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Nullarbor Traveller: 10 day/9 night Adelaide to Perth

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

The journey between Adelaide and Perth is recognized as one of the world’s great road journeys but it is the wildlife which is the key to this unique camping adventure!
Swim with Sea lions and Dolphins, relax on the beach with some Kangaroos and be amazed at the power and strength of the World’s largest bird – the Wedge Tailed Eagle.
With meals taken care of, unique camping locations and accommodation sorted, expert guides with local knowledge and plenty of unique adventures - this is truly an Adventure to wild places!
It is a journey to be enjoyed and not rushed!

What's included:

  • 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 - bring your own)
  • All national park entry fees
  • Overnight camping fees
  • All Activities (unless stated as Optional Experience in the itinerary)

 

Tour Highlights Includes:

* Explore the Flinders Ranges with some bushwalks

* Swim with the Australian Sealions and Dolphins (OE: $150 p.p.)

* Travel through the true Nullarbor and see the Great Australian Bight Take a picture at Australia's most famous roadsign! The one and only sign with the Camel, Wombat and Kangaroo

* Visit Cape Le Grand National Park, where the kangaroos are relaxing on the beach

* See the Stirling Ranges and climb Frenchmen's Peak with a stunning view as reward

* Climb the Fire Tree Lookout

* Do the Tree Top Walk and walk through an ancient forest

* Experience the Aboriginal Culture with the Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Cultural Experience

* Explore the Ngilgi cave and experience stunning stalactite, stalagmite, helicitite and shawl formations.

* We could say visit, but instead we want you to taste Margaret River area that offers delicious wines, cheeses, chocolates, ice-creams and more!

 

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

Camping: The tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. All camping equipment necessary for your tour will be provided by Nullarbor Traveller, excluding a sleeping bag - bring your own.

What To Bring: Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, walking shoes, swimmers, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, warm jacket and waterproof jacket. Bags are restricted to 15 kg in 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.
 
 

10-Day Adelaide to Perth - Itinerary

Day 1 Adelaide - Flinders Ranges National Park

Journey into the rustic, rugged gorges, abandoned homesteads and Red Gums of the Southern Flinders Ranges. With a break at Clare for those that were unable to get their morning fix of coffee/tea we take a small break to do so. We then head north to one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, the Flinders Ranges, where we venture to the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk through the narrows and onto the terraces formed from an ancient seabed. Look for and feel the ripples of the sand still there in the rock today.


After lunch we make our way along the eastern edge of the range towards Warren Gorge, stopping for a break in Quorn. Quorn is home to the Pichi Richi Railway, which played an important role in linking the different gauges of railway line crossing the continent. It wasn’t until 1970 that the Indian-Pacific (Transcontinental) made its first unbroken run from Sydney to Perth. By 1980 the Pichi Richi line was obsolete. We stop at Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park where we take the time to walk to the top of the range. Named by Mathew Flinders in 1802 for it’s resemblance of a Dutch sailing ship, this spectacular walk is a great way to finish the day and gives us our first real look to the West.

As the sun is setting and while your evening meal is being prepared, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Warren gorge in the Flinders Ranges. It is here that you will get the opportunity to see a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby, almost driven to extinction by introduced “Feral” animals, at Warren Gorge they are beginning to “Bounce Back!”

Tonight we swagbushcamp at Warren Gorge.

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

Shower(s)?: No.

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.


Day 2 Flinders Ranges National Park – Coodlie Park (Eyre Peninsula)

The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great secrets many people have not yet discovered. Teeming with some of Australia's most amazing and outstanding real wildlife experiences, the lack of a major airport and too far to drive for most domestic travellers, this piece of paradise is one that only those who have been, can give that knowing smile of discovery of a very special place indeed.

Back on the road we pass through Port Augusta and onto Kimba. If you are lucky you might be able to spot the biggest galah you have ever seen! We will have lunch at Kimba and then we head for Talia Caves, a walk across Venus Bay and the Lake Newland Sand dunes to go sandboarding.

In the afternoon we arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat. This working farm has traditional cropping, sheep and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions. Tonight you could be sharing a meal with the bus coming from Perth.

Tonight we swagcamp in swaghuts at Coodlie Park Bushcamp.
Toilet(s)?: Yes.
Shower(s)?: Limited eco showers.
Recharging available?: Limited recharging available. 
Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 3 Coodlie Park – The Nullarbor

This morning we head out 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 ($150 p.p.). It is a 3-4 hour tour that will remain a beautiful memory for the rest of your life.

Having had lunch at the picnic spot at Bairds, we head out to Streaky Bay. At Streaky Bay we will stop for a photo moment with a replica of the biggest white shark ever found on the coast of Streaky Bay. We will then continue our journey to the true Nullarbor.

Tonight we swagcamp at Shelly Beach Campground.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Yes.

Recharging available?: Limited recharging available. 

Phone reception?: Yes there is phone reception.

 

Day 4 The Great Australian Bight - The Nullarbor

Today we blend one of the world’s great road trips with the chance of more wildlife encounters. The Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight are two of Australia’s icons. Today we are heading into some of the remotest parts on the planet.

We cross the dingo fence, which runs a staggering 5320km from the Bight through to Southern Queensland and head through the Yalata Aboriginal lands. We stop and have your picture taken with the famous wombat, camel and kangaroo road sign, a photo of which has become the metaphor for those who like to really get out there.

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 October 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. After lunch at the border where we must hand over all of our fruit and vegetables we travel on to Eucla and see the way the desert can devour an entire town and head west across Australia's great plain. ..

Tonight you get an IMAX sized version of the great southern night sky. People say the sky in Australia looks bigger than elsewhere. 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 :).
Shower(s)?: No.
Recharging available?: No.
Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 5 The Nullarbor – Esperance – Cape Le Grand National Park

Settle in for a big days drive across the plain. During one of the stops we will come across Belladonia. Where you can read the fascinating story of Skylab at Balladonia. We drive further towards Norseman. Norseman is a small, sprawling town driven by mining and tourism and dominated by a huge tailings dump. We will have lunch at a look out, take in the fascinating view of Norseman.

After lunch we will be heading to Esperance. When in Esperance, the town can seem like a huge metropolis after five days out in the remoteness of the desert plain. 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.

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.

Days 6 Cape Le Grand National Park

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.
Get up early this morning and take a walk down to the beach. You might even encounter a kangaroo on the beach - it doesn't get any more Aussie than that!
Today we stretch our legs with a coastal bush walk, which gives us a great overview of the bays and beaches and a stunning views to the islands of the Recherche Archipelago.
After the coastal bush walk we will have some lunch 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 another night at Cape Le Grand National Park.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

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

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

 

Day 7 Cape Le Grand National Park - Stirling Ranges

We are starting the morning with a hike at Frenchmen's Peak. Frenchman's Peak rewards you with a stunning view. After the hike we will head to the Stirling Ranges to explore the Central South/West of Western Australia. Leaving the aptly named Lucky Bay behind, you'll be pleased to know that you haven't used up all your luck, this part of WA has variety of different eco systems and each has something special to offer.

At Lucky Bay we will have lunch and we leave the day flexible as to which park we will visit depending on the time of year and wether. We might seek out an abundance of wildflowers in the spring or a forested area with flowing rivers and waterfalls in the heat of the summer. Everywhere has its greatness at some point in the year and that is where we will take you whatever time you choose to travel.

 

Tonight we swagcamp on a private camping ground in the Stirling Ranges.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

Shower(s)?: Yes.

Recharging available?: Limited recharging available.

Phone reception?: No phone reception.

 

Day 8 South West of Western Australia

See the Western Australia’s version of the Great Ocean Road by seeing how the waves have an artistry all of their own when it comes to sculpture of the coast. Nature has down its amazing best on the coastline nearby Albany sculpting the granite into incredible formations that will have you reaching for your camera time and again. The Natural Bridge and The Gap are just two of the highlights.

Towering old growth forests once dominated the landscape of the South West and we get high in the treetops to explore this beautiful eco system. The tingle forests once dominated this area. Their ability to grow hugely tall and amazingly straight made them targets for the emerging timber industry. Thankfully many areas are now protected after a long and bitter struggle between conservation and economic factors and you get to experience the majesty of the forest in the Valley of the Giants. We take a tree top walk through the canopy of these huge trees almost 60m up in the air.

Then we head off to Shannons National Park for our overnight stay.


Tonight we swag camp at Shannons National Park.

Toilet(s)?: Yes.

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

Recharging available?: No.

Phone reception?: Limited phone reception.

 

Day 9 Margaret River

We visit The Diamond tree for an early morning climb. Then onto the Margret River region.

After leaving the Forestry areas we head back towards the ocean and the delicious temptations of Margaret River and surrounding area.

Then it is off to our last campsite of the tour, listening to the Black Cockatoos and Kookaburras one last time!

Tonight we swag camp at Big Valley Campground.
Toilet(s)?: Yes.
Shower(s)?: Yes.
Recharging available?: Limited recharge available.
Phone reception?: No phone reception.

Day 10 Margaret River - Perth

An early morning stop is made at Yallingup's Surfers Paradise. We finish our 4000km road trip by heading up the Western coast. We visit Ngilgi caves, one of the big show caves of the region to get the low-down on the underground world. See the crystalline features of the stalagmites and stalactites up close and personal. We then get some insight from real experts on the country, the local Aboriginal people. This is a great opportunity to find out about the changes that have happened in the local environment and get a totally different perspective on the culture of the South West.

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.

Your prebooked accommodation tonight.

 

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

Departure: Wednesday

Pick up locations and times: 6.45 YHA Adelaide at 135 Waymouth Street, 6.55am, Adelaide Bus Station at 85 Franklin Street

Passengers are advised to arrive 15 minutes before departure.

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

Departure Dates:

*December 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st 2014

*January 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 2015

*February 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 2015

*March 11th & 25th 2015

*April 8th & 22nd 2015

*May 6th 2015

*September 9th & 23rd 2015

*Ocotober 7th & 21st 2015

*November 4th & 18th 2015

* December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30st 2015

*Jauary 6th , 13th, 20st & 27th 2016

*February 10th & 24th 2016

* March 9th & 23rd 2016

 

 

Optional Experience: 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.