The 9 Day Perth to Adelaide travels through the Central wheat belt of Western Australia to Esperance. The tour then heads to Norseman and crosses the Nullarbor and onto the Eyre Peninsula. This tour has a focus of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and following the coastline of the Great Australian Bight. Tour highlights include an optional caged swim with the Great White Sharks at Port Lincoln.
|Start||Perth @ 07.00 am|
|Finish||Adelaide @ 06.00 pm|
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!
Today we clock up a few kilometres and travel around 10 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.
Wave Rock and other weird and wonderful rock formations
Fitzgerald River & Cape Le Grand National Park - incrediable beaches and coastal hikes
Discover the natural wonders of South Australia's wild Eyre Peninsula
Swim with sea lions & dolphins (at the same time!)
Shark cage dive with Great Whites
Sandboard on mountainous dunes
Hike the Southern Flinders Ranges
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 where 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 2.5 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.
If you didn't a chance to spot any roos yesterday, early morning's a prime time to potter down to the beach and see what's hopping about before our early morning hike up Frenchman's Peak which has stunning views across the inlets and islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Then we head to Norseman for lunch and then hit the Eyre Highway to start our journey east bound. Tonight you will get an IMAX version of the great southern sky where you'll be left speechless by the show of constellations and shooting stars.
Today's driving time is about 5 hours and walking about 1 hour. Tonight we bush camp (no facilities) under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor and all your meals are provided.
Driving's the name of the game today (we've got 500 kilometres of the world's longest stretch of straight road to cover!). Today will certainly give you a sense of the sheer size of this vast and ancient land.
The name 'Nullarbor' is derived from the Latin for 'No Trees', so vegetation - along with pretty much everything else - is one thing you shouldn't expect to see today. However appearances can be deceiving as below this barren and dry limestone plain lies Australia's largest underground lake system.
We'll make a stop at Eucla, an old telegraph township now mostly buried beneath sand dunes, then call in for a night's camping at Koonalda Homestead.
Travel time today is about 6 hours and once again be prepared to be bedazzled by the wonders of the southern skies. Koonalda Homestead provides toilets but no showers and all meals are cooked up for you again today.
Stops for today include the highway's famous Camels/Kangaroos/Wombats Crossing road sign and the Bunda cliffs, where the Nullarbor Plain drops dramatically into the Southern Ocean. Running for approximately 200 kilometres along the Great Australian Bight, this is the world's longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs.
We'll cross the Dingo Fence - at 5,614 kilometres, the world's longest fence - and enter the Yalata Aboriginal lands. In the afternoon we'll visit the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre, where you'll hear a bit about the styles and meanings of Indigenous artwork. After stocking up on supplies in Streaky Bay, we'll arrive at Coodlie Park bush camp - a working farm retreat that boasts its own private beach and offers an insight into the demands of rural living.
Tonight you may share a meal and stories with travellers from our other tours sleep in our super cool swag huts with shower facilities available. Today we travel for about 8 hours with stops along the way and all meals are included.
Today is a day you'll remember forever as swimming with these puppy dogs of the sea and beautiful dolphins will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy! The clear waters off Baird Bay, a small fishing village located on the Eyre Peninsula, are a favoured haunt of sea lions and bottlenose dolphins. This morning you'll get to join them for a dip (please note: the Baird Bay Eco-tour is an optional outing you'll need to book before your adventure begins. Cost is $160 per person; duration 3-4 hours). Those who choose to stay dry will have the morning at their leisure.
Following on from a picnic lunch, we'll continue to Murphy's Haystacks, a collection of bizarrely warped rock formations and check out the Talia Caves which are gigantic caverns carved into the coastal cliffs. At the Lake Newland Sand Dunes you have the chance to try sand boarding! Then it's back to Coodlie Park for another night around the campfire with your new friends.
We drive for about 3 hours today. Hours walked is about 1, with some swimming if you choose to as well.
This morning it's back on the road for a final dose of some more very spectacular coastal driving. Along the way, we'll make a stop at Lock's Well, where a 283-step staircase down to the beach invites a beach stroll and the opportunity to admire the cliffs from below.
Enjoy delicious lunch on the foreshore of Port Lincoln and afterwards have some free time to check out the local sites of this pretty little town which is Australia's seafood capitol. Then we'll make the short drive on to our campsite in Mikkira which is a working sheep station clustered with Manna Gums with koalas galore! Driving is about 4 hours and walking time is about 2 hours. Tonight we swag camp at Mikkira Station which has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included.
Depending on your love affair with fear, today you'll either be diving into the world of Great White Sharks or brushing up on local whaling history at Whaler's Way Conservation Park. Choose the way of the Whalers and you'll be visiting the remains of an old whaling station (where you'll hopefully spot some kangaroos and emus), lunching in Lincoln National Park and stopping by Glen Forest Wildlife Park to hand-feed a few critters.
Choose shark diving and you'll be boating out to sea, changing into dive gear and invited to hop in a cage for a meet-up with some real monsters of the deep. These are some critters we don't suggest hand-feeding.
We visit Wadlata Cultural Centre and have an interpretive walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers of South Australia.
Today we drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp with no facilities at Port Gibbon.
We're on the home stretch now - and the entrance into Adelaide provides a fitting finale. Travelling on to some of South Australia pioneer mining towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. Check out the rustic charm of this historic area.
This overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. There's no accommodation provided tonight, and make sure you have booked your 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 big journey together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).
We are sleeping in swags under the stars and whilst we think this adds to the experience maybe its not something you are used to. Its only if absolutely necessary we pull out the sleeping bags. National Parks are generally quite minimal with facilities they offer so there are some nights with no showers or flushing toilets.
It might sound scary (even scarier than the thought of shark cage diving!) but you’re going to be putting away your phone and logging our of Facebook for awhile as there is very limited coverage! We travel through some very remote regions of Australia!
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.
To get the most out of our trips you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From October to you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks.
Luggage restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person (max 15kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage. Also ensure that you have comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, insert replaent, har , sunscreen, swimmers and snacks in your hand luggage on the bus. Its also a great idea to have a torch or headlight, travel pillow and rainproof jacket. And don’t forget a sleeping bag!
On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your guide will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour but you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Nullarbor Traveller of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
No Dairy (soy milk provided)
Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
*Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.
We travel in air-conditioned mini buses which can accommodate up to 18 people.