We commence our journey northbound through one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, the Flinders Ranges. From the bottom of Alligator Gorge we’ll walk through the paths and onto the terraces formed from an ancient seabed. After a lunch break, we head to the eastern edge of the range towards Warren gorge, stopping for a break in Quorn (home to the Pichi Richi Railway). Explore the gorge, before settling down for a group dinner. We may get the opportunity to spot a rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, before retiring to our bush camp at Warren Gorge.
One Nights Accommodation: Warren Gorge Campground
Today we head to Eyre Peninsula, home to some of Australia’s most amazing wildlife. Our first stop is Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park, where we take a walk to the top of the range to view the stunning western scenery. From here, we continue our journey on the road, passing through Port Augusta, Iron Knob, and stopping in Kimba for lunch. After lunch we head to Venus Bay for a beautiful coastal walk, keep your eyes open for dolphins surfing the waves. This afternoon we head to Talia Caves and the Lake Newland sand dunes for a fun ride. Tonight we stay on the Coodlie Park farm stay, where our hosts Hassie and Jo take us on a unique nocturnal spotlight tour in search for kangaroos, wombats and emus.
One Nights Accommodation: Coodlie Park Farm Retreat
Surf, Sun and Seals
This morning we set off to find some of Australia’s best waves on a two hour surfing lesson with a qualified instructor. After a bit of fun, we head to the coastal town of Bairds Bay, for some relaxation time. Enjoy a stroll along the beach, swim or even take the opportunity to go swimming with sea lions and dolphins. This amazing experience includes a four hour boat cruise to discover friendly marine life to swim and snorkel amongst them (optional expense of approx $140). Tonight we stay in dorm style accommodation with shared shower and toilet facilities.
One Nights Accommodation: Dorm-share with shared facilities
The Great Australia Bight & the Nullarbor
Today we head to the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight, where you will encounter some of the world’s most remote country. From here, we’ll make a quick stop at Streaky Bay and Ceduna, before crossing the 5320 km dingo fence to the Yalata Aboriginal lands. Marvel at the staggering drop of the Bunda Cliffs, which falls into the mouth of the wild ocean below. Look out for the Southern Right Whales that make their way into the waters between the months of June and October. Tonight we make camp at Koonalda Homestead.
One Nights Accommodation: Koonalda Homestead
Today we head west and into the old town of Ecula, where you’ll be faced with the sheer remoteness of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain. This huge area of karst limestone features many hidden gems, including the biggest underground lake system in Australia. Sit back for a long ride across the extensive plain, visiting sites including, the Blow Hole in Caiguna and learn the story of Skylab at Balladonia. Tonight we sleep beneath the stars in our bush camp accommodation.
One Nights Accommodation: Bush camping with limited facilities
Days 6 & 7
Esperance / Cape Le Grande
We pack up this morning and make our way to the beach town of Esperance, before exploring beautiful scenery surrounding Cape Le Grand National Park. Enjoy a refreshing dip in some Australia’s whitest beaches. In the afternoon we stretch our legs on a walk to Frenchman Peak, we’ll be gifted with spectacular views overlooking the Recherche Archipelago. There are so many wonderful sites and beaches to discover, therefore we have allowed two days for exploring the area. Take scenic hikes, swim or simply relax on the beach during leisure time. You may even encounter a few kangaroo visitors on the beach. We camp within Cape Le Grand National Park for the next two nights.
Two Nights Accommodation: Camping in the Cape Le Grand National Park
This morning we leave Cape Le Grand National Park and head southwest to the Stirling Ranges. Today is a flexible day, as we will decide the places worth visiting depending on the weather and season. During spring it’s common to set out in search of areas where wildflowers grow in their vast numbers. In summer we may embark on walks through forested areas with flowing rivers and waterfalls. Enjoy a splash in the cool, refreshing water holes. Tonight we stay at a private camping ground in the Stirling Ranges, which has all the basic facilities.
South West of Western Australia
Today we head along the southwest coast, passing stunning coastline highlights including, the Natural Bridge and The Gap, where nature has sculptured beautiful granite formations. This is the perfect opportunity to have your camera ready. From the coast, we head towards dense forest to the Valley of the Giants and embark on the popular Tree Top Walk. You will experience the sheer size of red tingle trees that stretch to almost 60m in the air. Tonight we bush camp in the southwest region and sleep another night beneath a blanket of stars.
One Nights Accommodation: Bush camping
Today we head up the west coast via Surfer’s Paradise and the Margaret River region. We’ll see the crystalline features of the stalagmites and stalactites in the local caves. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the local environment and cultural perspective of the southwest. We will reach Perth in the evening and we recommend you stay one more night to reflect on your journey over a delicious meal and drinks with your fellow travelers (own expense).