Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour
This 6-day tour from Adelaide explores two of South Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas while immersing you in nature and adventure. Discover the spectacular escarpments, gorges and forests of the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges. Travel to the wildly beautiful Eyre Peninsula‚Äîunquestionably one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. This region is famed for its amazing coastline and some of the planet’s best aquatic wildlife experiences. Have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to swim with wild sea lions and dolphins, and come face-to-face with a great white shark.
If that’s not enough adventure, you’ll also be hiking in beautiful national parks, learning to surf and sandboarding on massive dunes. At night you’ll sleep under the stars of the Southern Skies and share campfire stories with your new mates. Let our local expert guides show you all the highlights of the region and some hidden gems too.
– Explore the Southern Flinders Ranges – Alligator and Warren Gorges
– Learn-to-surf lesson and sandboarding adventure
– Feel inspired after hikes that will leave you speechless
– Koalas and native wildlife at Mikkira Station
– 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)
**What’s Included in the price?**
All Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport – Air-conditioned Minibus – max 18 people
Accommodation – Bush camp (no facilities) 1 night – Camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights
All Activities unless stated as an Optional Extra
**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 peeled for the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby that is bouncing back from near-extinction.
Today we drive approximately 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way and we’ll be bush camping at Warren Gorge, which has a toilet but no shower facilities.
**Day 2 – The Eyre Peninsula & Coodlie Park**
Today we travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, loved for its footprint-free white sandy beaches and rugged coastline. Check out some unique silo art in the outback town of Kimba, and after a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s time to head towards the coast. Stretch the legs on a coastal walk around Venus Bay where you will see dolphins surfing the waves. Then it’s time for your first hit of adrenalin, testing out your sandboarding skills in some epic dunes.
In the afternoon, pull into our home base at Coodlie Park where company owner Hassie will cook up an authentic Aussie BBQ feast. Share campfire stories with travellers from our other tour before rolling out your swag in a unique swag hut for the night.
Today we drive approximately 450km (5 hours) in total, with stops along the way.
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 have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and magical dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the calm and sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This tour is operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours and is an optional experience. At only $180, it will be a memory you’ll 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 seen learning to swim, play and rest on the beach.
After lunch on the foreshore we’ll explore some cool coastal caves. Then we’ll head on toward our campsite at Mikkira Station‚Äîhome to a wild koala population.
Drive time today is 4.5 hours and tonight you’ll sleep under koala-filled gum trees. How Aussie is that!
**Day 4 – Port Lincoln & Mikkira Station**
Today you are offered two very different itineraries. Those who love aquatic wildlife and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush, can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. There are two operators offering different types of experiences. 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. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ for more information.
If you choose to stay on land, then you will be exploring the Eyre Peninsula’s amazing coastal scenery. From the wild and rugged Whalers Way to the white sandy beaches of Coffin Bay National Park. After lunch on the foreshore at Coffin Bay, we’ll head into Port Lincoln, also known as ‘Australia’s Seafood Capital’. Explore and enjoy some free time before picking up the rest of the group and heading back to the friendly koalas at Mikkira Station, where we 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 Mt Remarkable**
Surfing is a way of life in Australia, so today you’ll pull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson with Xtreme Kite & Paddle. The turquoise and calm waters of Fisheries Bay in Port Lincoln are the perfect place to Hang 10! Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore.
After lunch, it’s onwards to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges and Mt. Remarkable National Park. We’ll set up camp for the night at Mambray Creek and then head out to see the abundant native wildlife that calls this region home.
Drive time today is 4.5 and we camp at Mt. Remarkable National Park, which has showers and toilets.
**Day 6 – Mt Remarkable to Adelaide**
This morning we’ll embark on our last hike of the tour through Davey’s Gully. Back on the bus we’ll head towards Adelaide but not before travelling through some quaint country towns. South Australia is well known for its world-class wine and our 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 up on arrival in Adelaide. Although there are no formal activities planned, it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on our 9-day adventure 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.
While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food and entry and national park fees, there are a few optional extra activities that we leave up to the passenger to decide if they want to do.
**Swim with sea lions and dolphins – Baird Bay $180 p.p.**
This is an amazing experience – you may have swum with dolphins at other places around the world but the interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at Bairds Bay will leave you breathless. Bairds Bay is a very sheltered bay on the Eyre Peninsula and passengers board the boat for a short ride to our first stop which is to swim with sea lions. This takes place in approximately 2 metres of water. It is a natural experience and the sea lions come into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us.
After this, we head further out into the bay to swim with the dolphins. This happens in four metres of water but is still within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours, wetsuit and snorkel equipment is provided at no additional cost. We will need to know your intentions upon booking to give updated numbers to the operator. Payment is done on the day to the operator.
**GREAT WHITE SHARK EXPERIENCES – PORT LINCOLN**
**Adventure Bay Charters From $389pp – $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, 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 and the cage divers whilst 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 6.30am and returns at 6.30pm. 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.
– 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 practise 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 6.30am 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.
**Meals:** We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products – **PLEASE** let us know of any **special dietary requirements**. We also recommend to our passengers who may have a difficult diet to cater for to bring some of their own preferred foods for the journey. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.
**Camping:** Our tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. Accommodation on tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds, bush camps (no facilities). When camping, we use individual swags provided by Nullarbor Traveller. (Our wet weather option is 3 person dome tents shared by a maximum of 2 people per tent) We like to be flexible with our camping spots as sometimes weather conditions will dictate the best place to camp. If the weather is unreliable the guide may suggest to the group to stop in an accommodated premises – this is at the individual’s own cost.
**What to bring:** Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen. Bags are restricted to 1x 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.
**Maximum Number** 18 Passengers
This 6-day tour from Adelaide explores two of South Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas while immersing people in nature, adventure and culture. Discover the spectacular escarpments, gorges and forests of the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges, before travelling to the wildly beautiful Eyre Peninsula.