Xplore Eyre - Adelaide to Perth 9 Day Tour - The Great Australian Wilderness Journey

Xplore Eyre - Adelaide to Perth 9 Day Tour - The Great Australian Wilderness Journey
  • Duration : 9 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Port Kenny, SA
  • Product code : APGWT9
From AUD $5,250.00

OVERVIEW

This all-inclusive tour includes your flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln where your guide will pick you up from the airport and your road journey across the magnificent south coast of Australia will begin.  Expect to be wowed as you are about to experience the incredible seafood and rugged coastlines of the Eyre Peninsula, wild outback of the Nullarbor, the pristine white sandy beaches of Esperance, the ancient escarpments of the Stirling Ranges and the giant forests of Margaret River. 

There are plenty of uniquely Australian experiences on offer on this tour such as an award winning indigenous cultural experience, swimming with sealions or shark cage diving, scenic coastal drives, 4WD’ing off the beaten track and incredible bush walks. You’ll take to the ocean experiencing various cruises and during whale watching season have the opportunity to do a to scenic flight over the Great Australian Bight.  This once in a lifetime journey has something for everyone and the best thing is you’ll have all of these incredible places to yourself giving you a chance to breath deep and take it all in.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tesla Electric Boat Marina Cruise around Port Lincoln - Australia’s Seafood Frontier
  • The Great Australian Bight - the Edge of Australia
  • Crossing the Nullarbor – Australia’s ultimate road journey
  • Outback Eco Retreat & nocturnal wildlife and stargazing tour
  • Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites (OE)
  • Swim with wild sealions and dolphins at beautiful Baird Bay (OE)
  • Valley of the Giants ancient forests
  • Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure    
  • Tasting your way around the Margaret River wine region
  • Koomal Dreaming an award winning Indigenous Experience

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 – Adelaide to Port Lincoln

You will be transferred from your Adelaide accommodation bright and early to catch your 8.15am flight to Port Lincoln which arrives 45 minutes later. Your expert guide will pick you up at Port Lincoln Airport and take you to drop your luggage off at the Port Lincoln Hotel where he will give you an overview of what exciting things are to come on your journey across the South Coast of Australia!  

Then comes your first ‘taste’ of the Eyre Peninsula, boarding the Electric Boat Tesla Marina cruise.   This is followed by a tantalising lunch of local seafood harvest at an award-winning seafood restaurant. With a full tummy
we’ll then travel to Whalers Way, the oldest rocks in South Australia that feature magnificent views of rugged and raw coastline and next it’s off to Mikkira Station, the home of the Eyre Peninsula koalas. After a day of exploring we’ll
enjoy dinner at the Port Lincoln Marina.

Day 2 – Shark Cage Diving or Coffin Bay

Today you have two quite different experiences to choose from! 

Option one is to mosey up the coast to the picture-perfect seaside town of Coffin Bay where you’ll put on some wadders, head out into the water and learn about the oyster industry on the Eyre Peninsula.  All the while
feasting on the fresh pacific oysters you have collected yourself straight out of the ocean.  As we head up the west
coast we’ll explore the regions National Parks and some other beautiful coastal Then head back to our home Coodlie Park Wilderness Retreat where you’ll join us for a camp fire feast Aussie style. After dinner, we’ll head out on a Nocturnal Wildlife & Stargazing Tour giving you a chance to see the beautiful southern skies and get up close and personal with native wildlife while it’s at its most active.

Today we travel approximately 250km and tonight you’ll sleep in a fully self-contained cottage at Coodlie Park.

OR

If you are seeking some adventure on your visit to the Eyre Peninsula then you can opt to do the Optional Extra Experience and once in a lifetime experience of cage diving with Great White Sharks.  This is a full day tour and Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia you can have this extreme adrenalin experience.   There are two companies we recommend and each has a slightly differently approach.  You’ll find more information about this optional
experience here. 

If you do the shark cage dive, when the boat returns we’ll have a quick dinner in Port Lincoln and then make the 3-hour drive to Coodlie Park. 

Day 3 –Bairds Bay & Ceduna

We’ll be up early today for an inspiring coastal walk around Venus Bay where we often see dolphins surfing in the waves. Next, we’ll visit the weird and wonderful rock formations of Murphy’s Haystacks before heading to Baird’s Bay where you have the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with Australian sealions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise of the calm waters of the Eyre Peninsula.  The puppy dogs of the sea will splash, twist and and twirl all around you and the magical dolphins won’t disappoint either.

Please note this Optional Extra Experience is available from September to May and if is not operating or you’d rather stay on dry land we have any alternative itinerary.  After lunch at Streaky Bay, we spend time at our signature stop, Perlubie Beach. As we take in this inspiring and pristine landscape, we sample fresh oysters and local wines
before checking into our accommodation in the seaside town of Ceduna.

Today we travel 180km and stay in the 5 Star Eco Villa’s at Shelly Beach Caravan Park.

Day 4 - Head of Bight & The Nullarbor

Day four begins with a great indigenous cultural experience visiting the Ceduna Aboriginal Culture Centre and then we make our way to the magnificent Head of Bight, Australia’s ultimate coastal lookout. In the months of May – September you’ll be able to see Southern Right Whales and their young taking shelter in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park.

You’ll be immersed into the real Australian outback as we embark in Australia’s most iconic road journey, crossing the 1660km Nullarbor Plain.  That might sound like a long way but there is plenty to see and do with stops at the iconic Koonalda Homestead and Eucla Telegraph Station as we travel part of the way on the ‘Old Eyre Highway’ which
is an experience in itself!  You’ll even have the opportunity to play golf on the longest gold course in the world, the
Nullarbor Links. 

Today we clock up a few clicks travelling 480km and tonight we have the unique outback experience of staying in an iconic Outback Roadhouse Motel in Boarder Village, just a few kilometres from Western Australia. 

Day 5 – The Nullarbor & Esperance

After breakfast, we’ll hit the road as today we have a lot of land to cover as we continue crossing the Nullarbor Plain into Western Australia.  We’ll wind our clocks back 1.5 hours and your guide will entertain you as you enjoy the changing landscapes.  We’ll go off-road, 4WD’ing along the Balladonia Track towards Esperance.  This is not your usual run-of-the-mill backroad.  One highlight will be exploring the old Deralinya Homestead.  This property was built
in the 1890’s as a sheep station and abandoned in 1926.  This is a great place to realise just how resilient our pioneers were when they opened up outback Australia.

Today is the day we clock up the most kilometres driving 900km across Australia but when you see what’s waiting for you, every kilometre is worthwhile!  We’ll arrive in beautiful Esperance in the evening and overnight at the Bay of Isles Motel.

Day 6 – Cape Le Grand National Park

Words cannot describe the absolute beauty you are going to experience today. Located approximately 50 km East of
Esperance, Cape Le Grand is one of Western Australia’s best known and most spectacular National Parks.  It
features blindingly white sandy beaches, an ocean coloured all imaginable shades of blue and sand so fine it squeaks between your toes.  Wildlife is in abundance including the iconic beach sunbathing kangaroos which are usually up for a photo opportunity.   

Swim, bushwalk and reconnect with nature today and tonight we’ll stay back in Esperance. 

Day 7 – Albany & Denmark

Its more breathtaking scenery today as we head from Esperance into the beautiful Stirling Ranges. If you are lucky to be travelling during wildflower season it will look even more picture perfect.  The white sandy beaches will turn into rugged coastlines and rock formations of Albany and then we’ll head into the old growth forests of the Valley of the Giants in Denmark.   Here we’ll explore the ancient tingle forests and if you are feeling brave you can climb the 51m Diamond Tree.

Then its back on the road as we make our way into one of the world’s best wine producing regions, Margaret River. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at the charming Margaret Today we travel around 750km through spectacular scenery of the South West corner of WA and overnight for 2 nights at the Darby Park Apartments in the heart of Margaret River.

Day 8 – Margaret River

This morning you’ll have some time to explore the quant township with its eclectic craft and produce stores.  This will work up an appetite as today we will taste our way around Margaret River and its wine and cottage industries visiting cellar doors, a chocolate factory, cheese factory and boutique brewery in this postcard perfect region. 

Margaret River is also known for its world class surf beaches and we’ll show you the best at the Margaret River mouth.  We’ll spend the night in Margaret River again feeling satisfied and warm from all the delicious produce tastings!

Today we travel within the Margaret River region travelling just 50km or so.

Day 9 – Margaret River to Perth

Today you’ll experience one of the best indigenous experiences in Australia at Koomal Dreaming.  We’ll journey into Ngilgi Cave where you’ll be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance, storytelling and traditional fire-making during this fascinating 2.5 hour tour. You’ll also take a bush walk and learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines.

As your 9-day journey draws to an end we’ll visit one last spectacular white sandy beach in Dunsborough and then head to the popular holiday town of Busselton which boasts the longest jetty in the world.  We’ll arrive into Perth around dinner time where we will drop you are your pre-booked accommodation.

On the last day of your 9 day journey we’ll travel 270km into Perth.


 INCLUSIONS

  • Flight – Adelaide to Port Lincoln
  • Accommodation – 8 nights
  • All entry fee’s, national park fees and activities unless stated as an optional extra experience
  • All Meals
  • Airport transfers in Adelaide
  • Transport – executive 4WD
  • Local guide and expert knowledge

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food,  entry fees and
national park fees, there are some optional extra experiences not included in the price, that we leave up to you to decide if you’d like to do or not.

Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites – Calypso Star Charters     $395pp + $100 on board payment

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 also the only one-day Shark Cage Diving 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. If you choose to jump in the cage it’s an extra $100 paid on board and 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 Stabilizer greatly increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.

When booked direct through us you get a free highlights photo package valued at $30.

Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites – Adventure Bay Charters     $395pp + $125 on board payment

Alternatively jump on board with Adventure Bay Charters on this full day tour out to the Neptune Islands which gives people the opportunity to shark cage and they also offer the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub, a revolutionary new way to view Great White Sharks in their natural habitat whilst staying dry!  Watch the sharks from a glass viewing area with 360-degree views underwater.

This company is also Advanced Eco Certified and instead of chumming, use rock music to attract the sharks!  The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and returns around 6.30pm.

Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins – Baird Bay     $170pp

(Available September to May)

This is an amazing experience and really two experiences rolled into one! You many have swum with dolphins before but the interaction you will have with the sea lions and dolphins together at Baird Bay is once in a lifetime and truly life enhancing. The rare and endangered Australia Sea Lions are the puppy dogs of the sea splashing, jumping, twisting, and twirling all around you and if you’re lucky you might even get a kiss. The magical bottle nose dolphins won’t disappoint either!

A 3-hour cruise with all equipment and morning tea provided what more could you want! You can check out all the details here and this experience also needs to be booked in advance.

Head of Bight Marine Park Scenic Flight - $275pp

(Available July to September during Whale Watching season)

Get a whole new perspective of this incredible landscape taking a 45-minute scenic flight over the Head of the Great Australian Bight while you spot hundreds of Southern Right Whales and their young playing in the waters below. 


Please keep in mind

These tours are operated separately to Xplore Eyre 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.

 

IMPORTANT INFO

  • Flights are operated by Rex and depart Adelaide at 8.15am – arriving Port Lincoln 9.05am
  • Rex has a 15kg luggage restriction per person plus one 7kg carry on however, upon
    presenting a valid itinerary or ticket, passengers with international connections are permitted 20kg. For more details on Rex Baggage Allowance please visit their website
  • It is highly recommended that you pre-book the optional activities at time of booking as they are very popular and can’t be booked on the day. We can reserve your place upon booking and you pay the operator locally.
  • Any Optional Extra Experiences are outsourced and therefore the terms and conditions of each operators apply
  • Please ensure you book your Perth accommodation prior to departure and advise the guide where you would like to be dropped off.
  • Dietary requirements can be catered for but must be advised at time of booking
  • Sea Lions don’t run from June to August so there is an alternative itinerary for this day during these months·        
  • We reserve the right to cancel a tour and arrange an alternative operator (if possible) if group numbers are insufficient (min 2 people). If the alternative is not suitable we will refund your tour price in full. Please read our full Booking Terms & Conditions prior to booking your tour