Overlander Roadhouse

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Location of Overlander in Western Australia (red)

The Overlander Roadhouse is a petrol service station in Western Australia, between Geraldton and Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway.

Its remoteness has led to the area around it being known as Overlander, though there is no such official locality. Due to the isolation, nearby station owners and workers have referred to it in their recounting station life in the area in the Shark Bay Pastoral Industry Oral History Project.[1][2]

It is on the only road-access point to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, and is the closest service location to the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve. The road linking the roadhouse with Shark Bay is known as World Heritage Drive.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shark Bay Pastoral Industry Oral History Project: "In this interview recorded in Perth in 2005, Jessie MacLeod talks about her husband Ian's pioneering of Pimbee Station in the Gascoyne and his involvement in establishing Cooloomia Station and Talisker Station in the Shark Bay area. She also discusses the Overlander Roadhouse, the facilities and services it offered and the cyclone damage it experienced."
  2. ^ Shark Bay Pastoral Industry Oral History Project - King, Ian. 2004. "In this interview recorded at Tamala Station, Shark Bay, Ian talks about managing Tamala Station with his wife Kerry. He describes the station, the change from running sheep to cattle and the introduction of Wagyu cattle, and also discusses staff and the way of life on the station, including family life, communications, social contacts, recreation and daily routine. He also talks about managing the Overlander Roadhouse for six and a half years."
  3. ^ Shark Bay World Heritage Drive (Tourism promotional site)

Further reading[edit]

  • Rovis-Hermann, Tom (1997). "Roadhouse jewels of the north". (Roadhouse owners talk about their lives and work - including Nanutarra, Overlander and Billabong roadhouses). Sunday Times (Perth, W.A.), 6 July 1997, Sunday Section, p. 3.

Coordinates: 26°24′41″S 114°27′51″E / 26.411296°S 114.464267°E / -26.411296; 114.464267