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.
Made For You
As this is a private tour, our Made For You Manager can work with you to curate your perfect escape. If off-the-shelf isn’t your style, customise activities, destinations, accommodation, meals and even the vehicle.
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. 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.
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. Stop for a wine tasting before you check into the Port Lincoln Hotel to enjoy some free time before relaxing over dinner at a local restaurant to toast the start of your Adelaide to Perth overland tour.
The driving distance today is around 150km, and you will stay at the award-winning Port Lincoln Hotel.
Port Lincoln Hotel
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Day 2: Coffin Bay to Streaky Bay
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 along the way and come late afternoon, arrive at our accommodation in Streaky Bay.
Today travel approximately 340km.
Streaky Bay Motel & Villas
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Day 3: Streaky Bay to Ceduna
After an early breakfast, head north to Baird Bay to swim with wild Australian sea lions and dolphins on a three-hour eco-cruise (see optional activities). This is guaranteed to be one of the most incredible wildlife experiences of your life. 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.
Have some free time in Streaky Bay for lunch before we take a coastal drive to Ceduna. Come late afternoon, check into the 4.5-star Eco Villas on the beach. Relax and watch the sunset over the ocean as you sample fresh local produce and wines.
Today we travel approximately 250km.
Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park & Eco Villas
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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 world-famous swells of Cactus Beach and the 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 1,660km expedition across the Nullarbor Plain. By nightfall, check into the iconic Outback Roadhouse Motel, just a few kilometres from Western Australia.
Today we travel approximately 550km.
Outback Roadhouse Motel in Border Village
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Day 5: The Nullarbor and Esperance
We’ll be up before the sun today 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. Have some free time for lunch and a stretch of the legs in Norseman.
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. Arrive in Esperance in the early evening and check in at our accommodation. After a long day, relax at a local restaurant or have some takeaway in your room at the resort.
Today we travel approximately 900km.
The Jetty Resort in Esperance
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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 50km 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, bushwalk and unleash your inner wildling surrounded by nature today. Your Guide will share their knowledge of the abundant flora and fauna and cook you up a delicious BBQ lunch in the national park.
Today we travel 160km and have our second night at the Jetty Resort in Esperance. Dinner will be at one of Esperance’s many local restaurants.
Accommodation: Jetty Resort in Esperance
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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 the Walitj Meil Walk, which follows the edge of the forest to a scenic view across the Stirling Range. Enjoy a picnic lunch and travel along the dreamy coastline towards Albany. Take in the views over the coast from Mt Clarence and stretch your legs on a walk at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Arrive at our accommodation late afternoon and enjoy a meal overlooking the ocean.
Today we travel around 600km.
The Double Tree Hilton Albany
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Day 8: Denmark and Walpole
Amble through Albany’s township, unearth its interesting history and grab breakfast before heading to Torndirrup National Park to see coastal highlights, The Gap and Natural Bridge. 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 400km.
Margaret River Beach Resort
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Day 9: Margaret River
Meander down the main street of Margaret River, and peruse its eclectic craft and produce stores. Choose one of many local cafes for breakfast. 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 80km.
Margaret River Beach Resort
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Day 10: Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of your journey, you deserve a sleep in before breakfast at a famous local beachside café. Enjoy an inspiring walk at Cape Naturalist in Leeuwin-Naturalise National Park, which features incredible vistas that will have you in awe at every turn. Next, arrive at the Ngilgi Cave Ancient Lands, an immersive above and below-ground experience. Go beneath the Earth’s surface for a 45-minute semi-guided tour of the exquisitely decorated Ngilgi Cave. Above ground, discover 600 million years of stories associated with the land and its people. Follow a pathway through the native bushland bringing to life the creation of the land, cave formations, cultural connection and native flora and fauna through a series of experiential nodes.
At the popular holiday town of Busselton, see the second longest jetty in the world, stretching 1.8km out into turquoise Geographe Bay and have some free time for lunch. 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.