Rugged coastline of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia

Top 10 Tips for Adventure Travel in South and Western Australia

Get the most from your adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Nullarbor by following these top 10 tips for adventure travel in South and Western Australia, from booking right the way through to the end of tour.

Research your trip

Know your itinerary inside and out. The more you know in advance the less nasty surprises you’ll have (yes, there are some early wake up calls!). Check out social media sites and Instagram for up to the minute pictures and info. Also check out any recent reviews online for the specific tour you’ve chosen.

What to Pack

Poor packing for seasonal weather can mean freezing nights and sun burnt days. Before you throw everything into your pack, consider the time of year you’ll be travelling and what that means for temperature and rainfall. Also remember that our tours don’t include sleeping bag hire so you’ll need to bring your own.

Get Inspired

Arrive at your destination with a good idea of what to expect. Check out destination guides like Lonely Planet and local blogs for up-to-date info on what there is to see and do.

Travel agents are well known for re-selling tours over and over again, which means more cost to you. Book directly with the tour company and you’re not only supporting small businesses directly, you’ll also save money. You will also gain access to more information about the tour itself, so you can really see if it’s the right fit for you.

Backpackers surfing Wave Rock in Western Australia on a Nullarbor Traveller tour from Perth

Plan Your Transfer

Remember that transfers to the tour pick-up point are not included. Work out how to get there with time to spare in case there are delays. Miss the bus and you’ve missed the adventure of a lifetime! Hotel pick ups to the tour can be arranged if you want to take the hassle out of getting to the bus station or meeting point.

Keep an Open Mind

Meeting new people is probably the best reason to join an organised tour. Forming new friendships and getting the chance to exchange travel stories is one of the most rewarding parts of travel. Being part of a group can also mean going with the flow, pretty often. Not everyone can be pleased all the time, so keep in mind that sometimes you’ll need to just chill. Tour etiquette is vital to everyone having an awesome time, so be polite, stay relaxed, and enjoy the ride.

Embrace your curiosity

There is so much to learn about this stunning part of Australia, from history and culture, to nature and the environment, so always ask questions. The likelihood is you won’t be the only person wondering why Wave Rock is shaped the way it is, and our knowledgeable tour guides can answer pretty much any question you can throw at them. Coming off a tour with a wealth of newly learned facts to share with your friends and family is priceless.

Capture the best shots

You will want to remember your experiences in this beautiful part of the world for a long time to come, so consider investing in a good quality camera and not just relying on your phone. A camera will capture more detail and colour, and is also a much better tool for capturing moving targets at a distance, like wildlife.

Social Media and Apps to Enhance your Trip

Check out the tour company’s social media pages; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the best place to start. These sites will have the most up to date pictures and information relating to both the tour and the destinations featured on the itinerary.

Sites such as Tripadvisor and Tour Radar are great for up to date reviews. Apps that are particularly useful when travelling through remote areas include the nifty Wolfram Sun Exposure app which helps you manage the amount of time you’re spending in the sun (enter your skin type and it calculates how long you can spend sunning yourself before getting burned, based on the time of day and where you are). Out for dinner with your fellow travellers? Make splitting the bill that much easier and less awkward with an app like Splittr or Splitwise.

Re-connecting with your tour group is a great way of keeping memories and experiences shared together fresh in your mind. It’s also a great way to keep up with any further travels your new friends are making. Take the time to write an honest review of the tour online to share with others, so people like you can pick the right tour for them. Include the good, the bad, and the ugly! And share your best tips for adventure travel in South and Western Australia.

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Sunset at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia