Days
10
Price from
$1,233AUD

Encounter the best of Australian wildlife on this expansive trip across the Nullabor

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.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Perth, Australia
Destination
South Australia, Western Australia, Outback
Style
Basix
Theme
Wildlife
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 21
Code
PAP10

Itinerary

It’s an early start today as we set out from the City of Churches across the Nullarbor. Headed north, we’ll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the rugged gorges and Red Gums of the Flinders Ranges. Along the way there’ll be the opportunity for a bit of a leg stretch on a stroll down Alligator Gorge (no crocs here, though keep an eye out for snakes), then it’s on to Quorn, home of the Pichi Richi Railway, for lunch. You’ll be spending tonight in Warren Gorge, camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.

As the sun is setting and while your evening meal is being prepared, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Warren gorge in the Flinders Ranges. It is here that you will get the opportunity to see a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby, almost driven to extinction by introduced “Feral” animals, at Warren Gorge they are beginning to “Bounce Back!”

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
If there’s one thing Australia does well, it’s big things: the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana, the Big Merino… the list goes on. Keep your cameras at the ready for the lesser-known Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fibreglass structure overlooking the gift shop in the tiny town of Kimba. After a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s back on the road to Venus Bay, Talia Caves and the Lake Newland sand dunes (where adrenaline junkies can test out their sand boarding skills). In the afternoon we’ll pull in to Coodlie Park for a night’s stay on a working farm.

Today we drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Just up the road from Coodlie Park lies Baird Bay, an environment famed for its watery wildlife. This morning you’ll get the option to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise. This outsource adventure done by Baird Bay eco tours is an optional experience. Following a picnic lunch on the beach, we’ll continue driving along the coast to our secluded camping spot in Fowlers Bay.

Today we drive approx 5 hours, in total with stops along the way.

Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Port Neill - AUD160
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Days don’t get much more Australian than this one. Not only do we cross the 5,320-kilometre-long dingo fence this morning; we also take a snap or two at the famous wombat, emu, camel road sign on the Nullarbor and stop off at Bunda Cliffs to see where Australia, quite literally, drops into the ocean. Come arvo we cross the border into WA, where tonight’s free entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.

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
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. Continue the drive to Esperance, which may seem like a bustling metropolis after five days in the desert.

Today we drive approx 7 hours, with stops along the way
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Crystal clear waters, powdery white sands, expansive granite bluffs… and sunbathing kangaroos? If you choose to start today with an early morning beach stroll, don’t be surprised when you come across a roo or two lounging on Cape Le Grand’s stunning shoreline – they know what’s good for them. How you spend your day here 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. Unless you decide to stay in your tent all day playing Tetris, there’s really no wrong answer.

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
Kick-start the day with a hike to Frenchman’s Peak, where beautiful vistas span right across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. Locals reckon Frenchman’s Peak was named after the shape of French hats, but we’re not so sure. Refuel with a lunch stop at Lucky Bay, then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite.

We drive for about 4 hours today, and walk for two hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s a day for keeping cameras close and clicking fingers at the ready. Travelling 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. From the coast to the forest, we’ll veer off into the Valley of the Giants for a treetop canopy almost 60 metres above the ground.

It is just over 5 hours from Lucky Bay to Sterling Ranges, with stops along 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
Diamond Tree, a 50-metre-tall Karri tree once used as a fire lookout, is our first stop for the day. With the handy assistance of a circular staircase attached to the tree’s trunk. Return to the coast for the drive into Margaret River, a region known for its local delicacies and world-class red wines. 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
Wake to the now-familiar warble of kookaburras and cockatoos before taking the coastal road. Check out the Ngilgi caves and get the lowdown on this amazing underground world, then gain a totally different insight into local culture during a meet-up with some of the people indigenous to the area. A final stint on the road will bring us into Perth.

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).

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

Meals

9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)
  • Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants
  • The Diamond Tree
  • Aboriginal Culture Dreamtime tour

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Important notes

1. The tour commences on Day 1 at 6.30am and finishes on arrival in Perth on day 10 at around 18:00.
2. Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase.
3. We highly recommend you arrange optional extra activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
4. This trip is Basix camping with swags and pop-up dome tents

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