Tour ID: 10063130
This tour departs Perth on 4th April 2018 only
Day 1 (NM)
You will be collected from the Perth coach stand, In front of Wellington St Train Station at 7am this morning for your 9 day tour along the Nullarbor to Port Lincoln.
Our first stop is the famous wine region of Margaret River, where you have some time to explore the shops, galleries and cafes. Lunch today is not included so you can enjoy your choice of eatery in Margaret River.
Our destination today is the town of Pemberton and here we visit the Gloucester Tree. Made into lookouts during the 1930’s and 1940’s, the tallest Karri trees in the area were used as a way of spotting forest fires. There are only 3 of these tree lookouts remaining and this one is 61m high. Climb up if you dare !
Overnight accommodation- Pemberton, motel room with en-suite
Day 2 (L)
We continue south this morning, driving along the coast to the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, home to a unique giant tingle forest and the Valley of the Giants – Tree Top Walk. The walkway takes us 40m over the forest canopy offering fantastic views. The boardwalk through the Ancient Empire of 400 year old red tingle trees, takes us through the story of the lost era of Gondwana.
Next we travel to Denmark and en-route we visit Greens Pool, a beach at the eastern end of William Bay National Park and sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean. There’s also a short walk to nearby Elephant Rocks.
On arrival in Albany this afternoon, we drive down to the foreshore for a look at the full scale replica of the Brig Amity. As the site of WA’s first European settlement, the Brig Amity brought the first settlers and convicts into Albany in 1826.
Overnight accommodation- Albany, motel room with en-suite
Day 3 (L,D)
Today we drive to Esperance, which will take all morning.
This afternoon we take the 38km scenic drive along the Esperance coastline, known as the Great Ocean Drive. Highlights include Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.
Once we’ve checked into our hotel located on the waterfront, you have some free time to explore this delightful town.
Overnight accommodation- Esperance, motel room with en-suite
Day 4 (B,L)
We start today at Cape Le Grand National Park, well known for it’s coastal scenery, stunning beaches and kangaroos on the beach ! Our visit includes Le Grand Beach and Thistle Cove with an optional walk along the coast to Lucky Bay. Beautiful Lucky Bay is a great spot for a swim, snorkel or take a walk.
To get to our accommodation for tonight, we take the unsealed Parmango Road north, through the Great Western Woodlands, to Balladonia. We stop en-route to have a look around the old Deralinya Homestead.
Balladonia is a wool producing area which made worldwide headlines in 1979 when the hotel grounds where littered with parts of the wayward NASA Skylab space station ! The hotel museum houses information on the event as well as local history on the area.
Overnight accommodation- Balladonia, motel room with en-suite
Day 5 (L)
We leave Balladonia today to start our drive across the Nullarbor Plain, the world's largest semi-arid karst (cave) landscape. The landscape is mainly flat but the Plain is littered with sinkholes and caves where the surface has collapsed.
The longest straight stretch of road in Australia (146.6km), takes us to Caiguna and en-route, we stop at Caiguna Blowhole. Blowholes are common throughout the Nullarbor area and are formed by chemical and physical weathering processes that erode the limestone bedrock. They breathe air in and out as high and low pressure weather systems pass across the Nullarbor, giving them their name.
Passing through Madura and Mundrabilla, we stop en-route at the Madura Pass Lookout, for great views of the surrounding area.
Our last stop today are the ruins of the Eucla telegraph station and the nearby old jetty.
Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite at either Eucla or Border Village
Day 6 (L)
An early start today as we cross the border into South Australia and have to put our watches forward.
We’re now travelling along the Great Australian Bight National Marine Park (the GAB), which links the Indian and Pacific oceans. Head of Bight marine park is home to unique marine plants, animals, and sediments found nowhere else in the world and is an important breeding and calving area for the endangered Southern Right Whale.
After stopping at a couple of the stunning coastal lookouts, we leave the bitumen behind, joining the unsealed old Eyre Highway. Our destination, the ruins of Koonalda Homestead, is part of history as the first service station along this route, providing fuel, emergency help and sometimes just a well needed friendly smile, in this remote area.
After a look around the ruins, we drive to the nearby Koonalda Cave, which is Heritage listed due to it’s importance to the local Aboriginal people. The huge sinkhole has a cave and underground stream system at the bottom.
Our accommodation tonight is the Nullabor Hotel and en-route we visit the nearby Murrawinjinnie caves.
We also stop to view the sheer Bunda Cliffs, where Australia dramatically drops into the ocean, stretching in an unbroken line for 200 kilometres to the Western Australian border.
Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite on the Nullarbor
Day 7 (L)
Today we travel to Streaky Bay, with stops en-route in Penong and Ceduna.
Penong, meaning “Rocky Water Hole”, is famous for it’s windmills, which provide water for the area. Wells were sunk from 1868 to 1884 and each windmill is privately owned and supplies water for domestic use.
Then onto Ceduna, the major regional business centre of the Far West Coast of Eyre Peninsula. It’s also the start of the Nullarbor Golf Couse, the longest golf course in the world, spanning 1,365 kms to Kalgoorlie, with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the way.
We now travel south down the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula to Streaky Bay.
Our accommodation tonight is cabin or motel style, in Streaky Bay
Day 8 (L,D)
Today we explore the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula, starting at Point Labatt, home to the only permanent breeding sea-lion colony on the mainland as all other colonies occur on the offshore islands. A high cliff top lookout allows us to view a colony 50m below.
Then onto nearby Murphys Haystacks, which are made up of pink Hiltaba granite and have stood here for nearly 34,000 years.
Talia Beach and Caves are highlights of today. The large cavern known as the Woolshed, is carved into the granite cliffs and offers a honeycombed ceiling and dark crevices. It’s very dramatic when the ocean rushes in and out ! The nearby Tub has also been carved from the rock by the ocean, swirling in and our through a passage in the rock.
Our last stop on this stunning ocean drive, are the cliffs of Sheringa, where the craggy pinnacle opposite the lookout is home to a family of osprey and their giant nest.
Overnight accommodation- Port Lincoln, hotel room, on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 9 (B,L)
We spend today exploring the Port Lincoln region, including Winter Hill Lookout, for views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln city and beyond.
Then we drive south to the start of the “Whalers Way”. This 14km unsealed track, on private land, travels along a spectacular stretch of coastline, inundated with a series of natural crevasses, deep bays, chasms and caves into which the sea surges back and forth. It’s the rugged Eyre Peninsula at it’s best !
Cape Wiles is a 100 metre high cliff face above the swirling sea, with pillars of rock and an island offering continuing resistance to the Southern Ocean. Fur seals can often be seen here.
We spend the rest of the afternoon in Lincoln National Park, with a range of walks available. The surrounding sea is home to the bottlenose and common dolphin, Australian sea-lions and New Zealand fur- seals.
In the late afternoon you’ll be dropped off at your Port Lincoln accommodation or at the Port Lincoln Airport for your flight to Adelaide.
NM = No Meals B = Breakfast L= Lunch D = Dinner
8 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, permits and entry fees, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Single room is an additional $715 and single travelers must have single room and pay single supplement.
7:30 AM Wed
Tour departs Wellington St Train Station, Perth at 7.30am. Please provide a contact mobile phone number.
1L water bottle, per person,
Clothes and personnal items,
Medication- please notify guide on pick up if you need any medication to be refrigerated.,
Camera and spare batteries or charger,
Insect repellant - we recommend ‘Bushmans’ in a spray can,
Wide Brimmed hat,
Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
warm clothing for the evenings such as fleece or thermals
This safari is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Child fare is valid for children over 10 but under 15 years
Please advise us of any dietry requirements at time of booking
Perth, Pemberton, Albany, Margaret River, Esperance, Denmark, Port Lincoln, Nullarbor and Streaky Bay
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