The 10 Day Adelaide to Perth travels through the Southern Flinders Ranges, the Gawler Ranges and onto the Eyre Peninsula.
The tour then follows the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and crosses the Nullarbor into Western Australia and down to Esperance and Cape le Grand.
After experiencing this awesome National Park the tour follows the South West coastline of Western Australia into Perth through Albany, Denmark, Margaret River and Busselton.
This tour has a focus on the South West of Western Australia travelling along the coastline of Western Australia then inland to Perth.
You can experience beautiful surf beaches, catch a glimpse of Southern Right whales, explore caves, taste award winning wines and much much more.
Day 1 Flinders Ranges:
Journey into the rusty, rugged gorges, abandoned homesteads and Red Gums of the Southern Flinders Ranges. We head north to one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, the Flinders Ranges, where we venture to the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk through the narrows and onto the terraces formed from an ancient seabed. Look for and feel the ripples of the sand still there in the rock today.
After lunch we make our way along the eastern edge of the range towards Warren Gorge, stopping for a break in Quorn. Quorn is home to the Pichi Richi Railway, which played an important role in linking the different gauges of railway line crossing the continent. It wasn’t until 1970 that the Indian-Pacific (Transcontinental) made its first unbroken run from Sydney to Perth, by 1980 the Pichi Richi line was obsolete.
As the sun is setting and wile your evening meal is being prepared, it gives you the opportunity to explore this beautiful 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!”
Tonight we bush camp for the first time at Warren Gorge. There are only Basic toilet facilities. (LD)
Day 2 Eyre Peninsula:
The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great secrets many people have not yet discovered. Teeming with some of Australia's most amazing and outstanding real wildlife experiences, the lack of a major airport and too far to drive for most domestic travellers, this piece of paradise is one that only those who have been, can give that knowing smile of discovery of a very special place indeed.
Our first stop is at Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park where we take the time to walk to the top of the range. Named by Mathew Flinders in 1802 for it’s resemblance of a Dutch sailing ship, this spectacular walk is a great way to start the day and gives us our first real look to the West.
Back on the road we pass through Pt Augusta, Iron Knob and onto Kimba (Halfway Across Australia.) for lunch, then to Venus Bay for a beautiful walk along the stunning coastline where we can see dolphins surfing in the waves. After Venus Bay we visit the magnificent Talia Caves and the Lake Newland Sand dunes – these are the biggest sand dunes you will ever ride!
In the afternoon we arrive at our farm stay, Coodlie Park. This working farm has traditional cropping, organic food growing and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions. This evening we head out in search of some wildlife. Our hosts Hassie and Jo take us on a unique nocturnal spotlight tour looking for Australia’s National Emblems – Kangaroos, Wombats and Emus.
Tonight you are in a bed in dorm style accommodation with shared toilet and shower facilities. (BLD)
Day 3 Surf, Sun and Seals:
This morning we head out to find some of Australia's best waves and spend two hours under the instruction of a qualified surfing teacher learning this most Australian of pastimes. That magic moment where you and the wave all become one as you surf towards the shore could be the beginning of a lifelong addiction.
We then head to Bairds Bay, which is a sublime stretch of coastline where we can spend time on the beach and having a swim. It’s an opportunity to experience one of Australia's most unique wildlife experiences of swimming with dolphins and sea lions. This incredible optional wildlife experience involves a 4-hour boat cruise. We find the friendly populations and can swim and snorkel amongst them. There is nothing that can parallel the feeling of communing with wild creatures such as these. (OE $140)
Tonight you are in a bed in dorm style accommodation with shared toilet and shower facilities. (BLD)
Day 4 The Great Australia Bight & The Nullarbor:
Today we blend one of the world’s great road trips with the chance of more wildlife encounters. The Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight are two of Australia’s icons. Today we are heading into some of the most remote country on the planet.
After stopping briefly at Streaky Bay and Ceduna, we cross the dingo fence, which runs a staggering 5320km from the Bight through to Southern Queensland and head through the Yalata Aboriginal lands. We stop and have your picture taken with the famous wombat, camel and kangaroo road sign, a photo of which has become the metaphor for those who like to really get out there.
At the Head of the Bight we stop to take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs where Australia suddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean. If travelling between June and October it is very likely you will get to see some giants of the ocean, the Southern Right Whales. A pod of about 100 whales come every year to this spot to give birth to whale calves.
There is no need for a boat trip as the whales come right close to the sheer drop of the cliffs and use the sheltered waters below as their resting spot. This is a truly spellbinding sight and difficult to tear yourself away from these creatures as they breach, roll and tail slap just off the shore below the viewing platform. We set camp in one of the original settlers homesteads, once used as a service station on the old Eyre Highway and get prepared to be bedazzled by one of nature’s greatest shows.
Tonight we bush camp at Koonalda Homestead. There are limited toilet facilities. (BLD)
Day 5 The Nullarbor:
See the way the desert can devour an entire town and head west across Australia's great plain. This morning we cross the border into Western Australia, where we must hand over all of our fruit and vegetables. Then head towards Eucla, after checking out the old town of Eucla which struggled and lost in its battle against the ever encroaching desert sands, the reality of the Nullarbor really hits you – this huge expanse of karst limestone has many hidden secrets including the biggest under ground lake system in Australia and is the source of many international divers who come here to explore this unique landscape.
Settle in for a big days drive across the plain, taking in Caiguna “Blow Hole” and the story of Skylab at Balladonia, before our next overnight camp. People say the sky in Australia looks bigger than elsewhere. Tonight you get an IMAX sized version of the great southern night sky. Pick out the star sign constellations, the Southern Cross, planets and be amazed by the show of shooting stars so prevalent in the clear skies of the desert plain. No photograph or movie could ever do justice to this night sky spectacular. This is something you can only experience.
Tonight we bush camp. No facilities tonight but prior to establishing camp and first thing next morning toilet facilities are available. (BLD)
Days 6-7 Esperance/Cape Le Grande:
Esperance can seem like a huge metropolis after days out in the remoteness of the desert plain. The town is still remote but once you see the magnificent surrounds of the granite, bush and beach you can only wonder for how much longer this area can keep its quaint charm.
Get set for some of Australia's most beautiful scenery. This area of Western Australia has no less than 9 National Parks, which is testament to its beauty and uniqueness. We take in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. Stunning blue seas mix with powder white beaches and secluded bays allow
‘Life is not about the distance travelled…It’s about the experience gained on the journey.’
For stops and swims in what can only be described as a nature lover’s paradise. In the afternoon we stretch our legs on Frenchman Peak, which gives us a great overview of the bays and beaches and views to the islands of the Recherche Archipelago. This area is too spectacular to experience in one afternoon so we have a full free day for you to take in some hikes, go swimming or relax at the beach. You might even encounter a kangaroo on the beach - it doesn't get any more Aussie than that!
Tonight we camp at Cape Le Grand National Park. There are toilet and shower facilities. (BLD)
Day 8 Stirling Ranges:
Today we head to the Stirling Ranges to explore the Central South/West of Western Australia. Leaving the aptly named Lucky Bay behind, you'll be pleased to know that you haven't used up all your luck.
More gorgeous country is in front of us and your guide will pick a fabulous stop for a hike on the way, this part of WA has variety of different eco systems and each has something special to offer. We leave the day flexible as to which park we will visit depending on the time of year and wether.
We might seek out an abundance of wildflowers in the spring or a forested area with flowing rivers and waterfalls in the heat of the summer. Everywhere has its greatness at some point in the year and that is where we will take you whatever time you choose to travel.
Tonight we camp in a private camping ground in the Stirling Ranges. There are toilets and shower facilities. (BLD)
Day 9 South West of Western Australia:
See the Western Australia’s version of the Great Ocean Road by seeing how the waves have an artistry all of their own when it comes to sculpture of the coast. Nature has down its amazing best on the coastline nearby Albany sculpting the granite into incredible formations that will have you reaching for your camera time and again.
The Natural Bridge and The Gap are just two of the highlights.
Towering old growth forests once dominated the landscape of the South West and we get high in the treetops to explore this beautiful eco system. The tingle forests once dominated this area. Their ability to grow hugely tall and amazingly straight made them targets for the emerging timber industry.
Thankfully many areas are now protected after a long and bitter struggle between conservation and economic factors and you get to experience the majesty of the forest in the Valley of the Giants. We take a tree top walk through the canopy of these huge trees almost 60m up in the air. Tonight we camp. There are toilets and shower facilities. (BLD)
We finish our 4000km road trip by heading up the Western coast via Yallingup in the Margaret River region. Yallingup is a surfer’s paradise with strong but manageable waves that are a couple of sizes smaller than the death defying monsters of its nearby Margaret River cousin.
The tiny town is bordered by National Park meaning it has managed to keep its tiny town feel. Surf is not the only reason this area is famed however. Wine and caves are the other big attractions and we visit one of the big show caves of the region to get the low-down on the underground world.
See the crystalline features of the stalagmites and stalactites up close and personal. We then get some insight from real experts on the country, the local Aboriginal people. This is a great opportunity to find out about the changes that have happened in the local environment and get a totally different perspective on the culture of the South West.
We recommend that you book a night for yourself in Perth tonight as 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. There is no accommodation this night. (BL)
NOTE: The 2012 - 2013 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2012 to the 31st March 2013. The 2013 - 2014 season rates commence on the 1st April 2013.
This tour departs from Adelaide CBD.
South Australia, Western Australia
The Adelaide to Perth Tour has a 10 day duration.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
Maximum 20 passengers per tour.
Luggage Restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person and 1 piece of hand luggage.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
There is no dress code, however, passengers must bring walking shoes, swimmers, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, insect repellant, torch, headlamps and rainproof jacket.
Pick up from inner city hostels and hotels can be arranged by prior appointment. Passengers are requested to confirm their pick-up requirements 48 hours prior to departure date and to be at pick up point 15 minutes prior to departure time.
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