Tour Highlights

  • Wave Rock and other weird and wonderful rock formations
  • Fitzgerald River & Cape Le Grand National Park – incrediable beaches and coastal hikes
  • Discover the natural wonders of South Australia’s wild Eyre Peninsula
  • Murphy’s Haystacks
  • Swim with sea lions & dolphins (at the same time!)
  • Shark cage dive with Great Whites
  • Sandboard on mountainous dunes
  • Hike the Southern Flinders Ranges
Perth to Adelaide Tour map
Departures

Tours depart from YHA Hostel, 300 Wellington Street at 6.45am these Sundays

Apr 2, 16 & 30
Sep 17
Oct 1, 15 & 29
Nov 12 & 26
Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28
Feb 4, 11 & 18
Mar 4 & 18

South Australia - Eyre Peninsula Tour
“What a great camping experience”
Jean – April 2016

I did this amazing Perth to Adelaide tour in early March starting from Perth. The tour was very well organised and our tour guide Sandra was very knowledgeable and professional. What a great camping experience. We crossed the Nullarbor Plains and saw National Parks and beautiful beaches along the way. We experienced many Australian wildlife and birds on this tour. It was lovely to see koalas in the wild. Would definitely recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see more of Australia and loves camping.

Itinerary

Day
Location

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!

Today we clock up a few kilometres and travel 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.

Day 2
Fitzgerald River to 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 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.

Day 3
Cape Le Grand to The Nullarbor

If you didn’t a chance to spot any roos yesterday, early morning’s a prime time to potter down to the beach and see what’s hopping about before our early morning hike up Frenchman’s Peak which has stunning views across the inlets and islands of the Recherche Archipelago. Then we head to Norseman for lunch and then 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.

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 – along with pretty much everything else – is one thing you shouldn’t expect to see today. However appearances can be deceiving as below this barren and dry limestone plain lies Australia’s largest underground lake system.

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.

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.

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 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 bush camp – a working farm retreat that boasts its own private beach and offers an insight into the demands of rural living.

Tonight you may share a meal and stories with travellers from our other tours sleep in our super cool swag huts with shower facilities available. Today we travel for about 8 hours with stops along the way and all meals are included.

Day 6
Coodlie Park & the Eyre Peninsula

Today is a day you’ll remember forever as swimming with these puppy dogs of the sea and beautiful dolphins will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy! The clear waters off Baird Bay, a small fishing village located on the Eyre Peninsula, are a favoured haunt of sea lions and bottlenose dolphins. This morning you’ll get to join them for a dip (please note: the Baird Bay Eco-tour is an optional outing you’ll need to book before your adventure begins. Cost is $160 per person; duration 3-4 hours). Those who choose to stay dry will have the morning at their leisure.

Following on from a picnic lunch, we’ll continue to Murphy’s Haystacks, a collection of bizarrely warped rock formations and check out the Talia Caves which are gigantic caverns carved into the coastal cliffs. At the Lake Newland Sand Dunes you have the chance to try sand boarding! Then it’s back to Coodlie Park for another night around the campfire with your new friends.

We drive for about 3 hours today. Hours walked is about 1, with some swimming if you choose to as well.

Day 7
Mikkira Station & Port Lincoln

This morning it’s back on the road for a final dose of some more very spectacular coastal driving. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Lock’s Well, where a 283-step staircase down to the beach invites a beach stroll and the opportunity to admire the cliffs from below.

Enjoy delicious lunch on the foreshore of Port Lincoln and afterwards have some free time to check out the local sites of this pretty little town which is Australia’s seafood capitol. Then we’ll make the short drive on to our campsite in Mikkira which is a working sheep station clustered with Manna Gums with koalas galore! Driving is about 4 hours and walking time is about 2 hours. Tonight we swag camp at Mikkira Station which has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included.

Day 8
Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable

Depending on your love affair with fear, today you’ll either be diving into the world of Great White Sharks or brushing up on local whaling history at Whaler’s Way Conservation Park. Choose the way of the Whalers and you’ll be visiting the remains of an old whaling station (where you’ll hopefully spot some kangaroos and emus), lunching in Lincoln National Park and stopping by Glen Forest Wildlife Park to hand-feed a few critters.

Choose shark diving and you’ll be boating out to sea, changing into dive gear and invited to hop in a cage for a meet-up with some real monsters of the deep. These are some critters we don’t suggest hand-feeding.

We visit Wadlata Cultural Centre and have an interpretive walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers of South Australia.

Today we drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp with no facilities at Port Gibbon.

Day 9
Mt Remarkable to Adelaide

We’re on the home stretch now – and the entrance into Adelaide provides a fitting finale. Travelling on to some of South Australia pioneer mining towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. Check out the rustic charm of this historic area.

This overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. There’s no accommodation provided tonight, and make sure you have booked your 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 big journey together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).

What’s Included

Meals – 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport – Minibus
Accommodation
Bush camp (no Facilities) 4 nights
Camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights

Included Activities

  • All National Park and entry fees
  • Fitzgerald River National Park Entrance Fees
  • Wave Rock
  • Cape Le Grand National Park Entrance Fees
  • East Mt Baron Hike
  • Frenchmen’s Peak Hike
  • Ceduna Arts & Cultural Centre
  • Murphy’s Haystacks
  • Sandboarding at Lake Newland
  • Talia Caves
  • Lock’s Well
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park
  • Lincoln National Park
  • Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Daveys Gully
  • Wadlata Cultural Centre

Important Info

  • Tours depart from YHA Hostel, 300 Wellington Street at 6.45am these Sundays and will arrive in Adelaide around 6.30pm on day 9. We recommend you book your Adelaide accommodation before you start this tour.
  • It is highly recommended that you pre book the optional activities (particularly the Shark Cage Dive and Swim with the Sea Lions/Dolphins) as they are very popular and can’t be booked on the day. We can reserve your place upon booking and you pay the operator locally. The Swim with the Sea Lions/Dolphins is on a 14 seat boat and our group is not exclusive to the tour.
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase or hire.
  • There is very limited phone reception.

Check out Essential Info for everything you need to know!

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 two optional extra activities that we leave up to you to decide if you want to get involved.

Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites – Calypso Star Charters     $395pp + $100 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 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 6.30am 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 MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabilizer greatly increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.

When booked direct through us you get a free highlights photo package valued at $30.

You can check out some awesome footage and all on Calypso’s website.

Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites – Adventure Bay Charters     $395pp + $125 on board payment

Alternatively jump on board with Adventure Bay Charters on this full day tour out to the Neptune Islands which gives people the opportunity to shark cage dive with 5 of their adrenalin junkie friends.

They also offer the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub, a revolutionary new way to view Great White Sharks in their natural habitat whilst staying dry!  Watch the sharks from a glass viewing area with 360 degree views underwater.

These guys are also Advanced Eco Certified and instead of chumming, pump out AC/DC underwater which apparently is the great whites favourite band.  Good taste sharks!

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and returns around 6.30pm.

Check out all the details here.

Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins – Baird Bay     $160pp

This is an amazing experience and really two experiences rolled into one! You many have swum with dolphins before but the interaction you will have with the sea lions and dolphins together at Baird Bay is once in a lifetime and truly life enhancing. The rare and endangered Australia Sea Lions are the puppy dogs of the sea splashing, jumping, twisting, and twirling all around you and if you’re lucky you might even get a kiss. The magical bottle nose dolphins won’t disappoint either!

A 3 hour cruise with all equipment and morning tea provided what more could you want! You can check out all the details here and this experience also needs to be booked in advance so let us know at time of booking if you’re keen!

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.