6 Days tour exploring Esperance & Southwest

6 Days tour exploring Esperance & Southwest

Tucked away in the South West of the country, Esperance is a coastal town you'll fall instantly in love with. The crystal clear beaches will have you hooked on the town, not to mention the nearby National Park where you can get your hiking shoes out and have an adventure. This tour also stops off at the famous Wave Rock. Enjoy five nights of bush camping under the stars and preparing meals with the rest of your group. This starts and ends in Perth.

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Esperance
  • Fitzgerald River National Park
  • Frenchmen's Peak
  • Lucky Bay
  • Valley of the Giants
  • Wave Rock
  • Yallingup

Tour Info

Code NT-PE6
Style
  • Aboriginal Culture
Duration 6 Days
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Note

Bring your own sleeping Bag

Vehicle Mini Bus
Suitability Open Age
Start Perth @ 06.45 am
Finish Perth @ 07.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Our adventure begins as we travel east from Perth over the Darling Ranges with our first coffee break in the historic township of York, WA's oldest inland town. A bit more driving and you'll be eating lunch in the shadow of Wave Rock. By late afternoon, we'll have arrived in Fitzgerald River National Park, an internationally recognised world biosphere! There'll be time for an afternoon beach stroll before pitching camp for the night.

Today we clock up a few kilometres and travel around 9 hours with stops along the way. Walking time is about an hour. Tonight we swag camp at Fitzgerald River National Park which has toilet but no shower facilities. Lunch and dinner are provided.

Begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt Baron, one of the three quartzite peaks that make up the Barren Range. Legs stretched, we'll take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee break and mosey around.

Then get ready for some of Australia's most spectacular scenery with this part of WA having no less than 9 National Parks, and we camp at the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. The ocean here is practically transparent, the local eastern grey 'roos are regularly sunbaking on the beach and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia's whitest.

Enjoy a free afternoon here and how you spend it is wholly up to you. Set out on a coastal bushwalk, splash about in the sea, fiddle around with your camera aperture or just kick back with your new buds along the beach.

Today we travel 3 hours with stops along the way. Walking time is about 3 hours and you'll be swag camping with toilet and shower facilities at Cape Le Grand. All meals are provided.

& Stirling Ranges

The views from the top of Frenchman's Peak are pretty impressive, so this morning the top of Frenchman's Peak is where we go. Following the walk, it's back in the bus for the drive into the Stirling Ranges, with a lunch stop near Esperance along the way. Depending on the time of the year in spring we might seek out the beautiful wildflowers or in the heat of summer the flowing rivers and waterfalls.

Today driving time is about 6 hours and walking time is about 4.5 hours. Tonight we swag camp at a private camp ground in the Stirling Ranges with shower and toilet facilities. All meals are provided.

Cruise along WA's glorious stretch of coastline, seeing how years of natural erosion have crafted incredible rock sculptures and granite bluffs - the Natural Bridge and The Gap are two of our favourites. Heading inland, we then get to the Valley of the Giants, a giant forest of towering Red Tingle trees, many of which are over 400 years old. Walk amongst these tall tingle trees on the ancient empire walk. Climb the Diamond tree, towering 50 metres above the ground, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout. It is 1 of 3 wooden top towers in this area and in the world. The day's last lot of driving brings us to Quinninup camp.

Today we drive about 4 hours and walk about 1.5 hours. Tonight we stay in Quinninup Caravan Park which has shower and toilet facilities and all meals are provided.

Today it's time to eat, drink and be merry, tasting the delicious local fare of Margaret River. Boutique breweries, chocolate, cheese and even a fudge factory, today you will have time to browse and explore.

Today there is a 4 hour drive and all meals are included.

On the last day of the tour you will visit Koomal Dreaming where you will have the opportunity to taste native foods, discover bush medicine and experience traditional fire lighting with local indigenous people. Hear stories of the Dreaming spirits and go deep down into the mesmerising Ngilgi Cave for a uniquely memorable didgeridoo cave experience. Then we hit the road and head back to sunny Perth!

Today we drive approx. 3 hours and please make sure you have booked your Perth accommodation prior to departure. You'll get your breakfast and lunch and although there are no formal activities planned it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the journey together over a few drinks and a meal (at own expense)

Included

  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport – Minibus
  • Accommodation
  • Swag Camping – 5 nights( Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase or hire.)

Included Activities

  • All National Park and entry fees
  • Hippo’s Yawn and Wave Rock
  • Ancient Empire Walk – Valley of the Giants
  • The Diamond Tree
  • Ngilgi Cave Entrance
  • Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Cultural Experience

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Towel & toiletries
  • Swimming gear
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • water bottle
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired for AUD$25)

ACCOMMODATION

Swag Camping – Swags are ‘Aussie Bed Rolls’ made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. We also carry 3 person dome tents which are shared by 2 people but only pulled out if the weather requires it. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Camping locations may vary depending on weather and conditions.

Meals

We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products - PLEASE let us know of any special dietary requirements. We also recommend to our passengers who may have a difficult diet to cater for to bring some of their own preferred foods for the journey. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.

Notes

  • This trip starts in Perth at approximately 6.45am and finishes on day 6 approximately 7pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase or hire.
  • There is very limited phone reception.
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. See terms and conditions for full details.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • Due to the remote locations that we are visiting we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • On The Road:
  • It's a 6 day experience of Esperance and the South West. Travelling through the central wheat belt of Western Australia to Esperance where it will stay in Cape Le Grand National Park for 2 nights.
  • The tour then continues on following the coast line of the south west of Western Australia through Albany, Denmark, Pemberton, Margaret River area before heading into Perth.
  • We hope that you enjoy this tour that highlights and showcases the ‘real thing’ from South Western Australia including world recognized national parks and biospheres.