The Nullar­bor, SA and WA

The Daily Examiner - - TRAVEL - southaus­

One of the world’s great transcon­ti­nen­tal jour­neys – and one of the clas­sic Aus­tralian out­back ex­pe­ri­ences – the “Bor” is a mas­sive semi-arid plain across the south­ern edge of the coun­try be­tween Ade­laide and Perth.

Snaking its way from Ade­laide

to Perth along the south­ern coast, the straight, twolane bi­tu­men high­way tra­verses one of the harsh­est en­vi­ron­ments in the coun­try (Nullar­bor is Latin for “no trees”).

With stretches of empty road that seem­ingly go on for­ever, you won’t see a soul or build­ing for hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres – driv­ing here is the lit­eral em­bod­i­ment of get­ting away from it all.

Though arid, the land­scape is still un­de­ni­ably beau­ti­ful, with rugged cliffs, plateaus studded with blue­bush and mulga scrub and a rocky coast.

Then there’s the wan­der­ing kan­ga­roos, wild camels and emus, and gi­ant wedge-tailed ea­gles soar­ing over­head.

The drive has two other claims to fame – it claims the longest stretch of dead straight road in the world (at 143km) and also the longest golf course (Nullar­bor Links) in ex­is­tence, which is a whop­ping 1365km in length.

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