Tour Highlights

  • Southern Flinders Ranges – explore Alligator & Warren Gorges
  • Sandboard on mountainous dunes
  • Locks Well “Staircase to Heaven” coastal walk
  • Swim with sea lions & dolphins (at the same time!)
  • Shark cage dive with Great Whites
  • Spend the night in swag huts on a real Aussie outback farm
  • Koala’s and native wildlife at Mikkira Station
  • Visit Whalers Way Conservation Park
Eyre Peninsula Tours - Secrets of Eyre Map
Departures

Tours depart from Adelaide Bus Station – 1 Franklin Street at 7am on these Wednesdays

Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25
Feb 8 & 22
Mar 8 & 22
Apr 5 & 19
Sep 20
Oct 4 & 18
Nov 1, 15 & 29
Dec 6, 13, 20 & 27

Jan 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Feb 7 & 21
Mar 7 & 21

South Australia - Eyre Peninsula Tour
“Absolutely a fantastic tour”
Kristen - April 2015

Wonderful people, great guides and awesome adventures. They truly do a great experience, would do it again in a heartbeat. Don't expect any frills, this is a true outback bush camping experience, sleeping under the stars most nights, cooking with basic facilities, some stops with showers others without (most were cold!). Definitely swim the the sea lions and dolphins, it was the highlight of the trip! They get so close to you and are wonderful to watch!

Overall fantastic experience, 10/10, would do again in a heartbeat!

Itinerary

Day
Location

Day 1
Adelaide to Flinders Ranges National Park

With its many festivals and great live music scene, South Australia’s state capital prides itself on being Australia’s arts hub – but we love it just as much for its proximity to some of the world’s greatest wines. If you arrive in Adelaide a few days prior to your Overland adventure starting, make sure to try some choice drops from the Barossa or a McLaren Vale shiraz.

We head out of the city pretty early on Day 1, stopping for a quick coffee in Clare (another great wine region), and then continuing on to the southern Flinders Ranges National Park. There’ll be time for a stretch of the legs at Alligator Gorge, lunch in Quorn – home of the PichiRichi Railway – and a guided to the top of the ranges at Dutchman’s Stern. Tonight’s campsite is in Warren Gorge; keep your eyes peeled for yellow-footed rock wallabies, which have bounced back from near-extinction.

Driving time is about 4.5 hours and we’ll walk about 2 hours. Tonight we bush camp at Warren Gorge which has toilets but no showers. Lunch and dinner provided.

Day 2
The Eyre Peninsula & Coodlie Park

Prepare to encounter one of Australia’s best-kept secrets today: the Eyre Peninsula. Composed of incredible red-rock landscapes, a huge diversity of wildlife and very few travellers, this part of the world really feels like your own private piece of paradise. Keep your cameras at the ready for the Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fibreglass structure overlooking the gift shop in the tiny town of Kimba.

After a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s back on the road to Venus Bay, Talia Caves and the Lake Newland sand dunes (where adrenaline junkies can test out their sand boarding skills). In the afternoon we’ll pull in to Coodlie Park for a night’s stay on a working farm which is also our home base!

Tonight you will share a meal and stories with travellers from our other tours sleep in our super cool swag huts and shower facilities are available. Please note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining the other group coming from Perth.

Today we drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way and walk about 1.5 hours. All meals are included.

Day 3
Coodlie Park & Baird Bay

This morning we may be joining the group coming from Perth and going to Adelaide, heading off to swim with the ever cheeky and playful sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay which is just up the road from Coodlie Park. The Eyre Peninsula is an area famed for its watery wildlife and this morning you’ll get the option to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise. This outsourced adventure done by Baird Bay Eco-tours is an optional experience and at only $160 will be one you will treasure forever .

Then its onto Murphy’s Haystacks, incredible granite rock formations sculptured into wondrous and weird shapes over millions of years then we head back to Coodlie Park Bush camp for more camp fire stories with your new friends

Driving time today is about three hours and accommodation is back in the swag huts at Coodlie Park with all meals provided.

Day 4
Coodlie Park & Mikkira Station

Motor along the Great Ocean Tourist Drive towards Elliston, checking out the amazing cliffs of Locks Well, then continue on to Port Lincoln for lunch. Stretch your legs with a wander around the town – we’ve put aside an hour here for you to stroll along the foreshore, survey the scenery or kick back with a cool drink in a café. Tonight we camp at Mikkira Station, a private campground surrounded by eucalyptus trees and neighbourly koalas.

We drive for about four hours today, and walk for one and a half hours. Mikkira Station has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included.

Day 5
Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable

Depending on your love affair with fear, today you’ll either be diving into the world of Great White Sharks or brushing up on local whaling history at Whaler’s Way Conservation Park. Choose shark diving and you’ll be boating out to sea, changing into dive gear and invited to hop in a cage for a meet-up with some real monsters of the deep.

Choose the way of the Whalers and you’ll be visiting the remains of an old whaling station (where you’ll hopefully spot some kangaroos and emus), lunching in Lincoln National Park and stopping by Glen Forest Wildlife Park to hand-feed a few critters. Tonight we set up camp in Mt Remarkable.

Today we drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp with toilet facilities at Mt Remarkable.

Day 6
Mt Remarkable to Adelaide

We’re on the home stretch now – and the entrance into Adelaide provides a fitting finale. Travelling on to some of South Australia pioneer mining towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. Check out the rustic charm of this historic area.

This overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. There’s no accommodation provided tonight, and make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure. You’ll get your breakfast and lunch and although there are no formal activities planned it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the big journey together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).

What’s Included

Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport – Minibus
Accommodation
Bush camp (no Facilities) 2 nights
Camping (with basic facilities) 3 nights

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Alligator Gorge National Park
  • Duchman’s Stern
  • Warren Gorge
  • Venus Bay
  • Sandboarding at Lake Newland
  • Talia Caves
  • Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park

Important Info

  • Tours commences day 1 at 7am and will arrive in Adelaide around 7.30pm on 6. We recommend you book your Adelaide accommodation before you start this tour.
  • This is a Jump on Jump off tour with passengers joining the first two days of the Adelaide to Perth Tour. Passengers then join the 9 day Perth to Adelaide Tour for day 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • It is highly recommended that you pre-book the optional activities as they are very popular and can’t be booked on the day. We can reserve your place upon booking and you pay the operator locally. The Swim with the Sea Lions/Dolphins is on a 14 seat boat and our group is not exclusive to the tour.
  • Luggage restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person (max 15kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage. You can store any additional luggage at your accommodation in Adelaide.
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase or hire.
  • There is very limited phone reception

Check out Essential Info for everything you need to know!

 

Optional Activities

While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food and entry and national park fees, there are two optional extra activities that we leave up to you to decide if you want to get involved. You do need to pre-book these but pay the operator on the day.

Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites – Calypso Star Charters     $395pp + $100 on board payment

Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving.  They are also the only one-day Shark Cage Diving operator who is permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks.  This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage which will enhance your incredible experience!

The full days charter boards at 6.30am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. If you choose to jump in the cage it’s an extra $100 paid on board and no diver experience is required.   All food and equipment is supplied and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabilizer greatly increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.

When booked direct through us you get a free highlights photo package valued at $30.

You can check out some awesome footage and all on Calypso’s website.

Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites – Adventure Bay Charters     $395pp + $125 on board payment

Alternatively jump on board with Adventure Bay Charters on this full day tour out to the Neptune Islands which gives people the opportunity to shark cage dive with 5 of their adrenalin junkie friends.

They also offer the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub, a revolutionary new way to view Great White Sharks in their natural habitat whilst staying dry!  Watch the sharks from a glass viewing area with 360 degree views underwater.

These guys are also Advanced Eco Certified and instead of chumming, pump out AC/DC underwater which apparently is the great whites favourite band.  Good taste sharks!

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and returns around 6.30pm.

Check out all the details here.

Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins – Baird Bay     $160pp

This is an amazing experience and really two experiences rolled into one! You many have swum with dolphins before but the interaction you will have with the sea lions and dolphins together at Baird Bay is once in a lifetime and truly life enhancing. The rare and endangered Australia Sea Lions are the puppy dogs of the sea splashing, jumping, twisting, and twirling all around you and if you’re lucky you might even get a kiss. The magical bottle nose dolphins won’t disappoint either!

A 3 hour cruise with all equipment and morning tea provided what more could you want! You can check out all the details here and this experience also needs to be booked in advance so let us know at time of booking if you’re keen.

Please keep in mind

These tours are separate to the Nullarbor Traveller and therefore the terms and conditions of each of these companies apply. Weather can play an important part in the operations of these tours and occasionally a tour may be cancelled which is beyond our control. If that is the case you will be provided a full refund.

The operators of the Shark Cage tour are unable to guarantee a shark sighting as they are after all wild animals. In the unlikely event that a shark is not seen a return at half price gift voucher is provided to each person.