BTW, but it seemed to have worked its way to the front page of the aus branch somehow or other Anyway
Jan 30, 2013 7:13 PM
Jan 30, 2013 7:29 PM
8G'day Ian, good to see you back here posting on what remains of the Aus page, -are you still in moonie ponds?
Had a couple of really dry years looking for gold and was going seriously backwards into the mortgage, I'd read about how marginal lotto wins (same diff) tend to ruin people before..
One day was in meekatharra, no gold, bloody hot, broke, and decided to get a job..
So anyhow I've jumped on the FIFO mine construction bandwagon now .
Jan 30, 2013 8:56 PM
Jan 30, 2013 10:23 PM
10Certainly a bit of soul selling involved, out there sucking the ground water dry, digging holes that'll outlast mankind just do the chinese can build city's that no-ones living in.
But yer, the money's unbelievably good, always figured I'd give it two years solid but one week off in 5 constantly doesn't leave much time left over before one dies for travelling, and that's gotta change.
Jan 30, 2013 11:33 PM
Feb 9, 2013 2:13 AM
Nov 7, 2013 6:59 PM
I'm planning to drive Perth-Sydney around Xmas this year with my dog. Happy to take a week to do it. I was wondering if anyone knows how easy it would be to find somewhere to stay along the way with a dog?
Little B&Bs, road houses, motels, that kinda thing.
Or I guess we can get a tent if it might be easier for a camp ground?
Thanks for any suggestions
Nov 7, 2013 8:19 PM
14A week from Perth to Sydney in summer ... will be a very speedy trip.
You will find roadhouses that don't mind dogs between Perth and Port Augusta (SA), and after that there will be well spread-out motels along the way to Sydney ... dog-friendliness I don't know. Little B&Bs are unlikely - this is mostly pretty remote country indeed.
Here is a sample - Eyre Highway
(4 star Hotel)
From US$189.02 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$181.85 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$256.79 per night