A Free Guide To Cycling Across Australia’s Nullarbor

If you want to cross Australia on a bicycle, chances are you’ll find yourself riding across the Nullarbor plain. It’s a hot, long and dusty ride.

Nullarbor Desert
Push-biking it across the Nullarbor. Photo by Mike Boles.

To make things easier, download this set of notes. Our free guide was written by cyclist Mike Boles and laid out by us here at TravellingTwo HQ.

free guide to cycling the nullarbor

Inside the PDF, you’ll find Mike’s story of pedalling across the Nullarbor and day-by-day notes for the entire trip. He tells you where to find campgrounds, hotels, wild camping spots and − most importantly − water. Mike even gives tips for sightseeing along the way!

We hope you enjoy the notes. Download them. Share them. Let us know what you think.

If you have updates or further advice about cycling across the Nullarbor, please leave a comment below.


  1. Matt
    18th October 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Hi –

    My partner and I have done this ride – thought I’d chuck in a couple of comments:

    1) Water shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re riding in the height of summer but Mike’s advice to carry two days worth is sound. You can buy bottled water at roadhouses, but if you ask them nicely they’re usually pretty good about giving you drinking (filtered) water for free. The “bore” water (water piped up from the water table deep underground) that you can find at Roadhouses (e.g. in the toilets) is completely drinkable but it does have a high mineral content (the whole area used to be a sea-bed so the ground-water has mineral salts in it) which some people’s bowels don’t cope well it. Nothing wrong with the water itself – it’s fine to drink, even if there are big signs saying it’s not drinkable.

    2) bury your toilet paper rather than burning it – the Nullarbor is regularly subject to total fire bans and burning paper that has the potential to fly away into the bush while still alight is not a good thing. Australia has a serious bush-fire problem. Here’s an article about the consequences of burning your loo paper! http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/burning-toilet-paper-lands-camper-in-the-poo/2005/09/15/1126750078237.html

    3) the prevailing winds are just that – prevailing. They’re not a guarantee. We rode West-East in June and had a headwind 10 out of 12 days!

  2. francesco
    19th October 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    slightly OT… Which editor did he use (or did you use) to produce the PDF? Very nice notes and graphic!

  3. Jonny Stockwell
    12th February 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Sad to report that as of January 2016, the Nullarbor cyclists’ logbook is no longer there.

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