Enjoy a taste of the Western Nullarbor with a stay at Fraser Range Station, WA - the first station in the Nullarbor.
Halfway between Norseman and Balladonia, Fraser Range is often referred to as an 'oasis' in the outback and the family-run station is the perfect layover on your Nullarbor adventure.
Many travellers stop here just for the Nullarbor Links Golf hole before motoring on, but this half-a-million hectare property is worth spending the time exploring.
1. HIKE 'THE SUMMIT'
Rise with the birds to avoid the heat of the day and take advantage of the cool weather with an early morning hike to 'The Summit' of the range, which rises majestically above the property. The walk, although uphill, is not strenuous, although sturdy walking or hiking shoes are advised - if only to help protect yourself against the resident King Browns!
The walk is well-signposted and most is on a defined trail, however, there are sections of rocks to scramble over. You should reach the top in less than an hour and, hopefully, in time to watch the sun rise over the beautiful landscape.
You'll likely share your hike with many kangaroos and wallabies, and possibly the odd emu or two!
2. NULLARBOR LINKS GOLF HOLE # 13
Fraser Range Station is home to Hole # 13 of the Nullarbor Links - the 18-hole, par 72 course which stretches 1365km from Kalgoorlie, WA, to Ceduna, SA, making it the longest golf course in the world.
Golfers are able to play at Fraser Range without staying on-site and the tee is easily found within the grounds, however, it is the ideal place for a layover after a long day behind the wheel.
3. TALK TO THE ANIMALS
Upon arriving at Fraser Range, we were greeted by a free-range horse and calf before ever laying eyes on any humans! We then discovered a veritable farmyard of animals happily wondering about the grounds, enjoying their freedom. Interacting with the horse, entertaining calf, dozens of chooks, and goats that we saw was one of the highlights of our stay.
4. STATION TOUR
Fraser Range runs guided tours for visitors (numbers permitting) in a big, yellow 4WD bus and it is definitely the best way to see the sights on this mammoth property, which spans both sides of the Eyre Highway and includes cattle paddocks, a mine site, the homestead, the world's largest eucalyptus hardwood forest, and a golf tee, among everything else. Consider taking the station tour before you hike the summit, as it will give you a new perspective on the property once you're up there!