Postcard from Koonalda Homestead

January 5, 2012 in Australia,Places,Postcards,South Australia

The Koonalda Homestead is an eerie place, a wide stretch of empty land suddenly littered with cars that sputtered to a stop in the middle of the Nullarbor in the 1950s.http://twelvebyone.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/seek-those-who-share-your-passion/#comment-502

Originally a sheep shearing station, the Gurney family also established a fuel and rest stop for weary Nullarbor travellers from the 1950s into the mid-1970s. The family was forced to abandon its home because of a tainted water supply, and the homestead is now a campsite for those who dare to tackle the rocky side road from the highway (warning: if it’s rained recently, it’s prone to “road lakes”).

Camping in a swag at Koonalda homestead, Old Eyre Highway, Nullarbor campsite, Australia

Peek in the family’s dusty house for a glimpse of an old-school sewing machine and pot-bellied stove, and take a wander through the car graveyard before setting up your swag outside the shearer’s cottage. While the cottage is overrun with mice, there’s a fireplace and a bit of shelter if it rains. On a clear night, brave sleeping outside for the most brilliant view of the stars you’ve ever seen: there’s not even a light post for another 100 kilometers. It was here that I spotted my first shooting star!

Gas pump at Koonalda Homestead, Old Eyre Highway, Nullarbor campsite, Australia

Glass at Koonalda Homestead, Old Eyre Highway, Nullarbor campsite, Australia

Broken appliance at Koonalda Homestead, Old Eyre Highway, Nullarbor campsite, Australia

Broken car at Koonalda Homestead, Old Eyre Highway, Nullarbor campsite, Australia

Broken green car at Koonalda Homestead, Old Eyre Highway, Nullarbor campsite, Australia

Interested in camping at Koonalda Homestead? It’s not visible from the current freeway that crosses the Nullarbor, but if the weather is right, it’s a stop on the Nullarbor Traveller trek

  • http://theroadforks.com/ Akila

    What a lovely (in a very decrepit sort of way) place!  That first shot is gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks–that was sunrise, and it was just incredible to wake up to.

  • craig

    only just saw this!  great lil write up!!!  i must sort out them mice…

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  • Anonymous

    I’m still thanking my lucky stars I didn’t ask daniel why he was awake in the middle of the night–if I had known it was because of a mouse in his swag, I never would have gone back to sleep!

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