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 tour through the stunning landscapes of the Nullarbor Plain, Margaret River Region, Cape Le Grand National Park, Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges. Follow these top 10 tips for adventure travel in South and Western Australia from booking, right the way through to the end of the tour, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have the time of your life.

1. 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.

2. What to Pack

Poor packing for seasonal weather can mean freezing nights and sunburnt 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.

3. 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 operator and you’re not only supporting small businesses directly, but you’ll also save money. You will also gain access to more information about the tour itself, so you can see if it’s the right fit for you.

HOT TIP – when you’re ready to book your tour, book direct with Nullarbor Traveller. We’ll beat any travel agent’s advertised price 😉

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

4. 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.

5. 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. With small group touring, 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.

6. 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.

7. Capture the best shots

You will want to remember your experiences and the natural beauty of this 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.

8. Social Media and Apps to Enhance your Trip

Check out the tour company’s social media pages; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the best places 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 TourRadar 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.

9. Re-connect

Re-connecting with your tour group is a great way to keep memories of the experiences you shared fresh in your mind. It’s also a great way to keep up with your new friends’ further travels.

10. Write a review

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.

Ready to book your tour?

View our South Australia & Western Australia tours and book direct with Nullarbor Traveller. We’ll beat any travel agent’s advertised price. Get in touch with us today.

 

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Sunset at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia