Xplore Eyre’s Overland Tour: Perth to Adelaide

10 days,

9 nights |

from $3499 per person*

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TOUR CODE: SO20000

This 10 day, 4,000km journey across the Southern coastline of Australia will leave you breathless, fascinated and connected with nature in a way you could not have imagined. Taste your way around the Margaret River wine region. Walk through the ancient forests of the South West of Western Australia. Meet the kangaroos of Lucky Bay in Esperance and experience the vastness of this great land as you travel across the mighty Nullarbor. Stand on the ‘Edge of Australia’ at the Head of Bight and be wowed by the mouth-watering seafood of the Eyre Peninsula.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Engage with Indigenous Culture at Koomal Dreaming
  • Taste your way around the Margaret River wine and produce region
  • Walk among the ancient forests of Valley of the Giants
  • Explore Cape Le Grand National Park – a national treasure
  • Experience the jaw dropping scenery of the Great Australian Bight
  • Take a unique Stargazing Tour whilst staying at an outback wilderness retreat
  • Feast on the world’s most delectable, Coffin Bay Oysters
  • Swim with playful sea lions and magical bottlenose dolphins (OE)
  • Relax on an Electric Boat Cruise around Port Lincoln Marina
  • Dine in premium restaurants tasting world class local produce and wine
  • See a majestic Great White Shark in its own environment (OE)

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

March 4, 2022

Valid for travel between:

01/19/2021 – 01/28/2021
02/16/2021 – 02/25/2021
03/16/2021 – 03/25/2021
04/13/2021 – 04/22/2021
05/18/2021 – 05/27/2021
06/15/2021 – 06/24/2021
07/13/2021 – 07/22/2021
08/17/2021 – 08/26/2021
09/14/2021 – 09/23/2021
10/19/2021 – 10/28/2021
11/16/2021 – 11/25/2021
12/14/2021 – 12/23/2021
01/18/2022 – 01/27/2022
02/15/2022 – 02/24/2022
03/15/2022 – 03/24/2022

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Day 1: Perth to Margaret River

Commence your 10 Day Perth to Adelaide tour, your expert guide will meet you nice and early and over a coffee talk about the exciting journey ahead. Two and a half hours south of Perth you will make your first stop at the popular holiday town of Busselton. Here you will walk along the world’s second longest jetty, stretching 1.8km into the turquoise waters of Geographe Bay. After lunch at a magical beach, you will enjoy one of the best Indigenous cultural experiences in Australia at Koomal Dreaming. Meet local custodian Josh and journey deep into Ngilgi Cave where you will be mesmerized by a live didgeridoo performance, storytelling and traditional fire-making. From Dunsborough you will head down the coast stopping at Yallingup to check out a couple of famous surf breaks. On your way into Margaret River you will pop into a winery for your first taste of the region. By late afternoon you will be settling into your accommodation at the Margaret River Beach Resort and that evening, enjoying a delicious meal at The Common Restaurant. Today you travel around 350km.

Day 2: Margaret River

After breakfast at a favorite local café overlooking the Indian Ocean, you will have some time to explore the quaint township of Margaret River and its eclectic craft and produce stores. The rest of the day your taste buds will be in heaven as you taste your way around the region. Visit cellar doors, a chocolate factory, cheese factory and boutique brewery. But the highlight today will be a memorable lunch at the world-renowned Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s founding wine estate. Spend the night back in Margaret River feeling satisfied from all of the delicious produce and wine. Today you travel within the Margaret River region travelling just 80km.

Day 3: Walpole, Denmark and Albany

Nature lovers are in for a treat today! It’s up bright and early with your first stop at the Diamond Tree, one of three fire lookout trees in the world. You can ascend the 51 metres to the top if you are feeling brave. Onwards to the Valley of the Giants in the Walpole Wilderness National Park. Here you will walk among ancient tingle forests on the Ancient Empire and Treetop Canopy walks. After a picnic lunch of local produce, you will venture on towards William Bay National Park to see the paradise that is Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. If the weather is warm it’s the perfect place for a dip. You will stop in at Denmark, a gorgeous town nestled on the banks of the Denmark River for a coffee, before making your way along a dreamy coastal drive towards Albany. Explore Torndirrup National Park and its highlights – The Gap and Natural Bridge. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Albany and check into our self-contained apartment. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant overlooking the ocean. Today you will travel around 350km.

Day 4: Albany to Esperance

After your continental breakfast, you will discover the township of Albany and its interesting history. Take in stunning views of the bay from the Mt. Clarence Lookout and visit the National Anzac Centre. You will travel into the oldest mountain range in the world, the unique Porongurup’s and take a walk to Castel Rock for jaw dropping views over the region. Travel through the beautiful Stirling Ranges towards Esperance and if you are lucky enough to be travelling during wildflower season it will look even more picture perfect. Stop at the mind-blowingly beautiful Twilight Cove for your first taste of the squeaky white beaches and crystal blue waters of the Golden Outback’. You will check into your Esperance accommodation at the Bay of Isles Motel and enjoy an evening meal overlooking a turquoise ocean. Today you will travel 480km.

Day 5: Cape Le Grand National Park

Words cannot describe the absolute beauty you are going to experience today. Located approximately 50km east of Esperance, Cape Le Grand is one of Western Australia’s most spectacular National Parks. It features blindingly white sandy beaches with sand so fine it squeaks between your toes. Wildlife is in abundance including the iconic sunbathing kangaroos at Lucky Bay who are always up for a photo opportunity. Swim, bushwalk and reconnect with nature today. Stay back in Esperance tonight and enjoy dining at a local restaurant. Just 80km to travel today.

Day 6: The Nullarbor

It’s up before the bird’s chirp today. You will be putting your clocks forward 1.5 hours and have a lot of land to cover as you begin your journey crossing the Nullarbor Plain. You will go off-road, four-wheel driving along the Balladonia Track which has some unique historical highlights. You will stretch your legs at the original Eucla Telegraph Station before crossing the border into South Australia.
Today you will have the opportunity to play golf on the longest golf course in the world, the Nullarbor Links. You travel a long distance today, even by Australian standards, 920km. Tonight you have the unique experience of staying in an iconic Outback Roadhouse Motel in Border Village.

Day 7: The Nullarbor and Great Australian Bight

This morning you will continue your journey along the Nullarbor stopping in at the unique Koonalda Homestead in the Nullarbor National Park. Originally a fuel and rest stop for people travelling along the Nullarbor in the 1950s, it was abandoned in the 1970s and is now a special piece of Australiana history. Then get ready to be blown away by the epic scenery of the Head of Bight, Australia’s ultimate coastal lookout. In the months of June to October you will be able to see up to 120 Southern Right Whales and their young taking shelter in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. You will also have the option during these months to do a scenic flight (optoinal extra at own expense) over the Head of Bight – the longest continuous cliff coastline in the Southern Hemisphere. Onwards to Ceduna where you enjoy an Indigenous cultural experience at the Ceduna Aboriginal Culture Centre. Today you travel 480km and overnight in Ceduna at Shelly Beach Caravan Park 5 Star Villa’s with ocean views.

Day 8: Baird Bay and Coodlie Park

This morning you will make your way to Baird Bay where you will have optional experience and once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with Australian sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise (optional extra at own expense). In calm waters, the puppy dogs of the sea will splash, twist and twirl all around you and the magical dolphins would not disappoint either. Take an inspiring coastal walk around Venus Bay before joining the Xplore Eyre owners at their home, Coodlie Park Farm Retreat. Here you will sample fresh oysters, local wines and if you are up for it, head out on a Nocturnal Wildlife and Stargazing Tour. This gives you a chance to experience the millions of stars of the southern skies and see native wildlife at its most active. Today you will travel 170km and tonight you will sleep in a fully self-contained cottage at the property, Coodlie Park Farm Retreat.

Day 9: Coffin Bay – Port Lincoln

After breakfast you will mosey down the coast to the seaside town of Coffin Bay for the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour, the only one of its kind in Australia. Put on some waders and sit down to feast on the world-renowned Coffin Bay oysters, plucked straight out of the ocean. Lunch will follow with a wonderful seafood platter at the 1802 Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Explore some stunning coastline at Sleaford Bay and Whalers Way, before visiting Mikkira Station, home of a wild koala population where you will get some great photos. Pop into the Eyre Peninsula’s very own boutique brewery – Beer Garden Brewing, to taste their sustainably brewed beer. Then check into our accommodation for the last night at the Port Lincoln Hotel. Today you travel 300km and dine at an award-winning seafood restaurant for dinner.

Day 10: Port Lincoln and Adelaide

You start the day exploring the beautiful Lincoln National Park. Enjoy morning tea at Stamford Hill after an invigorating climb and visit Cape Donnington and the pristine beaches and lookouts on offer. You will head back to Port Lincoln for lunch at the iconic Fresh Fish Place. Next, board the Tesla’, a unique electric canal cruiser. Enjoy a tranquil cruise around Port Lincoln’s Marina and learn about Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Visit Boston Bay Wines for tastings and Glen Forest Tourist Park for up close and personal wildlife encounters. As your 10 day journey comes to an end, you will enjoy one last taste of the Eyre Peninsula at the Port Lincoln Marina before your guide drops you off at the Port Lincoln Airport for your 45-minute flight to Adelaide.

Alternatively, those who love aquatic wildlife, and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush, can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark (optional extra at own expense). There are two operators offering different types of experiences.

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Swim with sea lions and dolphins

This is an amazing experience and highlight of the tour. The interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at the beautiful and sheltered Baird Bay on the Eyre Peninsula will leave you breathless. Board the 14-seater boat for a short ride to our first stop, where you’ll swim with sea lions. This takes place in approximately two metres of water. It is a natural experience and the sea lions come into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us.

After this, head further out into the bay to swim with the majestic bottlenose dolphins. This happens in four metres of water but is still within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours and a wetsuit and snorkel equipment are included.

 

Great White Shark Experiences in Port Lincoln

This is Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour. Sustainable and responsible, Adventure Bay Charters use rock music to attract the sharks, which also makes for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks and the cage divers whilst staying dry! If you are feeling brave you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks, from within the safety of the cage.

This full day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30am and returns at 6.30pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images which they will email to you within a couple of days.

Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving 

Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only one-day Shark Cage Diving South Australian tour operator who is permitted to use natural fish burley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience!

The full day charter boards at 6.30am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment is supplied and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.

Head of Bight Marine Park Scenic Flight 

(Available July to September during Whale Watching season)

Get a whole new perspective of this incredible landscape taking a 45-minute scenic flight over the Head of the Great Australian Bight while you spot many Southern Right Whales and their young playing in the waters below.

Additional upgrades and add-ons may be available.

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Questions?
Call 888-828-6877 or email reservations@islandsinthesun.com

*Terms & Conditions (US):

Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received.  Prices are land only, ‘from’ per person, based on double occupancy and valid for selected departure dates. International airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (12 August 2020). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: SO20000. CST#2001136-50.

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