Great Eastern Highway
- This article is an itinerary.
The trip from Perth to Kalgoorlie is over 500 km. Many people commute along this highway, and the traffic is quite heavy in certain parts, however the stopping places and locations near this highway make the journey a real adventure. It is intimately linked with the old railway that used to go to Kalgoorlie, as well as the well marked Golden Pipeline set of locations that follow the water pipeline to Kalgoorlie.
Although not as isolated as other Western Australian country highways, services are limited between Merredin and Southern Cross, and Southern Cross and Coolgardie. It is worth having extra water and being prepared for issues
The highway starts in Perth and can be accessed from other routes at Northam, Merredin and Southern Cross.
If travelling from the eastern states of Australia, the access points could be Coolgardie in the north, or points from the roads that connect back to Esperance.
- Southern Cross
The highway has monotonous sections where drivers fall asleep at the wheel - be vigilant in your own wakefulness, as well as watching other vehicles movements and behaviour. Near the goldfields region there can be heavy traffic, large road trains and trucks must be comnsidered a harzard. Never try to overtake large trucks on narrow roads.
- Return to Perth along the coastal route via Esperance and Albany
- Go north into goldfields
- Continue to Norseman, and then on to the Eyre Highway to travel across the Nullarbor to South Australia