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 like swimming with sealions.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PNBE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 21

Why you'll 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

  • Sleep in a swag or 'Aussie bedroll' under the stars 

  • Take a dip in the pristine ocean and learn to surf with an included lesson

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 and some nights are pitch black, so it is essential to bring a good quality torch

  • 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. 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!’

Driving time is approximately 4 hours, walking time approximately 2 hours.
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Alligator Gorge National Park
  • Warren Gorge
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Its an early morning start 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 the midway point between coasts east and west and home of the Big Galah – a seven metre tall statue of the native bird.
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. Continue the drive across the peninsula, arriving at the coast and Coodlie Park Farm Retreat in late afternoon.

Notes: Driving time is approximately 5 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
  • 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.

After lunch on the foreshore we’ll explore some cool coastal caves. Then we’ll head on toward our campsite at Mikkira Station—home to a wild koala population.

Drive time today is 4.5 hours and tonight you’ll sleep under koala-filled gum trees.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Optional Activities
  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Baird Bay - AUD180
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you will have time to do some optional activities. For people not doing this, there will be time to explore the Eyre Peninsula including Whalers Way, Coffin Bay, and Port Lincoln.
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.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
You may notice businesses offering an optional 'Great White shark cage diving' experience. We ask all Intrepid travellers to avoid this activity as it is contrary to our Responsible Travel policy. While wildlife viewing is a big part of many of our itineraries, we strive to only view animals in their natural habitats without attracting animals into contact with people.

Read more about animal welfare and our ‘Born to Live Wild’ pledge here:
http://www.intrepidtravel.com/animal-welfare
This morning we’ll hit the waters again for a surf lesson with Xtreme Kite and Paddle on a remote and pristine beach. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore.
After lunch it’s onwards to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges and Mt. Remarkable National Park. We’ll set up camp for the night at Mambray Creek and then head out to see the abundant native wildlife that call this region home.


Driving time today is approximately 4.5 hours
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Learn to surf class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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, with a chance to do some wine tasting in the Clare Valley.
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
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) (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (4 nights)

Included activities

  • All National Park entry fees
  • Alligator Gorge National Park
  • Warren Gorge
  • Venus Bay
  • Talia Caves
  • Learn to surf class

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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 6pm.
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 and some nights there are no facilities
5. Please note there is no single supplement is available for this trip

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