West Coast - 6 day/5 night Secrets of Esperance Tour

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West Coast - 6 day/5 night Secrets of Esperance Tour

940.00

Experience the jaw dropping natural beauty & extreme diversity of this South West corner of Australia on our 6 day swag camping adventure. See Wave Rock, the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of Cape Le Grand National Park, hike the Stirling Ranges & ...

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Explore the jaw dropping natural beauty, extreme diversity and solitude of this part of the South West corner of Australia.  Experience large expanses of outback and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles without a soul in sight and be amazed by the spectacular beauty of Wave Rock & Fitzgerald River National Park and the white sandy beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park where you’ll see kangaroos lazing on the beach.  Hit the hiking trails of the Stirling Ranges, walk among colossal ancient forests in the Valley of the Giants and encounter ancient Aboriginal culture at Koomal Dreaming one of Australia’s best Indigenous experiences.   During whale watching season you might even catch sight of the amazing humpback whales from lookouts in Albany.

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.

Highlights

  • Wave Rock and the outback
  • World biosphere - Fitzgerald River National park
  • Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Climb Frenchman’s Peak
  • Koomal Dreaming Indigenous Experience
  • Margaret River – sample delicious local produce
  • Valley of the Giants treetop walk
  • Coastal rock formations of Albany

What is included in the ticket price?

Meals - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport - Minibus

Accommodation - Swag Camping - 5 nights

Included Activities

  • All National Park and entry fees
  • Hippo's Yawn and Wave Rock
  • Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants
  • The Diamond Tree
  • Ngilgi Cave Entrance
  • Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Cultural Experience

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.  

Maximum Number 18 Passengers

Day 1 – Perth to Fitzgerald River National Park

Our adventure begins as we travel east from Perth over the Darling Ranges with our 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, we’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 we clock up a few kilometres and travel around 9 hours with stops along the way. Walking time is about an hour. Tonight we 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, we’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 we 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 we 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 we 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 our favourites. Heading inland, we 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 us to Quinninup camp.

Today we drive about 4 hours and walk about 1.5 hours. Tonight we stay in Quinninup Caravan Park which has shower and toilet facilities and all meals are provided.

Day 5 - Quinninup to Margaret River

Today it’s time to eat, drink and be merry, tasting the delicious local fare of Margaret River. Boutique breweries, chocolate, cheese and even a fudge factory, today you will have time to browse and explore.

Today there is a 4 hour drive and all meals are included.

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)

Your pre-booked accommodation tonight.

  • Please book your Perth accommodation before you start this tour.
  • As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Perth after your tour until the Saturday.

Our experienced guides will tailor all of the activities on seasonal & cultural conditions throughout the year, to maximize your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will be made with serious consideration and your best interest and safety is our priority.

Departs: Sundays

Sleeping Bags

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.

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

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!

Sleeping Bags

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.