Melbourne to Perth 13-Day Overland Tour

Journey from Victoria all the way to Australia's Western coast on this 13-day trip across the Nullarbor.

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Duration
Duration
13 days
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
24
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
8
Meals
Meals
Some included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Start: Melbourne, End: Perth
FromAUD $2149
ValueAUD $2195SAVE AUD $46
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What's Included

  • Meals (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners)
  • Transport (Minibus, Private vehicle)
  • Accommodation (3 nights bush camping, 5 nights basic camping, 3 nights dormitory, 1 night farmstay)
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)
  • First Nations Culture Dreamtime tour

Where We Visit

  • The Great Ocean Road
  • The Grampians
  • Adelaide
  • Flinders Ranges National Park
  • Coodlie Park
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Great Australian Bight 
  • The Nullarbor Plain
  • Esperance
  • Cape Le Grand National Park
  • The Stirling Ranges
  • South West Coast
  • Margaret River
  • Perth

What's excluded

  • Domestic or international flights
  • Some meals
  • Sleeping bags

WHAT TO EXPECT

Your tour will begin in Melbourne, mecca of incredible nightlife, food, art and culture. But you will soon leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind, trading it for sprawling plains, beautiful beaches, mountain lookouts and dense forests. You will get to journey along Victoria's famous coastal trail, the Great Ocean Road. Explore Grampians National Park before making your way to Adelaide, then from there to Perth. Along the way, drop into Port Lincoln for a swim with sea lions or maybe even great whites if you're brave enough! You'll also get to stop by some of the region's most charming small towns like Esperance, and explore a number of protected reserves like the ones at Fitzgerald National Parks.

Itinerary:

Day 1: The Great Ocean Road

 

Your tour will leave from Melbourne and take you on a westward journey towards Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. From there, begin the journey along one of Australia’s most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.

Included Activities

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Koala spotting - Great Ocean Road
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)

Meals

  • Lunch

 

Day 2: The Grampians

 

Get the chance to see even more of the Great Ocean Road's amazing sights before continuing on to the Grampians National Park. This park is known for its sandstone mountains, native wildlife and rich history of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. While there, you will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the Dreamtime period. Then, you'll hike up to the Pinnacles which offer stunning views across the Grampians. Enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ in Halls Gap before settling down for the night.


Included Activities

  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

 

Day 3: The Grampians to Adelaide

 

Today will begin with a hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians. You will also see other sights including the Balconies and Reeds Lookout. After leaving the Grampians, you will pass through the town of Horsham, cross the renowned Murray  River and eventually arrive at Adelaide, where you'll spend the night.
 

Accommodation

  • Hostel (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

Meals

  • Breakfast

 

Day 4: Flinders Ranges National Park

 

Day four will begin with a journey through the impressive gorges, abandoned homesteads and Red Gums that fill the Southern Flinders Ranges. If you're after a coffee or tea, you'll have time to grab one on a quick pit-stop in the town of Clare before heading north to the Flinders Ranges, some of the oldest ranges on earth. But mountains aren't the only thing this area has to offer. It's also full of plunging gorges that you'll get to explore. One that's particularly captivating is Alligator Gorge, which was formed from an ancient seabed. You can see the evidence through its rippled narrows and terraces that were shaped by the water and sand that passed through the land. 
 

After all this, you'll surely welcome a break for lunch. After eating, make your way towards Warren Gorge, then stop for a break in Quorn, home to the Pichi Richi Railway. This railway linked the different gauges of rail lines across the continent until 1980, although it didn't make it's first non-stop trip from Sydney to Perth until 1970. Once you've seen Pichi Pichi, head to Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park, named for its resemblance to a Dutch sailing ship. Your day will end with a walk to the top of the ranges, which offer amazing views of the Western plains.


Tonight will be the first of several nights of camping. Please note there are only toilet facilities at the bush camp. No showers or electricity.

 

Total Driving Time

  • 4 hours in total with stops along the way.

Accommodation

  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 5: Coodlie Park, Eyre Peninsula

 

On day five, you'll discover one of Australia's best-kept secrets: The triangular Eyre Peninsula. The peninsula does not have a major airport and is quite far away for most domestic travellers, meaning the spot is practically untouched and very tranquil. This paradise is home to an abundance of Australian wildlife and beautiful beaches. 


From there, hit the road again, passing through Port Augusta and onwards to Kimba, where you might spot some colourful galah birds. You will break here for lunch, then head for Talia Caves. Next up is a walk along the south headland at Venus Bay and a chance to sandboard on the Lake Newland Sand dunes.

In the late afternoon, you will head to a working farm called Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, home to sheep and many crop varieties. The farm also has a commitment to sustainability. They plant trees on their own land as a way to offset their carbon footprint!

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 5 hours in total with stops along the way

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 6: Coodlie Park

 

Coodlie Park is the ideal spot to experience Australia's unique wildlife up-close. One of the best ways to do so is by opting to swim and snorkel with seals and dolphins that inhabit the area. You can do so by taking a four-hour boat cruise off of the park's harbour (additional fees apply). This optional cruise is a memorable experience that most tour participants love! However, if you choose not to participate, you must wait on shore for the tour to return.

After the cruise, you will eat a much-deserved picnic lunch ay Bairds, then head to Streaky Bay and finally, Ceduna. 

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 4 hours in total with stops along the way.

Accommodation

  • Farmstay (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Optional Activities

  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Port Neill - AUD170

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 7: Great Australian Bight

 

Today, you'll begin your journey across Australia's second-most-iconic road, the Nullarbor. Drive across the iconic Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight, two of the remotest parts on the planet. Cross the dingo fence, which runs a staggering 5320km from the Bight through to Southern Queensland, then journey through the Yalata Aboriginal lands. On the way, you will stop to have your picture taken with the famous wombat, camel and kangaroo road sign, a must-visit for anyone who makes this trek.

From there, stop to witness the incredible sight of Bunda Cliffs, the spot where Australia suddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean. Let's hope you're hungry for lunch, because after the meal's over, you will cross the border into Eucla, Western Australia (and be forced to forfeit any uneaten fruit or vegetables before you cross). 

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 7 hours, with break stops.

Accommodation

  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 8: Nullarbor Plain/Great Australian Bight

 

Today's drive is long, so get those books and music players ready. But don't worry; there will be plenty of stops along the way. One of note is Baladonia, once home to a NASA Skylab! Another interesting stop is the small but expansive town of Norseman, which is largely driven by mining, tourism and a huge tailing dump. You will get the chance to see all of this from a lookout point where you will eat lunch.

After lunch, you will head to Esperance, a remote but charming town surrounded by bush, beaches and massive chunks of granite. 

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 7 hours, with break stops along the way

Accommodation

  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 9: Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park

 

If you've yet to be convinced of Australia's natural beauty, it's guaranteed to happen on day nine. Today, you will get to witness all the enchanting landscapes that Cape Le Grand National Park has to offer. The park is renowned for its picturesque combination of powdery white beaches and crystal blue seas set within the backdrop of a secluded bay. While this region of Western Australia is home to at least nine national parks, this is the most stunning of them all. 

You will have the chance to walk along the beach and look for local kangaroos or take a dip in the ocean before joining your tour group for a coastal bush walk around the park. Be sure to have your camera ready, as the walk includes great views of the Recherche Archipelago islands.

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 10 minutes today

Total Walking Time

  • Approximately 3 hours

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 10: Cape Le Grand National Park - Stirling Ranges

 

Start your morning off right with a hike up to Frenchman's Peak, which locals claim was named after the shape of French hats (we're not so sure). The peak offers stunning views that span across Cape Le Grand and the Recherche Archipelago. After the trek, you'll welcome a lunch break at Lucky Bay, Australia's whitest beach. Then, get ready for a 4-hour drive onwards to the Stirling Ranges, where you will camp for the night.

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 4 hours

Total Walking Time

  • Approximately 2 hours

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 11: Stirling Ranges

 

The area surrounding the Stirling Ranges is basically Western Australia’s version of the Great Ocean Road. Both of these regions feature intricately shaped coastlines sculpted by the strong waves of the surrounding waters. The Albany coast is especially awe-inducing given its abundance of large granite formations including the Natural Bridge and the Gap.

While this area is rocky, it doesn't lack foliage. In fact, the landscape of South West Australia was once dominated by old-growth forests. You will get the see the evidence for yourself on a tree top walk through the forest canopy, allowing you to view these towering jarrah trees from almost 60m up in the air!

 

After your walk, you will head to Shannon’s National Park to spend the night.

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 5 hours

Total Walking Time

  • Approximately 1 hour

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 12: South West Coast

 

Today will start with another morning hike up to the famous Diamond Tree. Then you will leave the forest behind, swapping it for oceans and rivers as you enter the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The area is known for its craft beer, natural wines, surf beaches and quaint shopping precincts. Once the day is done, settle in for one last night of camping before the tour ends. 


Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 5 hours making stops along the way

Accommodation

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • The Diamond Tree

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

 

Day 13: Margaret River to Perth

 

The last day of the tour will begin early with a morning visit to Yallingup, a local surfer's paradise. Then, you'll finish up the last leg of the trip with a drive up the Western Coast to Perth. On the way, you'll stop at the Ngilgi caves, which are made of limestone and have great spiritual significance in First Nations culture. As you walk through the cave, look out for stalagmites and stalactites that grow from the floors and ceilings and learn about the history of the caves from a local guide. 

Finally, once your cave tour is done, you will be dropped off in Perth where your tour will end. We recommend that you book accommodation for yourself in Perth on this last night. While 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. If you are planning on flying out that same night, please book your flight no earlier than 9pm to give you adequate time, as you will not arrive in Perth until the late afternoon.

 

Total Driving Time

  • Approximately 5 hours (although driving through Perth city traffic can mean a slower journey than previously advised)

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • First Nations Culture Dreamtime tour

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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This tour requires all the basics you would typically bring on any trip e.g. toiletries, towels, camera and extra money for optional snacks and activities. We also recommend bringing sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), swimming gear, a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch, insect repellent and fly net to cover your head if you are bothered by flies.

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Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, you can carry a maximum of 15 kg. You are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle. 

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Yes! Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they inform the supplier of this at the time of booking. Due to the nature of the trip, food is basic but plentiful. The below diets can be catered for; 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 veggie 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

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  • You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $99 for per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. 
  • All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. 
  • Families must upgrade from dorm-share accommodation to private rooms where applicable. 


Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply.
  • A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation.
  • If you cancel a trip: 30 days or more prior to departure, the supplier will retain the deposit; between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, they will retain 50% of the total booking cost; 14 days or less prior to departure, they will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
  • If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, the supplier is not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
  • If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made.
  • The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees. 


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