Great Drives: The Nullarbor

1You might not have thought about it, but your truck driving could take you through some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes. As a long-haul truck driver, there is one route that will take you straight through the heart of Australia, to a place that most people couldn’t even dream about. We’re talking about the Nullarbor.

The name “Nullarbor” comes from the Latin for “no trees”. And they certainly hit the nail on the head there: this arid, dry, almost moon-like expanse of red dirt certainly is missing a little greenery. But the Nullarbor wasn’t always like this: it used to be a sea bed many million years ago. Things have certainly changed…

Truck drivers cross the Nullarbor on routes from South Australia to Western Australia, or else meet it from routes beginning in Melbourne or Sydney. The Eyre Highway that runs through this vast desert runs over 1 675 kilometres from its eastern point at Port August to Norseman in the west. It features the mythical “Ninety Mile Straight” which is exactly what it sounds like: 145 kilometres of road without hill, without bend, and without remorse. It’s only the second longest stretch of straight road in the world…No big deal…

But for all this emptiness, there is life to counteract it. Parts of the Nullarbor are a protected national park, and along the road, drivers report sightings of dingos, emus, kangaroos, wedge-tailed eagles, wombats, and even camels. Other (human) residents are dotted along the Highway’s path, every 100 or so kilometres, offering hospitality, conversation, and a break from the road. In fact, you might even be able to help them out by increasing their population for the night: the tiny town of Cocklebiddy along the Eyre Highway claims to have only eight residents, despite being afoot of Australia’s largest cave system.

As a truck driver, you have the unique opportunity to make taming this desert your work. The Nullarbor is a journey into the undiscovered, and there is only one way through it: to get out there are drive it. If you’re looking to complete your truck driver training.

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