6 Day Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Camping Tour
Explore two of South Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas while immersing you in nature, adventure and culture. Hike national parks, learn to surf, swim with wild sea lions and dolphins and shark cafe dive with great whites!
Discover the spectacular escarpments, gorges and forests of the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges, before travelling to the wildly beautiful Eyre Peninsula. Unquestionably one of Australia’s best kept secrets the Eyre Peninsula is famed for its footprint free white sandy beaches, rugged coastlines and some of the planets best aquatic wildlife experiences.
Have the once in a life time opportunity to swim with wild sealions & dolphins and shark cage dive with great whites in Port Lincoln. If that’s not enough adventure you’ll also be hiking in beautiful national parks, learning to surf and sandboarding on massive dunes. Sleep under the billions of stars that make up the Southern Skies and let our local expert guides show you all the highlights, and some hidden gems too.
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 extension.
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 & the Eyre Peninsula
Its an early morning start for the incredible Dutchmans 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 approximately 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.
Southern Flinders Ranges – Alligator & Warren Gorges
Dutchmans Stern hike
Learn to surf lesson
Koala’s and native wildlife at Mikkira Station
Spectacular coastal scenery of the Eyre Peninsula
Swim with wild Sea Lions & Dolphins (additional cost)
Shark Cage Dive with Great Whites (additional cost)
All Meals - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport - Air-conditioned Minibus - max 18 people
Accommodation - Bush camp (no Facilities) 2 nights - Camping (with basic facilities) 3 nights
All activities unless stated as an optional extra
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.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 to the 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.