Nullarbor Traveller Perth to Adelaide Camping Adventure

Nullarbor Traveller
Perth to Adelaide Camping Adventure

$1,595.00

This 9 day, 4000km road trip travels through some of Australia’s most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Get off the beaten track and discover rugged coastlines, ancient mountain ranges, white sandy beaches, old growth forests and real Aussie outback. Encounter abundant native wildlife including some of the planets best aquatic wildlife experiences having the opportunity to swim with wild sealions and dolphins, and shark cage dive with Great Whites.



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Starts: Perth WA, Australia
Ends: Adelaide SA, Australia

Get adventurous hiking through beautiful national parks, learning to surf and sandboarding huge dunes. Be connected with nature sleeping under the under stars around the campfire with your new friends. This is the real and untouched Australia, let our local expert guides show you all the highlights and some hidden gems as well.

Highlights

• Wave Rock and Fitzgerald River World Biosphere Region • Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure • Esperance and its white sandy beaches • Koonalda Homestead & Nullarbor National Park • Learn to surf lesson & sandboarding adventure • Frenchmans Peak hike • South Australia’s wild Eyre Peninsula • Shark cage dive with Great Whites (OE) • Swim with wild Sea Lions & Dolphins (OE)

What’s Included

• All National Park and entry fees • All activities unless stated as optional extra (Swim with Sealion & Dolphins $170pp) • Meals – 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners • Accommodation -Bush camp (no facilities) 1 night, camping (with basic facilities) 8 nights • Transport – Air-conditioned Minibus (max 20 people) • Expert local guide

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 – Perth to Fitzgerald River National Park**

Our adventure begins as we travel east from Perth over the Darling Ranges with our first coffee break in the historic township of York, WA’s oldest inland town. A bit more driving and you’ll be eating lunch in the shadow of Wave Rock. By late afternoon, we’ll have arrived in Fitzgerald River National Park, an internationally recognised world biosphere.

This is our biggest day of driving travelling around 10 hours with stops along the way. Walking time is about an hour. Tonight we swag camp at Fitzgerald River National Park which has toilet but no shower facilities. Lunch and dinner are provided.

Day 2 – Fitzgerald River to Cape Le Grand National Park

Begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt Baron, one of the three quartzite peaks that make up the Barren Ranges. Legs stretched, we’ll take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee break and mosey around. Then get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery with this part of WA having no less than 9 National Parks where we camp at the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. The ocean here is practically transparent, the local western grey ‘roos are regularly sunbaking on the beach and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest.

Enjoy a free afternoon here and how you spend it is wholly up to you. Set out on a coastal bushwalk, splash about in the sea, fiddle around with your camera aperture or just kick back with your new buds along the beach. Today we travel 2.5 hours with stops along the way. Walking time is about 3 hours and you’ll be swag camping with toilet and shower facilities at Cape Le Grand. All meals are provided.

Day 3 – Cape Le Grand to The Nullarbor

If you didn’t a chance to spot any roo’s yesterday, early morning’s a prime time to potter down to the beach and see what’s hopping about before our early morning hike up Frenchman’s Peak which has stunning views across the inlets and islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Then we’ll take a stunning coastal drive stopping at some of the regions most breathtaking beaches including Twilight Cove before heading to the outback town of Norseman for lunch and hit the Eyre Highway to start our journey east bound. Tonight you will get an IMAX version of the great southern sky where you’ll be left speechless by the show of constellations and shooting stars.

Today’s driving time is about 5 hours and walking about 1 hour. Tonight we bush camp (no facilities) under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor and all your meals are provided.

Day 4 – The Nullabor & Koonalda Homestead

Driving’s the name of the game today (we’ve got 500 kilometres of the world’s longest stretch of straight road to cover!). Today will certainly give you a sense of the sheer size of this vast and ancient land. The name ‘Nullarbor’ is derived from the Latin for ‘No Trees’, so vegetation is one thing you shouldn’t expect to see today.

We’ll make a stop at Eucla, an old telegraph township now mostly buried beneath sand dunes, then call in for a night’s camping at Koonalda Homestead in the Nullarbor National Park. This unique camp site was originally a sheep shearing station and fuel and rest stop for people travelling along the Nullarbor in the 1950s. Abandoned in the 1970’s the site became somewhat of a car graveyard with old cars left behind, broken down on the Nullarbor Plain. A photographers dream!

Travel time today is about 6 hours and once again be prepared to be bedazzled by the wonders of the southern skies. Koonalda Homestead provides toilets but no showers and all meals are cooked up for you again today.

Day 5 – Great Australian Bight & Coodlie Park

Stops for today include the highway’s famous Camels/Kangaroos/Wombats Crossing road sign and the Bunda Cliffs, where the Nullarbor Plain drops dramatically into the Southern Ocean. Running for approximately 200 kilometres along the Great Australian Bight, this is the world’s longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs.

We’ll cross the Dingo Fence – at 5,614 kilometres, the world’s longest fence – and enter the Yalata Aboriginal lands. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre, where you’ll hear a bit about the styles and meanings of Indigenous artwork. After stocking up on supplies in Streaky Bay, we’ll arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, our home base, where company owner Hassie will cook up a delicious BBQ feast and you’ll share stories with travellers from our other tour around the campfire, before spending the night in a unique little swag hut. You’ll also get to use a unique eco bucket shower which is oddly enough quite fun!

Today we travel for about 8 hours with stops along the way and all meals are included.

Day 6 – Coodlie Park & the Eyre Peninsula

Today is a day filled with ocean-based adventure! This morning you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the calm and sheltered waters of Baird Bay. 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. Those who choose to stay dry will have the morning at their leisure.

Following a picnic lunch on the beach we’ll hit the waters again doing a learn to surf lesson with Sceale Bay Surf School on a remote and pristine beach. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore. Tonight we’ll stay back at Coodlie Park in the swag huts, drive for about 3 hours today, walk about 1, with some swimming if you choose to as well.

We drive for about 3 hours today. Hours walked is about 1, with some swimming if you choose to as well.

Day 7 – Mikkira Station & Port Lincoln

This morning test out your sand boarding skills in the Lake Newland Conservation Park sand dunes then explore the spectacular Eyre Peninsula coastline visiting Talia Caves before heading to Port Lincoln – the Seafood Capital of Australia.

Enjoy delicious lunch on the foreshore and afterwards have some free time to check out the town before making the short drive on to our campsite in Mikkira Station which is home to a wild koala population. Tonight you’ll go to sleep under the koala filled trees and wake to the now familiar sounds of native birdlife.

Driving is about 3 hours and walking time is about 2 hours. Mikkira Station which has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included.

Day 8 – Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable

Today you are offered two very different itineraries depending on your love affair with fear! If you are seeking a major adrenalin rush you can choose the optional experience of Shark Cage Diving with Great White Sharks. Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia and one of only five in the world you can come face to face with this incredible creature. This is a full day tour which costs $395 + a $125 or $125 water entry fee.

If you choose not to shark cage dive then your day is still action packed. Visit Lincoln National Park, which features some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia. Travel along Whalers Way coastal drive to see breathtaking coastline and some of the oldest rocks in Australia and you’ll be spotting abundant native Australian wildlife such as emus and kangaroos in the sanctuary.

We visit Wadlata Cultural Centre and have an interpretive walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers of South Australia. We’ll pick up any people returning from the Shark Cage Dive and then head to Mt. Remarkable National Park to set up camp for the night. Depending on which itinerary you chose we’ll drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp In Mt. Remarkable National Park which has showers and toilets.

Day 9 – Mt Remarkable to Adelaide

This morning we’ll embark on our last hike of the tour – Davey’s Gully Walk in Mt Remarkable National Park, before hitting the road back to Adelaide and travelling through some of South Australia quant country towns.

Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. You’ll get your breakfast and lunch and although there are no formal activities planned it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on their 9-day adventure together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense). There’s no accommodation provided tonight so please make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure.

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

OPTIONAL EXTRA’S 

While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food and entry and national park fees, there are a few optional extra activities that we leave up to the passenger to decide if they want to do.    

*SWIM WITH SEA LIONS & DOLPHINS ($170 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 $170 on the day of activity

*Shark Cage Diving with Calypso Star Charters *                    $395pp + $100 on board payment

Calypso Star Charters was the first one day shark tour in Australia and offers passengers the chance to get up close and personal with one the planets most feared creatures, the Great White Shark. Take a 2.5 hours cruise out to the Neptune Islands on this full day tour spending a minimum of 45 minutes in the cage with 7 other adrenalin junkies.

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea.  Nullarbor Traveller passengers receive a photo pack valued at $30.

Please keep in mind

These tours are separate to the Nullarbor Traveller and therefore the terms and conditions of each of these companies apply.  Weather can play an important part in the operations of these tours and occasionally a tour may be cancelled which is beyond our control.  If that is the case you will be provided a full refund.

The operators of the Shark Cage tour are unable to guarantee a shark sighting as they are after all wild animals.  In the unlikely event that a shark is not seen a return at half price gift voucher is provided to each person.

 

Terms & Conditions

Nullarbor Traveller reserves the right to cancel or amend tours and tour prices.Nullarbor Traveller reserves the right to substitute vehicles or change itinerary wherever necessary to ensure the operation of the tour. No refund will be paid if different itinerary is offered. Some activities are run by independent operators and Nullarbor Traveller cannot be held responsible if they are not available at any time.Due to the extreme isolation and price fluctuations throughout the journey, a fuel levy may be implemented. Notification of this levy will be advised to passengers at the time of booking. No liability will be accepted for injury, sickness, loss, damage or delay however caused. Nullarbor Traveller highly recommends that the passengers take out travel insurance, and cannot guarantee connection with any other service or operation. Nullarbor Traveller reserves the right to refuse to carry or continue to carry any passenger, luggage or goods.

In addition to WTC’s terms and conditions; Nullarbor Traveller Cancellation Policy: Cancellations within 7 days of the start date incur a 100% fee. Between 7 and 14 days incur a 50% fee.Between 14 and 365 days incur a 20% fee. http://thetraveller.net.au/essential-info/

 

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