9 Day Perth to Adelaide Camping Adventure
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 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 and tonight we swag camp at Fitzgerald River National Park which has toilet but no shower facilities. L / D
Day 2 – Fitzgerald River to Cape Le Grand National Park
We begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt Baron; one of the three quartzite peaks that make up the Barren Ranges. Legs stretched, we’ll take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee break and mosey (look) around.
Then get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery, with this part of WA having no less than 9 National Parks and 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 sun baking 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 buddies on 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. B / L / D
Day 3 – Cape Le Grand to The Nullarbor
If you didn’t a chance to spot any roo’s yesterday, early morning is a prime time to wander down to the beach and see what’s hopping about before our early morning hike up Frenchman’s Peak offering stunning views across the inlets and islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Then we’ll take a stunning coastal drive stopping at some of the regions most breathtaking beaches including Twilight Cove before heading to the outback town of Norseman for lunch before hitting 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. B / L / D
Day 4 – The Nullarbor & 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 will make a stop at Eucla, an old telegraph outpost, 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 1950’s. Abandoned in the 1970’s the site became somewhat of a car graveyard with old cars that had broken down and were left behind 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. B / L / D
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.
We’ll cross the Dingo Fence – at 5,614 kilometres, the world’s longest fence – and enter the Yalata Aboriginal lands. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre, where you’ll learn a bit about the styles and meanings of the local 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. B / L / D
Day 6 – Coodlie Park & Baird Bay
Today is a day filled with ocean-based adventures! 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 costing only $180, will be one 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. B / L / D
Day 7 – Port Lincoln & Mikkira Station
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 a 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, 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 bird life.
Driving is approximately 3 hours and walking time is about 2 hours. Mikkira Station provides toilets and shower facilities. All meals included. B / L / D
Day 8 – Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable
Today you are offered two very different itineraries depending on your love affair with fear! If you are seeking a major adrenaline 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 + $125 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 visit Wadlata Cultural Centre and have an interpretive walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers of South Australia. 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 unless you decide to join the Shark Cage dive. Tonight we bush camp in Mt. Remarkable National Park which has showers and toilets. B / L / D
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 to Adelaide and travelling through some of South Australia’s quaint country towns.
Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends upon 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 dinner (at own expense). B / L
There’s no accommodation provided tonight so please make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food and entry and national park fees, there are two optional extra activities that we leave up to the passenger to decide if they want to do.
Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins ($180 per person)
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 Baird Bay will leave you breathless. Baird Bay is a 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 so you must book this optional experience at time of booking so you don’t miss out. You will pay the operator $180 direct on the day of the activity.
Shark Cage Diving with Calypso Star Charters ($395 per person + $125 on board payment)
Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are also the only one-day Shark Cage Diving South Australian tour operator who is permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage which will enhance your incredible experience!
The full days charter boards at 6.30 am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. If you choose to jump in the cage it’s an extra $100 paid on board and no diver experience is required. All food and equipment is supplied and M.V. Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser greatly increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.
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.
Meals: We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements at time of booking. 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. Luggage is restricted to 1 x 15 kilogram backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.
Changes to Itinerary: Our experienced guides will tailor all of the activities on seasonal & cultural conditions throughout the year, to maximise your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will be made with serious consideration and your best interest and safety is our priority.
- Wave Rock and Fitzgerald River World Biosphere Region
- Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure
- Esperance and its white sandy beaches
- Koonalda Homestead & Nullarbor National Park
- Learn to surf lesson & sand-boarding adventure
- Frenchman’s Peak hike
- South Australia’s wild Eyre Peninsula
- Shark cage dive with Great Whites (Optional Extra)
- Swim with wild Sea Lions & Dolphins (Optional Extra)
- Meals – 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
- Transport – Air-conditioned Minibus
- Accommodation – Bush camp (no facilities) 4 nights / Camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights
- All activities unless stated as an optional extra