Adventure Tours: Perth to Adelaide Overland

From cute and fluffy mammals to large, majestic sea creatures, this tour has it all! You'll travel about 3800 kilometres across the Nullabor Plain experiencing the diverse landscapes and wildlife to satisfy nature lovers and adventurers alike.

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Departures/Pickups

Departure location : Default pick up: YHA Perth at 07:00am. Other pick up locations available are: Billabong Backpackers at 06:20am; Brittania on William at 06:45am; Wellington St Tourist Coach Stand at 07:00am.

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

2016 – NOV: 13 27, DEC: 04 11 18 25,
2017 – JAN: 01 08 15 22 29, FEB: 05

1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018

2017 – APR: 02 16 30, SEP: 17, OCT: 01 15 29, NOV: 12 26, DEC: 03 10 17 24 31,
2018 – JAN: 07 14 21 28, FEB: 04 11 25, MAR: 11 25

Arrival location : Select Adelaide accommodation early evening Day 9.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Perth to Fitzgerald River National Park – Stokes National Park

DEFAULT PICK UP: YHA Perth, 07:00am

Our adventure starts by travelling East over the Darling Ranges. After a morning break at the historic Our adventure begins as we travel East over the Darling Ranges. After a morning break at the historic township of York we continue our journey south. Our lunch stop will be at the Hippo Yawn and Wave Rock, where there is the opportunity to have a look at this amazing rock formations. After lunch we drive further south to our camp near the coast of the Fitzgerald River National Park, an internationally recognized world biosphere reserve with plenty of beautiful beaches and rugged coastline. (LD)

Day 2 – Fitzgerald River National Park-Stokes National Park – Esperance – Cape le Grand National Park

After a mornings hike up East Mt Baron we drive along the coast and arrive into Esperance with time to have a look around. The town is still remote but once you see the magnificent surrounds of the granite, bush and beach you can only wonder for how much longer this area can keep its quaint charm.

Get set for some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. This area of Western Australia has no less than 9 National Parks, which is testament to its beauty and uniqueness. We take in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. Stunning blue seas mix with powder white beaches and secluded bays allow for stops and swims in what can only be described as a nature lover’s paradise. A short drive brings us to the Cape Le Grand National Park where we set up camp only meters from a picture postcard beach. We will have some lunch at Cape Le Grand National Park and the rest of the afternoon is free to explore this stunning coastal park with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water through many of the coastal bushwalks or just simply relax on the beach. (BLD)

Day 3 – Cape le Grand National Park – The Nullarbor

Get up early this morning and take a walk down to the beach, while you are still at Cape Le Grand National Park. You might even encounter a kangaroo on the beach – it doesn’t get any more Aussie than that!We are starting the morning with a hike at Frenchmen’s Peak. Frenchman’s Peak rewards you with stunning views of the bay and islands of the Recherche Archipelago. After this morning hike it is time for lunch and then we head back through Esperance and north to the Eyre Highway to start our journey east bound, for our overnight camp.

People say the sky in Australia looks bigger than elsewhere. Tonight you get an IMAX sized version of the great southern night sky. Pick out the star sign constellations, the Southern Cross, planets and be amazed by the show of shooting stars so prevalent in the clear skies of the desert plain. No photograph or movie could ever do justice to this night sky spectacular. This is something you can only experience.. (BLD)

Day 4 – The Nullarbor – Koonalda Homestead

Today will certainly give you a sense of the size of this vast and ancient land. The Nullarbor Plain is the largest piece of limestone in the world and is internationally recognised for its hidden treasures beneath the ground. It has an internationally recognised cave and lake system and is the source of many international divers who come here to explore this unique landscape.

See the way the desert can devour an entire town and head west across Australia’s great plain. We head towards Eucla, after checking out the old town of Eucla which struggled and lost in its battle against the ever encroaching desert sands, the reality of the Nullarbor really hits you!

We stop for the night at Koonalda Homestead one of the original settler’s homesteads, once used as a service station on the old Eyre Highway just over the South Australian boarder and get prepared to be bedazzled by one of nature’s greatest show in the sky again. (BLD)

Day 5 – Koonalda to Coodlie Park Farm

The majestic Nullarbor cliffs, the famous wombat/camel/kangaroo road sign are some of the sights today. At the Head of the Bight we stop to take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs where Australia suddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean.

We stop at the Wombat/Camel/Kangaroo sign and you can have your picture taken with Australia’s signature post card. We drive onto the Nullarbor Plain and across the dingo fence while travelling through Yalata Aboriginal lands. In the afternoon we are heading to the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre. Here you will learn more about the different styles and meaning behind many forms of Indigenous art. Having a short stop at Streaky Bay for any supplies and then later in the afternoon we arrive at Coodlie Park bush camp. This working farm has traditional cropping, sheep and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions (BLD)

Day 6 – Coodlie Park Farm Retreat

This morning we head out to swim with the ever cheeky and playful sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay. A pristine coast line and sanctuary for a multitude of land and sea animals. This outsource adventure done by Baird Bay eco tours is an optional experience ($195 p.p.). It is a 3-4 hour tour that will remain a beautiful memory for the rest of your life. We need to have your decision of doing the sea lions and dolphin swim before tour departure.

Having had lunch at the picnic spot at Bairds, onto Murphy’s Haystacks, incredible granite rock formations sculptured into wondrous and weird shapes over millions of years. We then head for Talia Caves and the Lake Newland Sand dunes to go sandboarding. (BLD)

Day 7 – Coodlie Park – Mikkira Station

This morning we travel on toward Elliston to do the great ocean tourist drive and a last look at the amazing cliffs of the bight at Locks Well, 378 steps to the beach. Travelling on to Port Lincoln for lunch. You will be able to discover a little bit of Port Lincoln on your own for an hour. Then out to Mikkira.

Mikkira Station is where we camp on a private campground with Koalas in nearly every tree. We have time to go for a walk around the property to see some Giant Yakkas and see if you can find some koalas in the Manna Gum. (BLD)

Day 8 – Port Lincoln – Port Neill

For those who have pre-booked the sharks through Nullarbor traveller, today is an extreme adrenalin day! Those that dare come face to face with the Great White Shark, this is an optional experience ($495 p.p.) which includes a video highlights of your experience. Up at 5.30 am to board the vessel by 6.30 am.

For those not wishing to be quite so extreme, we head out to Whalers Way Conservation Park for some spectacular and stunning coastlines. If we are lucky we will see some kangaroos and emus in this privately owned Flora and Fauna Reserve. This drive is followed by a walk in the Lincoln National park and to have a relaxed lunch and maybe a swim, then a visit to Glen Forest Wildlife Park and visit the wildlife you saw on the Nullarbor up close. You even get to hand feed some of the animals. (BLD)

Day 9 – Port Neill to Adelaide

We head through Whyalla and into Port Augusta and the Wadlata Cultural Centre that helps provide answers to the many questions about the formation of the Nullarbor, Flinders Rangers, and the formation of Australia as a continent. It also takes you on an interpretative walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers. We then head to the Southern Flinders Ranges, Mount Remarkable National Park for lunch and a walk through Davey’s Gully. After lunch we hit the road for one last time and head for South Australia’s capital city Adelaide. (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Details

Trip Code: PA9
Trip Style: Basix

Why we love this trip

  • Explore Wave Rock and the Darling Ranges
  • Travel across the vast plains of the Nullarbor
  • Go swimming with dolphins on the Eyre Peninsula
  • Spot unique Australian wildlife
  • Discover the mighty Flinders Ranges in South Australia
  • Visit the delightful city of Adelaide

Includes
Meals: 
8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Minibus
Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (4 nights)
Basix accommodation on this trip consists of swag camping (Aussie bed rolls). We also carry 3 person dome tents which are shared by 2 people. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Camping locations may vary depending on weather and conditions. Camping will be 2 nights bush camping (no facilities), 1 night farm stay accommodation, and 5 nights at camp grounds with showers/toilets. All camping fees/equipment included (except sleeping bag). Tents are 3 person dome style shared by 2 people.
Included Activities: Fitzgerald River National Park Entrance Fees, Wave Rock, Cape Le Grand National Park Entrance Fees, East Mt Baron Hike, Frenchmen’s Peak Hike, Ceduna Arts & Cultural Centre, Murphy’s Haystacks, Sandboarding at Lake Newland, Talia Caves, Lock’s Well, Glen Forest Wildlife Park, Lincoln National Park, Whalers Way Conservation Park, Wadlata Cultural Centre

Booking Info

Departure location : Default pick up: YHA Perth at 07:00am. Other pick up locations available are: Billabong Backpackers at 06:20am; Brittania on William at 06:45am; Wellington St Tourist Coach Stand at 07:00am.

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

2016 – NOV: 13 27, DEC: 04 11 18 25, 2017 – JAN: 01 08 15 22 29, FEB: 05

1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018

2017 – APR: 02 16 30, SEP: 17, OCT: 01 15 29, NOV: 12 26, DEC: 03 10 17 24 31, 2018 – JAN: 07 14 21 28, FEB: 04 11 25, MAR: 11 25

Arrival location : Select Adelaide accommodation early evening Day 9.

Tour operated by our touring partner Nullarbor Traveller. In the event of an emergency, or missed pick up on the day of departure please call Nullarbor Traveller directly on 1800 816 858. No sleeping bags available for hire or purchase, passengers must bring their own.

What to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch/flashlight, insect repellent, camera, pillow, sleeping bag (not available for hire or purchase on the tour, so please bring your own).?

Dietary Requirements: Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below: No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

• Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• Sleeping bags are compulsory for this tour. We do not offer sleeping bags for purchase or hire, so passengers must have their own to bring.

• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.

• A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.

• From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated.

• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.

Extras

Optional Experiences (at own expense, please note prices are a guide only and may vary without notice); Swim with Sea lions and Dolphins ($150), Great White Shark Cage Diving Adventures ($495 – includes wetsuit hire and highlights video package valued at $70). These experiences can be reserved at the time of booking the trip, but will be paid for locally.