Tour Highlights

  • Explore Mt. Remarkable & Warren Gorge in the Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Hang 10 on a learn-to-surf lesson and sandboarding adventure
  • Feel inspired after hikes that will leave you speechless
  • Discover Port Lincoln – the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’
  • Meet the koalas and other native wildlife at Mikkira Station
  • Be wowed by the spectacular coastal scenery of the Eyre Peninsula
  • Swim with playful wild sea lions and magical bottlenose dolphins (OE)
  • Come face to face with a majestic great white shark (OE)
Eyre Peninsula Tours - Secrets of Eyre Map
Departures

Tours depart from YHA Adelaide, 135 Waymouth Street at 7 am on the following Wednesdays.

Tours return to Adelaide at approximately 6 pm the following Monday.

Nov 25

Dec 9 & 23

Jan 6 & 20

Feb 3 & 17

Mar 3, 17 & 31

Apr 14 & 28

May 12

Sept 15 & 29

Oct 13 & 27

Nov 10 & 24

Dec 8 & 22

Jan 5 & 19

Feb 2 & 16

Mar 2 & 16

Learning to Surf with Sceale Bay Surf School on the Eyre Peninsula South Australia
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“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 Mt. Remarkable National Park

Headed north, grab a coffee in the small town of Port Wakefield before exploring the beautiful beaches around Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula. In the seaside town of Port Germein, stroll along South Australia’s longest jetty, built-in 1881. Journey onward to Mt. Remarkable National Park in the Southern Flinders Ranges to set up camp for the night.

Today, travel approximately 350km (4 hours). Mt. Remarkable does have shower and toilet facilities.

Day 2
Mt. Remarkable National Park & Eyre Peninsula

Wake up to the sounds of native birdlife, and after breakfast embark on the first hike of the tour exploring Davey’s Gully to take in stunning views across the Spencer Gulf. See some impressive silo art in Kimba and after a quick pitstop for lunch, head towards the Eyre Peninsula.

Spot dolphins surfing the waves at Venus Bay and explore Talia Caves before testing out your sandboarding skills in some epic dunes. Arrive at our home base – Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, for a BBQ feast and to share stories with travellers from our other tour.

Spend the night in a swag hut in our eco-campground.
Today, travel approximately 450km (5 hours). Sleep in a swag hut and shower and toilet facilities are available.

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

Day 3
Baird Bay to Mikkira Station

This morning it’s time for one of the tour highlights, swimming with the playful wild sea lions and majestic dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the sheltered waters of Baird Bay. Baird Bay Eco Tours operates this optional experience, and at only $180, it is an experience to treasure forever.

Those who choose to stay on land will travel to Point Labatt Conservation Park, the only place on the mainland where Australian seal pups can be spotted learning to swim, play and rest on the beach.

After lunch travel to Elliston for a short coastal drive before heading south towards our campsite at Mikkira Station near Port Lincoln. Mikkira is home to around 170 wild koalas who call the many Manna Gum trees home. Get that perfect koala selfie, and spot lots of kangaroos and emus too.

Travel 400kms today (4.5 hours) and Mikkira has shower and toilet facilities.

Day 4
Port Lincoln & Mikkira Station

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. From staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub, to the more extreme option of entering the cage. Prices range from $350 to $564 depending on your choice from two operators. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ for more information.

Those staying on dry land will be exploring the highlights of Port Lincoln and the surrounding area. From rugged Whalers Way to the footprint-free white sandy beaches of Coffin Bay National Park. You will also have some free time in ‘Australia’s Seafood Capital’ to grab a coffee or chill on the foreshore. After picking up the rest of the group at around 6 pm, it will be back to the friendly koalas at Mikkira Station to camp for a second night.

Drive time today is about 2.5 hours unless you are doing the sharks experience in which case it is only 1 hour.

Day 5
Port Lincoln to Flinders Ranges

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 lunch, travel back into the magnificent Flinders Ranges, this time to another part to explore the pristine Warren Gorge. Keep your eyes peeling for yellow-footed rock wallabies, which are bouncing back from near-extinction. Roll out your swag for the last time and sleep under the millions of stars of the Milky Way.

Today travel approximately 400 km (4 hours) and bush camp at Warren Gorge, which has a toilet but no shower facilities.

Day 6
Flinders Ranges to Adelaide

Embark on the last hike of the tour at Dutchmans Stern which features incredible views over the Southern Flinders Ranges. South Australia is well known for its world-class wine, and the last stop of the tour will be for lunch and wine tasting in the picturesque Clare Valley. Cheers to that.

Drive time today is about 5 hours, and this overland adventure ends on arrival into Adelaide. Although there are no formal activities planned, it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the adventure over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).

What’s Included

  • All National Park and Entry Fees
  • All activities unless stated as optional extra (OE)
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation – Swag Camping (Bush camp 1 night, camping with basic facilities 4 nights
  • Transport – Air-conditioned minibus (max 20 people)
  • Expert local guide

Important Info

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: This tour 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.

Booking Terms & Conditions: We recommend reading our full Booking Terms & Conditions before booking.

Check out Essential Info for everything you need to know!

Optional Activities

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 and Dolphins – $180pp

The interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at the beautiful and sheltered Baird Bay on the Eyre Peninsula will leave you breathless. Board the 14-seater boat for a short ride to the first stop, to swim with sea lions.  This takes place in approximately two metres of water and is a natural experience with the sea lions coming into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us.

After this, head further out into the bay to swim with the majestic bottlenose dolphins. This happens in four metres of water within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours, and a wetsuit and snorkel equipment is included.

Great White Shark Experiences in Port Lincoln

Adventure Bay Charters – from $389pp to $564pp

This is Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour. Sustainable and responsible, Adventure Bay Charters use rock music to attract the sharks, which also makes for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, a dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks while staying dry! If you are feeling brave, you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks, from within the safety of the cage.

This full-day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30 am and returns at 6.30 pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images which they will email to you within a couple of days.

Cost structure

  • Full-Day Tour/Aqua Sub Access – $350pp (at time of booking)
  • Cage Dive – $175pp (paid onboard)
  • $39 ‘Department of Environment Fee’ is payable on the day regardless of which option you choose (paid at reception)

 If you opt to enter the cage but do not see any Great White Sharks you will not pay the $150 Cage Entry fee, just the $350 + $39.

 Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving – $532pp

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 the only one-day Shark Cage Diving South Australian tour 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 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 $532 rate is inclusive of a $37 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.

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.

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