From the red dirt and dusty plains of the outback to turquoise waters lapping on snow-white sand, Australia’s southern and western reaches are home to some of the most diverse landscapes and indelible experiences in the country. Traverse almost 4,000 km through some of Australia’s most untamed and inspiring country on this 10-day, soul-stirring Adelaide to Perth private tour. Taste world-famous seafood straight from the source and swim with abundant marine life in the Eyre Peninsula. Stand at the edge of Australia at the Head of Bight before making the pilgrimage across the vast expanse of the Nullarbor Plain into Western Australia. Here, sprawl out on deserted beaches without another soul in sight, walk through ancient forests and awaken your senses as you taste your way around the famous Margaret River wine region.
Day 1: Adelaide to Port Lincoln
A short 45-minute flight will whisk you away from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, where your expert local guide awaits. First up, we’ll introduce you to the heart of the Eyre Peninsula, the thriving seaside town of Port Lincoln. Lunch is courtesy of local favourite, the iconic Fresh Fish Place, where you can sample the Eyre Peninsula’s seafood bounty, including oysters, scallops, crayfish, crab and fish, as you watch the day’s harvest hauled to shore. This afternoon, head off-road four-wheel driving through the dunes from Wanna Lookout to Sleaford. Gaze out across the beautiful coastline at Whalers Way and get up close to abundant koalas at historic Mikkira Station.
Pop into a vineyard for wine tasting and check into the Port Lincoln Hotel to freshen up before relaxing over dinner at a local restaurant to toast the start to your Adelaide to Perth overland tour.
Driving distance today is around 150 km, and you will stay at the award-winning Port Lincoln Hotel.
Day 2: Coffin Bay to Elliston
Begin your day sprawled out on the famed sandy shores of Coffin Bay National Park. Experience nature in its most pure state as you unearth the untamed bush, beach and wildlife that defines this iconic wilderness. Awakened by the wild, continue down the coast to taste world-famous Coffin Bay oysters. Glide through crystal-clear waters to a working oyster farm and pluck, shuck and sample plump Pacific oysters straight from the source. After lunch, head up the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula, taking in beautiful sights such as Locks Well and Cummins Lookout. Come late afternoon, arrive at our accommodation on the beach in Elliston. Relax and enjoy a barbecue dinner overlooking Waterloo Bay.
Today travel approximately 170 km and stay at Waterloo Bay Tourist Park.
Day 3: Elliston to Ceduna
After an early breakfast, visit the oceanside Talia Caves, then head north to Baird Bay to swim with wild Australian sea lions and dolphins on a three-hour eco-cruise (see optional activities). If it’s not operating, or you’d rather stay on dry land, we offer an alternative itinerary visiting the only colony of Australian sea lions on the mainland at Point Labbat.
After lunch in Streaky Bay, we’ll take a coastal drive to Ceduna and come late afternoon, check into the 4.5-star Eco Villas, positioned right on the beach. Relax and watch the sunset over the ocean as you sample fresh local produce and wines.
Today we travel approximately 250 km and stay Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park.
Day 4: Head of Bight and the Nullarbor
This morning, travel through Denial Bay and onto Ocean Beach for some off-road cruising through Davenport Creek dunes. A little further on, the vivid pink hues of Lake MacDonnell, world-famous swells of Cactus Beach and vast, deserted beaches of Point Sinclair offer endless photo opportunities. Onwards to the Head of Bight, where rugged outback plains give way to the Southern Ocean and play host to migrating Southern Right Whales from June to October. Finally, we delve into the depths of the outback and begin the 1,660 km expedition across the Nullarbor Plain. By nightfall, check into the iconic Outback Roadhouse Motel in Border Village, just a few kilometres from Western Australia.
Today we travel approximately 550 km.
Day 5: The Nullarbor and Esperance
Rise with the sun as we continue across the mighty Nullarbor, taking in Australia’s longest straight road, 90 Mile Straight. Head off-road four-wheel driving along the Balladonia Track to see some unique historical highlights. Watch the ever-changing landscapes from your window as your guide regales the history and stories that make this land unique. You’ll even have the opportunity to play a hole on the longest golf course in the world, the Nullarbor Links. Arrive in Esperance in the early evening and check-in at our accommodation. After a long day, relax at a local restaurant for a meal.
Today we travel approximately 790 km and stay at the Jetty Resort.
Day 6: Cape Le Grand National Park
Spend the day at one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, where kangaroos lounge on snow-white sand as crystal clear water gently laps the shore. Located approximately 50 km east of Esperance, Cape Le Grand is one of Western Australia’s most scenic National Parks. Wildlife is in abundance, including the iconic sunbathing kangaroos at Lucky Bay, who are always up for a photo opportunity. Swim, bush walk and unleash your inner wildling surrounded by nature today.
Today we travel 160 km and have our second night at the Jetty Resort in Esperance.
Day 7: South West Coast and Albany
Today we set our coordinates for Albany, taking in more spectacular natural landscapes along the way. Cruise through the beautiful Stirling Ranges, which is blanketed with wildflowers come spring, before travelling into the Porongurups for a two-hour walk to Castle Rock for sweeping views over the region. Enjoy a picnic lunch and travel along the dreamy coastline towards Albany, stopping at Torndirrup National Park to see coastal highlights, The Gap and Natural Bridge. Arrive at our accommodation late afternoon and enjoy a meal overlooking the ocean.
Today we travel around 550 km and stay at the Dog Rock Motel.
Day 8: Denmark and Walpole
After breakfast, amble through Albany’s township, unearth its interesting history and take in the views from Mt. Clarence. Hit the road again, stretching your legs at Denmark, a gorgeous town nestled on the banks of the Denmark River. Head into the old-growth forests in the Walpole Wilderness region and traverse the Valley of the Giants. Walk 40 metres high into the canopy of Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees, found nowhere else on Earth.
By late afternoon, you’ll be kicking back by the beach, a glass of famed Margaret River wine in hand. Check into your Margaret River Beach Resort accommodation and enjoy a delicious meal at The Common Restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Today we travel around 400 km and settle in for two nights at the Margaret River Beach Resort.
Day 9: Margaret River
Breakfast at a favourite local café while watching surfers riding the waves of one of the world’s most renowned breaks. Then meander down the streets of Margaret River and peruse its eclectic craft and produce stores. Today, taste your way around the region’s abundant cellar doors, from wine, beer and gin, to dairy and sweet treats. Between tastings, stop for lunch at one of the Margaret River’s great restaurants. Feast into the evening as you unwind back at your hotel with a platter of local produce collected throughout the day.
Today we travel around 80 km and stay back at the Margaret River Beach Resort.
Day 10: Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of your journey, you deserve a sleep in before an inspiring walk at Cape Naturaliste in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. This walk features incredible vistas that will have you in awe at every turn. Next, descend into the magical Ngilgi Cave, Western Australia’s very first tourist attraction. Wander the extensive underground boardwalks which lead you through the exquisitely decorated cave.
Visit one last white sandy beach in Dunsborough before stopping in for fish and chips on the beach at the popular holiday town of Busselton. Here, you will see the second longest jetty in the world stretching 1.8 km out into turquoise Geographe Bay.
Our last stint on the road will have you arriving in Perth around 5 pm, where we will drop you at your pre-booked accommodation.