South West Loop (Perth to Esperance, return)

Jump on the Share Bus from Perth to Esperance to discover the South West and explore beaches, forests, see some animals and do a sneaky wine tasting.

Take a break from Perth to 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. ​This place is also famous for wine and food so enjoy a few cheeky tastings as well. Finish heading east at Esperance – home to the whitest beach in Australia (and beach-loving kangaroos). Head back via Wave Rock, then roll into Perth after a fabulous 10 days on the road, living life camping underneath the stars.

This trip is 10 days long. The destination is set, but the route is not – take control of your own adventure! 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 cold weather! Trip Highlights

  • See stingrays, kangaroos and whales
  • Forests, climbing a giant tree and the white and isolated beaches in the South-West
  • ‘Surf’ Wave Rock

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
  • Last night in a hostel in Perth

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: Dunsborough/ Eagle Bay

Meet in the morning to load up the Share Bus, meet your trip mates and do a big food shop for the next few days. Its a day for beautiful beaches. Head to Busselton to see the longest wooden jetty in the world. Afterwards drive to 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 as well.

Day 02/03: Margaret River

See any of the beaches you didn’t manage to the day before, then 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. Do a side trip to Hamelin Bay as well. Stingrays come right up to the beach here, and you can even pat them.

Day 04: 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 05 Walpole and Denmark

Check out the beautiful forests and tall trees of Walpole before heading into the hippy town of Denmark. Walpole is famous for the Giant tree top walk, however there are also other free walks you could do to enjoy the region. Once in Denmark visit the inlet here Ocean Beach to surf, or Greens Pool to chill. Definitely check out the Elephant Rocks as well. The bakery here is also popular with Aussies.

Day 06: Albany

Spend a day in the town of Albany. Remember to stock up on your food! Visit the natural parks (i.e. ‘the Gap’, or the Porongorups) 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!)

Day 07: Fitzgerald 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, both steep and easy hikes, unique vegetations, and diverse landscapes

Day 08/09: 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. In the afternoon of Day 9, start driving towards Wave Rock

Day 10: Wave Rock

Day 10 Wave Rock to Perth Check out ‘Wave Rock’ in Hyden as well as nearby Hippos Yawn Loop, Hyden Rock and the breakers. Then start your drive back to Perth. If you find you’re ahead of schedule stop by Black Diamond Lake, a few hours south-east of Perth. Its a beautiful blue lake and local treasure. Finish your day in Perth, clean/tidy the bus and trailer and enjoy an included night in the hostel

Trip details

South West Loop

Trip length: 10 days

Prices:
Early bird: $486 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $445

Start Dates:

  • 3rd November 2020
  • 17th November 2020
  • 1st December 2020
  • 15th December 2020
  • 5th January 2021
  • 19th January 2021
  • 2nd February 2021
  • 16th February 2021
  • 2nd March 2021
  • 16th March 2021
  • 30th March 2021
  • 13th April 2021

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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