Places to stop on the South Australia Coastline – as you cross the Nullarbor

Places to stop on the South Australia Coastline – as you cross the Nullarbor

If you plan on travelling across the Nullarbor, don’t be fooled by people telling you that it is a long and boring drive.

There are actually so many places worth checking out on the South Australian coastline, that are along the Nullarbor.

The Nullarbor can be crossed in 2 – 3 days, but 7 days is the perfect amount of time to stop in and enjoy the South Australian coastline and everything it has to offer.

These are the best places to stop on the South Australian Coastline (East to West).

Smoky Bay

Smoky Bay is located on the Eyre Peninsular and is a short detour off the main road that leads across the Nullarbor. The detour is totally worth it.

The sleepy coastal town is perfect for coastal adventures, relaxing, fishing and enjoying some of the freshest seafood in the world.

Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay offers similar attractions to Smoky Bay. The small town offers some of the most breathtaking, rugged coastal landscapes in Australia. Here you can explore the coastline, find rock pools, surf, fish and relax in the oceanside town.

The Streaky Bay Foreshore Tourist Park is one of the best campsites in Australia, with complete oceanfront camping. 2 – 3 nights minimum is recommended at this campsite as you drive across Australia.

Places to stop on the South Australia Coastline, as you cross the Nullarbor

For a detailed guide on my camping set up, click here.

Murpheys Haystacks

Places to stop on the South Australia Coastline, as you cross the Nullarbor

Just down the road from Streaky Bay, you will pass a unique rock formation, created from weathered granite outcrop. This rock formation stands out from the otherwise flat landscape.

Coffin Bay

If you are short on time, Coffin Bay may be too far of a detour to be viable. But if you have all the time in the world and a love for fresh oysters and seafood, Coffin Bay is a MUST.

Port Lincoln

While the town of Port Lincoln isn’t anything remarkable, it is the only place in Australia that you can swim with the Great White Sharks. This is a once in a lifetime bucket list experience that everyone should try. But be warned, it will cost you an arm and a leg – well not literally. $395 to be more exact.

If swimming with the great white sharks isn’t for you, you may prefer to swim with the sea lions. This costs about half the price.


Ceduna isn’t one of the most remarkable places to stop, but it is the last large town you will find when crossing the Nullarbor from East to West. Therefore you should stop in to Ceduna to stock up on supplies and check out the coastline. A quick pit stop is recommended in Ceduna before heading East to Cactus Beach.

Cactus Beach

Cactus Beach is just a short drive from Ceduna. Here you will find a campsite, stunning coastlines and surf breaks. This is a great place to camp for a night or two before (or after) driving across the Nullarbor.

The best things to do at Cactus beach are relaxing, beach walks, surfing and edxploring the nearby pink lake, Lake Macdonnell.

Lake Macdonnell

Lake Macdonnell is one of the most unique (and instagrammable) places to stop along the South Australia Coastline. The pink lake runs alongside a green lake, which creates awesome photos, especially drone photography.

The lake is the site of a former salt mine, which is the reason for it’s mesmerising colour.

Great Australian Bight

The Great Australian Bight is one of the most remote, rugged, natural landscapes in the world, home to a rich marine ecosystem.

The coastline of the Great Australian Bight is characterised by cliff faces (up to 60 metres or 200 feet high), surfing beaches and rock platforms, ideal for whale-watching. Whale watching is popular during winter as southern right whales migrate.

The bight stretches across the Nullarbor plain and beyond.

Head of Bight

One of the best places to watch the whales migrate is at the Head of Bight Interpretative Centre.

The cost of visiting Head of Bight is $15 for adults and $6 for children in whale season and $7 for adults in the off season and $0 for children.

Murrawijinie Caves

The Murrawijinie Caves are located nearby to the Nullarbor roadhouse (approximately 10kms) and open to the public year round. The road in is a rough dirt track. When visiting the caves, always consider your safety.

Bunda Cliffs

One of the most remarkable places along the Great Australian Bight is the Bunda Cliffs. The steep cliffs meet the wild Southern Ocean that runs along the edge of the Nullarbor, the same ocean that meets Antarctica. As you stand on the edge of the Bunda Cliffs you experience nature at it’s best. Only the toughest wildlife can survive out here and it is a remarkable site worth seeing.

If you are crossing the Nullarbor, you could stop here and camp the night, or you could make it a short pit stop on your trip.  To find campsites, I sugggest using the Campermate App.

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