The Whyalla & Districts 4WD Club

Places of Interest


Cocklebiddy Cave

The longest water filled cave in the World is in Australia. The 6.5km long Cocklebiddy cave, this can be found near the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse on the Eyre highway. The cave can be accessed by two-wheel drive vehicles and can be entered easily. There is a Lake inside just 300 meters from the entrance and is suitable to swim in. The crystal clear water has a constant temperature of 18 C. The brackish water contains high levels of salt and gypsum.

Enquires about access to the Cocklebiddy Cave can be made at the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse. The Roadhouse has a first class licensed restaurant and bar with an a-la-carte menu with a limited wine selection. There is also a separate bar and snack bar. For accommodation there is 20 fairly modern motel units with TV and ensuites.

The Roadhouse is also the contact place for visits to the Eyre Bird Observatory and Twilight Beech Cave. It is only possible to gain access by 4WD. Accommodation is available at the observatory, enquires should be made to the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse. The observatorys accommodation is in what used to be a Telegraph Station, part of a series stretching across the Nullabor about 250km apart, these were powered by diesel generators. Today this has been replaced by Solar powered underground optic-fibre cable under the Nullabor Plain.

Article Taken from Garrards Pest Review magazine - December 1999 as reprinted in the May2002 Club Magazine


The Dog Fence

The 5,300 km Dog Fence is the longest fence and also the longest man-made structure in the world well over twice the length of the Great Wall of China.

The two-metre fence divides the eastern states from the Outback to keep dingoes out of the southern sheep country. In Queensland THE DOG FENCE?they call it the Barrier Fence this stretches for 2,500 km. It joins the Border Fence in NSW, and travels another 584 km to connect to the 2,225 km long Dingo Fence in South Australia. Some sections of the Dog Fence are more than 100 years Old.

Article by __ as reprinted in the the May 2002 Club Magazine


Pastoral Access Routes.

After a long delay, the Pastoral Boards Public Access Committee, which includes representation from the government sector, SA Farmers Federation, tourism groups and the SAAFWD clubs, has opened up six new Pastoral Access Routes (PARs), in South Australia's North and they are:

Article Taken from the May/June issue of SA Motor magazine by Kim Tilbrook, and reprinted in the May2002 Club Magazine.






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