Flinders Ranges to the Southern Ocean hotspots

The Eyre Peninsula is one of the Southern Ocean’s most beautiful coastal regions. Take to the coast – and the region’s national parks – as you jump on a seven-day regional road trip through South Australia’s hotspots. Visits the epic Flinders Ranges and head south along the Eyre Peninsula to experience some simply stunning stretches of sand – Venus Bay, Lake Newland, Baird Bay and Whalers Way, to name a few. With all the national park fees, transport, local guides and camping gear arranged, set off from Adelaide to a section of Australia that’s often missed on the tourist itinerary but has so much to offer.

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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 6, Max 21

Why you'll love this trip

  • Take up one of many hiking trails in Flinders Ranges National Park, stretching your legs at Alligator Gorge and setting up camp in the outback surrounds of Warren Gorge.

  • Australia is known for its beaches, but did you know how good the ones on the Eyre Peninsula are? Spot dolphins surfing the waves in Venus Bay, explore the natural Talia Caves and take in the views from Locks Well.

  • Get active on a series of included adventures along the Eyre Peninsula, including sandboarding at Lake Newland, a surf lesson and some hikes through Mt Remarkable National Park.

  • Consider booking in on an unforgettable marine experience, swimming with sea lions as they duck, dive and roll in the crystal-clear waters of Baird Bay.

  • Your leader has all of the local know-how to get you from place to place and make sure your small group sees the best of South Australia. Plus, they’ll give you a hand setting up your swag!

Is this trip right for you?

  • Accommodation on this trip is simple swag-style camping, sometimes with minimal to no facilities.

  • You’ll be travelling through regions with very little mobile service or internet connection.

  • This trip involves plenty of walking and is best suited to travellers with a very good level of mobility and fitness. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • For more details on specific logistical information for this trip, see the Important Notes and Essential Trip Information sections located below the trip itinerary.

Itinerary

Welcome to Adelaide! With its many festivals and great live music scene, South Australia’s state capital prides itself on being one of Australia’s arts hub, as well as the gateway to the Barossa Valley. This morning, begin bright and early (approximately 6 am), driving out of the city and stopping in Clare for a coffee before continuing to Flinders Ranges National Park. Have some time to stretch your legs at Alligator Gorge – offerring some of the national park's most spectacular rock formations. Continue to Warren Gorge, your campsite for the night. Explore your surroundings as the sun is setting and your evening meal is being prepared – you may even spot one of the rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby!
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Alligator Gorge National Park
  • Duchman's Stern
  • Warren Gorge
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time: approximately 4 hours.
Total walking time: approximately 2 hours.
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, which is the midway point between Australia's east and west coasts. It's also home to the Big Galah – a seven-metre-tall statue of the native bird. After a quick pit stop for lunch and a chance to get active at Lake Newland, head towards the coast to explore Venus Bay where you’ll often spot dolphins surfing the waves. You'll also visit the natural structures known as Talia Caves. Continue the drive across the peninsula, arriving at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat in the late afternoon.
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
Special Information
Total driving time: approximately 5 hours.
Total walking time: approximately 1.5 hours.

Please also note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining another travel group coming from Perth.
This morning, join up with another travel group inbound from Perth and perhaps head out to swim alongside playful sea lions and dolphins. On this optional activity, you’ll travel up the shore to Baird Bay – a pristine coastline and sanctuary for land and sea wildlife. Wild but not shy, these 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 half-day tour. After lunch on the foreshore, explore some cool coastal caves, then head onwards to your campsite at Mikkira Station, home to a wild koala population.
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
Special Information
Total driving time: approximately 4.5 hours.

Today's optional activity is run by Baird Bay Eco Tours. Even though it is optional, it is highly recommended to book today.
This morning, you will have time to consider some optional activities. There may also be the chance to see the Locks Well cliffs near Elliston, as well as explore the Eyre Peninsula including Whalers Way and Coffin Bay. Arrive in Port Lincoln and enjoy a delicious lunch on the foreshore and afterwards stretch your legs with a wander around the town – there's plenty of time here for you to check out your surrounds or kick back with a cool drink. Make the short drive to your campsite for the night at Mikkira Station, a private campground surrounded by eucalyptus trees and plenty of koalas.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time: approximately 3 hours.
Total walking time: approximately 2 hours.

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 at
intrepidtravel.com/animal-welfare.
This morning, hit the waters again for a surf lesson with Xtreme Kite and Paddle on one of the peninsula's pristine beaches. Those not wanting to surf will be able to relax, swim or explore. After lunch, head towards the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges and Mt Remarkable National Park. Set up camp for the night at Mambray Creek and then head out to see the abundant native wildlife that call this region home.
Accommodation
  • Camping (basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park
  • Learn to surf class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time: approximately 4.5 hours.
This morning we’ll embark on a hike to Davey’s Gully Walk in Mt Remarkable National Park. Afterwards, hit the road back to Adelaide and travel through some of South Australia pioneer mining towns, with a chance to do some wine tasting in the Clare Valley. With no other activities planned for today, your trip ends on arrival in Adelaide this afternoon. Once arrived, why not get together with your group for a meal and a few drinks to celebrate your adventure – your local leader will know of some great places.
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends up on arrival in Adelaide.

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
  • Duchman's Stern
  • Warren Gorge
  • Venus Bay
  • Sandboarding at Lake Newland
  • Talia Caves
  • Whalers Way Conservation Park
  • Glen Forest Wildlife Park
  • Learn to surf class

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Adelaide on Day 1 at 6.45 am (default pick-up at YHA) and finishes at approximately on Day 6 in Adelaide at 6 pm.
2. A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Excess luggage can be stored at Adelaide accommodation.
3. Optional activities can be reserved in advance to secure your place, and can be paid locally.
4. This trip is Basix camping using a swag. Some nights, you may not have access to facilities.
5. Please note there is no single supplement is available for this trip
6. This trip is for best suited to fit and active travellers, as it involves basic camping and some challenging hikes.

Essential trip information

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