Cross-country quest in freewheeling style

CHRISTINE WALSH gets behind the wheel for an unforgettable drive across some of our most stunning landscapes

Driving over the Nullarbor is about crossing a series of landscapes, some that seem to extend for long distances. There are also changes, sometimes subtle, over short distances.

We’re on a road trip and want to stop, or drive on, when it suits.

Touring. Enjoying. Observing. It’s our fourth trip across the Nullarbor from west to east and no accommodation is booked. We want to freewheel, see how far we get each day.

Our Lexus RSV 350 is big enough to sleep in if we can’t find somewhere to stay or if we break down.

The rough plan is to leave Perth at 6am on day one, beat the work-day city traffic, stop in Hyden for breakfast, and travel on to Norseman through the Great Western Woodlands.

After that, it is to stay overnight in Norseman, or push on to Balladonia Hotel Motel if we’re up to it.

We have a list of WA and South Australian phone numbers for roadhouses, caravan parks and hotel/motels in Norseman, Balladonia, Border Village/Eucla, Nullarbor Roadhouse, Port Augusta and Streaky Bay and a rough plan for it to take three days to reach the end of the Eyre Highway, in Port Augusta, South Australia. Then we’ll head north to the Flinders Ranges.

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