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Amazing Things Only Australian Truckies See: Part 1

There are some things that might seem strange on the road to the everyday driver, but it’s just another day in the office down under for an Australian heavy haulage truck driver.

Animals and lots of ‘em

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Sure, you’d expect Aussie truck drivers would see kangaroos, wombats and emus, but that gangly looking creature on the left might be a surprise. Camels can be a major problem on outback roads and extensive culling operations are often undertaken to reduce their numbers.

As you’d expect with so many animals on the road, road kill is also something an Aussie truck driver gets pretty used to seeing too.

A whole lot of nothing


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The Eyre Highway is the longest in the country. Connecting South Australia to Western Australia, this 1,687km long, flat stretch of road is mostly void of any kind of civilisation – basically you see a whole lot of nothing for a long, long time. A road like that also calls for something else you don’t see much of anywhere else in the world ; a sign that says “Last shop for 1000km” which is outside the roadhouse at Penong, South Australia.

The Eyre Highway also boasts the longest stretch of straight road in Australia and one of the longest in the world. The 146.6km stretch between Caiguna Roadhouse and Belladonia Roadhouse is one big asphalt stripe.

The biggest rigs in the world

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Australia is home to the largest road-legal rigs on the planet – road trains. It’s not unusual to see a Triple (G) or a 2AB Quad (H) trains in regional areas. If you really want to check out a monster road train though, you’d need to visit the Granites Gold mine in western Northern Territory where Body and Six’s (K) or Powertrains are used to cart ore.

There are loads of weird and wonderful things only Aussie truckers see and we’ll report back with more soon. In the meantime, feel free to let us know the strangest or most amazing sites you think we should include via our Twitter page.

National Heavy Haulage is at home on Australian roads and we’re set up for the unique challenges they present. We specialise in moving mining equipment, heavy machinery and all other oversize or heavy loads all around Australia. With a modern, well-maintained fleet and a wide range of trailer combinations, we’re equipped to transport your heavy load across town or across the country.

Check out our Part Two of Amazing Things Only Australian Truckies See.

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