9-day Perth To Adelaide Tour

One of Australia's great road trips

 

On this 9 day, 4000km road trip you'll discover rugged coastlines, ancient mountain ranges, white sandy beaches, old growth forests & outback.  Encounter abundant native wildlife including  having the opportunity to swim with wild sealions and dolphins, and shark cage dive ...

Overview – This is not only one of the world's greatest road trips across the vast plains of the mighty Nullarbor, but also an opportunity to encounter the best of Australian wildlife up close personal including some of the planets best aquatic wildlife experiences.  Swim with wild dolphins and sea lions and shark cage dive with Great Whites! Take in stunning Australian coastal scenery and the real Aussie outback!

Highlights

  • Australia's ultimate road trip - crossing the Nullarbor Plain
  • Swim with Sea Lions & dolphins (at the same time!)
  • Shark cage dive with Great Whites
  • Wave Rock and other weird and wonderful rock formations
  • Fitzgerald River a world biospshere region
  • Cape Le Grand National Park - a national treasure 
  • South Australia’s wild Eyre Peninsula
  • Sandboard on mountainous dunes
  • Hike the Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Sleeping in swags under billions of stars

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.  Participation and involvement is required from our passengers and accommodation is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds, bush camps (no facilities). When camping, we use individual swags provided by Nullarbor Traveller but passengers are required to bring their own sleeping bags to put inside the swag.  (Our wet weather option is 3 person dome tents shared by a maximum of 2 people per tent)  

 

 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 17yrs & under need to be accompanied by a parent

Fitness Requirement: Medium

What's included

  • Accommodation - Bush camp (no Facilities) 4 nights - Camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights
  • Transport - Air-conditioned Minibus
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinner
  • All National Park and entry fees
  • All activities unless stated as an optional extra

What To Bring

  • Sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers
  • Towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen

Itinerary

Day 1 : Wave Rock & 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 recognised world biosphere. This is our biggest day of driving travelling around 10 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.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Fitzgerald River to Cape Le Grand National Park
Begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt Baron, legs stretched, we’ll take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee break and mosey around. 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. Enjoy a free afternoon here and how you spend it is wholly up to you. Set out on a coastal bush walk, 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 2.5 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.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Cape Le Grand to The Nullarbor
Early morning hike up Frenchman’s Peak which has stunning views across the inlets and islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Then we’ll take a coastal drive stopping at some of the regions most breathtaking beaches including Twilight Cove before heading to the outback town of Norseman for lunch and hit the Eyre Highway to start our journey east bound. Tonight you will get an IMAX version of the great southern sky where you’ll be left speechless by the show of constellations and shooting stars. Today’s driving time is about 5 hours and walking about 1 hour. Tonight we bush camp (no facilities) under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor and all your meals are provided.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : The Nullabor & Koonalda Homestead
Driving’s the name of the game today (we’ve got 500 kilometres of the world’s longest stretch of straight road to cover!). Today will certainly give you a sense of the sheer size of this vast and ancient land. The name ‘Nullarbor’ is derived from the Latin for ‘No Trees’, so vegetation is one thing you shouldn’t expect to see today. We’ll make a stop at Eucla, an old telegraph township now mostly buried beneath sand dunes, then call in for a night’s camping at Koonalda Homestead in the Nullarbor National Park. This unique camp site was originally a sheep shearing station and fuel and rest stop for people travelling along the Nullarbor in the 1950s. Abandoned in the 1970’s the site became somewhat of a car graveyard with old cars left behind, broken down on the Nullarbor Plain. A photographers dream! Travel time today is about 6 hours and once again be prepared to be bedazzled by the wonders of the southern skies. Koonalda Homestead provides toilets but no showers and all meals are cooked up for you again today.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Great Australian Bight & Coodlie Park
Stops for today include the highway’s famous Camels/Kangaroos/Wombats Crossing road sign and the Bunda Cliffs, where the Nullarbor Plain drops dramatically into the Southern Ocean. Running for approximately 200 kilometres along the Great Australian Bight, this is the world’s longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre, where you’ll hear a bit about the styles and meanings of Indigenous artwork. After stocking up on supplies in Streaky Bay, we’ll arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, our home base, where company owner Hassie will cook up a delicious BBQ feast and you’ll share stories with travellers from our other tour around the campfire, before spending the night in a unique little swag hut. You’ll also get to use a unique eco bucket shower which is oddly enough quite fun! Today we travel for about 8 hours with stops along the way and all meals are included.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Coodlie Park & the Eyre Peninsula
Today is a day filled with ocean-based adventure! This morning you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the calm and sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours is an optional experience and at only $170 will be one an experience you will treasure forever. Those who choose to stay dry will have the morning at their leisure. Following a picnic lunch on the beach we’ll hit the waters again doing a learn to surf lesson with Sceale Bay Surf School on a remote and pristine beach. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore. Tonight we’ll stay back at Coodlie Park in the swag huts, drive for about 3 hours today, walk about 1, with some swimming if you choose to as well.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Mikkira Station & Port Lincoln
This morning test out your sand boarding skills in the Lake Newland Conservation Park sand dunes then explore the spectacular Eyre Peninsula coastline visiting Talia Caves before heading to Port Lincoln – the Seafood Capital of Australia. Enjoy delicious lunch on the foreshore and afterwards have some free time to check out the town before making the short drive on to our campsite in Mikkira Station which is home to a wild koala population. Tonight you’ll go to sleep under the koala filled trees and wake to the now familiar sounds of native birdlife. Driving is about 3 hours and walking time is about 2 hours. Mikkira Station which has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable (Shark Cage Diving)
Today you are offered two very different itineraries depending on your love affair with fear! If you are seeking a major adrenalin rush you can choose the optional experience of Shark Cage Diving with Great White Sharks. Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia and one of only five in the world you can come face to face with this incredible creature. This is a full day tour which costs $395 + a $100 water entry fee. If you choose not to shark cage dive then your day is still action packed. Visit Lincoln National Park, which features some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia. Travel along Whalers Way coastal drive to see breathtaking coastline and some of the oldest rocks in Australia and you’ll be spotting abundant native Australian wildlife such as emus and kangaroos in the sanctuary. We’ll pick up any people returning from the Shark Cage Dive and then head to Mt. Remarkable National Park to set up camp for the night. Depending on which itinerary you chose we’ll drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp In Mt. Remarkable National Park which has showers and toilets.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Mt Remarkable to Adelaide
This morning we’ll embark on our last hike of the tour - Davey’s Gully Walk in Mt Remarkable National Park, before hitting the road back to Adelaide and travelling through some of South Australia quant country towns. Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. 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 their 9-day adventure together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense). There’s no accommodation provided tonight so please make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

Pick up locations and times: 6.50am from the YHA Perth at 300 Wellington Street 

Passengers are advised to arrive 15 minutes before departure.

Arrival: Monday +/- 7.00 pm, Adelaide. 

 

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Shark Diving
  • Camping
  • Adventure

Available Extras

Optional Activities

While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food and entry and national park fees, there are a few optional extra activities that we leave up to the passenger to decide if they want to do.   

Swim with sea lions and dolphins - Baird Bay  $170 p.p.
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. Bairds Bay is a very sheltered bay on the Eyre Peninsula and passengers board 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. We will need to know your intentions upon booking to give updated numbers to the operator. Payment is done on the day to the operator.

SHARK CAGE DIVING OPTIONS - PORT LINCOLN

Shark Cage Diving with Calypso Star Charters                     $395pp + $100 on board payment

Calypso Star Charters was the first one day shark tour in Australia and offers passengers the chance to get up close and personal with one the planets most feared creatures, the Great White Shark. Take a 2.5 hours cruise out to the Neptune Islands on this full day tour spending a minimum of 45 minutes in the cage with 7 other adrenalin junkies. 

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea.  Nullarbor Traveller passengers recieve a photos pack valued at $30.  

Please keep in mind

These tours are separate to the Nullarbor Traveller and therefore the terms and conditions of each of these companies apply.  Weather can play an important part in the operations of these tours and occasionally a tour may be cancelled which is beyond our control.  If that is the case you will be provided a full refund. 

The operators of the Shark Cage tour are unable to guarantee a shark sighting as they are after all wild animals.  In the unlikely event that a shark is not seen a return at half price gift voucher is provided to each person.

 

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The Nullarbor is an incredible untouched part of Australia missed by most. As well as stunning scenery actually being able to see and swim with wild dolphins and sea lions is unforgettable experience.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • 9-day Perth to Adelaide tour

    The last true outback tour in Australia. This trip has very basic camping and is for the adventurous traveller. If you like getting out of your comfort zone this trip is good for you. The Nullarbor isnt the most popular route to drive in Australia or the place most tourists visit. Thats why we love it, as you will be the only van on the road for hours. It makes you feel like you have Australia all to yourself. Really gives a new meaning to off the beaten track!

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    Perth to Adelaide road trip (9 days)

    We wanted to go on a road-trip as a family (of 3) and came across the Perth to Adelaide 9 day adventure. The itinerary offered a variety of things to experience, including sleeping under the stars in swags, an opportunity to swim with dolphins and sea-lions, sandboarding, surfing, walking and camping in national parks, coastal walks, sight-seeing and more.

    My husband, 12 year old daughter and I got that and much more! We were given the opportunity to experience a road trip that will be memorable for years to come - not only for what we did but for the people we have met and especially to Mel - our driver and guide. She kept us well-fed and well hydrated and ensured we got out (of the bus) as much as possible to explore the Australian landscape. She proved to be really capable, fun and skilled at her job. We were super glad Mel was our guide throughout the trip.
    This intrepid trip is for people who want to do something a little different with a small group. Expect to meet people from diverse cultures, see Australian animals on your doorstep (or camp site :)) and create memories for years to come. Highly recommended.

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    9 Days of Magic

    I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Our guide, Janner, was exceptional. Extremely informative and knowledgeable, a great driver, fabulous cook, helpful and intuitive and a great photographer; he shared all his photos with the group, I didn't need to take any!! The tour was terrific, so many highlights: camping under the stars, swimming with sea lions and dolphins, camping in the outback with no one else around, seeing koalas at close quarters,surfing on waves and sand dunes, pristine beaches with kangaroos. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. There was a lot of driving, but the van was comfortable. I traveled with a fun group, despite the fact that I was older than everyone's mother! I had a ball!!