Wide, open spaces, arid lands, pristine beaches, lush bushland, abundant wildlife and scores of natural wonders. Welcome to Australia; raw and rugged as nature intended. Traversing almost 4,000 km of iconic Australia over ten adventure-filled days, this Adelaide to Perth camping tour takes in the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Nullarbor Plain, Esperance, Margaret River, and so much more. Along the way, swim with wild sea lions and dolphins, see kangaroos, koalas and other iconic Australian animals in the wild and connect to Country as you hike ancient landscapes. Learn to surf. Sandboard down massive dunes. Stop in at charming country towns. Fall asleep under star-filled skies and get to know the quintessential Australians who call this untamed land home. Awaken your inner adventurer in the wilds of Australia.
Day 1: Adelaide to Mt. Remarkable National Park
Escape the city and head north for the first stretch of your Adelaide to Perth camping tour. Grab a coffee in the small town of Port Wakefield before claiming a sandy patch of pristine beach for yourself at Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula. Soak up the sun, then continue along the coast to the seaside town of Port Germein, where you can stroll along South Australia’s longest jetty, built in 1881. Today’s final destination is Mt. Remarkable National Park in the Southern Flinders Ranges, our camping spot for the night.
Today, travel approximately 350 km (4 hours) in total.
Day 2: Mt. Remarkable National Park and Eyre Peninsula
Wake up to the sounds of native birdlife, and after breakfast, embark on the first hike of the tour, navigating Davey’s Gully to panoramic views across the Spencer Gulf. Then, hit the road. Along the way, we’ll see Kimba’s unique silo art, and after a quick pitstop for lunch, wind towards the wildly beautiful Eyre Peninsula.
Spot dolphins surfing the waves at Venus Bay and unearth magical seaside caves at Talia. Then, test your sandboarding skills in epic dunes and arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat for a barbecue feast. Spend the night in a unique swag hut in their unique eco-campground with shower and toilet facilities.
Today, travel approximately 450 km (5 hours) in total.
Day 3: Baird Bay and Penong
This morning, peel on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson on a pristine beach with Sceale Bay Surf School. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or wander the pristine shores.
Following a picnic lunch, it’s time for one of the tour highlights, swimming with wild sea lions and majestic dolphins on a three-hour cruise in the sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This optional experience is an outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours. At only $220, it is an experience to treasure forever. Tonight, camp at Penong, which is famous for its dozens of windmills.
Today travel approximately 290 km (5 hours).
Day 4: Nullarbor and Great Australian Bight
Today we begin the epic pilgrimage across the Nullarbor Plain. Keep your cameras at the ready for iconic photo opportunities at the famous camels, kangaroos and wombats crossing road sign, before we make our way to 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. Breath deep and take it all in.
Stop at the iconic Nullarbor Roadhouse, marvel at the ruins of an old telegraph station and, come late afternoon, cross the border into Western Australia. Tonight’s entertainment is courtesy of the celestial sphere bush camping under the southern skies on the Nullarbor.
Today travel around 800 km (10 hours) with plenty of stops along the way.
Day 5: Nullarbor to Cape Le Grand National Park
Today we continue across the mighty Nullarbor, taking in Australia’s longest straight road, 90 Mile Straight. Visit the outback town of Balladonia, which shot to worldwide fame in 1979 when the Skylab space station returned to earth here rather abruptly.
Watch the ever-changing landscapes from your window as your guide regales the history and stories that make this land unique. By afternoon, turquoise water will replace red dirt as we head towards Esperance. This part of Western Australia has no less than nine national parks and some of the best beaches in the world. Set up camp between pristine bushland and beaches at Cape Le Grand National Park, our base, for two nights.
Today travel around 600 km (7 hours).
Day 6: Cape Le Grand National Park
Crystal clear waters, powdery, white sands, expansive granite bluffs, and sunbathing kangaroos. Today, you’ll wake up in paradise. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect the absolute beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park. The ocean here is transparent, and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. 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.
Day 7: Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges
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. Refuel with a lunch stop at one of the many beaches on Esperance’s Great Ocean Drive, then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite at Mount Trio.
Today, travel approximately 470 km (5 hours) and camp in a private campground in the Stirling Ranges, which has shower and toilet facilities.
Day 8: Stirling Ranges & South West Coast
Today visit, the Porongurups for a two-hour hike through lush forests to Castle Rock and jump back on the bus for a dreamy coastal drive towards Albany. Along the way, we’ll stop at The Gap and Natural Bridge before continuing to postcard perfection. Wade out into the turquoise and calm waters of Elephant Rocks, then just up the road, descend into Greens Pool, a white sandy beach framed by huge granite boulders. Both are primed for swimming in the warmer months. From the coast to the forest, walk among the old-growth forests of the Walpole Wilderness Region with the last stop of the day at the largest Tingle Tree in Western Australia.
Travel approximately 270 km today (4 hours) and camp at the beautiful Shannon National Park, which has shower and toilet facilities.
Day 9: Margaret River
Today leave your hiking boots behind as you taste your way around the world-renowned Margaret River region. Unearth an array of cellar doors from wine, beer and gin, to dairy and sweet treats. Between tastings, stop for lunch today at one of the Margaret River’s great restaurants
Today travel around 200 km (5 hours), making tasting stops along the way. Tonight, camp at Big Valley Caravan Park in Margaret River, which has shower and toilet facilities.
Day 10: Margaret River to Perth
Roll up your swag one last time before we meet Wardandi custodian Josh, who will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable underground didgeridoo performance.
As this 10-day adventure draws to an end, stop at the popular tourist town of Busselton, where it’s hard to miss the 19th-century jetty stretching 1.8 km into Geographe Bay. One last stint on the road has you arriving in Perth around 5 pm.
Today travel around 300 km (4 hours).