The Longest Straight Road in the World; Almost

Well, I’ve still not yet been to Perth yet and it still is on my list of things to do. I have my mind set on a trip west within the next seven or eight months, but how will I get there?

Almost certainly I will take a plane and be there within five or six hours. The alternative is to walk…

Walking

I don’t think so

…which, according to Google, would take 816 hours.

If I were to drive though, and one day I just might, that would take 47 hours to cover the 4339 kilometres between Brisbane and Perth. My journey would take me, at some point, along the Eyre Highway which is part of a network of highways in Australia called Highway 1.

This is the Highway that goes right around all of Australia and you’d see quite a lot of it if you did what they call “The Big Lap“. One day I intend to do that as well.

Which means that at some point in my life I’ll probably be driving along the longest straight road in Australia.

90 Mile Straight

No prizes for guessing how long this road is exactly, but if it wasn’t for Highway 10 in Saudi Arabia it would be the longest road in the world. Highway 10 though is a staggering 162 miles long, almost twice the boredom.

You might think a road that is as straight as a die is also as safe as houses. Not so…

Nullarbor warning signsImage courtesy of Bahnfrend

Yes, almost at any time but more often at dawn or dusk, you could have a kangaroo, camel or wombat decide to step in front of your car. Having a roo come crashing through your windscreen kicking and screaming or wombat or camel crunching up the front of your car can really slow down your journey.

Oh, and good luck using your mobile phone if you get into trouble out in the middle of nowhere.

We don’t have to worry about that sort of thing right now though, we’re going to take a quick trip along 90 Mile Straight in a…

Citroën 2CV

A what?

Precisely. If ever a car was a vegetarian, this would be it. Let’s go…

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  • Kym May 25, 2014, 8:34 pm | Link

    You could play golf on the way across to Perth. Apparently they have stops all along the way where you play on sand then hop in your vehicle and drive a couple of hundred K to the next hole.

    Cheers
    Kym

    • BobinOz May 26, 2014, 4:08 pm | Link

      Crikey, that would slow up the journey a bit, especially the way I play golf. Great idea though to break up the journey. Cheers, Bob

  • djmcbell May 24, 2014, 12:47 am | Link

    The wombat on that sign looks thoroughly evil with it’s piercingly white eye (I think it’s actually a mark on the sign). The camel, by comparison, looks absolutely delighted, skipping around the place without a care in the world.

    Oh, and also look out for the other danger in that picture – backpackers sitting in the middle of the road!

    • BobinOz May 25, 2014, 7:31 pm | Link

      Yes, we have some of the happiest camels in the world here. Such big smiles too 🙂

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