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Experience the ultimate Perth to Adelaide camping tour. Escape to secluded beaches where the white sand squeaks and the sunburnt outback country is dusted with vivid ochre dirt. The epic crossing from west to south is lined with ‘why didn’t I get here sooner’ landscapes. From the pristine coastline of Esperance to the towering peaks of the Flinders Ranges, fill your days swimming at Australia’s best beaches, surfing waves and dunes and hiking in unforgettable national parks. Get to know the local wildlife swimming with wild sea lions and dolphins, lounging on the sand with Lucky Bay’s resident kangaroos, and camping at a koala sanctuary. Come nightfall, gaze up at the clearest night skies in Australia and wake to milky sunrises across the untamed country before you embark on another adventure-filled day.
Your Perth to Adelaide camping tour begins travelling east from the city over the Darling Ranges, stopping for coffee at Western Australia’s oldest inland town, York. A bit more driving, and you’ll be eating lunch in the shadow of Wave Rock and, by late afternoon, setting up camp in Fitzgerald River National Park. This is one of Australia’s largest and most botanically significant national parks, renowned for its rugged hinterland, coastal scenery and more than 1,800 beautiful and rare plant species.
Today travel around 600km.
Begin the morning with a brisk hike up East Mt. Baron for breathtaking views, then take the coastal route into Esperance, an iconic oceanic wonderland. This part of Western Australia has no less than nine national parks where you’ll find some of the best beaches in the world. Connect to Country during a 90-minute Dabungool Cultural Experience. Join local Wudjari Nyungar mother and daughter as they guide you on a coastal walk to learn about the six seasons, bushfood and medicine plants that have sustained the Wudjari people for many thousands of years.
Next, drive along one of the most magical stretches of oceanside road you’ll ever see. Stop for a swim at Twilight Beach before travelling a little further east to Cape Le Grand National Park. Set up camp where the bush meets the beach at Lucky Bay, your base, for two nights. Spend the afternoon hiking, swimming in turquoise waters, or simply just soaking up the serenity.
Travel about 250km today.
Sunrise is a sacred time here, and it’s also when the friendly western grey kangaroos are most active. Wander onto the beach to say hello before strapping on your hiking boots to embark on one of the best hikes of the tour, climbing Frenchman Peak for sweeping views across Cape Le Grand and Recherche Archipelago. Spend the remainder of the day unearthing this incredible park. Traverse through lush bushland, swim at fantastic bays and coves and learn about its abundant flora and fauna.
We drive only 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours. Stay a second night in Cape Le Grand.
Rise with the sun and hit the road. By nightfall, we’ll be falling asleep under the star-filled outback skies of the Nullarbor. En route, stop at the quintessential outback town of Norseman before we traverse the Eyre Highway eastbound, taking in Australia’s longest straight road, 90 Mile Straight. Watch the ever-changing landscapes from your window as your guide regales the history and stories that make this land unique. Tonight, gaze up at distant galaxies on a genuine bush camping experience on the Nullarbor.
There is no escaping a long drive today with 790km of outback to cover but plenty of stops along the way.
Today we continue crossing the outback of the mighty Nullarbor. Make a stop at Eucla, an old telegraph township now mostly buried beneath dunes. Classic Australian sights stretch out before us on the road today. Keep your cameras at the ready for iconic photo opportunities at the famous camels, kangaroos and wombats crossing road sign and the edge of Australia, where the outback drops dramatically into the Southern Ocean. Stretching approximately 200 kilometres along the Great Australian Bight, Bunda Cliffs are the world’s longest continuous line of sea cliffs.
Further on, unearth a piece of Australian history as we cross the Dingo Fence. At 5,614 kilometres, it is the world’s longest fence and marks the entry point to the Yalata Aboriginal lands. Finally, in the afternoon, arrive at Fowlers Bay.
Travel we travel around 560km.
This morning, unearth some pristine coastal sights, including a legendary surf break at Cactus Beach, before stopping at the Penong Windmill Museum to meet ‘Bruce’, the biggest windmill in Australia. After stocking up on supplies in Streaky Bay, test your sandboarding skills in some massive dunes. Come late afternoon, arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat to enjoy a barbecue feast and roll out your swag in a unique outdoor hut.
Today travel approximately 400km.
Today, get ready for a truly magical wildlife encounter. Head out on a small boat into the calm waters of Baird Bay to Jones Island, home of a wild colony of Australian Sea Lions. Once moored, pop on a snorkel swim in the rock pools. Before long, some curious and playful sea lions will likely come to take a closer look, twisting, twirling and splashing around you. When you thought this day couldn’t get any better, it is likely you will also have the chance to swim with wild, bottlenose dolphins as well. It’s important to note these creatures are wild and are not fed or coerced in any way. This optional three-hour cruise is an outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours and needs to be booked in advance.
Those who choose to stay on land will travel to Point Labatt Conservation Park, the only place on the mainland where you can see Australian seal pups playing and resting on the beach.
After lunch, continue down the coast, stopping at travel to Elliston for a short coastal drive, then onwards to set up camp for two nights at Bayview Park.
Travel around 400km today.
You may have swum with dolphins before, but the interaction you will have with the sea lions and dolphins together at Baird Bay is genuinely life-enhancing. The rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions are the labradors of the sea splashing, jumping, twisting, and twirling all around you. The magical bottlenose dolphins won’t disappoint either. This experience includes a three-hour cruise with all equipment and morning tea provided.
Visit the Baird Bay Eco Experience website and make sure you book with us in advance.
This morning, you can give back during a conservation volunteering experience. We have various conservation partners across our regions, including Bayview Park, where we camp for two nights. They offset their carbon footprint by collecting and propagating native seeds and revegetating the land. What we do this morning depends on the time of year, but you might find yourself collecting seeds or planting trees.
Feeling inspired, it’s time to unearth some of the natural highlights of Port Lincoln and its surroundings. First, visit the rugged and spectacular Whalers Way before heading to Mikkira Station Koala Sanctuary. This private property is home to the Eyre Peninsula’s only wild koala population, and with lots of kangaroos and emus also calling Mikkira home, this is a great place to spot wildlife and have lunch.
This afternoon, hit the white sandy beaches of Coffin Bay National Park before heading to Port Lincoln, where you will have some free time to explore and grab dinner before returning to camp.
Those coming to Port Lincoln to get up close and personal with the aquatic wildlife can opt to have a Great White Shark experience. This outsourced activity is not included in the itinerary and must be booked directly with Calypso Star Charters. Please see Optional Extras for more information.
Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only South Australian one-day Shark Cage Diving tour operator permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience.
The full day’s charter boards at 6.30 am, and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment are supplied, and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.
Bookings for this experience need to be made directly with the operator.
Drive time today is about 2.5 hours unless you are doing the shark experience, in which case it is only 1 hour.
Surfing is a way of life in Australia, so today, pull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson. The turquoise and calm water of Fisheries Bay are the perfect places for beginners to perfect their skills. Those not wanting to surf can relax on the beach or swim. Stop to see unique silo art in Cowell before some free time in Port Augusta.
Then, onwards to Spear Creek Holiday Park, which is set adjacent to the Western slopes of the Flinders Ranges in the middle of a 21,000-acre working sheep station. After a tasty dinner prepared by your Guide, kick back and enjoy front-row seats to one of Earth’s most spectacular light shows. The Flinders Ranges is famed as having some of the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies. Roll out your swag under a blanket of stars twinkling stars and reflect on your adventure.
Today travel approximately 400km.
The fossils discovered in the Flinders Ranges are so old that geologists had to revise the geologic timeline of Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period. After breakfast, we will unearth more of this amazing park as we pull on our hiking boots for a morning hike. After lunch, we begin the final leg of our tour back to Adelaide. South Australia is well known for its world-class wine, and the last stop of the tour takes full advantage of this. Pull up in the Clare Valley wine region for a wine tasting, and cheers to your adventure before finally arriving in Adelaide around 5 pm.
Today we travel approximately 330km.
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