6-DAY EYRE PENINSULA & FLINDERS RANGES ADVENTURE TOUR (ADELAIDE TO ADELAIDE)
Eyre Peninsula Secrets
This 6-day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Tour from Adelaide is an incredible adventure. Explore two of South Australia’s most pristine wilderness regions. Discover the spectacular escarpments, gorges, forests, and rich cultural history of the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges. This recognised National Landscape will inspire you. Travel to the wildly beautiful Eyre Peninsula, famed for its fantastic coastline and aquatic wildlife experiences. This is your opportunity to swim with wild sea lions and dolphins and come face-to-face with a great white shark.
Hike beautiful national parks. Learn to surf. Participate in koala conservation work at Mikkira Station, and give yourself a sense of purpose on your journey. Sleep under the stars and share campfire stories with like-minded travellers. Our incredible guides will showcase these regions with unrivalled passion. We promise you an adventure you will never forget.
We decided to do something different for New Years this year, so we booked this trip as we wanted to do the cage diving with great white sharks and were not disappointed! We had the opportunity to swim with dolphins and sea lions as well as the shark dive as the company were extremely accommodating to the different activities people wanted to do and the trip was very well organised. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to get a real Australian/outback experience. The tour guides were brilliant too!! Will definitely be booking more trips with these, thanks guys.
We begin our Flinders Ranges tour from Adelaide by heading north, stopping at Clare for a quick coffee. Then continue to Mount Remarkable National Park to embark on the first hike of the tour at Alligator Gorge. Make a steep descent, then follow a trench of bright ochre-coloured quartzite cliffs guaranteed to make you feel very small. After a picnic lunch, travel a bit further north, arriving at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. So unique are the fossils found in this landscape, geologists had to revise the geologic timeline of the Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period.
Arrive at our campsite at the magnificent Wilpena Pound for a Welcome to Country in the Adnyamathanha people’s language. Enjoy Aboriginal songs, traditional stories, and local information as you are welcomed to the spectacular Flinders Ranges. Head back to the campsite for dinner and roll out your swag for your first night under the billions of stars of the Milky Way.
Today we drive approximately 450 km (5 hours), with stops along the way. Swag camp in the camping area at the Wilpena Pound Resort, which has toilet and shower facilities.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Wake to the joyful sounds of birdsong, and after breakfast, set out on the Hills Homestead Walk. Wander through the tranquil Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound and follow Wilpena Creek through tall river red gums and pines. Head up Wangara Lookout for panoramic views into the inside of Wilpena Pound and keep your eyes peeled for echidnas in the undergrowth. Breathe deep and take in the magic all around you.
Return to camp for lunch and a dip in the resort swimming pool to cool off. This afternoon we will set out on the Arkaroo Rock Trail, which has impressive views over the Chace Range. Arkaroo Rock is a significant cultural site for the Adnyamathanha people and has an incredible example of Adnyamathanha rock art depicting the Yura Muda (Dreaming or creation story) of Ikara.
Back at the resort, cool down with another swim, and relax and soak up the serenity of this ancient landscape. Spend your second night swag camping at Wilpena Pound, watching the shooting stars above.
Flinders Ranges to Port Lincoln
This morning, say farewell to the Flinders Ranges and visit the Jeff Morgan Gallery in the tiny town of Hawker to see an incredible 360-degree immersive panorama of the region. Travel through to Port Augusta for lunch and see some impressive silo art at Cowell. Come late afternoon, arrive in the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’, Port Lincoln.
Take a look around the town to get your bearings and stretch your legs before heading to our unique campsite at Mikkira Station. This private property is special as it is home to the Eyre Peninsula’s only wild koala population. Around 170 koalas and lots of kangaroos and emus, call Mikkira home. Head to a nearby beach for a swim and to watch the sunset before dinner at the campsite.
Travel around 500 km today (6 hours) and set up camp for three nights at Mikkira Station, which has shower and toilet facilities.
Port Lincoln & Surrounds
Surfing is a way of life in Australia, so today, pull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson. The turquoise and calm water of Fisheries Bay is the perfect place to Hang 10! Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore. After a bite to eat, take a 14-kilometre scenic coastal drive along Whalers Way. Be wowed by the breathtaking coastline and cliffs that have been smashed by the Southern Ocean for millions of years.
This afternoon, you have the opportunity to ‘give back’ by participating in some important koala conservation work at Mikkira Station. Depending on the time of year, we will spend the afternoon removing weeds, or collecting, propagating or planting manna gum tree seeds. These trees are critical habitat for the koalas at Mikkira Station, and our partnership with land management and conservation groups will hopefully make a difference in their protection.
Feeling a great sense of purpose and connection with nature, kick back around the campfire with your new human and furry friends.
Travel 100 km today (2 hours), and sleep under koala-filled gum trees at Mikkira.
Aquatic Adventures or Coffin Bay
Today you are offered two very different itineraries. Those who love aquatic wildlife can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark and swimming with the ever-playful Australian Sea Lions. Please see Optional Extras for more information.
Those who choose to stay on dry land will explore some hidden secrets in Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay. After a coastal hike along part of the Parnkalla Trail, head to Coffin Bay National Park. Famed for its white sandy beaches and wildlife, spend some time exploring, swimming or relaxing here. No visit to Coffin Bay is complete without tasting the world’s most famous oyster, so you also have the option of pulling on some waders and joining the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour.
Back in Port Lincoln, enjoy a spot of wine tasting at Boston Bay Wines before we collect the rest of the group. Get ready for the best fish and chips you have ever had from the award-winning Fresh Fish Place and head back to camp at Mikkira Station for our last night together.
Drive time today is about 1.5 hours unless you are doing the sharks experience, in which case it is only 1 hour.
Port Lincoln to Adelaide
After breakfast, pack up camp and head to Port Lincoln for a must-do walk up Stamford Hill. Named as one of the 40 Great Australian Short Walks, this challenging but rewarding walk has magnificent views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and Lincoln National Park. Learn about the challenges Matthew Flinders encountered in finding water. And hear about the area’s wildlife and natural history.
On the way out of town, get one final look at Port Lincoln from Winters Hill Lookout. Stop for a BBQ lunch at Arno Bay as we make our way to Lucky Bay. Our Searoad Ferry will set sail across the Spencer Gulf towards Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula at 2.30 pm. Grab a coffee at the onboard café and relax and enjoy the two and a half hour journey across the gulf.
After disembarking in Wallaroo, jump back on the bus for our last stint into Adelaide, where you will arrive at around 8 pm.
All National Park and entry fees
All activities unless stated as an optional extra (OE)
Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodation – Swag camping with basic facilities
Transport – Air-conditioned minibus (max 16 people)
Expert local guide
Payment Plan: When booking directly with us, we offer flexible bookings and cancellations, and a simple payment plan. Confirm your booking with a 25% deposit and the other 75% is due 14 days before your tour departure. This will be offered to you when you complete your booking.
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. To find out more about how we are keeping passengers safe, click here.
Minimum Numbers: Our Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges tour from Adelaide requires 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.
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While everything on our tours is included in the price, there are two optional extra activities on this tour that we leave up to you to decide if you would like to do. These are both very popular activities, so we highly recommend securing your place at the time of booking.
Swim with Sea Lions & Cage Dive With Great White Sharks Combo with Calypso Star Charters – $700 per person
Calypso Star Charters now offers a convenient combo experience allowing you to Swim with Australian Sea Lions and shark cage dive with magnificent Great White Sharks, all in the same day!
Upon arrival at either Hopkins or Grindal Island, wetsuits, masks and snorkels are provided. Get ready to be joined by the ever-playful sea lions who will wow you with somersaults and swirls as they glide effortlessly past you. After approximately one hour, climb back onto the boat, where a hot shower and coffee await you.
Travel to Neptune Islands Marine Park for shark cage diving.
The full day’s charter boards at 6.30 am, and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment are supplied, and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.
Please note the $680 rate is inclusive of a $39 Department of Environment Fee.
On days of nil sightings of White Sharks, all guests will be refunded $100 and provided a $200 voucher off a future tour.
Enjoy a unique harvest experience on the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour. Put on some waders and sit down at a semi-submerged Salt Water Pavilion located at their working commercial Oyster Lease. Feast on the world’s most sought-after oysters plucked straight out of the ocean.
Please keep in mind; These tours are operated by third parties and separate to Nullarbor Traveller. 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 with a full refund.