Jo, wife to Hassie and co-owner of Nullabor Traveller, tells BBM of the reasons why every traveller should experience the South and Western states of Australia. She also gives us a bit of insight into her experiences as a tour guide in this beautiful region!
Q. Why should people embark on a trip across the Nullarbor?
People think that the Nullarbor is a dry desert but when they actually experience it, they are blown away by the different scenery they see.
Q.What are your top 3 spots in South Australia or Western Australia?
I like the peace and quiet of being nowhere so my favourite camping spot when I was a guide was Newman Rocks near Balladonia in Western Australia which is just after the South Australian border. It has an escarpment with a billabong in front of it where the camels would come and drink, and you would wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise overlooking the whole area.
The sandboarding at Fowlers Bay on the Eyre Peninsula is a highlight for me because it just makes people laugh so much when they are falling off and playing around. It is just so much fun. And I absolutely love Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park. This place is so incredible with crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. I used to love diving into the water, falling onto the sand and watching the waves roll over me.
Q.Do you have a most memorable passenger?
Oh there many but there was one group of passengers in particular on an Adelaide to Perth tour that stand out. We had so much fun because they jumped in and got so involved with everything on the trip. They helped me with the food preparation and setting up camp, which was not only appreciated as many hands make light work, but this allowed us to see so much more. Five out of the seven wanted to continue from Perth to Broome and wanted me to be the driver! They even called Hassie and asked if they could keep me for the onwards journey but I had to get back to do another tour otherwise I would have done it. We’d become a little family and that happens a lot on our tours.
Q.What was your funniest moment on a tour?
I had a guy on board who loved the movie Pricilla Queen of the Desert, so we helped him live out his dream and create a re-enactment of the iconic scene from the movie, where the character is dressed up as a drag queen, on top of a bus, singing opera, with his costume flowing in the wind behind him. Of course, in our version the bus wasn’t moving but we made sure it was windy so it had that effect. He took pictures and enjoyed himself immensely and this was one of those moments you and the other passengers will never forget about their trip along the Nullarbor.
Q.What do you think people love the most about Nullarbor Traveller camping adventures?
I’d say the wildlife. When they actually see it for real it is really special. And the also love our guides as they are genuinely so knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. People feel at ease with them.
Q.What are your favourite Aussie animals?
Number one definitely wombats. I love them because they have so much attitude. When I was a guide I’d always ask people “if a wombat was an actor who would it be”? Danny DeVito because they are both short, bulky and have attitude.
The kangaroos at Cape Le Grand are just so cute and people can’t believe they can get up so close to them. There is just something so cool about seeing them on the beach and such a beautiful one at that!
Emus crack me up because they are just so stupid. They are funny to watch because they look like grass fence on legs trying to run away.
Q.Why should people buck the trend and travel the South Coast instead of the East?
I’d say people who don’t travel the south coast of Australia are missing so much. It’s also not as touristy. It offers totally different flora and fauna and it is much more relaxed. You turn up to these incredible destinations and there is not another soul in sight.
Fancy exploring these beautiful destinations check out the selection of tours on offer with Nullabor Traveller by visiting nullabortraveller.com.au