Nullarbor Traveller: 10-Day Adelaide to Perth Adventure Tour
- Duration: 10 Days (approx.)
- Product code: PAP10
This epic 10-day road trip takes you off the beaten track to travel through some of Australia’s most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Discover footprint-free beaches, ancient forests, rugged coastlines, mountain ranges, and the vast outback. Encounter abundant native wildlife, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with wild sea lions and dolphins. Get adventurous, hiking in beautiful national parks, learning to surf and sandboarding on massive dunes. Immerse yourself into nature, sleeping under the stars of the southern skies. Let our local expert guides show you this incredible part of Australia with likeminded travellers, leaving you inspired, and wondering why you hadn’t come sooner.
- Explore the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges
- Swim with wild sea lions and dolphins (OE)
- Learn-to-surf lesson and sandboarding adventure
- Relax and swim at some of Australia’s best beaches
- Feel inspired after hikes that will leave you speechless
- Discover Cape Le Grand National Park and its friendly kangaroos
- Walk among ancient forests in Western Australia
- Taste your way around the Margaret River wine region
- Engage with Indigenous culture
- All National Park and entry fees
- All activities unless stated as an optional extra (OE)
- Meals – 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
- Accommodation – Swag camping - Camping with basic facilities (7 nights), and bush camp with no facilities (2 nights)
- Transport – Air-conditioned minibus (max 20 people)
- Expert local guide
Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges National Park
Headed north, stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the 540-million-year-old landscape, the Southern Flinders Ranges. Hike Alligator Gorge where we’ll have lunch, before exploring Warren Gorge, where we’ll be spending the night camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare yellow-footed rock-wallaby, whose populations are bouncing back.
Today we drive approximately 400km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way and we’ll be bush camping at Warren Gorge.
Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to Eyre Peninsula
Today we travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. On the way you’ll see some unique outback silo art in the tiny outback town of Kimba. After a quick pitstop for lunch, it’s time to head towards the coast. Spot dolphins surfing the waves at Venus Bay and explore Talia Caves. Next, it’s onto the Lake Newland sand dunes where adrenaline junkies can test out their sandboarding skills.
In the afternoon, we’ll pull into our home base at Coodlie Park. Here, company owner Hassie will cook up a delicious BBQ feast. Share campfire stories with travellers from our other tour before spending the night in a unique swag hut.
Today we drive approximately 450km (5 hours) in total, with stops along the way.
Day 3 – Baird Bay & Penong
This morning, peel on the wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson on a remote and pristine beach with Sceale Bay Surf School. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore Sceale Bay while the others test their surf skills.
Following a picnic lunch, it’s time for one of the tour highlights, swimming with the ever-playful wild sea lions and majestic dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This optional experience is an outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours. At only $180 it will be an experience you will treasure forever.
Tonight we’ll camp at Penong, which is famous for its dozens of windmills. Today we drive around 5 hours in total with stops along the way.
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 and experience the jaw-dropping beauty of the ‘Edge of Australia’ at the Bunda Cliffs.
Stop at the iconic Nullarbor Roadhouse, explore the ruins of an old telegraph station and, come arvo, we’ll cross the border into Western Australia. Tonight’s entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.
It’s a big drive today of around 800 km and 10 hours driving with stops along the way. Tonight, bush camp under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor.
Day 5 – The Nullarbor to Cape Le Grand National Park
Today, we’ll take on Australia’s longest straight road which funnily enough is called ‘90 Mile Straight’. Visit the outback town of Balladonia, which shot to worldwide fame in 1979 when the Skylab space station returned to earth here rather abruptly.
After another reasonably big drive today with plenty of entertainment and stops along the way, get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery as we make our way towards Esperance. This part of Western Australia has no less than nine National Parks and some of the best beaches in the world. We’ll set up camp in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand. In fact, it’s so spectacular we’ll stay two nights and the well-equipped camping area does have toilet and shower facilities.
Drive time today is around 7 hours and 600 km.
Day 6 – Cape Le Grand National Park
Crystal clear waters, powdery, white sands, expansive granite bluffs… and sunbathing kangaroos? Sound like a dream? Well, it’s not, because today you’ll wake up in paradise. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect the absolute beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park. The ocean here is transparent and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. Today you’ll enjoy meeting the adorable western grey kangaroos, who don’t mind posing for that iconic kangaroo selfie.
We will be spending the whole day here exploring, swimming and bushwalking. And you’ll also have some free time to do whatever you please. We drive only 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours.
Day 7 – Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges
Sunrise here is spectacular and it’s also when the roos are at their most active. We’ll wander onto the beach nice and early to see these before we set out on a hike up Frenchman Peak. A challenging yet rewarding hike, you’ll wow at the beautiful vistas, which 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 onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite at Mount Trio.
Today we drive for about 5 hours and camp in a private campground in the Stirling Ranges where you will have shower and toilet facilities.
Day 8 – Stirling Ranges & South West Coast
We’ll visit the oldest mountain range in the world, today. The Porongurups rise up from the landscape like an island. Set out on a two-hour hike through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock. A bit of a climb but worth every bit of effort as you are rewarded with breathtaking views over the region. Jump back on the bus for a magnificent coastal drive towards Albany. Be wowed at The Gap and Natural Bridge before stopping for a dip at magical Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool in William Bay National Park near Denmark.
From the coast to the forest, discover the pristine wilderness and old-growth forests of the Walpole region with the last stop of the day at the largest Tingle Tree in Western Australia.
We do about 5 hours of driving today, with stops along the way. Tonight, we camp at a Quinnup Caravan Park, which has shower and toilet facilities.
Day 9 – Margaret River
After breakfast, those feeling brave can climb the 50-metre Diamond Tree, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout, and the only wooden tree-top tower in the world. But today is all about tantalising your taste buds as we spend the rest of the day tasting our way around Margaret River. Visit boutique wineries, craft breweries, a chocolate factory and a cheese factory, sampling as we go. Cheers to that.
Today we drive around 5 hours making stops along the way. Tonight, we camp at Big Valley Caravan Park in Margaret River which has shower and toilet facilities.
Day 10 – Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the tour, you’ll wake to the now-familiar laugh of kookaburras. Roll up your swag one last time before jumping on the bus to Dunsborough to meet Wardandi custodian, Josh. He will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable underground didgeridoo performance, taste native foods, and experience traditional fire-lighting on this unique Indigenous cultural experience.
As our 10-day adventure across the South Coast of Australia draws to an end, we’ll have a last dip 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 has us arriving into Perth around 6pm. 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.
Today we drive 4 hours and please make sure you have booked your Perth accommodation prior to departure.
While everything on our tours is included in the price, there is one optional experience on this tour. This is a very popular activity, so we highly recommend securing your place at the time of booking.
Please keep in mind; This tour is operated by a third party and separate to Nullarbor Traveller. Therefore, the terms and conditions of this company apply. Weather can play an important part in the operations of this tour and occasionally a tour may be cancelled, which is beyond our control. If that is the case, you will be provided with a full refund.
Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($180pp)
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, which is to 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 is included.
Meals: Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the 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 are 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 is 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.
Bags are restricted to 1 × 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.