Tour ID: 10063774
Day 1 (NM)
Pick up this morning is from the Perth coach stand, In front of Wellington St Train Station at 7am.
Our first stop today is Margaret River, the internationally renowned wine region. You have some free time in the town to meander around the shops, galleries and cafes and lunch today is at your own arrangement and expense so you can enjoy your choice of eatery in Margaret River.
Next we drive to Pemberton, home of the Gloucester Tree, one of the 3 remaining tall Karri trees that were made into lookouts during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Named after the then Governor-General of Australia, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, the trees were a way of spotting fires in the tall Karri forest. As well as a short walk through the forest, you also have the option to climb the 61m tree, for one of the most spectacular views of the Karri forest.
Overnight accommodation- Pemberton, motel room with en-suite
Day 2 (L)
Our destination this morning is the tree-cloaked Walpole-Nornalup National Park, home to the unique tingle forests, found nowhere else in the world. The Valley of the Giants – Tree Top Walk features a walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground amid the tingle forest canopy. Enjoy spectacular views of the karri forest and then venture to the Ancient Empire of 400 year old red tingle trees along a boardwalk that meanders across the forest floor. The trail follows the story of the lost era of Gondwana.
Next stop is Denmark, with a visit to Greens Pool en-route. Part of William Bay National Park, the pool is almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean by the rounded rock boulders typical to this area. Nearby are Elephant Rocks, which look exactly like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallow waters.
Our overnight stop is in Albany. Upon arrival, we take a look at the full scale replica of the Brig Amity, which sits on the foreshore. The King George Sound at Albany was the site of WA’s first European settlement and 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)
We drive to Esperance today, which will take all morning.
This afternoon we take the 38km scenic Esperance Great Ocean Drive. Following the coastline, the drive includes highlights such as Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.
The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure and our accommodation is centrally located to explore the town.
Overnight accommodation- Esperance, motel room with en-suite
Day 4 (B,L)
Cape Le Grand is just a short drive from Esperance and one of WA’s best known National Parks. With wild coastal scenery, stunning beaches and rugged granite peaks, the park is also one of WA's most spectacular and is home to a variety of animals and flowers.
We visit the beautiful Le Grand Beach and then we move onto Thistle Cove, a beautiful bay with a spectacular coastal outlook and a ‘whistling’ rock, and you can take an easy walk along the coast to Lucky Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins as you look out over the Recherche Archipelago islands. Lucky Bay is famed as having one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, often frequented by the local kangaroos !
Leaving the park after lunch, we take the unsealed Parmango Road north and join the Eyre Highway to Balladonia, a thriving and prosperous wool producing area which made worldwide headlines in 1979 when fiery pieces of a wayward NASA space station called Skylab, landed around the grounds of the hotel ! The hotel museum houses documents from NASA, a recreation of actual events, photos and information on Balladonia's early pioneering days, Aboriginal heritage and the construction of the Eyre Highway.
Overnight accommodation- Balladonia, motel room with en-suite
Day 5 (L)
We're travelling east now, along the Nullarbor Plain, the world's largest semi-arid karst (cave) landscape. Most of the park's landscape is flat except where the surface has collapsed into sinkholes revealing large underground caverns.
The western end of the highway claims the longest straight stretch of road in Australia, which is 146.6km and takes us to Caiguna. The nearby Caiguna blowhole was formed by chemical and physical weathering processes that eroded the limestone bedrock common in this part of Australia. The natural features breathe air in and out as high and low pressure weather systems pass across the Nullarbor and this gives them the name "Blow hole".
We pass through Madura and Mundrabilla, stopping en-route at the Madura Pass Lookout, for sweeping views of Madura Pass and the Roe Plains.
At Eucla, we visit the ruins of the Eucla telegraph station, which is being swallowed up by the Delisser sand dunes. We can also take a walk to the 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 put our watches forward.
We’re travelling along the Great Australian Bight National Marine Park (the GAB), linking the Indian and Pacific oceans. The Head of Bight is a significant breeding and calving area for the endangered Southern Right Whale. Unique marine plants, animals, and sediments found nowhere else in the world are present in the Marine Park.
We drive to the ruins of Koonalda Homestead, one of a number of important way stations along the old road, years ago, providing a rare piece of civilisation, fuel and emergency services. After a look around the homestead and outbuilding, we drive to the nearby Heritage listed Koonalda Cave. As well as it's impressive size, evidence of the caves importance to the local Aboriginal people has been found.
Our accommodation tonight is the Nullarbor roadhouse motel. Nearby we visit a group of 3 caves called Murrawinjinnie caves.
At the Head of Bight, we stop to view the sheer Bunda Cliffs, where Australia dramatically drops into the ocean. The Bunda Cliffs are a magnificent sight in themselves and stretch 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)
This morning we travel through Penong, with dozens of windmills scattered around the town and continue east to Ceduna. Ceduna is the major regional business centre of the Far West Coast of Eyre Peninsula and is the starting point of 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. After a short break in Ceduna we continue south along 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)
We drive to Point Labatt this morning, to view a sea-lion colony from a high cliff top lookout. This colony is the only permanent mainland breeding colony, as all other colonies occur on the offshore islands.
We also visit Murphys Haystacks and Talia Caves. The Woolshed is a large cavern carved into the granite cliffs and is accessed by a walkway and wooden steps. We also explore The Tub and enjoy the dramatic views to the south of the beach.
This stunning ocean drive then takes us to the cliffs of Sheringa, which we view from the Leo Cummings monument lookout. The craggy pinnacle opposite the lookout is home to a family of osprey.
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. Our first stop today is Winter Hill Lookout, for views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln city, Lincoln NP and more.
Then we head south through the city to the entrance of the “Whalers Way”, a 14km unsealed track along one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in SA, which takes us to the very tip of Eyre Peninsula. Features of this coastline include natural crevasses, giant fissures in the rocky coastline which have created deep bays, chasms and caves into which the sea surges back and forth.
We spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Lincoln National Park, home to the bottlenose and common dolphin, Australian sea-lions and New Zealand fur- seals.
Have a swim here or take a walk. 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.
8 nights accommodation, meals as listed , park entry fees, Valley of the giants tree top walk
Single room is an additional $795. Single travellers must have single room and pay single supplement.
7:00 AM Wed
You will be collected from the coach stand outside Wellington Street railway station in Perth city
1L water bottle, per person,
Clothes and personnal items,
Camera and charger,
Wide Brimmed hat,
Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
something warm to wear in the evenings such as a fleece
Tour is suitable for children aged 10 year and over. Child rate applies to children aged between 10- 15 years.
Please advise us of any dietry requirements or special needs at time of booking.
Perth, Pemberton, Albany, Margaret River, Esperance, Denmark, Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln, Nullarbor and Streaky Bay
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