Eyre Highway

Eyre Highway

Balladonia

191km from Norseman

In July 1979 pieces of Skylab landed here and gave international fame to Balladonia. In accordance with this the Balladonia Hotel now exhibit memorabilia from Skylab, the hotel offers a hands on experience within its newly opened museum.

The Balladonia Hotel/Motel is a modern air conditioned service centre for interstate travellers. http://www.balladoniahotelmotel.com.au/

Newmans Rocks

These rocks are approximately 50km west of Balladonina and form a natural water catchment and also provide an attractive camping spot. This area supports a large number of wildlife e.g. donkeys, emus and kangaroos.

Caiguna

373km from Norseman

Caiguna was established in 1963 to assist traffic crossing for the Commonwealth Games in Perth and is situated mid-way between the gold mining town of Norseman and the WA/SA border.

South of Caiguna, the Memorial to John Baxter, friend and companion to the great explorer John Eyre, who was killed on April 29th 1841.

The cliffs of the Great Australian Bight stretch for over 600km along the coast line of Western Australia and the Nuytsland Nature Reserve.

To the west starts or ends the ‘90mile straight”, the longest straight stretch of sealed road in Australia (146.6km), north is the rail link between the east and west and Rawlinna Station 3.5 million acres that stretch over the Nullabor Plain.

Caiguna provides a hotel/motel and service station.

Cocklebiddy

438km from Norseman

Here remains of one of the old telegraph stations that linked WA with the outside world. To the south is Twilight Cove which is guarded by perpendicular limestone cliffs towering some 75 metres high. If planning to visit the area a four wheel drive is required for the trip. Fishing in the area of the Bight is excellent.

Approximately 5km west of Cocklebiddy is a series of caves which invite exploration by experienced spelaeologists. One of Cocklebiddy’s caves is the largest of the Nullarbor caves and was the site of the deepest cave dive in the world.

Eyre Bird Observatory

The Eyre Bird Observatory was established in 1977 by the Research Committee of the RAOU (now Birds Australia) with the help of a generous grant from the Utah Foundation. Eyre lies in the Nuytsland Nature Reserve, controlled by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. It is situated in a magnificent wilderness area of mallee woodland extending 500km along the coastline of the Great Australian Bight. The Eyre Telegraph Station, beautifully built of local stone in 1897 has been restored jointly by the WA Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Post Office Historical society and the RAOU, to be used as the observatory. The observatory, a kilometre from the sea and accessible only by 4WD vehicle, is an excellent centre for field studies of animals and plants. The surrounding area is especially rich in mallee birds. Day visitors are welcome and overnight accommodation is available.

Booking can be made by telephoning the observatory on 08 90393 450.

http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/the-organisation/eyre-bird-observatory.html

Madura

529km from Norseman

Originally settled in 1876 as a place to breed horses for the Indian Army that were shipped from the nearby coast Madura settlement nestles attractively against the hills of the Hampton Tableland.

Panoramic views of the coastal plains area are available as you ascend the escarpment above the town. The original Pass road is still accessible near the motel and winds up into the scarp over a kilometre or so which allows you to encounter a natural ‘blow-hole’.

The Mullamullang Caves northwest of Madura have many side passages, three major lakes and almost 50 rockfalls.

The Old Madura Homestead has a large number of old machinery, equipment etc, which has an interesting history. It is also believed there is a fossil bed close to Madura.

Mundrabilla

638km from Norseman

An interesting Bird Sanctuary behind the motel. Mundrabilla was the first station settled on the Nullarbor in 1872. The Kennedy brothers and McGill drove sheep from Albany to Eucla in that year, however lack of water and bad terrain forced them back from Eucla and the coast to the station’s present location where water was found. Today the modern Mundrabilla Roadhouse stands to remind us, by name, of this first settlement and our early pioneers.

Eucla

713km from Norseman

Eucla now has a Golf Course situated 7km north of Eucla, nominated fees can be paid at the Eucla Police Station and Eucla Motor Hotel. In May of each year, a large contingent of people from Ceduna, Norseman, Esperance and Kalgoorlie converge on the Eucla Golf Club for the annual Golf Day. The day raises funds for the communities along the Eyre Highway.

The ruins of the old Telegraph Station , once the busiest in Australia can be seen, although they are gradually being covered by drifting sand dunes. At the Eucla Motor Hotel there is a museum dedicated to the Old Telegraph Station.

On the escarpment overlooking the ocean is a large cross, illuminated at night, which is dedicated to all Christians passing by. Next to the cross is the new John Eyre Memorial.

Email the Eucla Motel at euclamotel@bigpond.com

Weebubbie Cave

This cave is formed in very soft chalky limestone and has a large gaping entrance some 40 metres across. The entire lip of the entrance is level with the surface of the plain. Initial drop is 20 metres from where slopes down at a steep angle to the water table 100 metres below the plain. Inside the ceiling is approximately 50 metres high with a similar width. The water from the underground lake has been pumped from the cave for more than 15 years without levering the level to any appreciable extent.

NOT ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

For thousands of years, Weebubbie Cave has been dreaded by the Aboriginal tribes as the dwelling place of Jeedarra, a mighty serpent of untold length who is said to live in the Weebuddie Cave and makes dust storms when he is angry.

Limestone Cliffs

Approximately 50km east of Eucla, camera signs mark the roads to the escarpment. These huge limestone cliffs (100 metres high) are part of the longest unbroken cliff line in the world.

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