Xplore Eyre – Adelaide to Perth 9-Day Tour – The Great Australian Wilderness Journey. This 9-day journey across South Australia will leave you breathless, fascinated and reconnected with nature in a way you could not have imagined!
• Tesla Electric Boat Marina Cruise around Port Lincoln – Australia’s Seafood Frontier
• The Great Australian Bight – the Edge of Australia
• Crossing the Nullarbor – Australia’s ultimate road journey
• Outback Eco Retreat & nocturnal wildlife and stargazing tour
• Shark Cage Diving with the Great Whites (OE)
• Swim with wild sea lions and dolphins at the beautiful Baird Bay (OE)
• Valley of the Giants ancient forests
• Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure
• Tasting your way around the Margaret River wine region
• Koomal Dreaming – an award-winning indigenous experience
Attractions in this trip:
Day 1: Adelaide to Port Lincoln
You will be moved bright and early from your Adelaide accommodation to catch your flight to Port Lincoln at 8:15 am which arrives 45 minutes later. At Port Lincoln Airport, your guide will pick you up and let you drop your luggage off at the Port Lincoln Hotel, where he will give you a rundown of the exciting things to come on your trip through Australia’s South Coast!
Then comes the first taste of the Eyre Peninsula, embarking on the Tesla Marina Electric Boat ride. This is followed by a tantalizing lunch at an award-winning seafood restaurant that harvests local seafood. We’ll then head to Whalers Way with a full tummy, the oldest rocks in South Australia with spectacular views of a rough and raw coastline, and next it’s off to Mikkira Station, home to the koalas of the Eyre Peninsula. We’ll enjoy dinner at the Port Lincoln Marina after a day of exploring.
Day 2: Shark Cage Diving or Coffin Bay
You have two very different perspectives to choose from here today!
Choice one is to drive up the coast to the picture-perfect seaside town of Coffin Bay, where you’ll put on some wadders, head out into the ocean, and learn about the Eyre Peninsula oyster industry. You have collected yourself straight out of the ocean all the while feasting on the new pacific oysters.
As we head up the west coast, we’ll explore the national parks of the area and some other spectacular shores. Then we’ll head back to our Coodlie Park Woodland Retreat home, where you’ll join us for an Aussie-style camp fire feast. We will head out on a Nocturnal Wildlife & Stargazing Tour after dinner. This offers you a chance to see the stunning southern skies when it is at its most busy, and get up close and personal with native wildlife.
We’re travelling approximately 250 km today and tonight you’re going to sleep in a completely self-contained Coodlie Park cottage.
If on your visit to the Eyre Peninsula you are looking for some fun, then you can choose to do the Optional Extra Experience and once-in-a-lifetime cage diving with great white sharks. This is a full-day trip, and Port Lincoln is the only place to have this intense adrenaline experience in Australia. We suggest two businesses, and each one has a slightly different approach.
If you do the shark cage dive, we’ll have a short dinner at Port Lincoln when the boat returns and then have a 3-hour drive to Coodlie Park.
Day 3: Bairds Bay & Ceduna
We’ll be up for an inspiring coastal walk around Venus Bay early today, where we sometimes see dolphins surfing the waves. Next before heading to Baird’s Bay, we will visit the strange and stunning rock formations of Murphy’s Haystacks, where you will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with Australian sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise through the tranquil waters of the Eyre Peninsula.
All around you the puppy dogs of the sea splash, twist, and twirl, and the magical dolphins will not disappoint either.
Please notice that this Optional Extra Experience is available from September to May and we have an alternate itinerary if it is not operational or you would rather remain on dry land. We’ll spend time at our signature stop, Perlubie Beach, after lunch at Streaky Bay. We sample new oysters and local wines as we take in this inspiring and pristine scenery, before checking into our accommodation in the seaside town of Ceduna.
We’re travelling 180 km today and staying at the 5-Star Eco Villa in Shelly Beach Caravan Park.
Day 4: Head of Bight & The Nullarbor
Day four starts with visiting the Ceduna Aboriginal Culture Centre for a fantastic indigenous cultural experience and then we make our way to the glorious Head of Bight, the greatest coastal lookout for Australia. You will be able to see Southern Right Whales and their young ones take refuge in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park in the months of May to September.
As we embark on Australia’s most famous road trip, crossing the 1660-km Nullarbor Plain, you will be submerged in the true Australian outback. That may sound like a long way, but there is plenty to see and do with stops at the iconic Koonalda Homestead and Eucla Telegraph Station as we ride on the ‘Old Eyre Highway’ part of the way, which is an experience in itself! On the longest gold course in the world, the Nullarbor Links, you will also have the chance to play golf.
We’re clocking up a few clicks today traveling 480 km and tonight we have the special outback experience of staying in an iconic Boarder Village Outback Roadhouse Hotel, only a few miles from Western Australia.
Day 5: The Nullarbor & Esperance
We will hit the road after breakfast, as we have a lot of land to cover today as we begin to cross the Nullarbor Plain into Western Australia. We’ll wind our clocks back 1.5 hours, and as you enjoy the changing landscapes, your guide will entertain you. We’re going to go off-road and go 4WD to Esperance along the Balladonia Track.
This is not your standard back-road run-of-the-mill. Exploring the old Deralinya Homestead will be one highlight. This property was developed as a sheep station in the 1890’s and abandoned in 1926. This is an excellent place to learn how resilient our founders were when they opened up Australia as an outback.
Today is the day we clock the most kilometers around Australia, traveling 900 km, but every kilometer is worthwhile when you see what’s waiting for you! In the evening, we will arrive at the beautiful Esperance, and stay overnight at the Bay of Isles Motel.
Day 6: Cape Le Grand National Park
Words are unable to explain the sheer beauty you will experience today. Cape Le Grand is one of the best-known and most scenic National Parks in Western Australia, situated about 50 km east of Esperance. It features blindingly white sandy beaches, all possible shades of blue and sand coloured by an ocean so fine that it squeaks between your toes.
Wildlife, like the famous beach sunbathing kangaroos that are normally up for a photo opportunity, is in abundance.
Today and tonight we will stay back in Esperance, swim, bushwalk, and reconnect with nature.
Day 7: Albany & Denmark
Today, it’s a more stunning landscape as we head to the magnificent Stirling Ranges from Esperance. If you are fortunate to fly during the wildflower season, it will look perfect with even more photos. The white sandy beaches will transform into Albany’s rugged coastlines and rock formations, and then we’ll head into Denmark’s ancient Giants Valley forests. We’ll explore the ancient Tingle Forests here and if you feel bold, you can climb the 51 m Diamond Tree.
Then we’re back on the road as we make our way to the Margaret River, one of the best wine making regions in the world. We’ll enjoy dinner with the charming Margaret tonight.
We are traveling about 750 km today through the beautiful scenery of the South West corner of WA and staying overnight at the Darby Park Apartments in the heart of Margaret River for 2 nights.
Day 8: Margaret River
This morning, with its diverse art and production shops, you’ll have some time to explore the quaint township. This will work up an appetite as we will taste our way around Margaret River today and visit cellar doors, a chocolate factory, cheese factory, and boutique brewery in this ideal postcard area around its wine and cottage industries.
Margaret River is also known for its world-class surfing beaches, and at the mouth of Margaret River, we’ll show you the best. We will spend the night again in Margaret River feeling relaxed and warm from all the delicious tastings of produce!
Today, we’re traveling 50 km or so in the Margaret River area.
Day 9: Margaret River to Perth
At Koomal Dreaming today, you will witness one of the best indigenous experiences in Australia. On this fascinating 2.5 hour tour, we will travel to Ngilgi Cave, where you will be mesmerized by a live didgeridoo show, storytelling and traditional fire-making. You’ll also take a bush walk and learn how common plants, meats, and medicines can be found.
We will visit one last beautiful white sandy beach in Dunsborough as your 9-day trip comes to an end, and then head to the famous holiday town of Busselton, which boasts the world’s longest jetty. Around dinner time, we’ll arrive in Perth and drop you off at your pre-booked accommodation.
We’ll be travelling 270 km to Perth on the last day of your 9-day trip.
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