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Esperance to Ceduna Road Trip Guide


The thrilling road trip adventure from Esperance to Ceduna will take you through stunning coastal landscapes across the famous Nullarbor Plain and end in a vibrant seaside town.

This epic journey along Australia's southern coast offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Spot wild kangaroos, emus, and camels from Esperance to Eucla. Explore fascinating towns on the Nullarbor. Or experience three of the world’s longest attractions, including the farthest round of golf, the longest continuously straight road, and the most extensive stretch of sea cliffs.

From Esperance's shimmering turquoise beaches to Ceduna's rugged coastline, buckle up for an unbelievable journey filled with scenic beauty and diverse landscapes as we guide you through the highlights and must-see attractions along the way.

Planning Your Road Trip

Before you hit the road to embark on the 1405 km from Esperance to Ceduna, crossing the vast Nullarbor Plain, it’s essential to plan your journey carefully to make the most of this spectacular experience.

Best Time to Cross the Nullarbor

For ideal weather and road conditions, set off on this road trip during the milder months, typically between April and November, when you'll lessen the chances of encountering scorching heat or heavy rain.

Prepare Your Vehicle for the Long Trip

Ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition by performing regular maintenance, including checking the engine, tires, brakes, and fluids or having a professional mechanic inspect it. 

You should also consider installing a reliable GPS and bringing a spare tire, extra fuel, and a first-aid kit.

Essential Documents and Permits

Carry all the necessary documents for your road trip, including your driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance details. 

You'll need a permit to access or travel in the Aboriginal Lands along the Eyre Highway.

Camping Gear and Necessities

Given the long distances and limited accommodation options along the Nullarbor, it's wise to pack suitable camping gear and the following supplies.

  • Sturdy tent

  • Sleeping bags

  • Cooking utensils

  • A portable stove

  • Large water containers for drinking and cleaning

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen and a hat

  • Non-perishable food items

  • An extra can of fuel


Route and Itinerary

Day 1: Esperance

Start your adventure in Esperance, a stunning coastal town known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches, such as Lucky Bay, home to the famous kangaroos who love to sunbathe on the sand.

Day 2: Esperance to to Norseman (200 km, 2.5 hours)

Leave Esperance early and head north two hours to Norseman, the unofficial beginning of the Nullarbor crossing.

If you have time, explore the following attractions in Norseman.

  • Hike to the Woodlands Walk to Beacon Hill Lookout

  • Drive along the wide streets past the statue of Norseman and the life-size corrugated iron camels

  • Holes 14 and 15 of Nullarbor Links, the world’s longest golf course

Day 3: Norseman to Balladonia (218 km, 2.5 hours)

As you continue your journey eastbound, you’ll pass the Dundas Nature Reserve and the hardwood eucalyptus forest of Fraser Range Station.

Stay at the Balladonia Roadhouse, tour the Balladonia Cultural Heritage Museum to learn about the exhibit dedicated to the 1979 Skylab space station crash.

Day 4: Balladonia to Cocklebiddy (219 km, 2.5 hours)

As you take on this second half of the trip from Balladonia to Ceduna, and continue on the Eyre Highway and the 147 km (90 miles) of the world's straightest roadway; take time to appreciate crossing the Nullarbor Plain, with its seemingly endless horizons.

You'll finish this stretch in Caiguna, where you can take a worthwhile detour to the Caiguna Blowhole. Then, travel to Cocklebiddy for accommodations at an inn or caravan park and enjoy a meal at the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse.

Day 5: Cocklebiddy to Eucla (232 km, 3 hours)

Before departing Cocklebiddy, visit the Eyre Bird Observatory and Nutysland Nature Reserve for the world's longest expanse of ongoing sea cliffs.

Then, head towards Eucla, a town on the border between Western Australia and South Australia. As you approach, stop at the iconic dunes that have taken over the town, offering a unique photo opportunity.

Day 6: Eucla to Ceduna (492 km, 5 hours)

This final leg takes you to the last of the Nullarbor towns, Ceduna, marking the end of your Nullarbor crossing! Enjoy fishing, swimming, water sports, and the famous local oysters. Then, rest at the Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park.

Safety and Travel Tips

Prioritise safety during your long journey with these safety tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.

  • Plan your route, estimate the lengths of each leg of the journey, and make a note of fuel stations or rest areas

  • Stay hydrated by packing ample amounts of clean drinking water and drink regularly

  • Pack essential emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, extra food, a flashlight, spare tires, jumper cables, and a satellite phone

  • Have a reliable way to stay connected, such as a UHF radio

  • Carry out regular vehicle checks during your journey as well, including oil, coolant, and tire pressure

  • Share your travel plans, including your intended route, estimated day of arrival, and regular check-in times with a trusted friend or family member

  • Bring a detailed map and familiarise yourself with signage along the way

  • Take regular breaks to stretch your legs, rest your eyes, and rejuvenate

Budgeting and Expenses

We've gathered some valuable tips and cost-saving strategies to help you make the most of your budget.

  • Plan a comprehensive itinerary outlining your route, including must-see attractions, activities, and meals, to allocate your budget accordingly.

  • Explore free attractions like stunning coastal walks, breathtaking lookout points, and incredible wildlife encounters

  • Pack an esky of road trip snacks, pre-made meals, and beverages to save on eating out

  • Optimise your vehicle's fuel efficiency and consumption with a well-maintained vehicle, proper tire pressure, maintaining a moderate speed, and minimising unnecessary stops

  • Opt for affordable yet comfortable options like Summerstar Tourist Parks in Esperance and Ceduna Shelly Beach, which offer powered and unpowered sites for campervans, caravans, and tents, plus clean and comfortable cabin options


Book Your Trip 

The road trip from Esperance to Ceduna offers an exciting adventure through some of Australia's most spectacular and remote landscapes. You'll discover endless opportunities for extraordinary experiences along this route.

Start planning your road trip adventure today by booking your accommodations at Summerstar Tourist Parks in Esperance and Ceduna Shelly Beach!

Frequently asked questions

  • When is the best time to embark on the road trip from Esperance to Ceduna?

    The ideal time to undertake this road trip is during the milder months, typically between April and November. This timeframe minimises the chances of encountering extreme heat or heavy rain, ensuring a more comfortable journey.

  • What should I do to prepare my vehicle for the long trip?

    Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle is in optimal condition. Regular maintenance is essential, including checking the engine, tires, brakes, and fluids. Consider installing a reliable GPS, carrying a spare tire, extra fuel, and a first-aid kit for added safety.

  • Are there any essential documents or permits required for the road trip?

    Yes, it's important to carry necessary documents such as your driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance details. Additionally, if you plan to access or travel through Aboriginal Lands along the Eyre Highway, you'll need a permit, so be sure to obtain one before your journey.

20 December 2023

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