Nullarbor Traveller: 9 Day - Perth to Adelaide Wildlife Adventure
- Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
- Product code: NU9
During this camping adventure, you see and do a lot. Once the sun goes down, sleep under the billions of stars that make up the Southern Skies, and kick back around the campfire sharing stories with new friends. Leave with life long memories and stories to tell.
- Wave Rock and other weird and wonderful rock formations
- Fitzgerald River & Cape Le Grand National Park
- South Australia’s wild Eyre Peninsular
- Swim with Sea Lions & dolphins (at the same time!)
- Shark cage dive with Great Whites
- Sandboard on mountainous dunes
- Hike the Southern Flinders Ranges
Meals - 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport - Air-conditioned Minibus
Accommodation - Bush camp (no Facilities) 4 nights - Camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights
- 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
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 National Park
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 roo's 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 capital. 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).
- Please book your Adelaide accommodation before you start this tour.
- As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Adelaide after your tour until the Saturday.
While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food and entry and national park fees, there are a few optional extra activities that we leave up to the passenger to decide if they want to do.
SWIM WITH SEA LIONS & DOLPHINS ($160 p.p)
This is an amazing experience - you may have swum with dolphins at other places around the world but the interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at Bairds Bay will leave you breathless. Baird bay is a very sheltered bay on the Eyre Peninsula and passengers aboard the boat for a short ride to our first stop, which is to swim with sea lions. This takes place in approximately 2 metres of water. It is a natural experience and the sea lions come into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us. After this, we head further out into the bay to swim with the dolphins. This happens in four metres of water but is still within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours, wetsuit and snorkel equipment is provided at no additional cost.
As this activity is outsourced, only limited spaces are available. By confirming and saying your intentions now, we can guarantee your position on the tour. Pay the operator direct $160 on the day of activity
SHARK CAGE DIVING OPTIONS - PORT LINCOLN
Shark Cage Diving with Calypso Star Charters $395pp + $100 on board payment
Calypso Star Charters was the first one day shark tour in Australia and offers passengers the chance to get up close and personal with one the planets most feared creatures, the Great White Shark. Take a 2.5 hours cruise out to the Neptune Islands on this full day tour spending a minimum of 45 minutes in the cage with 7 other adrenalin junkies.
The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea. Nullarbor Traveller passengers receive a photo pack valued at $30.
Shark Cage Diving with Adventure Bay Charters $395pp + $125 on board payment
This full day tour out to the Neptune Islands gives people the opportunity to shark cage dive with 5 of their adrenalin junkie friends or stay dry in the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub. These guys are an eco-friendly, no chumming option, instead pumping out AC/DC underwater which apparently is the great whites favourite band!
The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea and returns around 6.30pm.
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.
Meals: We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products - PLEASE let us know of any special dietary requirements. We also recommend to our passengers who may have a difficult diet to cater for to bring some of their own preferred foods for the journey. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.
Camping: Our tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. Accommodation on tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds, bush camps (no facilities). When camping, we use individual swags provided by Nullarbor Traveller. (Our wet weather option is 3 person dome tents shared by a maximum of 2 people per tent) We like to be flexible with our camping spots as sometimes weather conditions will dictate the best place to camp. If the weather is unreliable the guide may suggest to the group to stop in an accommodated premises - this is at the individuals own cost.
What to bring: Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen. Bags are restricted to 1x 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.