10 Day Adelaide to Perth Unleashed

3 Day East Coast Explore
3 Day East Coast Explore

What to bring
• Sturdy walking shoes
• hat and sunscreen
• towel and toiletries
• swimming gear
• warm clothing in winter
• water bottle
• torch
• insect repellent
• camera
• pillow
• sleeping bag (not available for hire or purchase on the tour, so please bring your own)
• torch/flashlight
• Sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)


Day 1 - Flinders Ranges

DEFAULT PICK UP: Adelaide Central YHA (135 Waymouth St), 06:45am

Travel north to one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, theFlindersRanges. Venture to the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk through the narrows and onto the terraces formed from an ancient seabed. After lunch we make our way along the eastern edge of the range towards Warren Gorge, stopping for a break in Quorn, home to the Pichi Richi Railway. On arrival in Warren Gorge take the time to explore! You may even get the opportunity to spot a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby, which is beginning to bounce back after almost being driven to extinction by introduced feral animals. Overnight bush camp in Warren Gorge this evening. (LD)

Day 2 - Eyre Peninsula

Keep your cameras at the ready for the lesser-known Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fibreglass structure overlooking the gift shop in the tiny town of Kimba. After a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s back on the road to Venus Bay, Talia Caves and the Lake Newland sand dunes (where adrenaline junkies can test out their sand boarding skills). In the afternoon we’ll pull in to Coodlie Park for a night’s stay on a working farm.

Day 3 – Surf, Sun and Seals

Just up the road from Coodlie Park lies Baird Bay, an environment famed for its watery wildlife. This morning you’ll get the option to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise. This outsource adventure done by Baird Bay eco tours is an optional experience. Following a picnic lunch on the beach, we’ll continue driving along the coast to our secluded camping spot in Fowlers Bay.

Day 4 - The Great Australia Bight and the Nullarbor

Today we see some of the most remote country on earth, as well as two of Australia's biggest icons, the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight. After stopping briefly at StreakyBay and Ceduna, we cross the 5320km dingo fence and head through the Yalata Aboriginal lands, with a stop on the way for a picture of the famous wombat, camel and kangaroo road sign. Take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs, whereAustraliasuddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean. Between June and October lookout for Southern Right Whales breaching, rolling and tail slapping off the shore below.

Day 5 - The Nullarbor

Head West across Australia's great plain as we cross the border into Western Australia. Visit the old town of Eucla, which struggled and lost its battle against the ever encroaching desert sands, before the reality of the Nullarbor Plainreally hits you. This huge expanse of karst limestone features many hidden secrets, including the biggest underground lake system in Australia. Settle in for a big days drive across the plain, taking in Caiguna and the story of Skylab at Balladonia, before reaching our overnight bush camp. Enjoy stargazing in the great southern night sky this evening. Facilities are limited this evening; toilet facilities are available prior to establishing camp and first thing the next morning. (BLD)

Days 6 – Esperance / Cape Le Grande

Crystal clear waters, powdery white sands, expansive granite bluffs… and sunbathing kangaroos? If you choose to start today with an early morning beach stroll, don’t be surprised when you come across a roo or two lounging on Cape Le Grand’s stunning shoreline – they know what’s good for them. How you spend your day here is wholly up to you: set out on a coastal bushwalk, splash about in the sea, fiddle around with your camera aperture or just kick back with your new buds along the beach. Unless you decide to stay in your tent all day playing Tetris, there’s really no wrong answer.

Days 7– Esperance / Cape Le Grande

Kick-start the day with a hike to Frenchman’s Peak, where beautiful vistas span right across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. Locals reckon Frenchman’s Peak was named after the shape of French hats, but we’re not so sure. Refuel with a lunch stop at Lucky Bay, then settle in for the onwards drive to our Stirling Ranges campsite.

Day 8 – Stirling Ranges

Today’s a day for keeping cameras close and clicking fingers at the ready. Travelling along Western Australia’s answer to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, you’ll be treated to superb views of sun-bleached boulders, turquoise seas and dramatic red-rock cliffs shaped by eons of crashing waves and rolling tides. From the coast to the forest, we’ll veer off into the Valley of the Giants for a treetop canopy almost 60 metres above the ground.

Day 9 – South West of Western Australia

Experience Western Australia's version of the Great Ocean Roadalong the southwest coast. The Natural Bridge and The Gap are just two of the highlights of the stunning coast, where nature has sculpted incredible granite formations that will have you reaching for your camera time and again. Explore the beautiful eco system of this area on the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. The area was once dominated by tall tingle forests and we get the opportunity to walk through the canopy of these huge trees almost 60m up in the air this afternoon. Tonight we bush camp in the southwest region, including toilet and shower facilities. (BLD)

Day - 10 Perth

We finish our 4000km road trip by heading up the western coast via the surfer's paradise of Yallingup in the Margaret River region. Get the low-down on the underground world with a visit to the regions show caves. See the crystalline features of the stalagmites and stalactites up close and personal before getting some insight from real experts on the country, the local Aboriginal people. This is a great opportunity to find out about the changes that have happened in the local environment and get a totally different perspective on the culture of the south west. Travel towards Perth where your tour ends early evening. We recommend that you book a nights accommodation in Perth this evening for the opportunity to reflect on your journey over drinks and a meal with your fellow travellers (own expense). (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner