A train trip unlike any other, the iconic Indian Pacific shoots across the Nullarbor and straight into your heart.
The Nullarbor is an arid, treeless expanse today. But several hundred thousand years ago it was home to a menagerie of species, including two newly discovered giant cuckoo-like birds.
Dissolved below the world’s largest limestone karst landscape are the enigmatic caves of the Nullarbor Plain, the longest and most beautiful of which still puzzle geologists.
Science & Environment
The Nullarbor Plain, the world’s largest limestone karst landscape, is tens of millions of years old. The Nullarbor – a dry, flat, 200,000sq.km savannah – stretches 1100km along the southern coast of Australia from Balladonia east of Norseman, WA, to north of Yalata in SA. Above ground it is famously featureless. Edward John Eyre, the first European to cross the Nullarbor in 1840–1841, described it as the “sort of place one gets into in bad dreams”. But beneath the surface is a complex world of tunnels within a vast slab of limestone. Much of southern Australia is also riddled with smaller blocks of limestone.
Find the full story in the Jan/Feb issue (#130) of Australian Geographic.
On their Big Lap of Australia, Catherine and David head along the sweeping plains of the Nullarbor.
Scientists are puzzled by curtains of slime discovered in submerged caves beneath the Nullarbor Plain.
New research has shed light on the landscape around the Nullarbor some 80 million years ago.
An expedition into the Nullarbor has uncovered a hoard of fossilised birds, including one that is 780,000 years old. But what is it?