Nullarbor, South Australia

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South Australia
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The Nullarbor Roadhouse
Nullarbor is located in South Australia
Coordinates 31°3′22.11″S 130°28′44.37″E / 31.0561417°S 130.4789917°E / -31.0561417; 130.4789917Coordinates: 31°3′22.11″S 130°28′44.37″E / 31.0561417°S 130.4789917°E / -31.0561417; 130.4789917
Established 2013[1]
Postcode(s) 5690
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Pastoral Unincorporated Area
Region Eyre Western[2]
State electorate(s) Flinders[3]
Federal Division(s) Grey[5]
Mean max temp[6]< Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
23.8 °C
75 °F
10.8 °C
51 °F
249.8 mm
9.8 in
Localities around Nullarbor:
Western Australia Maralinga Tjarutja Maralinga Tjarutja
Western Australia Nullarbor Yellabinna
Great Australian Bight Great Australian Bight Yalata
Footnotes Coordinates[1]
Local Government Area[7]
Adjoining localities[1]

Nullarbor is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located 295 kilometres (183 mi) to the west of the town of Ceduna in the western part of the state immediately adjoining the border with Western Australia.[8][1]

The name and extent of the locality was officially established on 26 April 2013 in respect to "the long established local name." Its name is derived from the use of "Nullarbor" in geographic features such as the Nullarbor Plain and protected areas such as the Nullarbor Regional Reserve.[1]

Nullarbor is bounded in the west by the Western Australia - South Australian state border, in the south by the coastline adjoining the Great Australian Bight, to the east by the localities of Yalata and Yellabinna and to the north by the Trans-Australian Railway.[8]

The land use within Nullarbor is concerned with the following protected areas which fully cover its extent - the Nullarbor Regional Reserve to the north of the locality, the Nullarbor National Park which occupies a strip running from the border and the Nullarbor Wilderness Protection Area which adjoins the coastline with the Great Australian Bight. Uses included tourism and research associated with the locality’s natural features, mineral exploration in the Regional Reserve, and use by indigenous communities for purposes such as cultural activities.[9][10]

The Eyre Highway is the major road passing throughout the locality to Western Australia. Settlements located along the Highway include one known as "Nullarbor" at the eastern boundary of the locality and Border Village at the western boundary of the locality at the Western Australian border. These provide services for tourists and travellers such as accommodation and vehicle fuel.[11][12]

Nullarbor contains two heritage-listed sites - the Koonalda Cave and the Koonalda Homestead Complex which are both listed on the South Australian Heritage Register while the former is also listed on the Australian National Heritage List.[13][14][15]

Nullarbor is located within the federal Division of Grey, the state electoral districts of Flinders and Giles, and the Pastoral Unincorporated Area of South Australia.[7][3][4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Search result for " Nullarbor (LOCB)" (Record no SA0067157) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and " Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eyre and Western South Australian Government Region" (PDF). Government of South Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "District of Flinders Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "District of Giles Background Profile". ELECTORAL COMMISSION SA. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Grey, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics Nullarbor (nearest weather station)". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Development Plan, Land Not Within a Council Area Eyre, Far North, Riverland and Whyalla Consolidated – 18 October 2012". Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure. 2012. pp. 11, 13, 14, 161 & 171. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Proposed Locality Boundaries for Pastoral Areas (PDF) (Map). Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. 31 October 2012. Rack Plan 951. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  9. ^ A Review of Nullarbor Regional Reserve 1999 - 2009 (PDF). Department for Environment and Heritage. July 2009. pp. 6–8. ISBN 978-1-921466-43-4. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Protected Areas of South Australia September (Map) 2014 Edition" (PDF). Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nullarbor". Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  12. ^ "Border Village". Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Koonalda Cave". Australian National Heritage List. Department of the Environment (Cth). Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Koonalda Cave, Nullarbor National Park [also on the National Heritage List ID 106022]". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Koonalda Homestead Complex (including homestead, petrol outlet and generator room, outbuilding, shearers' hut, shearing shed, yards and sheep dip), Nullarbor National Park". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 12 February 2016.