The journey between Adelaide and Perth is one of the world’s great road journeys but it's the wildlife which is unique to this adventure! Swim with Sea lions and Dolphins, relax on the beach with some Kangaroos!
Day 1 – Flinders Ranges National Park
Headed north, stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the rugged gorges and Red Gums of the Flinders Ranges. Stroll down Alligator Gorge (no crocs here, though keep an eye out for snakes), then it’s on to Quorn, home of the Pichi Richi Railway, for lunch. You’ll be spending tonight in Warren Gorge, camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.
Explore the beautiful Warren gorge in the Flinders Ranges. It is here that you will get the opportunity to see a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby, almost driven to extinction by introduced “Feral” animals, at Warren Gorge they are beginning to “Bounce Back!”
Today you drive approx. 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way. We’ll be bush camping (no facilities) and your lunch and dinner are included.
Day 2 – Coodlie Park & the Eyre Peninsula
The Eyre Peninsular is one of those great many secrets people are only just discovering and once they do they are blown away! Keep your cameras at the ready for the Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fibreglass structure overlooking the gift shop in the tiny town of Kimba. After a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s back on the road to Venus Bay, Talia Caves and the Lake Newland sand dunes (where adrenaline junkies can test out their sand boarding skills). In the afternoon we’ll pull in to Coodlie Park for a night’s stay on a working farm which is also our home base!
Tonight you will share a meal and stories with travellers from our other tours sleep in our super cool swag huts and shower facilities are available. Today we drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way and all meals are included.
Day 3 – Baird Bay & Fowlers Bay (Swin with Sea Lions & Dolphins)
Just up the road from Coodlie Park lies Baird Bay, an environment famed for its watery wildlife.
Peel on the wetsuit for two-hour learn-to-surf lesson on a remote and pristine beach. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore Sceale Bay. 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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we drive around 5 hours in total with stops along the way. All meals included.
Day 4 – The Great Australian Bight
Days don’t get much more Australian than this one. Not only do we cross the 5,320-kilometre-long dingo fence this morning; we also take a snap or two at the famous wombat, emu, camel road sign on the Nullarbor and stop off at Bunda Cliffs to see where Australia, quite literally, drops into the ocean. Come arvo we cross the border into WA, where tonight’s free entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.
Today's distance is approx. 7 hours, with break stops. Tonight we bush camp (no facilities) under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor and all your meals are provided.
Day 5 – Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park
With their planetary sounding names and strewn about space junk, the small towns of Balladonia and Norseman have a slightly intergalactic atmosphere about them. Balladonia shot to worldwide fame in 1979 when the Skylab space station returned to earth here rather abruptly. After lunch we continue the drive to Esperance, which may seem like a bustling metropolis after five days in the desert.
Today we drive approx 7 hours, with stops along the way and we set up camp in spectacular Cape Le Grand National Park where you also have showers facilities. All meals included.
Day 6 - Cape Le Grand National Park
Crystal clear waters, powdery white sands, expansive granite bluffs… and sunbathing kangaroos? If you choose to start today with an early morning beach stroll, don’t be surprised when you come across a roo or two lounging on Cape Le Grand’s stunning shoreline – they know what’s good for them. How you spend your day here 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.
We drive approx 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours. You will have shower facilities and all meals included.
Day 7 – Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges
Kick-start the day with a hike to Frenchman’s Peak, where beautiful vistas span right across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. Locals reckon Frenchman’s Peak was named after the shape of French hats, but we’re not so sure. Refuel with a lunch stop at Lucky Bay, then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite.
We drive for about 4 hours today, and walk for two hours. We camp in a private campground in the Flinders Ranges where you have shower and toilet facilities and even limited phone charging! All meals included.
Day 8 – Stirling Ranges
Today’s a day for keeping cameras close and clicking fingers at the ready. Travelling along Western Australia’s answer to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, you’ll be treated to superb views of sun-bleached boulders, turquoise seas and dramatic red-rock cliffs shaped by eons of crashing waves and rolling tides. From the coast to the forest, we’ll veer off into the Valley of the Giants for a treetop canopy almost 60 metres above the ground.
It is just over 5 hours from Lucky Bay to Stirling Ranges, with stops along the way. Tonight we swag camp at a caravan park with shower and toilet facilities and all meals are provided.
Day 9 – South West Coast
Diamond Tree, a 50-metre-tall Karri tree once used as a fire lookout, is our first stop for the day. With the handy assistance of a circular staircase attached to the tree’s trunk we climb this giant tree. Return to the coast for the drive into Margaret River, a region known for its local delicacies and world-class red wines. Cheers to that.
Today we drive approx 5 hours making stops along the way. Tonight we swag camp at a a camp ground with shower and toilet facilities with all meals are provided. There is even limited phone charging here.
Day 10 - Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the trip you’ll wake to the now-familiar warble of kookaburras and cockatoos before taking the coastal road to Perth. Check out the Ngilgi caves and get the lowdown on this amazing underground world, then gain a totally different insight into local culture during a meet-up with some of the people indigenous to the area. A final stint on the road will bring us into Perth.
Today we drive approx. 5 hours and please make sure you have booked your Perth accommodation prior to departure. 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 the big journey together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).
Pick up locations and times: 6.45 YHA Adelaide at 135 Waymouth Street, 6.55am, Adelaide Bus Station at 85 Franklin Street
Passengers are advised to arrive 15 minutes before departure.
Arrival: Friday +/- 7.00 pm, Perth. As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Perth after your tour until the Saturday.
There is one optional experience on this tour.
Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($180 p.p. guaranteed)
[Highly recommended optional experience (!)]
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 $160 on the day of activity
The operators of this tour operate independent to Nullarbor Traveller.
Weather can play an important part in the operation of the tours and the operators make their own risk assessment and decision about the operation of the tour each day.
Any money collected is refunded if the tour does not operate.