Nullarbor Traveller bus on Perth to Adelaide tour

Perth to Adelaide vs Sydney to Cairns

There are stunning sights to see on both of these iconic routes through Oz. But it all depends if you want to share them with a ton of other tourists, or just a few wild kangaroos. The choice might be easier than you think.

As far as world famous Aussie landmarks go, Sydney just about tops the list. Playing host to some of Australia’s most instantly recognisable sights including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, this bright and brash city isn’t short on sights to tick off your list. Coupled with awesome nightlife and some of the best city beaches you’re likely to find anywhere, it’s no surprise Australia’s unofficial capital draws the crowds. Sydney is also the jumping off point for the route up north to Cairns and a good marker for what to expect further up the coast.

There is much to see and experience on a journey up the east coast and you’ll never be bored, or be too far from the tour buses. Having a mix of party towns like Surfers Paradise, Airlie Beach and Brisbane and natural wonders like the Blue Mountains, the Whitsunday Islands, and of course the Great Barrier Reef, mean there is something for everyone and as such big crowds are a common sight, with tour agencies all vying for a dollar. That’s not to say just because everyone comes here, these places aren’t worth visiting. Gorgeous beach towns like Byron Bay and Noosa, and of course backpacker central Cairns, are places that travellers often arrive into and never want to leave. Surfing by day and partying by night is a popular pastime with many and if that’s your bag, the east coast is your best bet.


Perth to Adelaide on the other hand is remote and beautiful, and many would argue, the authentic Australia. With big skies, epic horizons and few people, this is the side of Oz that draws those with an adventurous spirit. And for good reason.

Perth to Adelaide adventure tours

Earn your stripes by crossing the vast Nullarbor Plain, over 1,000kms of wilderness and one of the best road trips in the world that very few people can lay claim to completing. Explore diverse landscapes from the beautiful Fitzgerald River to the awe inspiring Cape le Grand National Park, where you can chose to burn some calories hiking a trail or just kick back on any one of the near deserted beaches. Or explore the beauty of the Flinders Ranges by day and sleep under the stars in a classic Aussie swag by night. There’s no shortage of wildlife encounters either with the chance to swim alongside completely wild sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay, go cage diving with great white sharks in Port Lincoln or visit wild koalas at Mikkira Station. Other natural wonders include Wave Rock, huge and shaped like a perfect wave, this important Aboriginal site has the legend of a rainbow coloured serpent at its heart. Learn about its history and cultural significance from local tribes and explore with just a few other visitors at any time. You’ll score major brownie points in any “so where’s the best place you’ve travelled to” conversations.

So whether you’re into the big “must see sights” or have a more adventurous spirit and like your experiences unique and off the beaten path, there are amazing sights to see on both sides.

Either way, your experiences will be wild and unique, with amazing sights to see on both sides.

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