Great Australian Road Trips: Adelaide To Perth Road Trip
An Adelaide to Perth Road Trip has everything, from fluffy and cute animals to majestic sea creatures. The total distance travelled in this road trip will be around 3800 Kms across the Nullabor Plain experiencing the wildlife and the diverse landscapes that satisfies both adventurers and nature lovers alike.
Adelaide is the state capital of South Australia, where one can explore and experience the Barossa Valley and Clare wine regions or jump across the Kangaroos Island. This town is also the gateway to Australia’s outback, including the Flinders Ranges
Adelaide to Flinders Ranges:
A road drive from Adelaide to Flinders Ranges may take around 4 hours 15 minutes, which covers a total distance of around 370 Kms. Journeying north towards one of the world’s oldest mountain Ranges, The Flinders Ranges to venture the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk onto the terraces and through the narrows formed from an ancient sea bed. Even today, the rock has ripples of sand which can be seen and felt by anyone visiting there.
The Flinders Ranges date back as far as a billion years and are a magnet for paleontologists and geologists who are keen to uncover the fossils hidden inside the mountain that may hold the key to human evolution. The seasonal changes in Flinders ranges are magnificent, thus making it a popular place for authors, poets, and artists. Following spring, the rain brings out brightly coloured wildflowers throughout the regions. Concealed within the Flinders Ranges through the gorge, lies a wonderland of wildlife.
Quorn is a home for the Pichi Richi Railway that played a crucial role in linking the different gauges of railway line crossing the continent. Moving towards the eastern edge of the range past Quorn, is the Warren Gorge, which is not only amazing but also has the almost extinct yellow-footed rock wallaby.
Flinders ranges to Eyre Peninsula:
The next stop in this long road drive journey is the Eyre Peninsula, which is the home for some great Australia’s wildlife. This place is well worth a stop, because there is incredible scenery and plenty of things to see and watch. The Lincoln National Park, Galwer Ranges National Park, Coffin Bay national Park, and a number of conservational parks and reserves are also there in Eyre Peninsula. You can even do fishing.
Eyre Peninsula is a surprisingly remote location with Port Lincoln as its only sizeable town. Some free camping spots are seen on the eastern side of the Peninsula, and one among them is the Lipson Cove. The beach, the hills and fishing here is really amazing.
Port Lincoln is situated in the Boston Bay and a home for huge tuna farming industry and tuna fleet. The Lincoln national park, located just down the road has abundant birdlife, stunning white beaches, as well as good access to fishing.
Tumby Bay, a seaside town is the best place for car parks, pubs, and fish-and-chip shops. Another tourist attraction, the Coffin Bay which is located little west is equally attractive. It offers some of the spectacular coastal scenery that ranges from sandstone, limestone, ancient limestone cliffs to long beaches.
The western coast of the Eyre Peninsula features wild seas, sheer cliffs, colonies of sea lions, and beautiful beaches. Head up to the Head of Bight near Ceduna, if you are planning to travel between the months of June and October to watch the beautiful Southern Right Whales migrating to warmer waters.
Eyre Peninsula to The Nullabor:
To taste the true West Australian outback, head toward the Nullabor plain. It’s also one of Australia’s best self-ride road trips. Austrians call it as null-boring, and is believed to be a place formed due to dried up sea bed.
If you are travelling in Nullabor in Car, there is nothing to worry about in this desert because every 200 Kms has a roadhouse, where you can get accommodation or free camping. Nullabor has many things to see and do.
Check in to the New Nullabor Links Golf even if you are not interested in golf. The 18 holes span a distance of around 1365 Kms, spread across the Eyre Highway with a hole at every roadhouse and town between Kalgoorie and Ceduna.
Another must see place is the Bunda Cliff, which is still a part of Australian Bight. The cliff offers some magnificent views of the surrounding places, but make sure you don’t get blown off by the strong winds blowing here.
The road signs in Australia are pretty much exciting, at least for a foreigner. Kangaroo, Wombat, and camel crossing signs can be seen frequently on the roads of Nullabor while moving ahead.
Border village between the Southern and Western Australia’s some interesting things to see. A giant Kangaroo statue, the Rooley II Statue is one where you can climb into its pouch and take a funny picture. Just behind the statue is the golf course. Once you cross the border, a big monument or a statue is found having some useful information on tourist attractions, wildlife, etc underneath.
Eucla is one of the best places to relax and take a break. Do not forget to visit the Eucla Telegraph station (not in use any more), which is getting gradually buried into the sand. Climbing on the buried telegraph station is not only fun but also provides a fantastic view of the surrounding places, such as coasts and sand dumes which are well worth to experience and explore.
Nullabor to Esperence:
A bit of a detour to the western side, you can reach Esperence. Since you are heading from deserted Nullobor, Esperence may seem to you like a big town. This place has more than 9 national parks. This is one place where the blue beach mixes with powder white beaches and also you have enough stopways and swims in between.
Experence is a remote beach town, and has some of Australia’s best scenery. It is a blessed place having clean beaches, untouched islands, turquoise waters, and colour filled wildflowers.
Most of Esperence’s attractions are easily accessible for anyone, however having a 4 wheeler is easy to venture off the beaten track. Idyllic spots for swimming and snorkeling are the Twilight Cove and the Blue haven Beach. The lagoon, just east of west beach is also the best for snorkeling, according to local people.
In the town of Espernece, the adventure continues with steam train rides, mini golf, canoeing, sand boarding, abseiling, diving and fishing charters, island cruises, helicopter flights, coach tours, indigenous cultural tours, and self-drive beach safaris. It is also a good choice for motels, hotels, restaurants, backpackers, chalets, and Bed and breakfast.
The art centre, galleries, and Museum in Esperence are other must-see places in this small beach town. Check out the museum to see what is left after the NASA Skylab slammed back to earth neat Belladonia. On the way to Cape le Grand, one can find ancient druid history with a full-size replica of Stonehenge.
Esperence to Albany:
Travel through the beautiful national park towards Albany, which is one of the oldest town in Western Australia. It has the oldest river system in the whole world called the “Ancient Kalgan River”, and no trip to Albany Ends without a trip on the local riverboat, the Kalgan Queen to the river. You can also do fishing while travelling in the kalgan queen
Whale watching is very popular in Albany if travelled to this region between July and August. In Australia, Albany was the last mainland Whaling station. It is the Whale world, the building with some of the greatest tale to tell. However, it is not functional now and was closed in the year 1978. Whale watching can be done in almost all beaches in Albany, but start off at the lookouts between the Albany
Town Centre and the Middleton Beach.
The city of Albany marks its spot where European traveler’s fist set their foot here in Western Australia. Much of the city’s legacy remains even today with 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as restaurants, galleries and museums.
Torndirrup national Park is one of the most scenic coastal are that is perfect for whale watching. Other things to see and do in Albany includes wine tasting, fishing, Old Convict Gaol Museum, King George Sound hub of Albany, natural rock bridge, West cape Howe national Park, York Street in the centre of Albany, and kalgan Cruises.
Albany to The Valley Of The Giants, Walpole:
Walpole has a wide range of tourist attractions and activities like fishing, boating, hiking, golf, and bush walking. There are beautiful beaches, islands, and massive cliffs too. Travelling in the town of Walpole makes easy access to Fuel, as it has 2 petrol stations. Apart from this, bakeries, hardware store and few cafés are also there.
The Coalmine caravan park in Walpole has a number of facilities for visitors like toilets, showers and even cooking facilities. Other caravan parks are also there in Walpole that can be utilized. Do not forget to go for fishing in Walpole. Fishes like herring, beam, pink snapper, tailor, Whiting, Flathead, Skippy, and other fishes too. Fishing competitions are held regularly in Walpole due to the great fishing options the city offers.
One of the most popular tourist attraction, the valley of the Giants is just a short drive from Walpole. It is a stunning towering forest around Walpole and a tranquil township. There is something unique about this Walpole; It has giant red tingle trees that grow up to 40 metres. You can get a bird’s eye view of the sky scrapping trees from the valley of Giants treetop walks. Cruise along the Walpole’s inlet and river, and explore the white pristine beaches of the Walpole-Nornalup National park.
The Valley Of The Giants to Perth:
The distance between The Valley of the Giants and Perth is around 400 Kms that can be travelled in around 5 hours’ time. This was easy enough in my trusty ute. Perth, due to its huge foreign investment and mineral resources, has tall buildings touching the skyline and influx of immigrants, thus giving it a healthy diversity.
A visit to the surfer’s paradise town of Yallingup in the Margaret river is another popular tourist attraction. Apart from surfing caves and wine tasting are other reason why people flood into this tourist location. Visit the caves around Margaret river and watch up close and personal the crystalline features of the stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this booming town and discover the underwater world at Busselton for the last wild encounter.
Perth has a number of tourist spots. Some of the best places to visit include the Perth Zoo, Perth Mint, Adventure World, AQWA, and the Perth bell tower. The perth zoo is a place for fun and entertainment and can be visited throughout the year. Just take a tour and watch the creatures during their feeing time, and take pictures of your favourite animal or bird.
Perth Mint is one of the biggest gold and silver producers in the world. It is here the Australian gold and silver bullion coins are manufactured, in addition to gold and silver bars. It is a place which offers a combination exhibitions, attractions, and demonstrations to its visitors.
A biggest theme park in WA, is the Adventure park in Perth. It has many attractions and over 23 rides. If you are interested in marine life, then AQWA (The Aquarium of Western Australia) is a must see place, which is an underwater marine attraction showcasing unique and incredible marine life of western Australia.Don’t forget to visit the Perth Bell Tower which is a 271 foot high glass and copper campanile and has 18 below known as swan bells. Every year thousands of people from around the world visit the Perth bell Tower which makes it one of the best tourist attraction in Perth.
Tourist attractions in Perth are not limited to the above but also include Fremantle, Rottnest island, Swan Valley, Lancelin, New Morcia, Mandurah, York, Cottesloe and the Araluen Botanical garden.
The journey between Adelaide to Perth, across the Nullabor Plain is an unforgettable long trip of around 3800 Kms distance. Get prepared earlier for the journey earlier, to make the trip pleasant and rewardable.