Adelaide to Perth

Jump on the Share Bus from Adelaide to Perth explore near Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula, cross the Nullarbor and to discover the South West.

The destination is set, but the route is not – take control of your own adventure! Jump on the Share Bus from Adelaide to Perth explore near Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula, cross the Nullarbor and to discover the South West.

Head out of Adelaide, detouring by Flinders Ranges before spending some time beachside in the Eyre Peninsula eating seafood, jumping in rock holes and chilling out. Then head on the long drive in-land across the Nullarbor, the name itself is Latin for “no trees”. Check out the Great Australian Bight, and see some whales. You’ll also see the famous Bunda Cliffs, a town buried by sand and a pink lake.

Then, explore the South-West of Western Australia. This is one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots, with many species endemic to the region. So enjoy the forests and nature around you! You’ll get to pat stingrays, chill with kangaroos and climb giant trees. Afterwards, then roll into Perth to enjoy your last day with your new road trip family.

Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkelling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights. This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with other 1 or 2 travellers. The target age group is 18-35.

Things to note

Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus. We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you. You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’. Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+ Once you book you will be given a full guide with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, as well as recommended sights to see. Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch. Be prepared for the tough weather! Trip Highlights

    See stingrays, kangaroos and whales
    Explore the Nullabor and the South-West
    Forests, climbing a giant tree and white beaches in the South-west
    Visit working stations, outback towns and the Bunda Cliffs accross the Nullarbor

Inclusions

General inclusions

  • Your Toyota Hiace Minibus, to drive to the places you choose (but not on 4WD roads!)
  • Fully equipped trailer with everything you need for camping, cooking, and fun (equipment list)
  • Consumables such as: toilet paper, oil, salt and pepper, gas, bin bags etc
  • Recommended itinerary (but you have freedom!)
  • Guidebook (for activities and camping locations – both free and pay sites)
  • Fuel consumption for unlimited km
  • Comprehensive insurance with roadside assistance
  • Special discounts on activities and accomodation
  • National Park Entries

Trip-specific inclusions

  • Western Australia National Park Entries
  • Last night in a hostel in Perth
  • Snorkelling gear to explore the Ningaloo reef from Coral Bay and Cape Range National Park

Exclusions

  • Most accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of free camps, or budget pay camps
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons
  • Guide: it’s just you and fellow “rentees” driving this minibus. Enjoy!

Recommended itinerary

Please note this is the recommended itinerary, you can update it with your crew.

Day 01: Leave Adelaide/Lake Bumbunga

Trip time! Meet your new bus crew, find out how to use the equipment and then do a big group food shop. Make your way out of Adelaide, perhaps drive through the Barossa Valley and get a few wine tastings. Then head to the pink lake – Lake Bumbunga, to check if its pink and maybe take a few pics. Set up camp early at a nearby free camp and celebrate your first night!

Day 2/3: Flinders Ranges: Head up to Flinders Ranges. Stop at the town of Quorn on the way and then spend some time discovering this outback mountain range. It’s rich in Aboriginal history and home to a lot of wildlife.

Day 4: Port Augusta to Coffin Bay.

Time to head towards the Eyre Peninsula and the Nullarbor now! Head to the small Port town of Port Augusta, gateway to the outback. After a quick stop continue on to Coffin Bay National Park. It’s a beautiful spot with great beaches and look outs to explore around. OPTIONAL: If you plan to cross the Nullarbor quicker than this itinerary you can head to nearby Port Lincoln where you can go cage diving with great white sharks. Alternatively if you want to do this but don’t have extra time, you can cut out the Flinders Ranges on day 2/3.

Day 5/6 Eyre Peninsula

The Eyre Peninsula is full of amazing isolated beaches and rockholes you can jump into. It’s also a great place for seafood, so you could also give fishing a try! Other notable stops are Greenly Rock Pools, Elliston and Talia Caves. Once you get to Baird Bay you also will have the opportunity to swim with friendly sea lions (must book in advance). Or just view them from a lookout point.

Day 7: Ceduna, Cactus Beach and the Nullarbor

Spend the morning in the Eyre Peninsula exploring the beaches, caves and coves before taking the afternoon to relax in the town of Ceduna. This is the last reasonable sized you will see until you cross the Nullarbor into WA. Eat some seafood and oysters (or catch your lunch) then start the Nullarbor. Near cactus beach is a pink lake (pink one side, blue the other). Cactus beach is a famous surfing spot, but not for beginners, check out the surfers yourself, or give it a go if you’re an experienced surfer.

Day 8: Nullarbor: Eucla and Madura

You can check out the head of Bight for some whale watching (if its the season) and cliff views before continuing your Nullarbor journey. Just before getting to the WA border you’ll be able to see the classic view of the Bunda Cliffs. After crossing the border, stop at Eucla where you can see the abandoned telegraph station being covered by sand and the Old Jetty. Finally stop in Madura for the night

Day 10:  Nullarbor

Finish in Norseman Head towards Norseman for the final leg of the Nullarbor! You can either stay in the town or in nearby Flinders Ranges. Stop at Balladonia, Caiguna and Cocklebiddy on the way to check out the local attractions like caves or a blow hole. Get a photo at the sign for Australia’s longest straight road.

Day 11: Norseman to Esperance A lazy day morning in town to recover from the Nullarbor. Check out this outback town and celebrate the end of the Nullarbor. Have a look around Norseman and check out some of its statues and lookouts. There is also a free swimming pool, which is always enjoyable in the hot outback weather. Then head into Esperance so you can enjoy a full day the next day on the beach with Kangaroos

Day 12/13: Esperance and Cape Le Grand

Esperance is the place where all the beautiful photos of incredibly white beaches and kangaroos are taken. Make sure you go to Lucky Bay for this experience, and maybe hike up Frenchman’s peak.

Day 14: Fitzgerald River National Park Fitzgerald River is a large National Park located between Albany and Esperance. It has swimming beaches, fishing beaches, rocky sea cliffs, calm inlets, steep and easy hikes, unique vegetations, and diverse landscapes

Day 15: Albany

Spend a day in the town of Albany, and feel like you are in civilization. Remember to stock up on your food! Visit the natural sights nearby and perhaps make a trip to hike up Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges, which is the only place in Western Australia that sometimes receives snow (not that there will be snow in November!) There are great national parks nearby.

Day 16: Walpole/Denmark

Enjoy the hippy town and beaches of Denmark before heading to Walpole. In Denmark you can visit the inlet, or the Ocean beach to surf, or relax at the popular Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. Afterwards, head to Walpole to check out beautiful forests and tall trees. Walpole is famous for the Giant tree top walk, however there are also other free walks you could do to enjoy the region. Check out the giant tingle tree as well.

Day 17: Pemberton

Pemberton has an incredibly beautiful forest and is filled with GIANT trees. You can climb to the top several giant trees such as the Gloucester tree which is 58m high. A little bit scary, but amazing. Go for a walk in this region, you could perhaps hike some of the Bibbulmun track

Day 18/19: Margaret River and Hamelin Bay

On your first day here head to Hamelin Bay on the way in. Stingrays come right up to the shore and you can even pat them like they are playful dogs. Check out Margaret River region known for it’s food, wine and surfing. Go to a few cheeky wine/cheese/chocolate tastings, and check out surfer’s point.

Day 20: Dunsborough/Eagle Bay

Its a day for beautiful beaches. Head to the Dunsborough and Eagle Bay regions, stopping to see all the amazing beaches in the region on the way. They must be among the best in the world. Make sure you grab an ice cream at Simmos in Dunsborough (they’re my favourite!). You can then head to Busselton to see the longest wooden jetty in the world

Day 21 Black Diamond Lake/Perth

Head to Black Diamond Lake to enjoy your last morning. This beautiful blue lake is a local treasure, spend the morning here and perhaps have a BBQ lunch. Then it’s time to drive the last couple of hours into Perth. Clean and tidy the equipment and bus, and organise equipment into their relevant boxes ready for return. Finally, celebrate the end of the trip in your pre-booked hostel with the rest of the crew.

Trip details

Adelaide to Perth

Trip length: 21 days

Prices:
Early bird: $774 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $848

Start Date:

  • TBA from October 2020

Discounts

Discounts are available:

  • if you book more than 4 weeks in advance
  • for groups of friends travelling together
  • if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip

Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.

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