Secrets of Esperance Camping Adventure

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Secrets of Esperance Camping Adventure

Secrets of Esperance Camping Adventure

6 day Guided Camping Journey
Perth to Perth

Overview

Be connected with nature and adventure on this all-inclusive camping trip from Perth of the South West Edge. Find out why this route is recognised as Australia’s most Instagrammable road trip, as you are amazed by its diversity and otherworldly landscapes. Spend a whole day exploring pristine Cape Le Grand National Park. Hit the hiking trails of the Stirling Ranges, marvel at the weird and wonderful Wave Rock and spend a day tasting your way around Margaret River.

Engage in one of Australia’s best Indigenous experiences and camp under the stars of the Milky Way with likeminded travellers. Your enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guide will take you off the beaten track to places you’d never find otherwise, ensuring you a fantastic adventure.

Highlights:

  • Wave Rock and Fitzgerald River World Biosphere Region
  • Cape Le Grand National Park and its friendly kangaroos
  • Relax and swim at some of Australia’s best beaches
  • Feel inspired after hikes that will leave you speechless
  • Explore the ancient forests of the Walpole region
  • Taste your way around the Margaret River region
  • Experience the rugged coastline and rock formations of Albany
  • Engage with Indigenous culture at Koomal Dreaming

Departures:

7 and 21 March 2021
4 and 18 April 2021
2 and 16 May 2021
5 and 19 September 2021
3, 17 and 31 October 2021
14 and 28 November 2021
12 and 26 December 2021
9 and 23 January 2022
6 and 20 February 2022
6 and 20 March 2022

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Itinerary

Day 1: Perth to Fitzgerald River National Park
Travelling east over the Darling Ranges, the first stop is at York. Surrounded by pretty countryside, it’s easy to see why this location was the first inland settlement for Western Australia’s early colonists. A bit more driving and you’ll be marvelling at one of Australia’s biggest waves, and there is no ocean in sight. The 2,700 million-year-old Wave Rock rises 15 metres above the ground in an otherworldly fashion.

By late afternoon, arrive at Fitzgerald River National Park where we camp tonight. This is one of Australia’s largest and most botanically significant national parks, renowned for its rugged hinterland, coastal scenery and more than 1,800 beautiful and rare plant species.

Today travel around 600 km (10 hours) with plenty of stops along the way. Fitzgerald River National Park has a toilet but no shower facilities.

Day 2: Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park
Start the day with a rewarding hike up East Mt. Barren which features breathtaking views over the region. Take the coastal route into Esperance for a coffee and mosey around, and get your first peek of the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches the area is famous for. Onwards to Cape Le Grand National Park. Iconic for its squeaky white beaches and friendly kangaroos, you are never going to want to leave this paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon here to set out on a hike or just kick back and soak up the serenity.

Today travel around 250 km (2.5 hours). Camp at Cape Le Grand which has toilet and shower facilities.

Day 3: Cape Le Grand National Park & Stirling Ranges
The views from the top of Frenchman Peak over the Recherche Archipelago are pretty impressive, so this morning the top of Frenchman Peak is where we go. Following the hike, it’s back on the bus for the drive into the Stirling Ranges. Depending on the time of the year, in spring we might seek out the beautiful wildflowers, or in the heat of summer, some secret swimming spots.

Today driving time is about 6 hours and tonight, swag camp at a private campground in the Stirling Ranges with shower and toilet facilities.

Day 4: Stirling Ranges & South West Coast
Visit the Porongurups for a two-hour hike through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock. A bit of a climb but worth every bit of effort. Take a magnificent coastal drive towards Albany and be wowed at The Gap and Natural Bridge. Stop for a dip at Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool in William Bay National Park.

From the ocean to the forest, discover the old-growth forests of the Walpole Wilderness Region. The last stop of the day is at the largest Tingle Tree in Western Australia.

We do about 4.5 hours of driving today, with stops along the way. Tonight, we camp at a Quinninup Caravan Park which has shower and toilet facilities.

Day 5: Margaret River
Today we put adventure aside as we taste our way around the world-renowned Margaret River region. Whatever your taste buds desire, you will find it here. From wine to gin, and chocolate to cheese, by the end of the day you will be feeling very satisfied and merry. Cheers to that!

Today travel around 200km (5 hours), making tasting stops along the way. Tonight, camp at Big Valley Caravan Park in Margaret River which has shower and toilet facilities.

Day 6: Margaret River to Perth
On the last day of the tour, wake to the now-familiar laugh of kookaburras. Roll up your swag one last time before jumping on the bus to Dunsborough. Meet Wardandi custodian Josh, who will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable underground didgeridoo performance. Taste native foods, and experience traditional fire-lighting on this unique Indigenous cultural experience.

As your tour draws to an end, stop at the popular tourist town of Busselton, where it’s hard to miss the 19th-century Jetty stretching 1.8km into Geographe Bay. One last stint on the road has us arriving into Perth around 6 pm.

Today we travel 300 km (4 hours).

Price + Inclusions

Secrets of Esperance Camping Adventure Price per person
Twin Share $940

Important Information:

Meals: Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.

Camping: Our tours are camping adventures, and participation and involvement are required from our passengers. People do need to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and be able to cope with extreme weather conditions if travelling in the peak of summer. Camping on this tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds and bush camps (no facilities).

Swags: When camping, we use single swags. Swags are ‘Aussie Bed Rolls’ made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. Passengers need to provide a sleeping bag and pillow to insert into the swag.

Our wet weather option is a 3-person dome tent, which is shared by two people. These are only provided in the case of heavy rain.

Fitness: A good level of fitness is required, and you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 kilometres on some days. This may involve rough ground and perhaps getting wet.

Fit for Travel: As part of our Safe Adventures program, all passengers are required to complete an online check-in which includes a ‘Fit for Travel’ self-declaration to confirm you are free from illness. Two days before your scheduled departure, you will be emailed a link to complete the online check-in for your tour. This is mandatory and must be completed at the latest 24 hours before departure. We recommend reading about the Safe Adventures Program before booking.

Changes to Itinerary: Our experienced guides will tailor activities on seasonal conditions throughout the year to maximise your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will be made with serious consideration and passengers’ best interest and safety as our number one priority.

Minimum Numbers: This tour require a minimum of 6 people to operate. In the unlikely event the tour you are booked on is cancelled because minimum numbers have not been met, we will transfer all monies paid onto another departure date in the future. If this is not suitable, we will refund your tour price in full.

Booking Terms & Conditions: We recommend reading our full Booking Terms & Conditions before booking.

Inclusions:

  • All National Park and entry fees
  • All activities
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation – Swag camping (with basic facilities) 5 nights
  • Transport – Air-conditioned minibus (max 20 people)
  • Expert local guide

What to bring:

  • Personal belongings
  • Sleeping bag
  • Travel pillow
  • Torch or head torch
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • It’s also a good idea to bring snacks for the bus in your day bag

Luggage Restrictions:

  • Bags are restricted to 1 × 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.

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