Nullarbor, South Australia

9 Day Adelaide to Perth

Australia is made for road trips, and crossing South Australia’s vast Nullarbor Plain is just about as iconic as they come. From Red Gums to sand dunes, dolphins splashing in the water to kangaroos sunbathing on the beach, endless deserts and ancient forests, this 9 day journey from Adelaide to Perth will show you what we mean when we say Australia is packed with diversity. 

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Day 1: Adelaide to Port Lincoln 

You will be transferred from your Adelaide accommodation bright and early to catch your 8.15am flight to Port Lincoln which arrives 45 minutes later. Your expert guide will pick you up at Port Lincoln Airport and we’ll stop for a coffee and snack where he will give you an overview of what exciting things are to come on your journey across the South Coast of Australia!

 

We’ll enjoy a scenic tour of this “Seafood Capital of Australia”, before travelling to Whalers Way, the oldest rocks in South Australia that feature magnificent views of rugged and raw coastline.  Next it’s off to Mikkira Station, the home of the Eyre Peninsula koalas.  Then head back to our home Coodlie Park Wilderness Retreat where you’ll join us for a camp fire feast Aussie style and we’ll sleep in our hand-crafted, twin-share swag-camping huts including a pop up tent.

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Day 2: Coodlie Park

We’ll be up early today for an inspiring coastal walk around Venus Bay where we often see dolphins surfing in the waves.  We’ll return to camp for a big cooked breakfast and tour the station and the surrounding coastline.  Coodlie Park Station covers 3,000 acres and has a large stretch of private coastline too, which we’ll view.  Learn the history of this fascinating region of South Australia with your knowledgeable guide.  Tonight we’ll witness our own private sunset before another night around the campfire.  After dinner, we’ll head out on a Nocturnal Wildlife & Stargazing Tour giving you a chance to see the beautiful southern skies and get up close and personal with native wildlife while it’s at its most active.

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Day 3: Bairds Bay & Ceduna

This morning we’ll wake up slowly and enjoy a hot breakfast while listening to the birds wake up at Coodlie.  You’ll certainly feel like you’re in the Aussie Outback.  We’ll pack our belongings back in the bus and say goodbye to our hosts.  Our first stop is the weird and wonderful rock formations of Murphy’s Haystacks.  After a stop for lunch at Streaky Bay, we spend time at our signature stop, Perlubie Beach. As we take in this inspiring and pristine landscape, we sample fresh oysters and local wines before checking into our accommodation in the seaside town of Ceduna

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Day 4: Head of Bight & Nullarbor

Day four begins with a great indigenous cultural experience visiting the Ceduna Aboriginal Culture Centre and then we make our way to the magnificent Head of Bight, Australia’s ultimate coastal lookout. In the months of May – September you’ll be able to see Southern Right Whales and their young taking shelter in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park.  You’ll be immersed into the real Australian outback as we embark in Australia’s most iconic road journey, crossing the 1660km Nullarbor Plain.  That might sound like a long way but there is plenty to see and do with stops at the iconic Koonalda Homestead and Eucla Telegraph Station as we travel part of the way on the ‘Old Eyre Highway’ which is an experience in itself!  You’ll even have the opportunity to play golf on the longest gold course in the world, the Nullarbor Links.  

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Day 5: The Nullarbor & Esperance

After breakfast, we’ll hit the road as today we have a lot of land to cover as we continue crossing the Nullarbor Plain into Western Australia.  We’ll wind our clocks back 1.5 hours and your guide will entertain you as you enjoy the changing landscapes.  We’ll go off-road, 4WD’ing along the Balladonia Track towards Esperance.   This is not your usual run-of-the-mill backroad.  One highlight will be exploring the old Deralinya Homestead.  This property was built in the 1890’s as a sheep station and abandoned in 1926.  This is a great place to realise just how resilient our pioneers were when they opened up outback Australia.  Today is the day we clock up the most kilometres driving 900km across Australia but when you see what’s waiting for you, every kilometre is worthwhile!  We’ll arrive in beautiful Esperance in the evening and overnight at the Bay of Isles Motel.

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Day 6: Cape le Grand National Park 

Words cannot describe the absolute beauty you are going to experience today. Located approximately 50 km East of Esperance, Cape Le Grand is one of Western Australia’s best known and most spectacular National Parks.  It features blindingly white sandy beaches, an ocean coloured all imaginable shades of blue and sand so fine it squeaks between your toes.  Wildlife is in abundance including the iconic beach sunbathing kangaroos which are usually up for a photo opportunity.  Swim, bushwalk and reconnect with nature today and tonight we’ll stay back in Esperance.

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Day 7: Albany & Denmark

It’s more breathtaking scenery today as we head from Esperance into the beautiful Stirling Ranges. If you are lucky to be travelling during wildflower season it will look even more picture perfect.  The white sandy beaches will turn into rugged coastlines and rock formations of Albany and then we’ll head into the old growth forests of the Valley of the Giants in Denmark.   Here we’ll explore the ancient tingle forests and if you are feeling brave you can climb the 51m Diamond Tree.

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Then it’s back on the road as we make our way into one of the world’s best wine producing regions, Margaret River. 

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Day 8: Margaret River

This morning you’ll have some time to explore the quant township with its eclectic craft and produce stores.  This will work up an appetite as today we will taste our way around Margaret River and its wine and cottage industries visiting cellar doors, a chocolate factory, cheese factory and boutique brewery in this postcard perfect region.

 

Margaret River is also known for its world class surf beaches and we’ll show you the best at the Margaret River mouth.  We’ll spend the night in Margaret River again feeling satisfied and warm from all the delicious produce tastings!

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Day 9: Margaret River to Perth

Today you’ll experience one of the best indigenous experiences in Australia at Koomal Dreaming.  We’ll journey into Ngilgi Cave where you’ll be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance, storytelling and traditional fire-making during this fascinating 2.5 hour tour. You’ll also take a bushwalk and learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines.

 

As your 9-day journey draws to an end we’ll visit one last spectacular white sandy beach in Dunsborough and then head to the popular holiday town of Busselton which boasts the longest jetty in the world.  We’ll arrive into Perth around dinner time where we will drop you are your accommodation.

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