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Jaguar National Rally WA 2020

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Driving West for the 2020 Jaguar National Rally

We hope that a good number of National Rally delegates will be driving to Western Australia from all the eastern and southern states. For these guidelines we start from the common focal point for people driving to the West which is Port Augusta in South Australia. In this brief guide we suggest places to stay and to visit on the road trip across to Perth. Click on https://www.australia.com/en/itineraries/perth-and-surrounds/crossing-the-nullarbor.html for more information.

Book your accommodation in advance as rooms are limited at some locations. For tips on driving across the Nullarbor click on https://www.loveyourtravels.co/10-great-tips-successful-drive-along-nullarbor/

Fuel availability is no problem but top up at each rest stop to be safe as distances between fuel stations can be long. Most fuel outlets now have 98 octane fuel but if your vehicle needs this it is a good idea to carry a bottle of octane boost additive just in case.

Port Augusta
The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, (08) 8642 4033 also click on https://www.standpipe.com.au/
Good accommodation and ample parking, also a great award winning restaurant situated in an elegantly restored 1883 homestead.This restaurant specialises in authentic Northern Indian tandoori cuisine and modern Australian dishes. 

A number of us stayed here on the way home from the South Australian rally in 2018 and we really enjoyed dining at this restaurant.

As you drive through Kimba check out the painted Grain Silos. Kimba is the home of the big Galah. Click on https://www.nullarbornet.com.au/towns/kimba.html

Ceduna Foreshore Hotel/Motel, (08) 8625 2008 also click on http://www.cedunahotel.com.au/Great bistro dining for King George whiting and Coffin Bay oysters. The Bistro looks out over the ocean and is a great place for a cold drink and dinner after a day on the road. Parking is secure inside a gated compound.


Head of the Bight Whale Centre. The Head of the Bight is a bay located at the most northern extent of the Great Australian Bight. It is a good place to turn into, just a couple of kilometres down a sealed road to the left of the highway. Stretch your legs and have a walk down the sealed paths to the lookouts over the cliffs. Great views over the Bight but unfortunately there will not be any whales to see at this time of the year. Clean toilet facilities are available.

Great Australian Bight Cliffs - just before you reach Border Village, it is worth a stop to see the view along the cliffs of the Bight. Click on the Nullarbor Net website  https://www.nullarbornet.com.au/ 

The Quarantine check point into WA is located just before you reach Border Village.

Motel accommodation with restaurant, (08) 9039 3468 also click on https://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/business/accommodation/eucla-motor-hotel                    Clean accommodation with good meals.The old Telegraph Station ruins and old Eucla jetty have now been overtaken by sand dunes. There is an unsealed road down from the motel to the old telegraph station ruins. It’s only a short distance and worth a drive down but check the road condition first. The old Telegraph Station was an important part of the nation’s communication network until it was closed in 1927.

Madura Pass Lookout
From Eucla the road descends down to a plateau for 144km before ascending at Madura on the western side.Madura is a good place for a photo across the plateau. Click to view Oasis Roadhouse & Motel https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madura-Pass-Oasis-Roadhouse-and-Motel/289931701649157

Cocklebiddy Roadhouse
Wedge Tail Eagle Display. There are many Wedge Tail eagles in this area and the owners of the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse are known for their work to rehabilitate eagles that have been injured, mostly hit by cars and trucks. Although you would never know from driving past Cocklebiddy, it is famous for the caves in the area with reputedly the longest cave in the world at over 6km long. Click on http://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/cocklebiddy-wa

John Eyre Motel with restaurant, (08) 9039 3459. Beginning of the long straight road of 145.6km without a bend, the longest straight stretch of road in Australia and possibly in the world. Accommodation is fine, also with good meals. Click on http://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/caiguna-wa

Fraser Range Station
Accommodation and restaurant, (08) 9039 3210. Located 100km east of Norseman. Originally founded by John and Alexander Forrest on their expedition to Adelaide in 1870, the property at Fraser Range Station was first settled in 1872 making it the first station to be founded on the Nullarbor Plain. Just off the highway and a good place to stay. Click on http://www.fraserrangestation.com.au/

Great Western Travel Village, (08) 9039 1633. Cilick on https://norseman.info/accommodation for more accommodation options plus an overview of Norseman

Many choices for accommodation and places to visit. Click on https://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/ for a multitude of options. It is worth spending two nights here to have a day to look around. Must see in Kalgoorlie is the ‘Super Pit’ and the excellent museum which showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields. (Look for the Red Mine head structure at the top end of Hannan Street). It is also interesting to drive up to the water tanks where the water arrives in the pipeline from Perth. Read the displays and gain an understanding of this massive project which made the region possible. The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme was commissioned in 1903. Eight wood fired steam pumping stations were originally constructed along the 550km route. Click on  on http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national/goldfields

Photos above are copyright and supplied free of charge by Tourism Western Australia to whom we are grateful.

Rally HQ Joondalup Resort. Click to view https://joondalupresort.com.au/

Welcome to Perth and have a great National Rally. We are really looking forward to your company.

Roads are generally of a good standard.

We advise not to drive at night due to kangaroos and emus.

Driving west late into the afternoon sun can be difficult, so it is best to plan to be at your accommodation before the sun becomes low on the horizon.

Be careful of eagles on the road feeding on road kill, they are slow to get airborne so when you approach one on the road slow down.

Remember the time difference between SA and WA. In March it is 2.5 hours as WA does not have daylight saving. You are gaining time as you travel west which increases daylight driving time. Eucla and Madura use ‘Central Western Time’ which is half way between SA and WA time.

Check your comfortable distances for travel and plan ahead.

Transporting Your Jaguar To Perth

For those Jaguar enthusiasts looking to attend the 2020 National Rally in Perth, there are a number of vehicle transport companies who will assist in providing this service for you.

As an attendee to a number of National Rally's in the eastern states, I together with a number of JCCWA club members, have entrusted the transport of our Jaguars to these companies on numerous occasions. The degree of service provided will depend on your own requirements, time constraints and budget. The service will generally include, but not limited to:

  • One way transport only, or 2 way return transport.
  • Collection from your premises and delivery to a nominated destination.
  • State depot to state depot transport.
  • Enclosed / container transport.
  • Delivery date specific times.
  • Vehicle insurance (included to specified amount).
  • Undercover storage at depots.

Depending on the method of transport, by road or, by road and rail, the journey generally takes between 2 and 3 weeks. This may vary due to transport volumes the company is experiencing at the time. As a guide the cost of transport into WA is about 25% more expensive than the cost from WA, due mainly to cargo volumes into WA.

Depending on individual time frames and circumstances, it may be an option to drive to Perth, then fly home while your Jaguar is being transported to your home state.

Over the past few months, discussions have been held with a specific national transport provider, with the aim of gaining more competitive individual quotes. The outcome has been very favourable, with discounted rates being made available to interested members. Contact details for the state branches are available for direct bookings by members.

If you are planning to transport your Jaguar to Perth, and would like further information please call, Luke Zambotti on 0409 100626 or email lukezam@bigpond.com for assistance.

Going West On The Indian Pacific

Australia is home to an enormous chunk of beautiful ‘nothing’ called the Nullabor. The largest piece of limestone on Earth that is twice the size of England, the Nullabor plain is as flat as flat can be. Yet, you will find the journey across this slab an incredibly soothing one. You can journey by car, by train, or better yet, both! That way, you can embark on your own self-guided drives pre and post the train journey.

Now, while the entire stretch of the Indian Pacific connects the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean between Perth and Sydney, you can opt to end or start your journey in Adelaide. Departures are twice a week and here’s what you can expect.

A Long Stretch of Indulgence

Once on board, you will have nothing to think about apart from which side of the train you should sit by to take in the scenery. And of course, which drinks to complement the moment. Bubbles, wine, beer, cocktails – beverages are all included in the package.

It is often difficult to picture, let alone appreciate, the sheer vastness of Australia. So unlike flying across the country through the clouds, you’ll have the chance to experience the space and witness the ever changing textures, colours and wildlife that make up the Aussie outback - pre and post the Nullabor, of course.

Fine Wining & Dining

The dining service on board the train is world-class and you will enjoy seasonal specialities made with fresh ingredients sourced from the regions through which the train travels - things like pork from the Murray Valley Corowa, Murray bridge mushroom, Fremantle Jewfish, Avon Valley prosciutto, Kangaroo Island honey and many more.

For the all-important beverage list, you are spoiled for choice with specially selected wines from South Australia and Western Australia. A range of popular spirits and fortified wines and beer is also available.

To see where some of the fresh produce is sourced, join the day tours. On the east-bound journey, pick the tour to the Adelaide Central Market, one of Australia's largest and prettiest fresh produce markets; and if you are west-bound, the foodie Barossa Valley tour is a must.

True Blue Aussie Quirks

You may not realise this, but there are lots of quirky towns peppered throughout the Australian outback. And one of them is Kalgoorlie, home to the once most luxurious hotel outside of Perth, the Palace Hotel, where former US president Herbert Hoover used to frequent while he worked in the town as a mining engineer. There he fell in love with a barmaid and even wrote her a poem.

And while we have the Big Pineapple, Big Sheep, Big Prawn and Big Banana on the east coast, Kalgoorlie has the Big Bin, which is claimed to be the world’s tallest bin. This town is certainly worth checking out!

Click on https://youtu.be/NwSNRhaYrNw to take a video journey on the Indian Pacific.

Trip Notes

ADL – PER 19/03/2020

Gold Service Twin Groups Everyday $1,892 pp

Gold Service Twin Sole Occupancy Groups Everyday $ 3,401 pp

Accompanied Motorail $596 P/CAR

PER – ADL 05/04/2020

Gold Service Twin Groups Everyday $1,892 pp

Gold Service Twin Sole Occupancy Groups Everyday $ 3,401 pp

Accompanied Motorail $596 P/CAR 

The above attracts a $50 per person booking fee

Should you wish to take advantage of this travel offer please contact:

Lancelot Quartermaine

Managing Director

+61 (0) 408 595 800



Sea Mound

Boulder Court Hotel

Beach Rocks

Goldfields Cafe

Photos above are copyright and supplied free of charge by Tourism Western Australia to whom we are grateful.

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