4 Night Eyre Peninsula Outback to Sea Safari
South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is seductively secluded, with fabulous seafood, unique ocean adventures and spectacular scenery. Inland vast salt lakes, ancient mountain ranges, and an abundance of wildlife make this a definite highlight in your South Australian holiday. The 4 Night Outback to Sea Safari is a great way to experience the best the peninsula has to offer.
Your tour starts at Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, and the best way to get there is a short 35 minute flight from Adelaide. Flights depart daily on Qantas Link or Regional Express. On arrival in Port Lincoln, a shuttle will take you to your accommodation at the Port Lincoln Hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring this seaside township. If you’ve got time, join Adventure Bay Charter’s ‘Seafood Tour and Taste’ on the Port Lincoln Marina. The only interpretive walking tour in the region, you’ll see working fishing boats, watch a seafood harvest being unloaded, find out about local fish species and view some of them in an underwater aquarium. Overnight on the Eyre Peninsula.
This morning you’ll set off on a guided Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari. First stop is Mikkira Station, home to a colony of wild koalas. Next, you’ll travel to Kangaluna Camp, staying in luxury safari tents – complete with en suite bathrooms! This will be your base for the next three nights. Spend the afternoon wildlife spotting around the area. You can expect to see three species of kangaroos, as well as emus and a huge variety of birds. As the sun sets, enjoy drinks and canapés at the stunning organ pipe rock formations before returning to camp for a delicious bush dinner. Overnight Kangaluna Camp
After a delicious breakfast you’ll visit an ochre pit where you’ll have the chance to paint yourself using colours from the earth. Carry on to the spectacular Lake Gairdner. This sparkling bright white salt lake is set against a rich red landscape, and the contrast is incredible. Spend the afternoon driving through the ever changing landscape, including cigar shaped volcanic rock formations that are an unbelievable 600 million years old! You’ll see plenty of wildlife too, including emus and red, western grey and euro kangaroos, as you drive through the ancient outback range to Kangaluna Camp. If it’s a clear night, sit outside by the campfire and enjoy the stars. Overnight Kangaluna Camp
Today you’ll farewell Kangaluna Camp and drive to Baird Bay on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Baird Bay is the departure point of Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, an unforgettable tour that includes swimming with sea lions, ‘the puppies of the sea’. Cross the bay to a shallow lagoon that’s home to a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Playing with these agile and friendly mammals in shallow, crystal clear water is an experience you’ll never forget. After lunch on the beach, depart Baird Bay for Port Lincoln, passing the scenic coastal townships of Venus Bay and Elliston on the way. In the evening, you’ll fly back to Adelaide.
Our SA Expert’s Top Tip
“A Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari with owners Geoff and Irene Scholz is an experience not to be missed. It will create lifetime memories and be the highlight of your time in South Australia. If you’ve got the time, add on an extra night or two in Port Lincoln after your safari to take in the fantastic seafood and wildlife experiences around the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula.”