9 day Perth to Adelaide Adventure - Nullarbor Traveller

The journey between Perth and Adelaide is recognised as one of the world's great road journeys but it is the wildlife which is the key to this unique camping adventure!  

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Highlights

  • Surf Wave Rock
  • Visit Cape Le Grand National Park, where the kangaroos are relaxing on the beach
  • Travel through the true Nullarbor and see the Great Australian Bight
  • Sleep at Koonalda Homestead one of the original settler’s homesteads
  • Take a picture at Australia's most famous roadsign! The one and only sign with the Camel, Wombat and Kangaroo
  • Swim with the Sealions and Dolphins (OE $195 p.p.)
  • Visit the Koalas at Mikkira Station
  • Overcome your fears and cagedive with the Great Whites (OE $395 p.p.$100 extra to enter the water)
  • Visit the Wadlata Cultural Centre

Inclusions

  • Travel in air-conditioned mini coach with a max 18 passengers
  • All meals
  • All accommodation (If the weather is inclement the guide may suggest to the group to stop in an accommodated premises – NOTE: this will be an additional cost)
  • All camping equipment (excl. Sleeping Bag )
  • All national park entry fees
  • Overnight camping fees
  • All Activities (unless stated as Optional Experience in the itinerary)

Day 1 Perth - Fitzgerald River National Park - Stokes National Park

Our adventure begins as we travel East over the Darling Ranges. After a morning break at the historic township of York we continue our journey south. Our lunch stop will be at the Hippo Yawn and Wave Rock, where there is the opportunity to have a look at this amazing rock formations. After lunch we drive further south to our camp near the coast of the Fitzgerald River National Park, an internationally recognized world biosphere reserve with plenty of beautiful beaches and rugged coastline.

Tonight we swag camp at Fitzgerard River National Park.

Toilet(s)?: Yes, basic toilet facilities.

Shower(s)?: No.

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 2 Fitzgerald River National Park-Stokes National Park – Esperance - Cape le Grand National Park

After a mornings hike up East Mt Baron we drive along the coast and arrive into Esperance with time to have a look around. The town is still remote but once you see the magnificent surrounds of the granite, bush and beach you can only wonder for how much longer this area can keep its quaint charm.

Get set for some of Australia's most beautiful scenery. This area of Western Australia has no less than 9 National Parks, which is testament to its beauty and uniqueness. We take in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. Stunning blue seas mix with powder white beaches and secluded bays allow for stops and swims in what can only be described as a nature lover’s paradise. A short drive brings us to the Cape Le Grand National Park where we set up camp only meters from a picture postcard beach. We will have some lunch at Cape Le Grand National Park and the rest of the afternoon is free to explore this stunning coastal park with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water through many of the coastal bushwalks or just simply relax on the beach.

Tonight we swagcamp at Cape Le Grand National Park.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Yes, solar heated showers.

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 3 Cape le Grand National Park - The Nullarbor

Get up early this morning and take a walk down to the beach, while you are still at Cape Le Grand National Park. You might even encounter a kangaroo on the beach - it doesn't get any more Aussie than that!

We are starting the morning with a hike at Frenchmen's Peak. Frenchman's Peak rewards you with stunning views of the bay and islands of the Recherche Archipelago.

After this morning hike it is time for lunch and then we head back through Esperance and north to the Eyre Highway to start our journey east bound, for our overnight camp.

People say the sky in Australia looks bigger than elsewhere. Tonight you get an IMAX sized version of the great southern night sky. Pick out the star sign constellations, the Southern Cross, planets and be amazed by the show of shooting stars so prevalent in the clear skies of the desert plain. No photograph or movie could ever do justice to this night sky spectacular. This is something you can only experience.

Tonight we swagbushcamp on the Nullarbor.

Toilet(s)?: No, but we have Doug :). And first thing next morning; toilet facilities can be made available.

Shower(s)?: No.

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 4 The Nullarbor - Koonalda Homestead

Today will certainly give you a sense of the size of this vast and ancient land. The Nullarbor Plain is the largest piece of limestone in the world and is internationally recognised for its hidden treasures beneath the ground. It has an internationally recognised cave and lake system and is the source of many international divers who come here to explore this unique landscape.

 See the way the desert can devour an entire town and head west across Australia's great plain. We head towards Eucla, after checking out the old town of Eucla which struggled and lost in its battle against the ever encroaching desert sands, the reality of the Nullarbor really hits you!

We stop for the night at Koonalda Homestead one of the original settler’s homesteads, once used as a service station on the old Eyre Highway just over the South Australian boarder and get prepared to be bedazzled by one of nature’s greatest show in the sky again.

Tonight we will swagcamp at Koonalda Homestead.

Toilet(s)?: Yes, basis toilet facilities.

Shower(s)?: No.

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 5 Koonalda Homestead - Coodlie Park

The majestic Nullarbor cliffs, the famous wombat/camel/kangaroo road sign are some of the sights today. At the Head of the Bight we stop to take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs where Australia suddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean. If travelling between June and September it is very likely you will get to see some giants of the ocean, the Southern Right Whales. A pod of about 100 whales come every year to this area to give birth to whale calves. There is no need for a boat trip as the whales come right close to the sheer drop of the cliffs and use the sheltered waters below as their resting spot. This is a truly spellbinding sight and difficult to tear yourself away from these creatures as they breach, roll and tail slap just off the shore below.

We stop at the Wombat/Camel/Kangaroo sign and you can have your picture taken with Australia’s signature post card. We drive onto the Nullarbor Plain and across the dingo fence while travelling through Yalata Aboriginal lands. In the afternoon we are heading to the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre. Here you will learn more about the different styles and meaning behind many forms of Indigenous art.

Having a short stop at Streaky Bay for any supplies and onto Murphies Haystacks, incredible granite rock formations sculptured by the weather over millions of years.

Then later in the afternoon we arrive at Coodlie Park bush camp. This working farm has traditional cropping, sheep and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions

Tonight we swag camp in swag huts at Coodlie Park Bush camp.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Yes, limited eco showers.

Recharging available?: Limited recharging available.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 6 Coodlie Park - Baird Bay

This morning for those who have put their names down to learn to surf ($40 optional extra paid at the beach) at sceales Bay. Those not wishing to part take in a great Aussie activity are free to roam the beach or simply veg out . lunch will be at Baird Bay before we board the vessel to swim with the ever cheeky and playful sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay. A pristine coast line and sanctuary for a multitude of land and sea animals. This outsource adventure done by Baird Bay eco tours is an optional experience ($195 p.p.). It is a 3-4 hour tour that will remain a beautiful memory for the rest of your life.

We then head for Talia and the Lake Newland Sand dunes to go sandboarding.

Tonight we swagcamp in swaghuts at Coodlie Park Bushcamp.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Yes, limited eco showers.

Recharging available?: Limited recharging available.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 7 Coodlie Park - Mikkira Station

This morning we travel on toward Elliston to do the great ocean tourist drive and a last look at the amazing cliffs of the bight at Locks Well, 378 steps to the beach. Travelling on to Port Lincoln to have lunch at time to wander around and check out this lovely little town for a couple of hours.

 Mikkira Station is where we camp on a private campground with Koalas in nearly every tree.  We have time to go for a walk around the property to see some Giant Yakkas and see if you can find some koalas in the Manna Gum..

Tonight we swagcamp on Mikkira Station.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Very limited shower facilities.

Recharging available?: No. 

Phone reception?: Limited phone reception.

Day 8 Port Lincoln - Port Neill.

For some, today is an extreme adrenalin day! Those that dare come face to face with the Great White Shark on a day tour this is an optional experience ($395 p.p $100 extra to enter the cage) which includes a video highlights of your experience. Up at 5.30 am to board the vessel by 6.30 am.

For those not wishing to be quite so extreme, we head out to Whalers Way Conservation Park for some spectacular and stunning coastlines. If we are lucky we will see some kangaroos and emus in this privately owned Flora and Fauna Reserve. This drive is followed by a walk in the Lincoln National park and to have a relaxed lunch and maybe a swim, then a visit to Glen Forest Wildlife Park and visit the wildlife you saw on the Nullarbor up close. You even get to hand feed some of the animals.

Tonight we swag camp at Port Neill.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Yes.

Recharging available?: Limited recharging available. 

Phone reception?: Limited phone reception.

Day 9 Port Neill - Adelaide

We head through Whyalla and into Port Augusta and the Wadlata Cultural Centre that helps provide answers to the many questions about the formation of the Nullarbor, Flinders Rangers, and the formation of Australia as a continent. It also takes you on an interpretative walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers. After lunch we hit the road again and head for South Australia’s capital city Adelaide.

Your prebooked accommodation tonight.

  • Please book your Adealaide accommodation before you start this tour.
  • As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Adelaide after your tour until the Saturday

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. Soft drink, snacks 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)

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.  

Maximum Number 18 Passengers

Departs: Sundays

Pick up locations and times: 6.50am from the YHA Perth at 300 Wellington Street till further notice

Passengers are advised to arrive 15 minutes before departure.

Arrival: Monday +/- 7.00 pm, Adelaide. As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Adelaide after your tour until the Tuesday.

Optional Experiences:

Swim with sea lions and dolphins $195 p.p.
Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($150 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. Bairds bay is a very sheltered bay on the Eyre Peninsula and passengers board 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.We will need to know your intentions upon booking to give updated numbers to the operator. Payment is done on the day to the operator

Cage dive with great white sharks $395 p.p.$100 extra to enter the cage
Calypso Star (wetsuit and DVD highlight package included) The first one day shark tour in Australia - all meals and drinks are included. Sharks are easily visible from the boat and each person will spend a minimum of 30 minutes in the actual cage. When booked through Nullarbor Traveller - a wetsuit and video highlights package is also included in the price (normal value $75). This tour needs to be booked and paid before your tour departure as in high season it books out early.

learn to Surf $40 cash  paid at the beach on the day. This activity will not proceed unless number are over 4

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