Tour Highlights

  • Southern Flinders Ranges – explore Alligator & Warren Gorges
  • Sandboard on mountainous dunes
  • Learn to surf lesson at stunning beach
  • Swim with sea lions & dolphins (OE)
  • Shark cage dive with Great Whites (OE)
  • Spend the night in swag huts on a real Aussie outback farm
  • Koala’s and native wildlife at Mikkira Station
  • Lincoln National Park
Eyre Peninsula Tours - Secrets of Eyre Map
Departures

Tours depart from Adelaide Bus Station 85 Franklin Street at 7am on these Wednesdays

Jan  9, 16, 23 & 30
Feb 13 & 27
Mar 13 & 27
Apr 17
May 1 & 15
Sept 18
Oct , 16 & 30
Nov 13 & 27
Dec 4, 11, 18 & 25

Jan 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Feb 12 & 26
Mar 11 & 25

Learning to Surf with Sceale Bay Surf School on Eyre Peninsula
“Amazing Eyre Peninsula Tour!"
Milly - March 2018

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.

Itinerary

Day
Location

Day 1
Adelaide to Flinders Ranges National Park

Headed north we’ll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges.  So unique are the fossils found in this landscape, geologists had to revise the geologic time-line of the Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period!  Hike Alligator Gorge where we’ll have lunch and explore the pristine Warren Gorge where we’ll be spending the night camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.

We’ll also be keeping our eyes peeling for the rare rock footed wallaby which is bouncing back from near extinction.

Today we drive approx. 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way. We’ll be bush camping (no facilities) and your lunch and dinner are included.

Day 2
Flinders Ranges & Eyre Peninsula

It’s an early morning start for the incredible Dutchman’s Stern hike before travelling to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, one of Australia’s best kept secrets. See some unique outback silo art in the tiny town of Kimba, and after a quick pit-stop for lunch it’s time to head to the coast to explore Venus Bay, where you’ll often spot dolphins surfing the waves, and Talia Caves.

In the afternoon we’ll pull in to Coodlie Park, our home base, where company owner Hassie will cook up a delicious BBQ feast and you’ll share stories with travellers from our other tour around the campfire before spending the night in a unique little swag hut.

Today we drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way and all meals are included and unique bucket shower and eco toilet facilities are available.

Please note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining the other group travelling from Perth to Adelaide.

Day 3
Coodlie Park & Baird Bay

This morning you’ll be swapping buses joining the tour coming from Perth and getting ready for a day filled with ocean-based adventure!  A highlight of the tour today you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the calm and sheltered waters of Baird Bay.  This outsourced adventure operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours is an optional experience and at only $180 will be one an experience you will treasure forever.  Those who choose to stay dry will have the morning at their leisure.

Following a picnic lunch on the beach we’ll hit the waters again doing a learn to surf lesson with Sceale Bay Surf School on a remote and pristine beach.  Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore.

Tonight we’ll stay back at Coodlie Park in the swag huts, drive for about 3 hours today, walk about 1, with some swimming if you choose to as well.

Day 4
Port Lincoln & Mikkira Station

This morning test out your sand boarding skills in the Lake Newland Conservation Park sand dunes then explore the spectacular Eyre Peninsula coastline before heading to Port Lincoln – the Seafood Capital of Australia.

Enjoy delicious lunch on the foreshore and afterwards stretch your legs with a wander around the town – we’ve put aside some time here for you to stroll along the foreshore, survey the scenery or kick back with a cool drink in a café.  We’ll make a short drive onto our campsite for the night at Mikkira Station, a private campground surrounded by eucalyptus trees and plenty of neighbourly koalas.

Driving is about 3 hours and walking time is about 2 hours. Mikkira Station which has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included.

Day 5
Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable

Today you are offered two very different itineraries depending on your love affair with fear!  If you are seeking a major adrenalin rush you can choose the optional experience of Shark Cage Diving with Great White Sharks.  Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia and one of only five in the world you can come face to face with this incredible creature.  This is a full day tour which costs $395 + $125 water entry fee.

If you choose not to shark cage dive then your day is still action packed.  Visit Lincoln National Park, which features some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia. Travel along Whalers Way coastal drive to see breathtaking coastline and some of the oldest rocks in Australia and you’ll be spotting abundant native Australian wildlife such as emus and kangaroos in the sanctuary.

We visit Wadlata Cultural Centre and have an interpretive walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers of South Australia.  We’ll pick up any people returning from the Shark Cage Dive and then head to Mt. Remarkable National Park to set up camp for the night.

Depending on which itinerary you chose we’ll drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp In Mt. Remarkable National Park which has shower and toilets.

Day 6
Mt Remarkable to Adelaide

This morning we’ll embark on our last hike of the tour – Davey’s Gully Walk in Mt Remarkable National Park, before hitting the road back to Adelaide and travelling through some of South Australia pioneer mining towns.

Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide.  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 their adventure together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).

There’s no accommodation provided tonight so please make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure.

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What’s Included

  • All National Park and entry fees
  • All activities unless stated as optional extra
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation
    • Bush camp (no facilities) 1 night, camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights
  • Transport – Air-conditioned Minibus (max 20 people)
  • Expert local guide

 

Important Info

  • Tours commences day 1 at 7am am and will arrive in Adelaide around 6 pm on day 6. We recommend you book your Adelaide accommodation before you start this tour.
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase or hire.
  • Passengers on this tour travel the first two days on the Adelaide to Perth Tour and then swap buses on day 3 joining the passengers on our 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 with the  Swim with the Sea Lions/Dolphins is on a 14 seat boat and our group is not exclusive to the tour. To be paid for on the day of the activity.
  • Cage Diving with great white sharks needs to be booked prior to the departure (Saturday)
  • 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 return accommodation in Adelaide.
  • 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, swags, food and entry into national park fees, there are two optional extra activities that we leave up to you to decide if you want to get involved. You will need to pre-book prior to departure.

Swim with Sea Lions & Dolphins – Baird Bay     $180pp

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 and we will put you on the list.

Payment made at the operators base.

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.

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

 

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.

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