Explore the stunning Flinders Ranges, and dip your toes into the Southern Ocean with some of the local wildlife

South Australia's Eyre Peninsula is one of the undisputed most beautiful coastal regions in Australia. This trip visits the stunning Flinders Ranges which in 2016 renamed Ikara-Flinders Ranges was the Adnyamathanha work which means 'meeting place'. Head south to the Eyre Peninsula and experience some truly breathtaking experiences, swimming with sealions and if you dare, cage diving with Great White Sharks.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PNBE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 21

Why we love this trip

  • The perfect amount of land and ocean, see the stunning Flinders ranges and head down South for some aqua activities with the local wildlife

  • Explore the great Australian Bight, explore the caves of Talia and go sandboarding

  • Camp at an outback station at our private campsite

  • Sleep in a swag or 'Aussie bedroll'

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is swag camping only, and whilst we think this adds to the experience, we want you to be aware that you're sleeping 'Aussie style'

  • There are quite basic facilities on this trip, and one night with no shower available. National Parks are generally quite minimal with facilities offered

  • We will travel through some quite remote regions of the South West, most of the time we won't have prone reception or internet access

Itinerary

Welcome to Adelaide. With its many festivals and great live music scene, South Australia’s state capital prides itself on being Australia’s arts hub – but we love it just as much for its proximity to some of the world’s greatest wines. If you arrive in Adelaide a few days prior to your Overland adventure starting, make sure to try some choice drops from the Barossa or a McLaren Vale shiraz. This trip begins leaves the city pretty early on Day 1 (6am), stopping for a quick coffee in Clare (another great wine region), and then continuing on to the Flinders Ranges National Park. There’ll be time for a stretch of the legs at Alligator Gorge, which offers some of the most spectacular and colourful rock formations in the national park, before lunch in Quorn – home of the Pichi Richi Railway. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to the top of the ranges at Dutchman’s Stern. Tonight’s campsite is in Warren Gorge. As the sun is setting and while your evening meal is being prepared, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Warren gorge here in the Flinders Ranges. It’s here that you’ll get the opportunity to spot a Yellow-Footed rock wallaby. Almost driven to extinction by introduced ‘Feral’ animals, at Warren Gorge they are beginning to ‘bounce back!’

Notes: Driving time is approximately 2.5 hours, walking time approximately 2 hours.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Alligator Gorge National Park
  • Duchman's Stern
  • Warren Gorge
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Prepare to encounter one of Australia’s best-kept secrets today: the Eyre Peninsula. Made up 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. After heading through Port Augusta, stop for lunch in the tiny town of Kimba – the midway point between coasts east and west and home of the Big Galah – a seven metre tall statue of the native bird. Continue the drive across the peninsula, arriving at the coast and Coodlie Park Farm Retreat in the afternoon.

Notes: Driving time is approximately 4 hours, walking time approximately 1.5 hours. Please also note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining the other group coming from Perth.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Venus Bay
  • Sandboarding at Lake Newland
  • Talia Caves
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, join up with the group that are coming from Perth and heading to Adelaide, and head out to swim with the ever-cheeky and playful sea lions and dolphins. You’ll travel up the shore to Baird Bay, a pristine coastline and sanctuary for a multitude of land and sea animals. This activity is run by Baird Bay Eco Tours and is optional, but if you choose to participate it’s something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Wild but not shy, these new flippered friends will often bound into the water, keen to show you their tricks – they duck, dive, roll, race, somersault and swirl in their efforts to show off on this 3-4 hour tour. Stop for lunch at the picnic stop at Bairds, then continue on to Murphy’s Haystacks, incredible, ancient pink granite boulders sculptured into wondrous and weird shapes over millions of years. Then it’s on to Talia Caves, great granite tubes carved by the sea, and the Lake Newland sand dunes, where you’ll have the chance to go sandboarding. After a full day you’ll return to Coodlie Park Bush camp for the night.

Notes: Driving time is approximately 4 hours, swimming time approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Optional Activities
  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Port Neill - AUD160
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Motor back down along the coast on the Great Ocean Tourist Drive towards Elliston, checking out the amazing cliffs of Locks Well en route. Continue down to the very bottom right of the peninsula and Port Lincoln, where you’ll stop lunch. Stretch your legs with a wander around the town – there’ll be around an hour here for you to stroll along the foreshore, survey the scenery from Winters Hill Lookout, or kick back with a cool drink in a cafe. Tonight you’ll camp at Mikkira Station, a private campground surrounded by eucalyptus trees. The property of this historic homestead is littered with Giant Yakkas and Manna Gum trees. The gums leaves are the favourite food of koalas, so crane your neck when walking around the property and see if you can spot these furry little guys up in the branches.

Notes: Driving time is approximately 2 hours, walking time approximately 2 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
For some, today is an extreme adrenalin day! For those that dare, there’s the optional experience ($395 per person) of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark. If you choose this day trip, you will get up at 5:30am and board a boat at 6:30am. Set sail for the Neptune Islands – in season the boat will often be accompanied by pods of dolphins and even the odd whale. You’ll cruise out for 2.5 hours, with the crew providing info on the fishing industries, the local area and marine life. Take in the spectacular coastal scenery of lower Spencer Gulf and the islands of Thorny Passage. Check out a New Zealand Fur Seal colony, then drop anchor to begin the dive. The ocean surrounding the Neptune Islands is crystal clear, which makes for ideal Great White Shark viewing. Groups enter a new, spacious cage 6 at a time. This way you get some (welcome) human company, while still enjoying plenty of room for prime shark viewing. Once the sharks arrive, each group will have the opportunity to spend about 45 minutes in the cage, face-to-face with the amazing Great White Shark. Please note that time in the cage can vary and will depend on shark activity and weather on the day. There are cameras mounted on the shark cage so you can also sit in the comfort of the saloon and watch a live-stream of the underwater action.

Those not wishing to be quite so extreme will head out to Whalers Way Conservation Park for some spectacular, stunning coastlines with rock-crashing waves. If you’re lucky you’ll 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, a relaxed lunch, and maybe a swim. Then meet some of Australia’s unique creatures at the Glen Forest Wildlife Park – you can even hand feed some of the animals.

Notes: Driving time is approximately 4 hours, walking time approximately 2 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park
Optional Activities
  • Great White Shark Cage Dive - AUD495
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leave Port Lincoln and travel up the eastern side of the peninsula. Head through Whyalla and into Port Augusta, where you’ll stop by the Wadlata Cultural Centre. “Wadlata” is an Aboriginal word that means to “teach or communicate”, and this fun and informative centre will give you lots of answers to all the questions you’re sure to have about the formation of the Nullarbor, Flinders Rangers, and the formation of Australia as a continent. It’s also got lots of info on life out here, from an interpretative walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers, to displays on the Flying Doctors, the School of the Air, the Birdsville Track mailman Tom Kruse, and stories of the Dreamtime. After lunch you’ll hit the road again and return to South Australia’s capital city – Adelaide.

Notes: Driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Bush camp (no facilities) (2 night), 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

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Adelaide on day 1 at 06:00 am and finishes in Adelaide day 6 at approx 7pm.
2. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies excess luggage can be stored at Adelaide accommodation.
3. Optional extra activities can be reserved in advance to secure your place, and paid locally
4. This trip is Basix swag camping

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