What may first seem to be an arduous journey across the Nullarbor could actually be a chance to take your family on an unforgettable educational tour. There is so much more to the trip across the Eyre Highway than just jumping from one accommodation to another; the many stopovers and destinations that dot your path carry worlds of new experiences and adventures that your family, in particular your kids.
There is an ever-increasing push towards making the younger generation more aware of Australia’s history and aboriginal background. Being aware of what makes up the cultural diversity of Australia and Aboriginal history further encourages the realisation of a cultural identity that is wholly our own.
On the Nullarbor, there are vast areas of land that are protected as aboriginal reserves. These important sites detail the lives and cultures of the South Australian aboriginal communities that live within them. Along with these locations, the Murrawijinie Caves in the National Reserve allow adventurers to take a rare glimpse into ancient aboriginal art, through the paintings on the cave walls.
Flora and Fauna
Australia is known all over the world for the richness of its plant and animal life. With hundreds of unique species living in the continent, zoologists and natural history experts are drawn here from all over the world, all young Australians should get acquainted with the amazing plants and animals that exist here, particularly on the Nullarbor.
The Eyre Bird Observatory in particular is a noteworthy area to stop over. With rare birds nesting within its territories, children can be taught about various species—their lives, their habitats and the measures being taken to conserve their ecosystem.
Another great animal-watching spot is at the Head of the Bight, where Southern Right Whales can be seen right off the coast without the need for a boat. Learning about these gentle giants – and seeing some groups of sea lions along the way, too! – will definitely fascinate children while teaching them about marine life.
Dotting the path are some sites rich in Australia’s history, particularly in the time of the pioneers. The Koonalda Homestead, for example, still stands from the time when the railway was still functioning, driving herds of sheep to various destinations. There is even a shearing shed not far from it.
These historical spots can teach children more about how life in Australia was during the ‘olden days’ (as the kids call it…), and how the Nullarbor crossing has changed over the years.
Camping and Survival
The biggest draw of such a long journey is the opportunity to camp out in certain spots.
Camper is an amazing experience for children, although they may get a ‘technology shock’, they will soon get comfortable.
With very few features to the land, campers must learn what it takes to live on the bare minimum, and what it means to live without life’s usual luxuries (iphone games!). It also means using one’s ingenuity to think of “life hacks” to make camping and outdoor life more comfortable. It is definitely a fun experience that can be shared by parents and children – teaching them to appreciate the simpler things in life, as well as the joy of being outdoors and sleeping under the stars.
Make sure that your Nullarbor journey is both fun and educational for your whole family. For more great ideas, contact the Nullarbor Roadhouse today!