Perth to Adelaide Tour
Perth to Adelaide Tour Overland
Introducing our Perth to Adelaide Tour
- Tour code: PA9
- Operates: Monday (*SEP – MAR)
- Departs 7:00am
- Returns 6:30pm approx
- 8 x breakfasts
- 9 x lunches
- 8 x dinners
- All National entry fees
- Expert driver guide with commentary
- Overland from Perth to Adeaide
- 2 x Nights bush camp (no facilities)
- 6 x Nights camping (basic facilities)
- Inner city pickup and drop services
is Explore every angle of the incredible Wave Rock
- Visit World Heritage Listed Fitzgerald National Park
- Wander the white sandy beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park
- Encounter wild Kangaroos on the beach at Lucky Bay
- Road trip the mighty Nullarbor Plain
- See the dramatic Bunda Coastal Cliffs along the Australian Bight
- Sleep under the Stars in the Australian Outback
- Murphy’s Haystacks Rock formations
- Visit Baird Bay & Streaky Bay South Australia
- Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins $180
- Tick off that bucket list item with an optional Shark Cage Dive $389+
*This tour is operated by Nullarbor Traveller in partnership with Autopia Tours
9 Days of Magic – Jane B, 2019
“I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Our guide, Janner, was exceptional. Extremely informative and knowledgeable…”
This is the only place in Western Australia that ever receives snow, though it is rare. Enjoy views over the rugged terrain here and try to spot some wildflowers during the season!
Marvel at the pristine beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park. You’ll find endless white sand beaches with the clearest blue water imaginable. Even the kangaroos come down to enjoy these beaches! Another great photo opportunity awaits you at the top of Frenchman’s peak, where you can overlook the islands of the Recherche.
Enjoy one of Australia’s most iconic road trips, the Nullarbor crossing. Gaze out into the seemingly endless desert from the comfort of your minibus. Be sure to watch for wildlife along the way. A great photo opportunity awaits at the Bunda Cliffs, where Australia meets the Southern Ocean in dramatic cliff faces.
Stay on a working farm at Coodlie Park and enjoy 2 nights with a difference in a swag hut. This eco-friendly campsite is set among the native bush. Keep an eye out for wildlife here and enjoy the million-star view of an evening. Interact with wildlife like nowhere else. Take up the sea lion and dolphin snorkel at Baird Bay, some of the most interactive and playful creatures, making for an experience you will never forget!
Or test out your nerves by giving the shark cage diving a go in Port Lincoln! Stay in some unique sites in the outback and experience the wondrous night sky like never before. On Mikkira Station you can try spotting some koalas and we’ll even stay at an old railway station across the Nullarbor.
Day 1 – Wave Rock and Fitzgerald River National Park
We leave the city early and head into the outback with our first stop in the quirky town of York. Wander through the old streets as you enjoy a coffee. Then it’s on to one of Western Australia’s most iconic locations, Wave Rock; a 15m high natural formation shaped liked a huge wave. Our camp for the night is in the National Heritage Listed Fitzgerald National Park, famous for its large variety of native flora, some of which only occur within the park! Around 10 hours travel time. (L,D) Showers not available.
Day 2 – Fitzgerald National Park to Cape Le Grand National Park
Start the day with breathtaking views out over the ranges and Doubtful Islands after a hike up Mt Barren. We then make our way towards the breath-taking Cape Le Grand National Park, with a stop in Esperance along the way for supplies. Enjoy some of the most stunning coastal scenery imaginable around Cape Le Grand and Esperance with water so blue and sand so white you would think it is a painting. We’ll arrive at our campsite in Lucky Bay early enough for you to enjoy some free time. Relax on the beach, enjoy another walk, search for Lucky Bay’s famous beach kangaroos or hang out with your new friends. Around 2.5 hours travel time. (B,L,D) Showers available.
Day 3 – Cape Le Grand and Nullarbor
A last chance to spot those friendly Lucky Bay kangaroos and then it’s on to Frenchman’s Peak for a hike that will reward you with breathtaking views over the Recherche Archipelago and surrounding waters! Then get set for one of Australia’s most epic road trips, the Nullarbor, and Australia’s longest, the flattest stretch of straight road! Tonight, we camp along the Nullarbor and play witness to the milky way and shooting stars. Around 5 hours travelled. (B,L,D) Showers not available.
Day 4 – Nullarbor and Koonalda Homestead
A day to get to know your fellow travellers as we continue to cross this vast arid region. Take in the beauty of the countryside with camera handy in case we spot some of the country’s unique wildlife! We’ll make a stop in Eucla to view the old telegraph station, now mostly buried by the sand dunes but making for some excellent photo opportunities. We’ll cross into South Australia today and tonight’s accommodation is Koonalda Homestead, an old railway station! Around 6 hours travelled. (B,L,D) Showers not available.
Day 5 – Great Australian Bight
Marvel at the dramatic beauty of the Bunda Coastal Cliffs, where you can overlook the Southern Ocean. We’ll also make a stop for that all-important camel/wombat/kangaroo road sign! We cross the world’s longest fence today, the Dingo Fence, originally built as a rabbit fence. It is now used to protect sheep in southern Australia from dingoes found in the north. After reaching the end of the Nullarbor we stop for some cultural enlightenment at the Ceduna Arts and Cultural Centre, where you can learn about indigenous artworks. Tonight’s accommodation is in some unique swag huts at Coodlie Park. Around 8 hours travelled. (B,L,D) Showers available.
Day 6 – Baird Bay
Today provides you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most playful creatures, sea lions and dolphins! Join Baird Bay Ecotours on a 3 hour journey you’ll never forget by joining these animals in their natural playground. You’ll be amazed at how curious and interactive they are! This is an optional activity and we recommend booking before you leave Perth to avoid disappointment. Cost is $180 per person. Those who choose not to join in will have the morning to enjoy at their leisure. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch as a group and then head over to check out the strange pink granite rock formations known as Murphy’s Haystacks and then the Talia Caves. Those of you with a sense of adventure can give sandboarding a go at Lake Newland’s large sand dunes. We’ll camp at Mikkira tonight. Around 3 hours travel time. (B,L,D) Showers available.
Day 7 – Mikkira Station & Port Lincoln
Enjoy more of the wonderful coastal scenery as we make our way towards Port Lincoln. Today is up to you. Those with a keen sense of adventure can choose to join one of the all-day shark cage dives, where you’ll come face to face with some of the most feared animals in the world! Join Calypso Star Charters or Adventure Bay Charters for an unforgettable encounter. This is an optional activity which we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Cost starts from $389. If this doesn’t sound like you, join your guide for a tour of the region instead.
We’ll stop in at Lock’s Well for a walk along the beach and the opportunity to see the cliffs from sea level. Lunch will be in Port Lincoln as a group and then enjoy some free time to explore the town of Port Lincoln, a site which nearly became South Australia’s capital! Accommodation for the night is a swag on Mikkira Station, a working sheep station covered in manna gums; a favourite food for the koala! Around 4 hours travelled. (B,L,D) Showers available.
Day 8 – Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable
Learn about the regions whaling history with a visit to Whaler’s Way Conservation Park, a site which is also fantastic for scenic photos and spotting some more native wildlife! We’ll also visit Glen Forest Wildlife Park where you can hand feed some of your favourite Aussie animals. Once the group is back together, we make our way towards camp at Mt Gibbon for the night. Around 4 hours travelled. (B,L,D) Showers not available.
Day 9 – Mt Remarkable to Adelaide
This morning we’ll embark on our last hike of the tour – Davey’s Gully Walk in Mt Remarkable National Park, before hitting the road back to Adelaide and travelling through some of South Australia quaint country towns. We’ll stop in the Claire Valley for a spot of wine tasting on the way. Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. 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 their 9-day adventure together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense). There’s no accommodation provided tonight so please make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure.
What to bring
Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins! $180 per person
Swim with sea lions and dolphins at the same time on this amazing 3-hour cruise with Bair Bay Ecotours. This once in a lifetime opportunity is truly not to be missed. Sea lions are known as the puppies of the sea, being extremely playful and inquisitive by nature. You may even get a kiss from one! The Dolphins won’t disappoint either! Book direct with Baird Bay Ecotours, 08 8626 5017.
Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving – $532 per person
An Advanced Eco Certified business who use a sustainable natural fish berley to attract the sharks. This is a full day tour, from 6.30am and can return anywhere between 6 and 9pm. Travel time via boat to the dive site takes around 2.5 hours. Breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, all equipment, tea/coffee and water all provided. Book direct with Baird Bay Ecotours, 08 8682 3939.
Adventure Bay Charters – $395 to $564 per person (either cage or sub tank).
This company prefers to use rock music instead of berley, pumping AC/DC songs to attract the sharks. They also have a dry underwater viewing area known as the sub tank for those wanting to see the sharks in their natural habitat but stay dry! This is a full day tour, beginning around 6.30am and returning between 6-7pm. Photos, light breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and all equipment provided. Book direct, Book direct with Adventure Bay Charters, 08 8682 2979.
Please note these tours are not operated by us and can have different terms and conditions. We recommend you visit their websites for all the details and terms and conditions. Weather can impact on these tours, which is outside of our control. Tours may be cancelled, in which case a full refund will be issued by the operator. As we are dealing with wildlife, they are always expected but never guaranteed.
Where to meet
Default departure location: Perth YHA, 300 Wellington St, Perth @ 7:00am (view Map)
Please arrive 15mins prior to the departure time.
Our commitment to sustainability
Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/
Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.
The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.
Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.
Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.
Protecting our National Parks
People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.
No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.
All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our Perth to Adelaide Tours. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.
All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.
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