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Secrets of Esperance Tour - Nullarbor Traveller
Day 1 – Perth to Fitzgerald River National Park
Your adventure begins as you travel east from Perth over the Darling Ranges with your 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, you’ll have arrived in Fitzgerald River National Park, an internationally recognized world biosphere! There’ll be time for an afternoon beach stroll before pitching camp for the night.
Today you clock up a few kilometres and travel around 9 hours with stops along the way. Walking time is about an hour. Tonight you swag camp at Fitzgerald River National Park which has toilet but no shower facilities. Lunch and dinner are provided.
Day 2 – Stokes National Park to Esperance and Cape Le Grand
Begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt Baron, one of the three quartzite peaks that make up the Barren Range. Legs stretched, you’ll take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee break and mosey around.
Then get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery with this part of WA having no less than 9 National Parks where we camp at the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. The ocean here is practically transparent, the local eastern grey ‘roos are regularly sunbaking on the beach and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest.
Enjoy a free afternoon here and how you spend it 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.
Today you travel 3 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. All meals are provided.
Day 3 – Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges
The views from the top of Frenchman’s Peak are pretty impressive, so this morning the top of Frenchman’s Peak is where you go. Following the walk, it’s back in the bus for the drive into the Stirling Ranges, with a lunch stop near Esperance along the way. Depending on the time of the year in spring we might seek out the beautiful wildflowers or in the heat of summer the flowing rivers and waterfalls.
Today driving time is about 6 hours and walking time is about 4.5 hours. Tonight you swag camp at a private camp ground in the Stirling Ranges with shower and toilet facilities. All meals are provided.
Day 4 – South West coastlines and forests
Cruise along WA’s glorious stretch of coastline, seeing how years of natural erosion have crafted incredible rock sculptures and granite bluffs – the Natural Bridge and The Gap are two of your favourites. Heading inland, you then get to the Valley of the Giants, a giant forest of towering Red Tingle trees, many of which are over 400 years old. Walk amongst these tall tingle trees on the ancient empire walk. Climb the Diamond tree, towering 50 metres above the ground, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout. It is 1 of 3 wooden top towers in this area and in the world. The day’s last lot of driving brings you to Quinninup camp.
Today you drive about 4 hours and walk about 1.5 hours. Tonight stay in Quinninup Caravan Park which has shower and toilet facilities and all meals are provided.
Day 5 - Margaret River
After breakfast, those feeling brave can climb the 50 metre Diamond Tree. This native karri tree was once used as a fire lookout and is 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 4 hours making stops along the way. Tonight, we camp at Big Valley Caravan Park in Margaret River which has shower and toilet facilities.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the tour you will visit Koomal Dreaming where you will have the opportunity to taste native foods, discover bush medicine and experience traditional fire lighting with local indigenous people. Hear stories of the Dreaming spirits and go deep down into the mesmerising Ngilgi Cave for a uniquely memorable didgeridoo cave experience. Then we hit the road and head back to sunny Perth!
Today we drive approx. 3 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 journey together over a few drinks and a meal (at own expense).
Pick up locations and times: 7.00am from the YHA Perth at 300 Wellington 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.
No additional Costs but clients need to provide their own sleeping bag.
Swags are provided and tents are our wet weather option but on the rare occassion the weather is too bad to camp at all passengers will be asked to pay for accommodation. Nullarbor Traveller will pay the first 10% of this cost and passenger the rest.
Please advise your clients: Nullarbor traveller provides swags (canvas bag with mattress ) and passengers need to bring their own sleeping bag as they are not provided. If your clients do not require their sleeping bag at the end of the tour, we will happily arrange for it to be donated to a charity of their choice. They can also provide their own pillow if they wish.
Camping: Our tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. Accommodation on tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds, bush camps (no facilities). When camping, we use individual swags provided by Nullarbor Traveller. (Our wet weather option is 3 person dome tents shared by a maximum of 2 people per tent) We like to be flexible with our camping spots as sometimes weather conditions will dictate the best place to camp. If the weather is unreliable the guide may suggest to the group to stop in an accommodated premises - this is at the individuals own cost.