Nullarbor National Park, Wilderness Protection Area and Regional Reserve

  • Campfires Permitted
  • Camping
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Photo by Che Chorley
Photo by Che Chorley
Photo by Che Chorley
Photo by Che Chorley
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Where the vast desert landscape meets the dramatic sea cliffs. These turquoise waters of the Great Australian Bite are a natural breeding ground for the southern right whale - you might be lucky enough to spot one on your travels.

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About

Come and explore the world's largest semi-arid karst (cave) landscapes at the Nullarbor National Park and Regional Reserve. Most of the park's landscape is flat except where the surface has collapsed into sinkholes revealing large underground caverns.

Where the vast landscape meets the sea at Bunda Cliffs you can enjoy views spanning the coastline, while in the adjoining Far West Coast Marine Park you may get a chance to spot a southern right whale that comes to the area to breed in winter. The Head of the Bight Visitors Centre at the Eastern edge of the park offers a viewing platform from which to view whales and their calves between May and September.

The park contains many diverse species of flora and fauna, including the southern hairy-nosed wombat, dingos, and many species of birds. Despite its flat and reputedly featureless landscape, the Nullarbor offers the intrepid and patient visitor unparalleled serenity and a sense of remote beauty and isolation which is rare.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact details

Natural Resource Office - Ceduna

Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWNREPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Nullarbor National Park and Regional Reserve is located 300km west of Ceduna. Access is via Eyre Highway.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

There are very limited facilities in the park. Please ensure you carry sufficient water, food and supplies for your entire visit. It is also a good idea to let a responsible person know of your intended movements and when you expect to return.

Facilities include visitor toilets, showers, two roadhouses and Head of Bight Visitors Centre.

Camping

Camping is permitted in signed locations throughout the Park

Useful information

There is no mobile phone coverage in the park except in the immediate vicinity of the Head of Bight Visitors Centre and adjacent to roadhouses.

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Pests and diseases

There are several pest species which survive the harsh conditions within the park. Camels periodically venture into the park, especially after rain. Similarly foxes and feral cats can be seen. Buffel grass is routinely controlled by the Aboriginal Rangers.

Traditional owners

The Nullarbor is the traditional home of the Mirning Aboriginal people who have strong cultural links with Ngalea, Kokotha, Wirangu, Pitjantjatjara, Nyananyatjara and Yankunytjatjara speaking people. The Mirning people were formally granted Native Title over the Nullarbor National Park in 2014, under the auspice of Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation. The Nullarbor National Park is now managed by a Co-Management Advisory Board of Mirning community members and DEWNR staff.

Words from the Nullarbor Parks Advisory Committee

We are made up of Mirning people, as well as government and community representatives. We look after the Nullarbor and its coastline.

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

History

Following European settlement, the Nullarbor was the site of a number of pastoral ventures and there are a number of remnant sites including the historic Gilgerrabie and Koonalda Huts, within the park boundaries. The Nullarbor National Park was declared in 1979.

See and do

Rangers recommend

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

  • Visit the Head of Bight Visitor Centre for whale watching and information on things to see and do in the area.
  • The Head of Bight picnic area also doubles as an education facility with a number of display boards displaying the habits, behaviours and other scientific curiosities relating to the southern right whale.

Bushwalking

There are no maintained walking trails other than the Boardwalk at the Head of the Bight. Bush walkers should take great care due to concealed and collapsed caves in some areas, and undercut cliffs along the Bunda Cliffs.

Stay in the park

Camp out under the stars in Nullarbor Wilderness protection area, see the link below for more details and booking.

Whale watching

Visit the Head of Bright Visitor Centre during May and September for your chance to watch majestic southern right whales cruise below the cliffs. The high cliff line provides fantastic views for land-based whale watchers. Boardwalks take visitors to two main viewing areas, one to the east and one to the west of the main pathway. The boardwalk ramps are sloped for wheel chair access.

From the boardwalk, you can marvel at the loping, diving and slow motion somersaults of these majestic whales. See these magnificent endangered creatures mate and calve in the nursery waters or simply watch them arrive from Antarctic waters with humpback whales. If you listen carefully you may even hear the moaning of the southern right whales as they swim within the bay.

  • Whales with calves tend to stay 'in residence' at the site all season
  • You are almost guaranteed to see a whale from June to September
  • At the height of the season (July/August), over 100 whales can be in the area at one time.

Volunteering

 

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please contact Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.

Know before you go

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 1 November 2016 to 13 April 2017.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Water

The ground near the edge of the Bunda Cliffs may be undercut. Visitors should remain well back from the cliff edges.

Strong currents and rips can make swimming dangerous in this area.

Do not climb on, or fish from slippery rocks. 

4WD

When 4WDriving in the park, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Standard road rules apply when driving anywhere in the park, including the laws for speed limits, drink driving, vehicle registration and seat belts.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow two-way tracks.
  • Observe all track and safety signs, especially 'No public access' signs.
  • Do not take your vehicle off the designated tracks. Wildlife can be threatened and precious habitat and indigenous sites can be damaged by off track driving.
  • Make sure you know what to do in the event of getting bogged and always carry a shovel.
  • When driving on sand, deflate your tyres as appropriate for your vehicle. Don’t forget to reinflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before leaving the park. Take care when lowering tyre pressure as there is risk you could roll the tyre off its rim. Also, remember that lower tyre pressure can mean a change in how the vehicle handles.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Vehicle entry to this park is free, however fees apply for camping.

Camping and accommodation

Fees apply to enter and camp in this park, you must pay for your entry and camping before arrival.

Campsite fees (per night)

Vehicle (max 8 people) - $12
Hikers/cyclists/additional vehicle occupant (per person) - $6.50
Group camping (20+ people - per person) - $6

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.

Fees collected are used for conservation and to maintain and improve park facilities.

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Ceduna

Ceduna Visitor Information Centre
58 Poynton Street, Ceduna, 5690
Phone: 0428 917 217 

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 788 378

Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8626 7033

Kimba

Kimba Visitor Information Centre,
Phone: (+61 8) 8627 2026

Wudinna

Wudinna Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8680 2002

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWNREPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Park pass

Holiday Park Pass and Multi Park Pass

Want to explore SA’s parks all year round? Purchase a Multi Park Pass (12 months), or a Holiday Park Pass (for 2 months) which entitles you to vehicle entry not just for this park, but up to an additional 10 parks as well!

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park. 

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