6 Day Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula Tour

6 Day Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula Tour

Journey into the rusty, rugged gorges, abandoned homesteads and ghost gums of the southern Flinders Ranges National Park. Experience life of the early pioneers with a camel trek.

Tour Highlights

  • Flinders Ranges
  • Quorn
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Coodlie Park Farm Retreat
  • Mikkira Station
  • Port Augusta
  • Wadlata Cultural Centre
  • Pt Lincoln & Pt Neill
  • Giant Yakkas

Tour Info

Code NT-04
Style
  • Road Trip
Duration 6 Days
Price From $940
Departures

Selected Wednesday - Sep 2013 to Mar 2014

Month

Dates

September

25

October

09, 23

November

06, 20

December

04, 11, 18, 25

January

01, 08, 15, 22, 29

February

05, 12, 19, 26

March

05, 12, 19, 26

Vehicle Mini Bus
Suitability Open Age
Start Adelaide @ 07.00 am
Finish Adelaide @ 06.30 pm

Journey into the rustic, rugged gorges, abandoned homesteads and Red Gums of the Southern Flinders Ranges. With a break at Clare for those that were unable to get their morning fix of coffee/tea we take a small break to do so. We then head north to one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, the Flinders Ranges, where we venture to the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk through the narrows and onto the terraces formed from an ancient seabed. Look for and feel the ripples of the sand still there in the rock today.

After lunch we make our way along the eastern edge of the range towards Warren Gorge, stopping for a break in Quorn. Quorn is home to the Pichi Richi Railway, which played an important role in linking the different gauges of railway line crossing the continent. It wasn't until 1970 that the Indian-Pacific (Transcontinental) made its first unbroken run from Sydney to Perth. By 1980 the Pichi Richi line was obsolete. We stop at Dutchman's Stern Conservation Park where we take the time to walk to the top of the range. Named by Mathew Flinders in 1802 for it's resemblance of a Dutch sailing ship, this spectacular walk is a great way to finish the day and gives us our first real look to the West

As the sun is setting and while your evening meal is being prepared, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Warren gorge in the Flinders Ranges. It is here that you will get the opportunity to see a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby, almost driven to extinction by introduced "Feral" animals, at Warren Gorge they are beginning to "Bounce Back!"

Tonight we swagbushcamp at Warren Gorge.

Toilet(s): Yes, basic toilet facilities.

Shower(s): No.

Recharging available: No.

Phone reception: No phone reception.

(Eyre Peninsula)

The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great secrets many people have not yet discovered. Teeming with some of Australia's most amazing and outstanding real wildlife experiences, the lack of a major airport and too far to drive for most domestic travellers, this piece of paradise is one that only those who have been, can give that knowing smile of discovery of a very special place indeed.

Back on the road we pass through Port Augusta and onto Kimba. If you are lucky you might be able to spot the biggest galah you have ever seen! We will have lunch at Kimba and then we head for a walk around Venus Bay south headland, Talia Caves and the Lake Newland Sand dunes to go sandboarding.

In the afternoon we arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat. This working farm has traditional cropping, sheep and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions. Tonight you could be sharing a meal with the bus coming from Perth.

Tonight we swagcamp at swaghuts at Coodlie Park Bushcamp.

Toilet(s): Yes.

Shower(s): Yes, limited eco showers.

Recharging available: Limited recharging available.

Phone reception: No phone reception.

**Please note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining the other group coming from Perth.

This morning we head out to Scaeles bay to learn to surf (OE$40 cash) paid at the beach. Then having had lunch we go to Baird bay to swim with the ever cheeky and playful sea lions and dolphins. A pristine coast line and sanctuary for a multitude of land and sea animals. This outsource adventure done by Baird Bay eco tours is an optional experience ($195p.p.). It is a 3-4 hour tour that will remain a beautiful memory for the rest of your life.

Late afternoon visit to Murphy's Haystacks, incredible granite rock formations sculptured into wondrous and weird shapes over millions of years.

Tonight we swag camp in swag huts at Coodlie Park Bush camp

Toilet(s): Yes.

Shower(s): Yes, eco showers.

Recharging available: Limited recharging available.

Phone reception: No phone reception.

This morning we travel on toward Elliston to do the great ocean tourist drive and a last look at the amazing cliffs of the bight at Locks Well, 378 steps to the beach. Travelling on to Port Lincoln.

Lunch will be on the foreshore in Port Lincoln before letting you loose to discover down town Port Lincoln.

Mikkira Station is where we camp on a private campground with Koalas in nearly every tree. We have time to go for a walk around the property to see some Giant Yakkas and see if you can find some koalas in the Manna Gum.

Tonight we swagcamp at Mikkira Station.

Toilet(s): Yes.

Shower(s): Yes, very limited showers.

Recharging available: No.

Phone reception: Limited phone reception.

For some, today is an extreme adrenalin day! Those that dare come face to face with the Great White Shark on a day tour this is an optional experience ($495 p.p.) which includes a video highlights of your experience. Up at 5.30 am to board the vessel by 6.30 am.

For those not wishing to be quite so extreme, we head out to Whalers Way Conservation Park for some spectacular and stunning coastlines. If we are lucky we will see some kangaroos and emus in this privately owned Flora and Fauna Reserve. This drive is followed by a walk in the Lincoln National park and to have a relaxed lunch and maybe a swim, then a visit to Glen Forest Wildlife Park and visit the wildlife you saw on the Nullarbor up close. You even get to hand feed some of the animals.

Tonight we swag camp at Port Neill.

Toilet(s): Yes.

Shower(s): Yes.

Recharging available: Limited recharging available.

Phone reception: Limited phone reception.

We head through Whyalla and into Port Augusta and the Wadlata Cultural Centre that helps provide answers to the many questions about the formation of the Nullarbor, Flinders Rangers, and the formation of Australia as a continent. It also takes you on an interpretative walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers. We then head to the Southern Flinders Ranges, Mount Remarkable National Park for lunch and a walk through Davey's Gully. After lunch we hit the road for one last time and head for South Australia's capital city Adelaide.

*Your pre booked accommodation tonight.

** Please book your Adelaide accommodation before you start this tour.

*** As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Adelaide after your tour until the Tuesday.



Included 

  • Travel in air-conditioned mini coach with a maximum of 21 passengers
  • All meals
  • 2 night Eco bush camp camp ground and other nights on camp grounds with showers and toilets.
  • If the weather is unreliable the guide may suggest to the group to stop in an accommodated premises - this is at the individuals own cost.
  • All camping equipment (excl. sleeping bag) please bring your own
  • All national park entry fees and GST
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park
  • Wadlata Cultural Centre

Note

  • Our Guides do pick up from inner city hostels and hotels by prior appointment.
  • No liability will be accepted for injury, sickness, loss, damage or delay however caused. Nullarbor Traveller highly recommends tha t the passengers take out travel insurance.
  • Nullarbor Traveller reserves the right to refuse to carry or continue to carry any passenger, luggage or goods.
  • Luggage restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person (maximum 15 kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage. 
  • Backpack travel bags that exceed 20 kg will incur a levy of $5.00 per day. (Adelaide to Perth $50.00 - Perth to Adelaide $45.00)

What to Bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat & Sunscreen  
  • Bathing suits  
  • Torch/ headlamp 
  • Rainproof jacket!

Optional Activities

Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($195 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 Sharks Cage dive ($395 p.p.) $100 paid on board when entering the water.

  • Calypso Star (wetsuit and DVD highlight package included) 
  • The first one day shark tour in Australia - all meals and drinks are included. Sharks are easily visible from the boat and each person will spend a minimum of 30 minutes in the actual cage. When booked through Nullarbor Traveller - a wetsuit and video highlights package is also included in the price (normal value $75). This tour needs to be booked and paid before your tour departure as in high season it books out early.

Our scheduled departure points are:

  • YHA Adelaide Central, 135 Waymouth Street in Adelaide from 6.45 am.
  • Adelaide Bus Station, 101 Franklin Street in Adelaide from 7.00 am.
  • Our tour guides do pick ups from inner city hostels and hotels by prior appointment.