West and South Coast - 10 day/9 night Adelaide to Perth
West and South Coast - 10 day/9 night Adelaide to Perth
Combine Australia's ultimate road trip with incredible wildlife encounters on this 10 day swag camping adventure! Swim with dolphins & sea lions, hike national parks, swim in pristine beaches, sand boarding, walk ancient forests and have one of Australia’s ...
Overview – This 10 day, 4000km journey travels through some of Australia’s most diverse and wild landscapes allowing you to experience everything from the outback to ancient forests. Encounter abundant native wildlife, hike through beautiful national parks and learn about indigenous culture. This is the real Australia, let us show it to you!
Sleep Under the Southern Skies
When we say “camping adventure” we mean it! During the day you are going to see and do a lot but when the sun goes down you’ll sleep Aussie bushman style in swags under the billions of stars that make up the Southern Skies and kick back around the campfire with a beer and sharing stories with your new friends. It is these moments that also leave travellers with life long memories.
- Hiking Flinders Ranges & Alligator Gorge
- Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins
- Sand boarding massive dunes
- Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure
- Valley of the Giants tree top walk
- Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Cultural Experience
- West Australias spectacular South West
What is included in the ticket price?
Meals - 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport - Minibus - air-conditioned mini coach with a maximum of 18 passengers
- Bush camp (no facilities) 3 nights,
- Camping (with basic facilities) 6 nights
- All National Park entry fees
- Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)
- Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants
- The Diamond Tree
- Aboriginal Culture Dreamtime tour
Meals: We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products - PLEASE let us know of any special dietary requirements. We also recommend to our passengers who may have a difficult diet to cater for to bring some of their own preferred foods for the journey. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.
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.
What to bring: Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen. Bags are restricted to 1x 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.
10-Day Adelaide to Perth - Itinerary
Day 1 – Flinders Ranges National Park
Headed north, we’ll 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 we 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. This morning you’ll get the option to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise. This outsourced adventure done by Baird Bay eco tours is an optional experience and at only $160 will be one an experience you will treasure forever . Following a picnic lunch on the beach, we’ll continue driving along the coast to our secluded camping spot in Fowlers Bay.
Today we drive approx 5 hours, in total with stops along the way and camp at Fowlers Bay campground which has shower facilities. 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. 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).
There is one optional experience on this tour.
Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($160 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
This trip is swag camping only with pretty basic facilities and some days no showers or available. But when sleeping under the stars in some of the country’s most spectacular National Parks and swimming in some of the most beautiful beaches they tend to forget about this pretty quickly!
Put away your phone for the most part with very limited reception along the way which although sounds scary, we think gives people a real chance to disconnect from the outside world for a few days and really reconnect with nature and the expereince.
Luggage restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person (max 15kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage.
What to pack? Please ensure they have comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, insert repellent, hat , sunscreen, swimmers and snacks in hand luggage on the bus. It’s also a great idea to have a torch or headlight, travel pillow and rainproof jacket. And don’t forget a sleeping bag!
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.
Dietary Requirements: Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Nullarbor Traveller 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. 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.