Tour Highlights

  • Rob’s shearing and sheepdogs
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Admirals Arch
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Remarkable Rocks
  • Lincoln National Park & Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Cage Dive with Great Whites (optional extra)
  • Swim with the playful sea lions (optional extra)
  • Mikkira Station koalas
  • Port Lincoln Marina
  • Stamford Hill
  • Get up close with wildlife at Glen Forest Wildlife Park
Map for Eyre Peninsula Tour
Departures

Departs Thursdays and Saturdays weekly from December to March

Jan 5, 12, 19 & 26
Feb 2, 9, 16 & 23
Mar 2,9, 16, 23 & 30

Apr 7, 14, 21 7 28

Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25

Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22
Mar 1,8, 15, 22 & 29

Apr 6, 13, 20 & 27

South Australia - Eyre Peninsula Tour
“Miles of Smiles Across Australia ”
SC Tennant – October 2015

Fantastic food, an awesome guide who really made the trip come alive (thanks Craig) and great company across the age range as we camped our way across the Nullarbor and beyond, from Perth to Adelaide, taking in some truly inspiring locations -- everyone should do this trip!

Itinerary

Day
Location

Day 1
Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

After an early morning pick up from your Adelaide or Glenelg accommodation (selected hotels/hostels), travel along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.

Stop in at Rob’s Shearing and Sheepdogs to witness sheep being shorn, then continue to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia. Next up is a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to see rare Australian Sea-lions up close in a wild breeding colony.

Travelling on to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara, give sand boarding a shot before arriving at our exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. Enjoy some free time to kayak on the Harriet River, go for a self-guided walk along the property’s tracks, head out trail bike riding or swimming, or simply kick back along Vivonne Bay Beach.

Accommodation tonight is in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).
Note: The coach transfer from Adelaide to the ferry is approximately 1.5 hours, with a sailing time of 45 minutes. On the Island, you will spend approximately 2 hours in the vehicle with frequent sightseeing. Walking and active time will depend on which optional activities you choose in the afternoon.

One nights Dorm accommodation at Vivonne Bay Lodge (Private room upgrades available at an additional cost)

Day 2
Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for a walk among eucalyptus trees in search of lazing koalas. Next, continue on to Flinders Chase National Park, arriving at iconic Remarkable Rocks ahead of the crowds. Ramble across its craggy coastline, marvel at its dramatic seascapes, and then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks.

If time and weather permits, several stops may be made en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before our arrival back in Adelaide.

Note: Driving time whilst on the Island will be the majority of the day, with constant stops for sightseeing. The ferry Journey is approximately 45 minutes back to the mainland with a journey of 1.5 hours back to central Adelaide. Arrival time will be approximately 10:40pm. Walking distances are several hundred metres at each location.

Tonight we stay at Adelaide YHA.

Day 3
Adelaide to Port Lincoln

We’ve got an early start today as we head Port Lincoln, the seafood capitol of Australia and home of the epic adrenalin experience of shark cage diving!

After checking into our accommodation at the Port Lincoln YHA we’ll head to Mikkira Station for a wander around the grounds in search of koalas and native Port Lincoln parrots. We’ll then head to Whalers Way for some stunning views of the coastline and back to town  for dinner and a good nights sleep.

Day 4
Port Lincoln & surrounds

Depending on your love affair with fear, today you’ll either be diving into the world of Great White SharksFor the non adrenelin junkies we take a early morning hike up Stamford hill.  Lunching in Lincoln National Park and stopping by Glen Forest Wildlife Park to hand-feed a few critters.

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. These are some critters we don’t suggest hand-feeding.

There are two options for shark cage diving:

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

Calypso Star Charters was the first one day shark tour in Australia and offers passengers the chance to get up close and personal with one the planets most feared creatures, the Great White Shark.

Take a 2.5 hours cruise out to the Neptune Islands on this full day tour spending a minimum of 45 minutes in the cage with 7 other adrenalin junkies.

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea. When booked through us direct a wetsuit and video highlights package valued at $75 is included in the price!

Check out all the trips details and amazing video footage over here at Calypso Star Charters.

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

This full day tour out to the Neptune Islands gives people the opportunity to shark cage dive with 5 of their adrenalin junkie friends or stay dry in the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub. These guys are an eco-friendly, no chumming option, instead pumping out AC/DC underwater which apparently is the great whites favourite band!

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

Check out all the trips details and amazing video footage over here at Adventure Bay Charters.

After your adventure packed day you’ll head back to the YHA for your dinner and a good night’s rest!

Day 5
Port Lincoln to Adelaide

Another once in a lifetime wildlife experience today cruising out to Hopkins Island and taking part in one of Australia’s many unique wildlife experiences, swimming with sea lions. This half-day adventure takes us to a friendly community of sea lions where you can swim, snorkel, paddle and splash about in the company of these inquisitive animals. These puppy dogs of the sea love splashing, jumping, twisting, and twirling all around you and if you’re lucky you might even get a kiss!

Those preferring to stay on dry land can spend the day in Port Lincoln, perhaps strolling the foreshore or some retail therepy. In the afternoon, return to Adelaide around 8.30pm where your wildlife adventure wraps up.   There is no accommodation tonight so remember to book it before you leave.

What’s Included

Meals – 3 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport – Minibus

Accommodation

  • 1 night lodge accommodation on Kangaroo Island
  • 1 night dorm accommodation Adelaide YHA
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation Port Lincoln YHA

Included Activities

  • Rob’s shearing and sheepdogs
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Admirals Arch
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Remarkable Rocks
  • Mikkira Station

Important Info

  • Coach transfer from Adelaide to meet the ferry on day 1 departs Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 6:45am. Hotel pick up’s from central Adelaide to the bus station are available on request.
  • Check in at the Central Bus Station will be at the ‘Sealink’ counter.
  • It is highly recommended that you pre book the optional activities as they are very popular and can’t be booked on the day.
  • Luggage restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person (max 15kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage. Excess luggage can be stored at Adelaide accommodation.

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 three optional extra activities that we leave up to you to decide if you want to get involved.

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 with Adventure Bay Charters       $205

Head out on this half-day cruise to the crystal clear waters of Seal Cove, where the puppy dogs of the sea welcome your arrival with great excitement! Swim, snorkel, paddle and splash about in the company of these inquisitive animals as they splash, jump, twist and twirl all around you. If you’re lucky you might even get a kiss!

Included in the cost is your Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit and Fins, light breakfast served in departure lounge, morning tea on board & free photos.

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.