The edge of the Earth: Australia’s Nullarbor Cliffs

The edge of the Earth: Australia’s Nullarbor Cliffs

What looks like the end of the Earth is really just the end of Australia: what’s known as Nullarbor Cliffs.

The Bunda Cliffs, as the Nullarbor Cliffs are also called, are located in Southern Australia on the Nullarbor Plain.

The terrain of the Nullarbor Plain is so flat that the Trans Australian Railway spans a distance of roughly 300 miles in an entirely straight line across its surface.

Unfortunately, some flat Earth enthusiasts have latched onto this as evidence supporting their theory.

Discovering the world’s longest stretch of coastal cliffs

The Nullarbor Cliffs constitute the world’s longest continuous stretch of coastal cliffs, extending over 62 miles. They literally look like someone sawed off the bottom of Australia with a jigsaw.

These breathtaking cliffs are not only an awe-inspiring sight to behold, but they also hold valuable insights into the country’s geological past.

Limestone caves started accumulating in Australia 50 million years before the continent split from Antarctica. The high cliffs formed as the seas receded between the continents.

These limestone sea cliffs, which are 200 feet to 400 feet high, drop off into the Great Australian Bight, one of the most pristine ocean environments on Earth.

The razor-sharp cliffs also head 7 centimeters north every year, thanks to continental drift.

Exploring the Nullarbor Cliffs

Despite their remote location, the Nullarbor Cliffs remain a popular tourist attraction, offering the chance to experience the natural beauty of Australia and explore the region’s unique geological history.

Visitors can engage in a variety of activities, such as whale watching, cage diving, or exploring a variety of wildlife at conservation parks that house Australian sea lions and native birds.

The Great Australian Bight at the foot of the cliffs offers one of the world’s most pristine ocean environments, making it an excellent destination for nature enthusiasts.

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