Adelaide to Perth Adventure Tour
code text here**Overview –** This 10 day, 4000km road trip of a lifetime travels through some of Australia’s most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Discover white sandy beaches, ancient forests, rugged coastlines, mountain ranges and outback. Encounter abundant native wildlife and have the once in a life time opportunity to swim with wild sealions and dolphins. Bring out your adventurous side hiking through beautiful national parks, learning to surf and sandboarding huge dunes. Engage in indigenous culture, taste local produce and be connected with nature sleeping under the under the billions of stars that make up the Southern Skies. This is the real Australia, let our local expert guides show you all the highlights and some hidden gems too.
– Hiking Flinders Ranges & Alligator Gorge
– Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins
– Surfing Lesson on the Eyre Peninsula
– Sandboarding massive dunes
– Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure
– Valley of the Giants treetop walk
– Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Cultural Experience
– West Australia’s spectacular South West
**What is included in the ticket price?**
– Meals – 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
– Transport – Minibus – an air-conditioned mini-coach with a maximum of 20 passengers
– Accommodation – Bush camp (no facilities) 3 nights, Camping (with basic facilities) 6 nights
– All Activities unless stated as Optional Extra (swim with sea lions $180)
**Day 1 – Flinders Ranges National Park**
Headed north we’ll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges. So unique are the fossils found in this landscape, geologists had to revise the geologic time-line of the Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period! Hike Alligator Gorge where we’ll have lunch and explore the pristine Warren Gorge where we’ll be spending the night camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.
Today we drive approx. 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way. We’ll be bush camping (no facilities) and your lunch and dinner are included.
**Day 2 – Coodlie Park & the Eyre Peninsula**
Today we travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. On the way, you’ll 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, we’ll 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.
Today we drive approximately 450km (5 hours) in total, with stops along the way.
**Day 3 – Baird Bay & Penong
This morning, peel on the wetsuit for a 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.
Tonight we’ll camp at Penong, which is famous for its dozens of windmills. Today we drive around 5 hours in total with stops along the way.
**Day 4 – The Great Australian Bight & The Nullarbor**
There is no getting out of a long drive today as we 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, we’ll cross the border into Western Australia. Tonight’s entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.
It’s a big drive today of around 800 km and 10 hours driving with stops along the way. Tonight, bush camp under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor.
**Day 5 – Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park**
Today, we’ll 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 today 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 today is around 7 hours and 600 km.
**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 today you’ll 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.
We 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.
**Day 7 – Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges**
Sunrise here is spectacular and it’s also when the roos are at their most active. We’ll 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.
Today we drive for about 5 hours and camp in a private campground in the Stirling Ranges where you will have shower and toilet facilities.
**Day 8 – Stirling Ranges & South West Coast**
We’ll visit the oldest mountain range in the world, today. 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.
We do about 5 hours of driving today, with stops along the way. Tonight, we camp at a Quinnup Caravan Park, which has shower and toilet facilities.
**Day 9 – Margaret River**
After breakfast, those feeling brave can climb the 50-metre Diamond Tree, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout, and the only wooden tree-top tower in the world. But today is all about tantalising 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 as we go. Cheers to that.
Today we drive around 5 hours making stops along the way. Tonight, we camp at Big Valley Caravan Park in Margaret River which has shower and toilet facilities.
**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 our 10-day adventure across the South Coast of Australia draws to an end, we’ll 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 6pm. 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.
Today we drive 4 hours and please make sure you have booked your Perth accommodation prior to departure.
There is one optional experience on this tour.
**Swim with sea lions and dolphins** ($180 p.p)
This is an amazing experience – you may have swum with dolphins at other places around the world but the interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at Bairds Bay will leave you breathless. Baird bay is a very sheltered bay on the Eyre Peninsula and passengers aboard the boat for a short ride to our first stop, which is to swim with sea lions. This takes place in approximately 2 metres of water. It is a natural experience and the sea lions come into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us. After this, we head further out into the bay to swim with the dolphins. This happens in four metres of water but is still within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours, wetsuit and snorkel equipment is provided at no additional cost.
As this activity is outsourced, only **limited spaces are available**. By confirming and saying your intentions now, we can guarantee your position on the tour. Pay the operator direct $180 on the day of activity
**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.
**Camping:** Our tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. Accommodation on tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds, bush camps (no facilities). When camping, we use individual swags provided by Nullarbor Traveller. (Our wet weather option is 3 person dome tents shared by a maximum of 2 people per tent) We like to be flexible with our camping spots as sometimes weather conditions will dictate the best place to camp. If the weather is unreliable the guide may suggest to the group to stop in an accommodated premises – this is at the individual’s own cost.
**What to bring:** Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen. Bags are restricted to 1x 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.