Down South: 6 day/5 night Secrets of Eyre Peninsula Adelaide to Adelaide

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Down South: 6 day/5 night Secrets of Eyre Peninsula Adelaide to Adelaide

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Hit the road for a 6 day swag camping wildlife adventure around South Australia’s wild and stunning Eyre Peninsula! Shark cage dive with Great Whites, swim with sea lions & dolphins. Explore the Flinders Ranges, Alligator & Warren Gorges and sandboard on mountainous ...

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The Eyre Peninsular is unquestionably one of Australia’s best kept secrets.  From the rugged beauty of the coastline to the jagged peaks and escarpments of the ancient Flinders Ranges. This part of Australia showcases a kaleidoscope of brilliant colours that will leave you speechless and features some of the planets best aquatic wildlife experiences!  

Sleep Under the Southern Skies

When we say “camping adventure” we mean it!  During the day you are going to see and do a lot but when the sun goes down you’ll sleep Aussie bushman style in swags under the billions of stars that make up the Southern Skies and kick back around the campfire with a beer and sharing stories with your new friends.Sleep under the stars surrounded by Koalas in nearly every tree. You even get the chance to see endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby in Warren Gorge.   It is these moments that also leave travellers with life long memories.

Highlights

  • Southern Flinders Ranges – Alligator & Warren Gorges
  • Sandboard on mountainous dunes
  • Locks Well “Staircase to Heaven” coastal walk
  • Swim with Sea Lions & dolphins (at the same time!)
  • Shark cage dive with Great Whites
  • Koala’s and native wildlife at Mikkira Station

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) 2 nights - Camping (with basic facilities) 3 nights

Included Activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Alligator Gorge National Park
  • Duchman's Stern
  • Warren Gorge
  • Venus Bay
  • Sandboarding at Lake Newland
  • Talia Caves
  • Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park

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 individuals own cost.

What to bring: Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rain proof 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

 

Day 1 - Adelaide to Flinders Ranges National Park

We head out of the city pretty early on Day 1, stopping for a quick coffee in Clare (a great wine region), and then continuing on to the southern Flinders Ranges National Park. There’ll be time for a stretch of the legs at Alligator Gorge, lunch in Quorn – home of the PichiRichi Railway – and a guided to the top of the ranges at Dutchman’s Stern. Tonight’s campsite is in Warren Gorge; keep your eyes peeled for yellow-footed rock wallabies, which have bounced back from near-extinction.

Driving time is about 4.5 hours and we’ll walk about 2 hours. Tonight we bush camp at Warren Gorge which has toilets but no showers. Lunch and dinner provided.

Day 2 - The Eyre Peninsula & Coodlie Park

Prepare to encounter one of Australia’s best-kept secrets today: the Eyre Peninsula. Composed of incredible red-rock landscapes, a huge diversity of wildlife and very few travellers, this part of the world really feels like your own private piece of paradise. Keep your cameras at the ready for the Big Galah, an eight-metre-high fibreglass structure overlooking the gift shop in the tiny town of Kimba.

After a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s back on the road to Venus Bay, Talia Caves and the Lake Newland sand dunes (where adrenaline junkies can test out their sand boarding skills). In the afternoon we’ll pull in to Coodlie Park for a night’s stay on a working farm which is also our home base!

Tonight you will share a meal and stories with travellers from our other tours sleep in our super cool swag huts and shower facilities are available. Please note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining the other group coming from Perth.

Today we drive approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way and walk about 1.5 hours. All meals are included.

Day 3 - Coodlie Park & Baird Bay (swim with sea lions & dolphins)

This morning we may be joining the group coming from Perth and going to Adelaide, heading off to swim with the ever cheeky and playful sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay which is just up the road from Coodlie Park. The Eyre Peninsula is an area famed for its watery wildlife and this morning you’ll get the option to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and dolphins on a 3-hour cruise. This outsourced adventure done by Baird Bay Eco-tours is an optional experience and at only $160 will be one you will treasure forever .

Then its onto Murphy’s Haystacks, incredible granite rock formations sculptured into wondrous and weird shapes over millions of years then we head back to Coodlie Park Bush camp for more camp fire stories with your new friends

Driving time today is about three hours and accommodation is back in the swag huts at Coodlie Park with all meals provided

Day 4 - Coodlie Park & Mikkira Station

Motor along the Great Ocean Tourist Drive towards Elliston, checking out the amazing cliffs of Locks Well, then continue on to Port Lincoln for lunch. Stretch your legs with a wander around the town – we’ve put aside an hour here for you to stroll along the foreshore, survey the scenery or kick back with a cool drink in a café. Tonight we camp at Mikkira Station, a private campground surrounded by eucalyptus trees and neighbourly koalas.

We drive for about four hours today, and walk for one and a half hours. Mikkira Station has toilets and shower facilities. All meals included

Day 5 - Port Lincoln to Mt Remarkable

Depending on your love affair with fear, today you’ll either be diving into the world of Great White Sharks or brushing up on local whaling history at Whaler’s Way Conservation Park. Choose shark diving and you’ll be boating out to sea, changing into dive gear and invited to hop in a cage for a meet-up with some real monsters of the deep.

Choose the way of the Whalers and you’ll be visiting the remains of an old whaling station (where you’ll hopefully spot some kangaroos and emus), lunching in Lincoln National Park and stopping by Glen Forest Wildlife Park to hand-feed a few critters. Tonight we set up camp in Mt Remarkable.

Today we drive for about four hours, and walk for two, if not doing the cage dive. We bush camp with toilet facilities at Mt Remarkable.

Day 6 - Mt Remarkable to Adelaide

This overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide. There’s no accommodation provided tonight, and make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure. 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 the big journey together over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).

 

  • 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.

 

Departs: Wednesdays

Optional Activities

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  $160 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.

SHARK CAGE DIVING OPTIONS - PORT LINCOLN

Shark Cage Diving with Calypso Star Charters                     $395pp + $100 on board payment

Calypso Star Charters was the first one day shark tour in Australia and offers passengers the chance to get up close and personal with one the planets most feared creatures, the Great White Shark. Take a 2.5 hours cruise out to the Neptune Islands on this full day tour spending a minimum of 45 minutes in the cage with 7 other adrenalin junkies. 

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea.  Nullarbor Traveller passengers recieve a photos pack valued at $30.  

Shark Cage Diving with Adventure Bay Charters                                $395pp + $125 on board payment

This full day tour out to the Neptune Islands gives people the opportunity to shark cage dive with 5 of their adrenalin junkie friends or stay dry in the world’s first Shark Aqua Sub.  These guys are an eco-friendly, no chumming option, instead pumping out AC/DC underwater which apparently is the great whites favourite band! 

The tour departs at 6.30am and includes breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea and returns around 6.30pm.  

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.

 

This trip is swag camping only with pretty basic facilities and some days no showers or available.  But when sleeping under the stars in some of the country’s most spectacular National Parks and swimming in some of the most beautiful beaches they tend to forget about this pretty quickly! 

Put away your phone for the most part with very limited reception along the way which although sounds scary, we think gives people a real chance to disconnect from the outside world for a few days and really reconnect with nature and the expereince. 

Luggage Restrictions

Luggage restrictions apply of 1 backpack/soft travel bag per person (max 15kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage. 

What to pack? Please ensure they have comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, insert repellent, hat , sunscreen, swimmers and snacks in hand luggage on the bus.  It’s also a great idea to have a torch or headlight, travel pillow and rainproof jacket.  And don’t forget a sleeping bag!

Sleeping Bags

Please advise your clients: Nullarbor traveller provides swags (canvas bag with mattress ) and passengers need to bring their own sleeping bag as they are not provided.  If your clients do not require their sleeping bag at the end of the tour, we will happily arrange for it to be donated to a charity of their choice. They can also provide their own pillow if they wish.

Dietary Requirements: Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Nullarbor Traveller of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing.  Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.  We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.