From AUD $1,695.00
- Duration: 10 Days (approx.)
- Product code: NU10
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 sea lions 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 wild Sea Lions & Dolphins
- Learn to surf lesson & sandboarding adventure
- Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure
- Explore the ancient forests of South West WA
- Engage in indigenous culture at Koomal Dreaming
- Taste your way around the Margaret River region
- Relax & swim in some of Australia’s best beaches
- Castle Rock and Frenchmans Peak hikes
What is included in the ticket price?
- Meals – 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
- Transport – Minibus – air-conditioned mini coach with a maximum of 21 passengers
- Accommodation – Bush camp (no facilities) 3 nights, Camping (with basic facilities) 6 nights
- All National Park entry fees
- All Activities (excluding Swim with Sea lions $180pp)
Day 1 – Adelaide to FlindersRanges National Park
Headed north we’ll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the ancient southern FlindersRanges. So unique are the fossils found in this landscape, geologists had to revise the geologic time-line of theEarth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period! Hike Alligator Gorge where we’ll have lunchand 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 – Flinders Ranges & the Eyre Peninsula
Its an early morning start for the incredible Dutchmans Stern hike, then travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, one of Australia’s best kept secrets. See some unique outback silo art in the tiny town of Kimba and after a quickpit stop for lunch, it’s time to head to the coast to explore Venus Bay, Talia Caves.
Hassie will cook up a delicious BBQ feast at our home base Coodlie Park and you’ll share stories with travellers from our other tour around the campfire before spending the night in a unique little swag hut.
Today we drive approx. 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way and all meals are included and bucket shower and toilet facilities are available.
Day 3 – Baird Bay & Penong
Just up the road from Coodlie Park lies Baird Bay, an environment famed for its watery wildlife. This morning you’ll get the option to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise. This outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours is an optional experience and at only $170 will be one an experience you will treasure forever.
Following a picnic lunch on the beach, we’ll continue driving along the coast to then do a learn to surf lesson on a remote and pristine beach. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore Sceale Bay while the others test their surf skills.
After dinner have the chance to experience some country hospitality and meet the locals when we visit the Penong Pub for a nightcap. Today we drive approx 5 hours, in total with stops along the way and camp at Penong which is famous for its dozens of windmills which pump the local water supply from a large underground basin. All meals included.
Day 4 – The Nullarbor & The Great Australian Bight
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, see jaw droppingscenery at the longest continuous cliff coast line in the Southern Hemisphere, the spectacular Bunda Cliffs or “Edge of Australia”.
Stop at the iconic Nullarbor Roadhouse, explore the ruins of an old telegraph station and come arvo cross the border into WA where tonight’s free entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere. Tonight we bush camp (no facilities) under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor and all your meals are provided.
Day 5 – The Nullarbor to Cape Le Grand National Park
Another early rise this morning as we travel the last part of the Nullarbor visiting the Caiguna Blowhole for some free air conditioning from the ocean. With their planetary sounding names and strewn about space junk, the small towns of Balladonia and Norseman have a slightly intergalactic atmosphere about them. Balladonia shot to worldwide fame in 1979 when the Skylab space station returned to earth here rather abruptly. After lunch we continue the drive to Esperance, which may seem like a bustling metropolis after a couple of days in the outback.
After another reasonably big drive day, get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery with this part of WA having no less than 9 National Parks and some of the best beaches in the world. We’ll set up camp in the spectacular Cape Le Grand National Park where you also have showers facilities. All meals 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 its not because today you’ll wake up in one of Australia’s best known and most spectacular National Parks. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect its absolute beauty. The ocean here is practically transparent, thelocal western grey ‘roos are regularly sunbaking on the beach and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. So beautiful is this park we will be spending the whole day here exploring, swimming, bushwalking and you’ll also have some free time to do whatever you please.
We drive approx 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours. You will have shower facilities and all meals included.
Day 7 – Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges
Head down to the beach nice and early to make friends with some of the local kangaroo’s then we’ll be hiking Frenchman’s Peak, where beautiful vistas 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 onwardsdrive to our Stirling Ranges campsite at Mount Trio.
We drive for about 4 hours today, and walk for two hours. We camp in a private campground in the Stirling Ranges where you have shower and toilet facilities and even limited phone charging! All meals included.
Day 8 – Stirling Ranges & South West Coast
Today’s an early start as we visit the oldest mountain range in the world, the unique Porongurups which rise from the landscape like an island. Set out on a two-hour hike through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock which is a bit of a climb but worth every bit of effort as you are rewarded with breathtaking views over the region. Then traveling along Western Australia’s answer to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, you’ll be treated to superb views of sun-bleached boulders, turquoise seas and dramatic red-rock cliffs shaped by eons of crashing waves and rolling tides. Visit the Gap, Natural Bridge, Elephant Rocks and Green Pools for a swim in a sheltered swim and then a stop at the largest Tingle Tree in Western Australia.
It is just over 5 hours from Lucky Bay to the Stirling Ranges, with stops along the way. Tonight, we swag camp at a Quinnup Caravan Park with shower and toilet facilities and all meals are provided.
Day 9 – Walpole & Margaret River
Discover the pristine wilderness region of Walpole and if feeling brave you can climb the 50 metre Diamond Tree, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout and only 1 of 3 wooden top towers in the world. Next it’s time tantalise those tastebuds as we spend the rest of the day tasting our way around the Margaret River region visiting boutique wineries, breweries, a chocolate factory and a cheese factory, sampling as we go. Cheers to that.
Today we drive approx 5 hours making stops along the way. Tonight, we swag camp at a camp ground with shower and toilet facilities with all meals are provided. There is even limited phone charging here.
Day 10 – Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the trip you’ll wake to the now-familiar warble of kookaburras and cockatoos before heading to Dunsborough where you’ll meet Wardandi custodian Josh, who will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culturewith his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable didgeridoo caveexperience, taste native foods, discover bush medicine and experience traditional fire lighting on this unique indigenous cultural experience.
As our 10 day adventure draws to an end as we have our final lunch and swim 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 see’s us arriving into Perth around 6pm 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).
Today we drive approx. 4 hours and please make sure you have booked your Perth accommodation prior to departure.
Optional ExperiencesThere 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 $160 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 individuals 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.