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Adelaide to Perth Overland

Categories:

  • Holidays
  • Australia
  • South Australia

Price:

From $1,815

Stay:

9 nights

Travel Dates:

Wednesday 1st of January 2020 until Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Description:

Adelaide to Perth Overland - 10 Days / 9 Nights - from $1815* per person (with Intrepid).

Travelling across the vast Nullarbor Plain is not only one of the world's great road trips, but a unique opportunity to encounter native Australian wildlife up close. Spot kangaroos, wombats, emus and rare birds in remote national parks and enjoy stunning bush scenery. Up through southern Western Australia to Margaret River wine country and finishing in Perth, this adventure tour is ideal for those wishing to experience a nature-filled journey through Australia's wild landscapes.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Adelaide - Flinders Ranges National Park

Headed north we’ll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges. So unique are the fossils found in this landscape, geologists had to revise the geologic time-line of the Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period! Hike Alligator Gorge where we’ll have lunch and explore the pristine Warren Gorge where we’ll be spending the night camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.


Today we drive approx. 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way.

Accommodation

  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2: Eyre Peninsula - Coodlie Park

Its an early morning start to travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, one of Australia’s best kept secrets. See some unique outback silo art in the tiny town of Kimba and after a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s time to head to the coast to explore Venus Bay, Talia Caves. Next its to the Lake Newland sand dunes where adrenaline junkies can test out their sand boarding skills.

In the late afternoon we arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat. This working farm has traditional cropping, sheep and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions.

Today we drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way.
 

Accommodation

  • Farmstay (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3: Baird Bay - Penong

This morning we’ll continue driving along the coast to then do a learn to surf lesson on a remote and pristine beach. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore Sceale Bay while the others test their surf skills.
For those wanting to experience one of Australia's most unique wildlife experiences of swimming with dolphins and sea lions. This incredible optional wildlife experience involves a four hour boat cruise. We find the friendly populations and swim and snorkel amongst them. There is nothing that can parallel the feeling of communing with wild creatures such as these. If you wish to take up this option please notify us in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements. Those who choose to stay on land will travel to Point Labatt Conservation Park, the only place on the mainland where Australian seal pups can be seen learning to swim, play and rest on the beach

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Optional Activities

  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Baird Bay - AUD180

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4: The Nullabor / Eucla

There is no getting out of a long drive today as we start to travel across the mighty Nullarbor Plain. Crossing the Nullarbor has become a rite of passage for backpackers and for Australians it is the quintessential experience of the Australian Outback. Take a snap the world famous wombat, kangaroo and camel road sign, see jaw dropping scenery at the longest continuous cliff coast line in the Southern Hemisphere, the spectacular Bunda Cliffs or “Edge of Australia”.
Stop at the iconic Nullarbor Roadhouse, explore the ruins of an old telegraph station and come afternoon cross the border into WA where tonight’s free entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.
Tonight we bush camp under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor


Today's distance is approx. 7 hours, with break stops.

Accommodation

  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5: Cape Le Grand National Park

Another early rise this morning as we travel the last part of the Nullarbor visiting the Caiguna Blowhole for some free air conditioning from the ocean. 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 a couple of days in the outback.

After another reasonably big drive day, get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery with this part of WA having no less than 9 National Parks and some of the best beaches in the world. We’ll set up camp in the spectacular Cape Le Grand National Park

Today we drive approx 7 hours, with break stops along the way

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6: Cape Le Grand National Park

Crystal clear waters, powdery white sands, expansive granite bluffs… and sunbathing kangaroos? Sound like a dream? Well its not because today you’ll wake up in one of Australia’s best known and most spectacular National Parks. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect its absolute beauty. The ocean here is practically transparent, the local western grey ‘roos are regularly sunbaking on the beach and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. So beautiful is this park we will be spending the whole day here exploring, swimming, bushwalking and you’ll also have some free time to do whatever you please.

We drive approx 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7: Cape Le Grand National Park - Stirling Ranges

Head down to the beach nice and early to make friends with some of the local kangaroo’s then we’ll be hiking Frenchman’s Peak, where beautiful vistas span right across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. Refuel with a lunch stop on one of the many beaches on Esperance’s Great Ocean Drive then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite at Mount Trio.

We drive for about 5 hours today, and walk for 2 and a half also.

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8: South West Coast (Stirling Ranges)

Today’s an early start as we visit the oldest mountain range in the world, the unique Porongurups which rise from the landscape like an island. Set out on a two-hour hike through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock which is a bit of a climb but worth every bit of effort as you are rewarded with breathtaking views over the region. Then traveling 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. Visit the Gap, Natural Bridge, Elephant Rocks and Green Pool for a swim in a sheltered swim and then a stop at the largest Tingle Tree in Western Australia.

It is just over 5 hours from Lucky Bay to Stirling Ranges, with about one hour walking on the way.

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9: Margaret River

If you are feeling brave today you can climb the 50 metre Diamond Tree, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout and only 1 of 3 wooden top towers in the world. Next it’s time tantalise those tastebuds as we spend the rest of the day tasting our way around the Margaret River region visiting boutique wineries, breweries, a chocolate factory and a cheese factory, sampling as we go. Cheers to that.

Today we drive approx 5 hours making stops along the way.

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • The Diamond Tree

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10: Margaret River - Perth

On the last day of the trip you’ll wake to the now-familiar warble of kookaburras and cockatoos before heading to Dunsborough where you’ll meet Wardandi custodian Josh, who will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable didgeridoo cave experience, taste native foods, discover bush medicine and experience traditional fire lighting on this unique indigenous cultural experience.
As our 10 day adventure draws to an end as we have our final lunch and swim at the popular tourist town of Busselton, where it’s hard to miss the 19th-century Jetty stretching 1.8km into Geographe Bay. One last stint on the road see’s us arriving into Perth around 6pm 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

Today we drive approx. 5 hours, although driving through Perth city traffic can mean a slower journey than previously advised.

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Aboriginal Culture Dreamtime tour

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Departs: Selected departures from 01 Jan 20 to 24 Mar 21.

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

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