Old Nullarbor Roadhouse – Nullarbor, Australia - Atlas Obscura

Old Nullarbor Roadhouse

Nullarbor, Australia

This restored station garage allows visitors to step back in time at this remote outpost on the Nullarbor Plain.  


The Nullarbor Roadhouse is one of the few resting places on the Nullarbor Plain, known for its vast, arid landscape in the region.

Originally operating as a remote outback station, the Nullarbor Station covered acres of land with paddocks of horses, sheep, and cattle grazing. As the infrastructure of Australia grew, a decision was made by the station manager in 1956 to begin selling petroleum to the hardy passersby who navigated the arduous gravel roads at that time. 

A small shop soon was then built, selling snacks and drinks and the Nullarbor Roadhouse then became a much-needed rest stop. In 1976, the Eyre Highway was completed and this allowed much easier access for those making the journey across the Nullarbor Plain.

At this time, a new roadhouse building was built and the same building has been restored with original artifacts to allow visitors to take a step back in time. The old building contains historic signs, original food and drink packaging, and an old petroleum pump, all of which have shown significant decay due to the extreme weather conditions here. 

Know Before You Go

The Old Nullarbor Roadhouse sits on the grounds of the Nullarbor Roadhouse which is in operation 24 hours a day. There is a small shop, restaurant and accommodation available at the site.  

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