Welcome to Eyre Highway (The Nullarbor)
The 1670km Eyre Hwy crosses the southern edge of the vast Nullarbor Plain, parallel with the Trans-Australia Railway to the north.
John Eyre was the first European to cross this unforgiving stretch of country in 1841. After the 1877 telegraph line was laid, miners trekked to the goldfields under blistering sun and through freezing winters. By 1941 a rough-and-ready road carried a handful of vehicles, and in 1969 the road was sealed to the SA border. In 1976, the last coastal stretch was surfaced, with the Nullarbor region ending at the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.
From Norseman it's 720km to the SA border, and a further 950km to Port Augusta. From Port Augusta, it's still another 300km to Adelaide.
Around the 100km mark from Norseman is Fraser Range Station with heritage buildings and a camping ground. Next is Balladonia (193km), where the Balladonia Hotel Motel has a small museum including debris from the nearby return to earth of Skylab in 1979.Balladonia to Cocklebiddy is around 210km. The first 160km to Caiguna includes Australia's longest stretch of straight road (145km), ending at Caiguna's John Eyre Motel.Birds Australia's Eyre Bird Observatory is in the isolated 1897 former Eyre Telegraph Station, 50km south of Cocklebiddy. Book ahead for accommodation. Day visitors are welcome, but the last 10km are soft sand and 4WD accessible only; 2WD travellers who want to stay can arrange pick-up with the wardens. There's no camping.At Madura, 91km east of Cocklebiddy and near the spectacular Hampton Tablelands, the Madura Pass Oasis Inn has a very welcome pool.In Mundrabilla, 116km further east, the Mundrabilla Motel Hotel has cheaper fuel prices than roadhouses further west.Just before the SA border is Eucla, surrounded by stunning sand dunes and pristine beaches. Visit the atmospheric ruins of the 1877 telegraph station, 5km south of town and gradually being engulfed by the dunes; the remains of the old jetty are a 15-minute walk beyond. The Eucla Motor Hotel has good camping and spacious rooms.