The Nullarbor Plain is one of Australia’s ultimate road trips. This colossal drive, which makes up a big chunk of the trip from Adelaide to Perth, isn’t for the faint-hearted, and requires an amount of preparation to complete successfully. Here are five tips for safely conquering the Nullarbor Plain.
Only travel during the day
It’s not recommended that you take on the Nullarbor at night because animals will be out on the roads, making it considerably more dangerous. This means that you’ll have to be prepared to camp overnight or stay at a roadside motel when it begins to get dark.
You never know what is going to happen out on the Nullarbor, so you need to be prepared. This includes packing everything from spare tyres and jumps leads, to camping supplies and water. Packing spare water and fuel is essential because you may not know where your next stop will be. Also, make sure to pack canned food, as fresh food will be confiscated at the South Australia–Western Australia border.
Frequently check your vehicle
As your journey progresses, your vehicle is going take quite a beating. Make sure that you check up on your vehicle frequently throughout the drive. This means regularly checking tyre pressure and oil and coolant levels.
Be prepared to not have phone reception
The Nullarbor is mostly a dead zone when it comes to phone reception, so you should plan accordingly. Telstra gets reception across the majority of the Nullarbor, so look into getting a temporary phone plan with them. You should also download music and podcasts before you set off on your journey to keep you entertained on the road.
Treat road trains with caution
When you’re conquering the Nullarbor, you should be extremely careful when you’re driving past or overtaking road trains or trucks. If you can help it, pull over to the side of the road to let the road train pass.
Pictured is the Nullarbor Plain. Image Credit South Australian Tourism Commission.