Map of Eyre Peninsula Adventure including Australia

Discover the corner of South Australia where the outback meets the ocean

Welcome to the Eyre Peninsula, where wide open skies give way to inviting coastline and an abundance of wildlife roams freely. Discover the best of this inviting slice of South Australia over nine days with the passionate guidance of a local leader. Travel from Adelaide through arid landscapes to Port Augusta, discover the diversity of the Gawler Ranges National Park, look out for southern right whales at the Head of Bight, snap pictures of the iconic Lake Macdonnell and dine on freshly shucked oysters in Coffin Bay. From scenic outback towns to stunning surf spots, this adventure is sure to be one for the books.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
PZSE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 11

Why you'll love this trip

  • Uncover the diverse flora, fauna and formations of the Gawler Ranges National Park, from salt pans to mountains, gorges and the spectacular Organ Pipes.

  • Spend two evenings at the Scotdesco Aboriginal Community, learn about the history of the settlement and what life looks like today, and keep an eye out for southern hairy-nosed wombats!

  • Visit the Head of Bight, home to dazzling sand dunes, towering limestone cliffs, and often frequented by southern right whales who use the bight as a breeding ground.

  • Marvel at the pink and blue hues of Lake Macdonnell, watch the locals catch waves at the surf mecca of Cactus Beach and chill out in the laidback seaside town of Streaky Bay.

  • Experience a working oyster farm with a local farmer, including a hands-on shucking lesson, and taste the freshest oysters you’ve ever tasted, straight out of the water!

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates and ensure you pack light.

Itinerary

Welcome to South Australia! Your adventure begins in Adelaide where a meeting will take place at 8am for you to meet up with your local leader and the other travellers joining you for your adventure. Then it’s time to hit the road and begin the journey to Port Augusta. Make a stop in Crystal Brook to snap a selfie with the Big Goanna, then drive past the Barunga Ranges on your way to Port Pirie. Check out examples of colonial architecture and views of the Spencer Gulf before completing the final leg of today’s journey to Port Augusta, where the outback meets the ocean. Head to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens for some lunch at the cafe inspired by native ingredients, then take a guided walk around the gardens to discover the diverse and resilient range of plants that exist in the outback. Enjoy a free night before you continue further on your way tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Port Augusta - Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens guided tour
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 4 hours.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting this morning as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. Please see the joining point instructions for more information on where this meeting will take place. We recommend spending a night before your tour begins in Adelaide. We’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
You have some free time this morning to visit the Wadlata Outback Centre and Tunnel of Time if you wish, before saying goodbye to Port Augusta. Venture on to the town of Wudinna with a stop at the Big Galah in Kimba, said to mark the halfway point across Australia. While here you’ll also check out the impressive artwork painted on silos. Carry on to Wudinna, where on arrival you’ll have a free afternoon to climb Mt Wudinna, visit the Big Farmer statue or rest up before an exciting day exploring the Gawler Ranges National Park tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kimba - Big Galah
Optional Activities
  • Wudinna - Big Farmer - Free
  • Wudinna - Climb Mt Wudinna - Free
  • Port Augusta - Wadlata Outback Centre 'Tunnel of Time' - AUD23
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 4.5 hours.
After breakfast this morning, head out for a full day exploring the Gawler Ranges National Park with a local guide, discovering the region’s fascinating flora, fauna and natural history. Pay a visit to Sturt’s Lake where a walk over coloured rocks will reveal how the land has changed over time, then head to Mt Sturt where a diverse array of plant life can be admired. Continue to the Old Paney Homestead, a restored sheep station which provides a glimpse into the history of the Gawler Ranges. Next up is a visit to the Yandinga Gorge where you’ll stop and take in the scenery over lunch (you may even be joined by some yellow-footed rock-wallabies!). Take a short walk through a stunning valley to the Organ Pipes, awe-inspiring rock formations created by volcanic activity more than 1500 million years ago. After an exciting day, return to Wudinna for the evening, but not before stopping off at Pildappa Rock, where the rippling wave formations make for a spectacular sight.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gawler Ranges National Park - Full day guided 4WD tour including lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The Gawler Ranges People are recognised as the traditional owners of this Country, and ask that you respect their culture and do not move any rocks or walk on the surface of the salt lakes.
Your first stop of the day is the lovely little town of Ceduna where you’ll grab some lunch, take a walk along the peaceful jetty and maybe pay a visit to the local art centre showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from the Far West Coast of South Australia if it's open today. Travel onwards to Penong, home to the windmill museum where you’ll find Bruce, the largest windmill in Australia. Your journey continues as you travel to the Scotdesco Aboriginal Community in the locality of Bookabie, named for the descendants of the founding Scott family, who still reside in and manage the community today. The community operates as a social and cultural hub while providing employment for local families. Spend the evening in Scotdesco, and be sure to keep an eye out for southern hairy-nosed wombats roaming the property!
Accommodation
  • Cabins (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Penong - Windmill Museum
  • Bookabie - Aboriginal Community Stay
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 4.5 hours.
After breakfast this morning, make the journey out to Head of Bight, one of Australia’s top whale watching spots, located at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain. From soaring limestone cliffs to a wash of white sand dunes, this slice of South Australia is certainly fantastic to look at, but the real stars of the show are the southern right whales who use the bight as a breeding ground and to calve during their winter migration. Various viewing platforms allow you to observe whales when they’re visiting, and also take in fantastic views of the Bunda Cliffs and surrounding landscape. Return to Scotdesco for an evening at leisure.
Accommodation
  • Cabins (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Head of Bight - Whale Watching Centre
  • Bookabie - Aboriginal Community Stay
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 5 hours. Please note that whales visit the south coast of Australia during their winter migration, and are commonly seen between June and August. Sightings cannot be guaranteed however. If you would like to increase your chance of seeing the whales we recommend you choose the time of visit carefully. Outside of whale watching season we may include another alternative activity in the area.
Take part in a cultural activity this morning at Scotdesco to gain a deeper understanding of the community, then it's time to say your goodbyes and head to the famous Lake Macdonnell, one of the most iconic images of South Australia. With a road cutting through the middle, one side of this salt lake is (sometimes) a vivid pink, while the other side (can be) a deep blue – this striking natural phenomenon is a sight you won’t soon forget if you are lucky enough to be here at the right time. From here, it’s just a short drive to Cactus Beach, one of Australia’s premier surf spots. Watch the locals catch some waves before continuing on to Streaky Bay, a delightful seaside town on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula. With a laidback atmosphere and gorgeous coastline, Streaky Bay is the perfect place to stretch out on the beach or take a dip in the clear waters of the jetty pool. The historic town centre is pleasant to wander around and be sure to ask your leader for tips on the best places to dine tonight.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Penong - Point Sinclair & Cactus Beach
  • Penong - Lake Macdonnell (Pink Lake)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 3 hours.
Hit the road and head to Murphy’s Haystacks, a series of wind worn boulders and pillars dating back some 100,000 years. Then it’s on to Point Labatt, home to the only permanent colony of Australian sea lions on the mainland. Watch these endearing creatures bask in the sun, and if you’re lucky you may even catch some seal pups learning how to swim. Your journey then takes you through Port Kenny, Venus Bay & Elliston, to the seaside city of Port Lincoln where you’ll enjoy a free afternoon. With a rich history of industry and seafaring and fishing, you can walk along the Parnkalla Walking Trail past historic sites and of course the city is celebrated for its phenomenal seafood, so be sure to tuck into some tonight.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Streaky Bay - Murphy's Haystacks
  • Point Labatt - Sea lion colony
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 5 hours.
Start the day with a visit to Coffin Bay, brimming with wildlife both on shore and off. You’re in for a real treat as you don a pair of waders and take a seat at the 'The Salt Water Pavilion' which is located right in a working commercial oyster farm. Learn about this vital industry and you’ll even have the chance to sample some freshly shucked oysters too. The rest of the day is spent on further discoveries of the area. Explore the Coffin Bay National Park – dotted with walking trails, lookout points and an abundance of wildlife, there are few better places to spend an afternoon! Return to Port Lincoln for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Coffin Bay National Park - Yangie Bay or Point Avoid
  • Coffin Bay - Oyster farm experience
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving time is approx. 2 hours today.
Leave Port Lincoln this morning and check out the Tumby Bay silo art before heading to Lucky Bay, where you’ll board a ferry to Wallaroo. Make the drive back to Adelaide, arriving in the early evening, at which point your Eyre Peninsula adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Tumby Bay - Silo Art
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total drive time today is approximately 4.5 hours, plus 2.5 hours on the ferry from Lucky Bay to Wallaroo. The trip comes to an and in the late afternoon or early evening upon arrival in Adelaide. Please take this into consideration when booking onward travel. We recommend you spend an additional night in Adelaide. We’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, 4WD, Ferry

Accommodation

Motel (6 nights), Cabin (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Port Augusta - Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens guided tour
  • Kimba - Big Galah
  • Gawler Ranges National Park - Full day guided 4WD tour including lunch
  • Penong - Windmill Museum
  • Bookabie - Aboriginal Community Stay
  • Head of Bight - Whale Watching Centre
  • Penong - Point Sinclair & Cactus Beach
  • Penong - Lake Macdonnell (Pink Lake)
  • Streaky Bay - Murphy's Haystacks
  • Point Labatt - Sea lion colony
  • Coffin Bay National Park - Yangie Bay or Point Avoid
  • Coffin Bay - Oyster farm experience
  • Tumby Bay - Silo Art

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Important notes

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START & END TIMES
This trip start in Adelaide on day 1 at 8am and finishes in Adelaide on day 9 at approximately 6pm.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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