Combine Australia’s ultimate road trip with incredible wildlife encounters on this 10-day swag camping adventure! Travel from Adelaide to Perth in a small group tour and see the backyard.
This Nullarbor tour is an adventure tour showcasing the remote and undiscovered regions of the Eyre Peninsular in South Australia, the Nullarbor and the South West of Western Australia. Destinations that feature some of the best beaches, national parks and wildlife encounters on the planet can be enjoyed. Offering a truly unique experience like sleeping under the stars in swags, swimming with dolphins and sea lions, hiking in beautiful national parks, surfing on mountainous sand dunes, tree top walks through ancient forests and personalized indigenous culture.
Departing Adelaide you will first explore the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Then try some sandboarding at Lake Newland sand dunes, We take you to the Great Australian Bight and across the Nullabor. As we make our way into Western Australia we will visit Cape Le Grand National Park. Two days of hiking and camping in Cape Le Grand will blow your mind, the most amazing white beaches. Visit the giant treetops of the Southwest of Western Australia and then up to Margaret River before finishing your adventure in Perth.
Highlights on Tour
Explore the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges, Swim with wild sea lions and dolphins (Optional), Learn-to-surf lesson and sandboarding adventure, Relax and swim at some of Australia’s best beaches, Feel inspired after hikes that will leave you speechless, Discover Cape Le Grand National Park and its friendly kangaroos, Walk among ancient forests in Western Australia, Taste your way around the Margaret River wine region and Engage with Indigenous culture.
Day 1 Adelaide to Flinders Range National Park
Headed north, stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the 540-million-year-old landscape, the Southern Flinders Ranges. Hike Alligator Gorge where you will have lunch, before exploring Warren Gorge, where you will be spending the night camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare yellow-footed rock-wallaby, whose populations are bouncing back.
We drive approximately 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way and you will be bush camping at Warren Gorge on day one.
Day 2 Flinders Range to Eyre Peninsula
On day two you will travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. On the way you will see some unique outback silo art in the tiny outback town of Kimba. After a quick pitstop for lunch, it’s time to head towards the coast. Spot dolphins surfing the waves at Venus Bay and explore Talia Caves. Next, it’s onto the Lake Newland sand dunes where adrenaline junkies can test out their sandboarding skills.
In the afternoon, you will pull into our home base at Coodlie Park. Here, company owner Hassie will cook up a delicious BBQ feast. Share campfire stories with travellers from our other tour before spending the night in a unique swag hut. All three meals are included. On day two we drive approximately 450km (5 hours) in total, with stops along the way.
Day 3 Baird Bay and Penong
In the morning put on the wetsuit for two-hour learn-to-surf lesson on a remote and pristine beach with Sceale Bay Surf School. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore Sceale Bay while the others test their surf skills.
Following a picnic lunch, it’s time for one of the tour highlights, swimming with the ever-playful wild sea lions and majestic dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This optional experience is an outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours. At only $180 it will be an experience you will treasure forever.
In the night you will camp at Penong, which is famous for its dozens of windmills after driving around 5 hours in total on day three with stops along the way. All three meals are included.
Day 4 The Nullarbor and Great Australian Bight
There is no getting out of a long drive today as you start to travel across the mighty Nullarbor Plain. ‘Crossing the Nullarbor’ has become a rite of passage for backpackers, and for Australians, it is the quintessential experience of the ‘Australian Outback’. Take a snap the world-famous wombat, kangaroo and camel road sign and experience the jaw-dropping beauty of the ‘Edge of Australia’ at the Bunda Cliffs.
Stop at the iconic Nullarbor Roadhouse, explore the ruins of an old telegraph station and, come arvo, you will cross the border into Western Australia. Tonight’s entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.
After driving around 800 km which takes 10 hours with stops along the way you bush camp under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor on day four. All three meals are included.
Day 5 The Nullarbor to Cape Le Grand National Park
On day five you take on Australia’s longest straight road which funnily enough is called ‘90 Mile Straight’. Visit the outback town of Balladonia, which shot to worldwide fame in 1979 when the Skylab space station returned to earth here rather abruptly.
After another reasonably big drive with plenty of entertainment and stops along the way, get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery as we make our way towards Esperance. This part of Western Australia has no less than nine National Parks and some of the best beaches in the world. We’ll set up camp in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand. In fact, it’s so spectacular we’ll stay two nights and the well-equipped camping area does have toilet and shower facilities. Drive time is around 7 hours and 600 km. All three meals are included.
Day 6 Cape Le Grand National Park
Crystal clear waters, powdery, white sands, expansive granite bluffs and sunbathing kangaroos. Sound like a dream. Well, it’s not, because on day six you wake up in paradise. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect the absolute beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park. The ocean here is transparent and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. Today you’ll enjoy meeting the adorable western grey kangaroos, who don’t mind posing for that iconic kangaroo selfie.
You will be spending the whole day here exploring, swimming and bushwalking. And you’ll also have some free time to do whatever you please. We drive only 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours. All three meals are included.
Day 7 Cape Le Grand National Park and Stirling Ranges
Sunrise here is spectacular and it’s also when the roos are at their most active. You will wander onto the beach nice and early to see these, before we set out on a hike up Frenchman Peak. A challenging yet rewarding hike, you’ll wow at the beautiful vistas, which span right across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. Refuel with a lunch stop on one of the many beaches on Esperance’s Great Ocean Drive, then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite at Mount Trio.
After driving for about 5 hours on day seven you camp in a private campground in the Stirling Ranges where you will have shower and toilet facilities. All three meals are included.
Day 8 Stirling Ranges and South West Coast
On day eight you will visit the oldest mountain range in the world. The Porongurups rise up from the landscape like an island. Set out on a two-hour hike through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock. A bit of a climb but worth every bit of effort as you are rewarded with breathtaking views over the region. Jump back on the bus for a magnificent coastal drive towards Albany. Be wowed at The Gap and Natural Bridge before stopping for a dip at magical Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool in William Bay National Park near Denmark.
From the coast to the forest, discover the pristine wilderness and old growth forests of the Walpole region with the last stop of the day at the largest Tingle Tree in Western Australia.
Quinnup Caravan Park
On day eight the drive is about five hours with stops along the way. You camp at a Quinnup Caravan Park, which has shower and toilet facilities. All three meals are provided.
Day 9 Diamond Tree and Margaret River
After breakfast, those feeling brave can climb the 50-meter Diamond Tree, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout, and the only wooden tree-top tower in the world. But it is all about tantalizing your taste buds as we spend the rest of the day tasting our way around Margaret River. Visit boutique wineries, craft breweries, a chocolate factory and a cheese factory, sampling on the way.
On day nine the drive time is around 5 hours making stops along the way. You camp at Big Valley Caravan Park in Margaret River which has shower and toilet facilities. All three meals are provided.
Day 10 Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the tour you’ll wake to the now-familiar laugh of kookaburras. Roll up your swag one last time before jumping on the bus to Dunsborough to meet Wardandi custodian, Josh. He will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable underground didgeridoo performance, taste native foods, and experience traditional fire-lighting on this unique Indigenous cultural experience.
As the 10-day adventure across the South Coast of Australia draws to an end, you will have a last dip at the popular tourist town of Busselton, where it’s hard to miss the 19th-century Jetty stretching 1.8km into Geographe Bay. One last stint on the road has us arriving into Perth around 6 pm. 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.
On day 10 the drive is around four hours and make sure you have booked your Perth accommodation prior to departure and arrive at departure point 15 minutes early.
Points to Note
- Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a soft bag or backpack plus a day pack.
- If the guide and group prefer to stay in accommodation (in lieu of camping due to inclement weather) this is at additional cost.
- The tour is a camping adventure and participation and involvement are required. Accommodation is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds, bush camps (no facilities) and a farm retreat.
- Mobile phone coverage is very limited on tour.
- Itineraries may change due to seasonal and cultural conditions.
- This package is a combination of three safari products and therefore the guide and passengers will differ during each section. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation (included) between each of the safaris. Travel insurance is recommended for this Adelaide to Perth Tour
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