In May 2012, OurOyster.com is set to undertake one of the biggest adventures yet. Travelling all around, as well as straight through the middle, the world’s 6th largest country!
That’s over 36, 000 kilometers of awesome!
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Meet the Great Australian Overland Adventure Sponsors!
When we began approaching companies about sponsorship, we made sure to only approach those who we thought could really add value to our experience. Companies who we thought would be ideal to help showcase the beauty of overland travel in one of the world’s most unique countries.
Base Hostels is a well known network of hostels across Australia and New Zealand. They will be providing our accommodation throughout the trip. We will be bringing you hostel reviews as well as reviews of their “Base Jumping” accommodation pass. We will be staying with them all the way from fashionable Sydney, to remote Alice Springs.
We have two silver sponsors during this adventure, and we couldn’t be more stoked about that! Of course, one can’t undertake an overland adventure without some reliable transportation! Since neither James nor I have driver’s licenses, buying or renting a car was out. But you don’t need a car to travel overland in Australia. We will be exploring Australia with the help of Greyhound bus lines and Great Southern Rail. These two companies will not only get us from A to B, but provide an experience in of themselves – and of course, take away all the stress of having to navigate the roads on our own!
Great Southern Rail is more than just a way to get from point A to B. The journey itself is an experience. With various levels of pampering available, and journeys of many different lengths, there is no reason to work this into your holiday.
Greyhound Australia is the only bus network in Australia which can get you from anywhere in the country, to anywhere in the country. With routes pretty much everywhere, why not leave the car at home?
I am really excited to announce our Bronze Sponsor. I will be partnering with Spaceship Campervan rentals for two legs of the journey. The first section involves the Great Ocean Road between Adelaide and Melbourne, and then we will journey onwards to Sydney. After spending a few days in Sydney, we will pick up a new campervan and head up the east coast of Australia to Brisbane.
Spaceships are more than just a campervan. They include all the modern comforts that you wouldn’t expect in a small campervan, they have both an internal and external sleeping option, gas cooker, dvd player, lockable luggage storage, and even a small fridge.
Darwin – I am really excited to experience the world famous Kakadu national park with Darwin Day Tours on their one day Kakadu tour. Highlights of Kakadu park include 25,000 year old Aboriginal rock paintings, spectacular waterfalls, and tons of native wildlife. Check out our review of Darwin Day Tours here.
Kununnura – During our stay in Kununnurra, we will be staying with the Kimberly Croc Backpackers. Kununnura is the gateway to the Kimberlys, and where we will be based to explore Lake Argyle. Check out our trip to Emma Gorge which was recommended by Kimberly Croc, plus our review of the hostel here.
Broome – I will spend one of my evening in Broome gazing at the sun set over the iconic Cable Beach from the beach of a camel! What better way to watch a sun set than with Ships of the Desert? Check out our review of Ships of the Desert here.
Coral Bay – Coral Bay is famous for it’s whale sharks, but there is way more to do in Coral Bay than just activities on the water. With the Coral Bay Ecotour ATV tour, you can discover a wide range of landscape including secluded lagoons, and impressive sand dunes. Check out our full review of Coral Bay Ecotours here.
Cervantes – Former park ranger, Mike Newton, owns and operates Turquoise Coast Enviro Tours. The pinnacles are limestone pillars which stand tall amongst the sand, and which attract thousands of visitors every year. I will be visiting this strange landscape with Mike in mid May. Check out our full review here.
Perth – I will spend half a day with Taste Bud Tours to explore the delightful foodie regions around Perth. One of the hardest things I have had to do on this trip so far was choose which of these amazing tours I was most interested in! In the end, I settled on the AM speed grazing tour, where I will sample local honey, wine, as well as local “bush tucker.” Check out our full review here.
Kangaroo Island – We will have a quick stop over at Kangaroo Island, just 13 km’s from Adelaide. Here we will participate in the All Terrain Quad Adventure, which will allow us to discover the unique terrain of Kangaroo Island. Check out our full review here.
Melbourne – We will be staying in a stuido apartment rental, booked through Roomorama while in Melbourne. Roomorama offers an alternative to hotel and apartment booking, where you get to converse directly with the property owner, making travel planning easier and more personal. Check out our full review here.
Melbourne – I may possibly be one of the biggest coffee, wine, and cheese lovers on this planet. Especially when it comes to coffee. And that is something that Melbourne is famous for. While I am in Melbourne, I will discover some of the best coffee, wine, cheese, and art that Melbourne has to offer on a 4 hour walking tour with Godo.com.au. Check out our full review here.
Port Lincoln – After arriving in Adelaide, we will make a quick detour to Port Lincoln… the best place in Australia to go cage diving with great whites! I know what you’re thinking – aren’t you a little bit insane?!? – but this is one of those once in a lifetime adventures that just can not be passed up. And I know that the staff and guides will make sure I stay in one piece as well! Check out our full review here.
Agnes Waters – During my time in Agnes Waters I will have the unique opportunity to discover the marine wildlife of the area from inside an ocean kayak. The knowledgable guides at 1770 Liquid Adventures will be providing this tour, where I may even be able to spot wild dolphins if lucky! Unfortunately, due to weather, this tour was cancelled.
Airlie Beach – The Whitsundays are famous for their idyllic qualities and their prime location in the coral sea. They are also famous for being the gateway to discover the Great Barrier Reef. I will spend a day discovering this unique and fragile ecosystem with Cruise Whitsundays. Check out our review here!
Katherine – While I am in Katherine I will have a great opportunity to visit Nitmiluk national park with Nitmiluk tours. The park, formally known as Katherine Gorge national park is famous for just that – the gorges which line the Katherine river. I will get to explore the Katherine gorge and Nitmiluk national park with Nitmiluk tours. Check out our review of the sunset dinner cruise here! Check out our review of the hiking and camping facilities here!
Darwin – I will complete my circuit of Australia where I started, in Darwin. The two most spectacular natural parks to visit from Darwin are Kakadu and Litchfield. I will be visiting the Litchfield park with Northern Territory Indigenous Tours. The great things about this company, is that the company and the tours are run by native Aboriginal Australians, the people who know the area best. I am looking forward to learning more about this beautiful region, as well as the fascinating culture of the region.