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About this tour: Start in the world most livable city of Melbourne and head west on the iconic Great Ocean Road through the Grampians National Park to Adelaide and hug the coastline from Adelaide to Perth.
Start in the world most livable city of Melbourne and head west on the iconic Great Ocean Road through the Grampians National Park to Adelaide. Hug the coastline from Adelaide to Perth, dropping into Port Lincoln for a frolick with the sea lions, or a dip with the great white sharks if you dare. Check out Esperance and Fitzgerald National Parks before cruising onto Perth via Wave Rock.

Tour Name: Adelaide to Perth Overland

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Tour Code/Style:
• PBANC (Basix)

Trip Theme/Destination:
Overland, Western Australia, Outback, South Australia

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: In front of St Paul's Cathedral (Flinders St), 07:15am

Tour Finishes:
• Select Perth accommodation early evening day 13

Max People:
• 24

Tour Departs:
• Friday (to be checked)

Accommodation:
• Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Farmstay (1 night)

Price:
• PBANC (Basix
AUD $2150 per person

• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUD $45
• Children aged 8-12 .

Melbourne to Perth

 

ITINERARY

Why we love this trip
• The Great Ocean Road and the Nullarbor are two of the most iconic ocean drives in Australia. The Nullarbor is yet to be discovered by the crowds of tourists and you'll literally feel like you're on the edge of the earth.

Is this trip right for you?
• This trip is a combination of multishare dormitory accommodation that may be mixed gender. Between Adelaide and Perth, we camp in swags in National parks with very basic toilet and shower facilities.
• You're literally crossing our great country from east to west, so there are some serious km we have to cover. Be prepared with reading material and music for those long days.

 

Day 1: The Great Ocean Road
We depart today from cosmopolitan Melbourne. First up is one of the world's great drives - the Great Ocean Road. We pass legendary surf spots before we stop at Kennett River to do some koala spotting and listen to the abundant birdlife before we break for lunch in Apollo bay. Later, we see the amazing Twelve Apostles rock formation and Loch Ard Gorge. Overnight in Warrnambool. (L)

Day 2: The Grampians
Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road's wonders, then drive into the Grampians National Park - an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes. We'll visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap. (B/D)

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sites such as The Balconies and Reeds Lookout. Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide. (B) This night is unguided, you will meet with your second Guide tomorrow morning at the YHA.

Great-Ocean-Road

 

Day 4: Flinders Ranges National Park
We'll pick you up from out the front of Adelaide Central YHA at 6.45am as we set out from the City of Churches across the Nullarbor. We'll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the rugged gorges and Red Gums of the Flinders Ranges. Along the way there'll be the opportunity for a bit of a leg stretch on a stroll down Alligator Gorge (no crocs here, though keep an eye out for snakes), then it's on to Quorn, home of the Pichi Richi Railway, for lunch. You'll be spending tonight in Warren Gorge, camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross. As the sun is setting and while your evening meal is being prepared, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Warren gorge in the Flinders Ranges. It is here that you will get the opportunity to see a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby, almost driven to extinction by introduced "Feral" animals, at Warren Gorge they are beginning to "Bounce Back!" Today we drive approximately 400 km in total with stops along the way. (L/D)


Day 5: Coodlie Park, Eyre Peninsula
If there's one thing Australia does well, it's big things: the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana, the Big Merino… the list goes on. Keep your cameras at the ready for the lesser-known Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fiberglass 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. Today we drive approximately 450km in total with stops along the way. (B/L/D)


Day 6: Coodlie Park
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. Today we drive for about 5 hours in total with stops along the way. (B/L/D)

This morning you'll get the to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise.


Day 7: Great Australian Bight
Days don't get much more Australian than this one. Not only do we cross the 5,320-kilometre-long dingo fence this morning; we also take a snap or two at the famous wombat, emu, camel road sign on the Nullarbor and stop off at Bunda Cliffs to see where Australia, quite literally, drops into the ocean. Come arvo we cross the border into WA, where tonight's free entertainment is provided courtesy of the celestial sphere. Today's distance is approximately 6 hours, with break stops. (B/L/D)

 

south Australia nullabor great Australian bight.

Day 8: Nullarbor Plain/Great Australian Bight
With their planetary sounding names and strewn about space junk, the small towns of Balladonia and Norseman have a slightly intergalactic atmosphere about them. Balladonia shot to worldwide fame in 1979 when the Skylab space station returned to earth here rather abruptly. Continue the drive to Esperance, which may seem like a bustling metropolis after five days in the desert. Drive time today is about 10 hours with stops along the way. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park
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. We drive for about 10 minutes today, and walks will vary from 2-4 hours. (B/L/D)

western-Australia_cape-le-grand_beach

Day 10: Cape Le Grand National Park - Stirling Ranges
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. We drive for about five hours today, and walk for 2 hours. (B/L/D)


Stirling-Range-Brouwer

Day 11: Sterling 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. It is just over 4 hours from Lucky Bay to Sterling Ranges, with stops along the way. (B/L/D)

 

Day 12: South West Coast
Diamond Tree, a 50-metre-tall Karri tree once used as a fire lookout, is our first stop for the day. With the handy assistance of a circular staircase attached to the tree's trunk. Return to the coast for the drive into Margaret River, a region known for its local delicacies and world-class red wines. Cheers to that. Today we drive approximately 2 hours making stops along the way. (B/L) )

canopy-walk

Day 13: Margaret River to Perth
Wake to the now-familiar warble of kookaburras and cockatoos before taking the coastal road. Check out the Ngilgi caves and get the lowdown on this amazing underground world, then gain a totally different insight into local culture during a meet-up with some of the people indigenous to the area. A final stint on the road will bring us into Perth. Although there are no formal activities planned it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the big journey together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense). Today we drive approx. three and a half (although driving through Perth city traffic can mean a slower journey than previously advised). (B/L)

South-Coast-Ngilgi-Cave-Brouwer-540

 


What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport: Minibus
Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Farmstay (1 night)
• Basix accommodation on this trip consists of swag camping (Aussie bed rolls). We also carry 3 person dome tents which are shared by 2 people. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Camping locations may vary depending on weather and conditions.

Activities:
12 Apostles & London Bridge, Kennett River, Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges, Swim at Lorne or Teddy's Lookout (seasonal), Brambuk Culture Centre, Loch Ard Gorge, Mackenzie Falls and Pinnacles Walk in the Grampians National Park and Reeds Lookout (the Balconies), Head of the Bight and Whale watching (in season), Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants, The Diamond Tree, Aboriginal Culture Dreamtime tour

 

Important notes
1. Tour commences in Melbourne on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Perth day 13 at approximately 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day

2. This trip requires a sleeping bag, please bring your own.

 

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Fitness Ratings:
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
• Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
• On this tour it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Our tours are activity and participation based:
• Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. Many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Luggage:
• Tour commences in Melbourne on day 1 at 6am and finishes in Perth day 13 at approximately 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day 2. This trip requires a sleeping bag, please bring your own.

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

 

 

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