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Fuel Prices on the Nullarbor

For those of you who want to cross the Nullarbor Plain here are the fuel prices per September 2004.

You will find good bush camping along the way. The only sizeable towns are Norseman and Ceduna. Fowler's Bay has a nice campground. Take lots of water, drinking water must be bought along the Nullarbor. Bore water is salty.
Good luck Kai

Location Distance (km) Price (A$)
Norseman 0 1.16
Balladonia 210 1.37
Caiguna 400 1.41
Cocklebiddy 470 1.41
Madura 570 1.47
Mundrabilla 690 1.20
Eucla 760 1.32
Border WA/SA 775 1.43
Nullabore 975 1.38
Yalata Com. 1100 1.35
Nundroo Com. 1155 1.35
Penong 1200 1.11
Ceduna 1280 1.06
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well, that's taken the adventure out of crossing the Nullarbor :-)

actually, I'm told there's a lot more interest to it than watching fuel prices.

I found biking around Australia to be generally a rather dull experience after the joys of Europe and Africa. the people are great, but the view is mostly GAFA - Great Areas of FA
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I remember crossing the Nullarbor in the mid 1990s. It was cold and windy but at night the stars were amazing.
It was quite a boring ride. For more adventure some people follow some dirt tracks and some ride close to the rail track.
The flinders range seemed like the alps after the flatness of the desert.
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I have to disagree with yarry rob.

I have done the Nullabor many times. I was born in WA and lived in Qld for many years. I came back to WA and lived on the Nullabor in a little railway town called Rawlinna.

I have found the Nullabor to be one of the most interesting stretches on earth.

There has never been quite the experience of kipping down for the night off the beaten track with the silence of the desert and the glow of Milkyway stars where you can imagine picking them out of the sky. Counting satelites and shooting stars, listening to the ticking of your bike engine cooling down after a long straight freedom ride with very little traffic.

The wildlife is abundant from lizards, birds, kangaroos and camels.

The excitement of passing some of those huge semi-trailers flogging along at 140 kmh, can get the adrenalin pumping.

The secret to crossing the Nullabor is to take your time and enjoy the experience.
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Anyone crossing the Nullabor should not mis Cocklebiddey Cave, said to be the Everest of the cave world. A little difficult to find so ask at the Roadhouse. The cave dissapears into the ground and is accessed via a metal ladder. You them walk down about 200m to a pool where you can cool down. The rest of the cave is only accessable to cave divers. Great place to camp overnight.
Don't forget a torch.
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I have to disagree with yarry rob.

I have done the Nullabor many times. I was born in WA and lived in Qld for many years. I came back to WA and lived on the Nullabor in a little railway town called Rawlinna.

I have found the Nullabor to be one of the most interesting stretches on earth.

There has never been quite the experience of kipping down for the night off the beaten track with the silence of the desert and the glow of Milkyway stars where you can imagine picking them out of the sky. Counting satelites and shooting stars, listening to the ticking of your bike engine cooling down after a long straight freedom ride with very little traffic.

The wildlife is abundant from lizards, birds, kangaroos and camels.

The excitement of passing some of those huge semi-trailers flogging along at 140 kmh, can get the adrenalin pumping.

The secret to crossing the Nullabor is to take your time and enjoy the experience.
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Thanks for the cave tip. I've been looking forward to crossing the Nullarbor. I wonder if it'll drive me as crazy as crossing Nebraska on I-80 did.

I wonder if the German couple who started this topic ran into the German guy and the Polish girl who are riding around Australia. I ran into them on my 2nd day. Their site is www.monsterq.de

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Hi, I dind't find the Nullabor dull at all and my top cruising speed was 40mph,(30mph when we had a strong head wind for 2 days) just to experience that much space was quite incredible and the view from some of the cliff top rest areas was amazing. It was cold and windy on the first crossing ( September) but quite warm on the second (February)
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What sort of bike were you on? That's not much better than my average on a 40 year old 250cc.

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I also found crossing the Nullabor anything but dull. It would be awful in heat of summer, but at the right time, it is a great experience.

Comparisons with anywhere else I've been are a bit apples and oranges. I love riding the Canadian Rockies and New Zealand too, but I would never compare them.

We took five weeks to ride around Australia and the feeling in the desert and plains is one of the last frontier, unspoiled, and remote. Wonderful, and there is plenty to see. Outback Australia is one of the last havens on Earth.

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>We took five weeks to ride around Australia

Wow... I have been riding mostly in Queensland for more then 20 years and have only scratched the surface.
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