Postcard from the Great Australian Bight

Postcard from the Great Australian Bight

Before we rocked up to the dramatic vertical cliffs dropping straight into the ocean, I had never heard of the Great Australian Bight. I didn’t even know what a bight was. To be honest, I still don’t.  (Although I did decide it would be responsible to look it up for all of my potentially curious readers: a bight is a wide curving bend in a shoreline, forming a bay. Bang.)

Great Australian Bight, South Australia


Basically, you’re driving along the Nullarbor and you look out to the South and think: hmm…that’s even more open space than usual! And you turn down a narrow unsealed road, and within a kilometer, you’re staring straight out into the ocean, direct to Antarctica.


 It’s gorgeous. The Bunda Cliffs are a natural wonder, stretching for 200 kilometers and reaching a height of 70 to 90 meters. An added bonus if you visit during June to October, you are sure to spot Southern Right Whales playing with their calves within meters of shore.


Great Australian Bight, Bunda Cliffs parking lot at sunrise

Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight at sunrise

Great Australian Bight, Bunda Cliffs,

Million-year-old seashell at Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight

Have you visited the Great Australian Bight? Have you spotted any whales at the Bunda Cliffs? 

Note: I gazed out at the ocean and these gorgeous cliffs via the Nullarbor Traveller tour

  • Kevinjamesmcauley

    Hey Christine, 
    Nice post. What sort of camera do you use?

  • Very pretty photos. So many beautiful spots in Australia, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    These photos were all taken on a Canon Rebel XSi.

  • Anonymous

    Australia definitely seems to have more than its fair share of beautiful beaches and coastline!

  • Miruna Corneanu

    Amazing shots!

  • Jan

    It sounds like a great experience.  I am an Australian but the Nullarbor is the one place I have not been in Australia.  We will get there in the next five years.  Good on you for getting to the places less travelled.

  • Anonymous

    The Bight looks like someone has taken a big bite out of that part of Aus! 
    We did just what you said on our Nullabor roadtrip, and turned into the south side of the road and an unsealed road for a lunch stop – and found the most amazing view!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Such a worthwhile experience–definitely get there!

  • Anonymous

    Ha that’s a good way of thinking about it! The first time I heard about it, I googled “great australian bite” and couldn’t figure out where I went wrong!

  • Holy cow, these are beautiful photos. Remind me never to get into a photo contest with you..

  • Anonymous

    I just end up in beautiful places–that makes the photos easy! 🙂

  • Wow. I never realized how sharp the drop off was. I clearly need to explore more of my own back yard.

  • camorose

    Do it! SA & WA are now some of my favorite spots in Australia 🙂

  • Glenyshiley

    yes we visited here in 2000 ,and it is fantastic, the views are to die for

  • camorose

    One of my favorite places in Australia–so underrated!

  • chuck2251