Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Your 10-day, 2485 miles (4000km) journey begins from Adelaide and travels through some of Australia’s most diverse and wild landscapes, allowing you to experience everything from the outback to ancient forests. Encounter abundant native wildlife, hike through beautiful national parks and learn about the indigenous culture while you travel through the most spectacular areas of South Australia and Western Australia.
With a lot a land to cover, you can expect an average days drive of approximately 250 to 310-miles (400 to 500-kilometres). Don't be deterred however, there is lots of merriment and even singalongs on the bus, and there will be frequent stops and highlights to visit before setting up camp each night. A medium level of fitness is required for this tour as there will be numerous hikes.
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When we say “camping adventure” we mean it! During the day you are going to see and do a lot, but when the sun goes down you’ll sleep Aussie bushman style in 'swags' under the stars of the Southern Skies. Kick back around the campfire with a beer and share stories with your new friends. It is these moments that leave travelers with life long memories
Day 1 – Flinders Ranges National Park
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. Stroll down Alligator Gorge (no crocodiles here, though keep an eye out for snakes), then it’s on to Quorn, home of the Pichi Richi Railway, for lunch. Spend the night in Warren Gorge, camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.
Explore the beautiful Warren Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. Here you will get the opportunity to see a Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby, driven almost to extinction by introduced 'feral' animals. At Warren Gorge they are beginning to bounce back!
Drive approx. 400 km (4 hours) in total, with stops along the way. We’ll be bush camping (no facilities) and your lunch and dinner are included.
Day 2 – Coodlie Park and Eyre Peninsula
The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great many secrets people are only just discovering, and once they do they are blown away. Keep your cameras at the ready for the Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fiberglass 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 pull in to Coodlie Park for a night’s stay on a working farm which is also our home base!
Share a meal and stories with travelers from our other tours, and sleep in our super cool swag huts. Shower facilities are available. Drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way. All meals are included.
Day 3 – Baird Bay and Fowlers Bay
Just up the road from Coodlie Park lies Baird Bay, an environment famed for its watery wildlife. Take a 3-hour cruise to see playful sea lions and dolphins. (This is an optional experience that can be added on to your tour, for purchase at time of travel). Following a picnic lunch on the beach, continue driving along the coast to our secluded camping spot in Fowlers Bay.
Drive approx 5 hours in total with stops along the way. Camp at Fowlers Bay campground, which has shower facilities. All meals included.
Day 4 – The Great Australian Bight
Days don’t get much more Australian than this one. Not only do we cross the 5,320-kilometer-long dingo fence this morning; we also take a photo or two at the famous wombat, emu, and camel road sign on the Nullarbor, and stop off at Bunda Cliffs to see where Australia, quite literally, drops into the ocean. We cross the border into WA, where free entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere.
Distance traveled is approx. 7 hours, with break stops. Bush camp (no facilities) under the Southern skies on the Nullarbor. All your meals are provided.
Day 5 – Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park
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 rather abruptly. After lunch, continue the drive to Esperance, which may seem like a bustling metropolis after five days in the desert.
Drive approx 7 hours, with stops along the way. Set up camp in spectacular Cape Le Grand National Park where you will have access to shower facilities. All meals included.
Day 6 - Cape Le Grand National Park
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 entirely up to you: set out on a coastal bush walk, splash about in the sea, fiddle around with your camera aperture, or just kick back with your new buds along the beach.
We drive approx 10 minutes, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours. You will have shower facilities and all meals included.
Day 7 – Cape Le Grand National Park and Stirling Ranges
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 drive to Stirling Ranges campsite.
We drive for about four hours, and walk for two hours. We camp in a private campground in the Flinders Ranges where you have shower and toilet facilities and even limited phone charging! All meals included.
Day 8 – Stirling Ranges
A day for keeping cameras close and clicking fingers at the ready. Traveling along western Australia’s answer to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, 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, veer off into the Valley of the Giants for a treetop canopy almost 60 meters above the ground.
It is just over 5 hours from Lucky Bay to Stirling Ranges, with stops along the way. Swag camp at a caravan park with shower and toilet facilities. All meals are provided.
Day 9 – South West Coast
Diamond Tree, a 50-meter-tall Karri tree once used as a fire lookout, is our first stop for the day. Find 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. Tonight we swag camp at a a camp ground with shower and toilet facilities with all meals are provided. There is even limited phone charging here.
Day 10 - Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the trip you’ll wake to the now-familiar warble of kookaburras and cockatoos before taking the coastal road to Perth. 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.
Today we drive approx. 5 hours. Please make sure you have booked your Perth 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).
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.