Nullarbor Roadhouse

Whale Watching Central!

For the first few Nullarbor crossings, we somehow didn't need to call in to the Nullarbor Roadhouse. We always refuelled happily at Ceduna or Forrest or Caiguna and so cruised past this remote and classically Aussie roadhouse.

Time to pull over for a burger with the lot at the roadhouse!

We're now better educated, and calling in here for a lunch stop, and to stay the night, is one of those experiences I want to recommend to you.

Approaching from either west or east, the big dirt runway 10/28 stands out for miles, serving as a welcome mat to this essential servo for just about every vehicle using the Eyre Highway.

Taxiing off the main strip up to the back of the roadhouse is entertaining, making sure you've identified that taxiway as the extension of the cross strip. The cross strip 22/04 is only 520m long, and we have not had the need to use it yet. However, taxiing along it, it's all a bit rough and ready but seems perfectly usable if the crosswind on the main strip was up.

The CYF crew are just drying the washing while we're here.

Make sure you've rung ahead to check the condition of the strip and to organise fuel, supplied by the roadhouse staff. There was plenty of room for our seven aircraft to park overnight last time we visited, in the parking area out the back of the roadhouse.

Accommodation at the Nullarbor roadhouse is basic, but perfectly comfortable ... and it doesn't get much more convenient for pilots!  Once you've settled in, you will be fed and well watered in the cafe/restaurant and bar whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You gotta do it!

Wander out the front and get the cheesiest photo you can with the resident Big Whale, and watch the endless stream of massive road trains and 4WDs pulling off the Eyre Highway for a break. (Just don't stand between the road train drivers and their burger.)

Two wheels or twenty-two - they all pull in for a well earned break.

Remember that you are very close to Head of Bight here - that's whale watching central! Whale season from mid-May to October each year, when large numbers of Southern Right whales routinely gather along this 15km stretch of the coastline, giving birth and nursing their calves in these semi-protected waters.

The WardAir crews gather at one of the many fantastic murals around the roadhouse. Talented artwork wherever you turn!

A visit to the roadhouse is all easy, great outback fun and doesn't break the bank. Winner combination!

Check out the Great Australian Bight flying advice here.