Nullarbor Traveller: 9-Day Perth to Adelaide Adventure Tour
- Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
- Product code: PA9
This extraordinary 9-day adventure across Southern Australia will take you off the beaten track to discover untouched and pristine landscapes. Bring out your adventurous side hiking, learning to surf and sandboarding. Swim at Australia’s best beaches. Walk amongst ancient forests. Experience the outback, crossing the mighty Nullarbor. The scenery is mind-blowing and the wildlife encounters are next level. Swim with wild sea lions and dolphins. Meet the kangaroos of Esperance, the koalas of Mikkira, and come face-to-face with a majestic great white shark. Feel connected with nature, sleeping under the stars of the Milky Way and sharing campfire stories with like-minded travellers.
- The weird and wonderful Wave Rock
- Discover Cape Le Grand National Park and its friendly kangaroos
- Step back in time at Koonalda Homestead in the Nullarbor National Park
- Learn-to-surf lesson and sandboarding adventure
- Feel inspired after incredibly rewarding hikes
- Discover South Australia’s best kept secret – the Eyre Peninsula
- Come face-to-face with a majestic great white shark (OE)
- Swim with wild sea lions and dolphins (OE) Paid on the day of activity to Baird Bay Eco tours
- All National Park and entry fees
- All activities unless stated as optional extra (OE)
- Meals – 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
- Accommodation – Swag camping - Bush camp (no facilities) 1 night, camping (with basic facilities) 7 nights
- Transport – Air-conditioned minibus (max 20 people)
- Expert local guide
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, swag camp at Fitzgerald River National Park, which has toilet but no shower facilities.
Day 2 – Fitzgerald River to Cape Le Grand National Park
Begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt Baron. Legs stretched, take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee and mosey around. Then get ready for some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery as we make our way towards Esperance. Set up camp in one of Western Australia most spectacular National Parks, Cape Le Grand, iconic for its sunbathing kangaroos. Enjoy a free afternoon here to set out on a hike, get your kangaroo selfie, or just kick back with your new buds on the beach.
Today 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.
Day 3 – Cape Le Grand to The Nullarbor
It’s time for an epic early morning hike up Frenchman Peak. Mind blown, it’s time to jump back on the bus and enjoy a stunning coastal drive, stopping at some of the region’s most stunning beaches. We’ll lunch in the outback town of Norseman, and then hit the Eyre Highway to start the journey east bound.
Tonight, you will be left speechless by the show of constellations and shooting stars as you bush camp (no facilities) on the Nullarbor. Today’s driving time is about 5 hours.
Day 4 – The Nullarbor & 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. 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 campsite was originally a sheep shearing station and fuel and rest stop for people travelling along the Nullarbor in the 1950s. Abandoned in the 1970s, 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.
Day 5 – Great Australian Bight & Coodlie Park
Stops for today include the famous Camels/Kangaroos/Wombats Crossing road sign and the Bunda Cliffs, where Australia drops dramatically into the Southern Ocean. Stretching for approximately 200 kilometres along the Great Australian Bight, this is the world’s longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs and an epic coastal lookout.
Cross the Dingo Fence – at 5,614 kilometres, it is the world’s longest fence – and enter the Yalata Aboriginal lands. In the afternoon 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. A shared BBQ feast with travellers going from Adelaide to Perth. Share stories around the campfire before rolling out your swag in a unique swag hut. You’ll also get to use a rather cool eco shower. Today we travel for about 8 hours with stops along the way.
Day 6 – Baird Bay & Mikkira Station
This morning you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and magical dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the calm and sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This tour is operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours and is an optional experience. At only $180, it will be a memory you’ll treasure forever. To be paid on the day directly to Baird Bay Eco tours.
Those who choose to stay on land will travel to Point Labatt Conservation Park, the only place on the mainland where Australian seal pups can be seen learning to swim, play and rest on the beach.
After lunch, it’s off to Lake Newland Conservation Park where you will test out your sand boarding skills in some massive sand dunes. Needing a rest, it’s back on the bus to travel to our campsite at Mikkira Station. Home to a wild koala population, tonight you’ll sleep under the koala-filled gum trees. How Aussie is that!
Drive time today is approximately 4.5 hours with stops along the way.
Day 7 – Port Lincoln & Mikkira Station
Today you are offered two very different itineraries. Those who love aquatic wildlife, and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush, can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. There are two operators offering different types of experiences: From staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub, to the more extreme option of entering the cage. Prices range from $350 to $564 depending on your choice. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ for more information.
If you choose to stay on land, then you will be exploring the Eyre Peninsula’s amazing coastal scenery. From the wild and rugged Whalers Way, to the white, sandy beaches of Coffin Bay National Park. After lunch on the foreshore at Coffin Bay, we’ll head into Port Lincoln, also known as ‘Australia’s Seafood Capital’. Explore and enjoy some free time before picking up the rest of the group and heading back to the friendly koalas at Mikkira Station, where we camp for a second night.
Drive time today is about 2.5 hours, unless you are doing the sharks experience in which case it is only 1 hour.
Day 8 – Port Lincoln to Mt. Remarkable
Surfing is a way of life in Australia, so today you’ll pull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson with Xtreme Kite & Paddle. The calm and turquoise waters of Fisheries Bay in Port Lincoln are the perfect place to Hang 10! Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore.
After lunch, it’s onwards to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges and Mt. Remarkable National Park. We’ll set up camp for the night at Mambray Creek and then head out to see the abundant native wildlife that call this region home.
Drive time today is 4.5 and we camp at 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 through Davey’s Gully. Back on the bus we’ll head towards Adelaide but not before travelling through some quaint country towns. South Australia is well known for its world-class wine and our last stop of the tour will be for lunch and wine tasting in the picturesque Clare Valley. Cheers to that.
Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure wraps up on arrival in Adelaide. Although there are no formal activities planned, it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on our 9-day adventure 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.
While everything on our tours is included in the price, there are two optional extra activities on this tour that we leave up to you to decide if you would like to do. These are both very popular activities, so we highly recommend securing your place at time of booking.
Please keep in mind; These tours are operated by third parties and separate to Nullarbor Traveller. 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.
Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($180pp) Paid on the day to the operator
This is an amazing experience and highlight of the tour. The interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at the beautiful and sheltered Baird Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, will leave you breathless. Board the 14-seater boat for a short ride to our first stop, where you’ll swim with sea lions. This takes place in approximately two metres of water. It is a natural experience and the sea lions come into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us.
After this, head further out into the bay to swim with the majestic bottlenose dolphins. This happens in four metres of water but is still within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours and a wetsuit and snorkel equipment are included. To be paid on the day directly to Baird Bay Eco tours.
Great White Shark Experiences in Port Lincoln
Adventure Bay Charters From $389pp - $564pp
This is Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour. Sustainable and responsible, Adventure Bay Charters use rock music to attract the sharks, which also makes for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks and the cage divers whilst staying dry! If you are feeling brave you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks, from within the safety of the cage.
This full day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30am and returns at 6.30pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images, which they will email to you within a couple of days.
- Full Day Tour/Aqua Sub Access - $350pp (at time of booking)
- Cage Dive - $175pp (paid on board)
- $39 ‘Department of Environment Fee’ is payable on the day regardless of which option you choose (payed at reception)
If you opt to enter the cage but do not see any Great White Sharks you will not pay the $175 Cage Entry fee, just the $350 + $39.
Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving $532pp
Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only one-day Shark Cage Diving South Australian tour operator who is permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience.
The full days charter boards at 6.30am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment is supplied and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.
Please note the $532 rate is inclusive of a $37 Department of Environment Fee.
On days of nil sightings of White Sharks, all guests will be refunded $100 and provided a $200 voucher off a future tour.
Meals: Please advise of any special dietary requirements at time of booking. We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.
Camping: Our tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. People do need to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and be able to cope with extreme weather conditions if travelling in the peak of summer. Camping on this tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds and bush camps (no facilities).
Swags: When camping, we use individual swags. Swags are ‘Aussie Bed Rolls’ made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. Passengers need to provide their own sleeping bag and pillow to insert into the swag.
Our wet weather option is a 3-person dome tent which are shared by 2 people, but these are only provided in the case of heavy rain.
Fitness: A good level of fitness is required, and you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 kilometres on some days. This may involve rough ground and perhaps getting wet.
Changes to Itinerary: Our experienced guides will tailor activities on seasonal conditions throughout the year to maximise your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will be made with serious consideration and passengers’ best interest and safety as our number one priority.
What to bring: Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch or head torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to bring snacks for the bus in your day bag.
Luggage Restrictions: Bags are restricted to 1 × 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.