Down South: Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Camping Tour

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Down South: Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Camping Tour

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This tour from Adelaide explores two of South Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas while immersing you in nature, adventure and culture. Have the once in a life time opportunity to swim with sealions & dolphins and shark cage dive with great whites. 

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Lonely Planet voted South Australia the #5 region in the world at the Best Of Travel Awards in 2017 and there are some great reasons for that!  On this 6 day camping adventure from Adelaide you will see why.  Explore the 540 million year old Flinders Ranges and head to the wild Eyre Peninsula for some world class wildlife experiences such as meeting some great white sharks and playful sea lions.

Highlights

  • Southern Flinders Ranges – Alligator & Warren Gorges

  • Dutchmans Stern hike

  • Learn to surf lesson & sandboarding adventure

  • Koala’s and native wildlife at Mikkira Station

  • Spectacular coastal scenery of the Eyre Peninsula

  • Swim with wild Sea Lions & Dolphins (OE)

  • Shark Cage Dive with Great Whites (OE)

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.   

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 and passengers need to bring their own sleeping bags. (Our wet weather option is 3 person dome tents shared by a maximum of 2 people per tent)  

 

   

What's included

Accommodation - Bush camp (no Facilities) 2 nights - Camping (with basic facilities) 3 nights
All Meals - 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport - Air-conditioned Minibus - max 18 people
All National Park entry fees
All activities unless stated as an optional extra
Breakfast : Some
Lunch : All
Dinner : Some

What to bring

Sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch, rain proof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel
Insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen

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.  

Meal(s) included : Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : The Eyre Peninsula & Coodlie Park

Its an early morning start for the incredible Dutchmans Stern hike before travelling to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula. 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 approx 450km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way and all meals are included and bucket showers 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.  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Baird Bay (swim with sea lions & dolphins)

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 $170 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.  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Mikkira Station & Port Lincoln

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.  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 + $100 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.  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch

Pick up locations and times: 6.45 YHA Adelaide at 135 Waymouth Street, 6.55am, Adelaide Bus Station at 1 Franklin Street

Passengers are advised to arrive 15 minutes before departure.

Returns: Monday +/- 8.00pm, Adelaide. As a recommendation, please do not book flights out of Adelaide after your tour until the Tuesday.

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  $170 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 but must be booked in advance as places are limited.

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.  

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.