Nullarbor Traveller: 6-Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour

From AUD $940.00
  • Duration: 6 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: PNBE

OVERVIEW

This 6-day tour from Adelaide explores two of South Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas while immersing you in nature and adventure. Discover the spectacular escarpments, gorges and forests of the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges. Travel to the wildly beautiful Eyre Peninsula—unquestionably one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. This region is famed for its amazing coastline and some of the planet’s best aquatic wildlife experiences. Have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to swim with wild sea lions and dolphins, and come face-to-face with a great white shark.

If that’s not enough adventure, you’ll also be hiking in beautiful national parks, learning to surf and sandboarding on massive dunes. At night you’ll sleep under the stars of the Southern Skies and share campfire stories with your new mates. Let our local expert guides show you all the highlights of the region and some hidden gems too.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Southern Flinders Ranges – Alligator and Warren Gorges
  • Learn-to-surf lesson and sandboarding adventure 
  • Feel inspired after hikes that will leave you speechless 
  • Koalas and native wildlife at Mikkira Station
  • The spectacular coastal scenery of the Eyre Peninsula
  • Swim with playful wild sea lions and magical bottlenose dolphins (OE)
  • Come face to face with a majestic great white shark (OE)


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All National Park and Entry Fees
  • All activities unless stated as an optional extra (OE)
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners 
  • Accommodation – Swag Camping - Bush camp (no facilities) 1 night, camping (with basic facilities) 4 nights
  • Transport – Air-conditioned minibus (max 20 people)
  • Expert local guide 


FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 – Adelaide to Flinders Ranges National Park

Headed north, we’ll stop in at Clare for a quick coffee before continuing on to the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges. So unique are the fossils found in this landscape, geologists had to revise the geologic time-line of the Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period! Hike Alligator Gorge where we’ll have lunch and explore the pristine Warren Gorge where we’ll be spending the night camped out under the stars of the Southern Cross.

We’ll also be keeping our eyes peeled for the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby that is bouncing back from near-extinction.

Today we drive approximately 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way and we’ll be bush camping at Warren Gorge, which has a toilet but no shower facilities.

Day 2 – Flinders Ranges to Eyre Peninsula

Today we travel to the wild and beautiful Eyre Peninsula, loved for its footprint-free white sandy beaches and rugged coastline. Check out some unique silo art in the outback town of Kimba, and after a quick pit stop for lunch, it’s time to head towards the coast. Stretch the legs on a coastal walk around Venus Bay where you will see dolphins surfing the waves. Then it’s time for your first hit of adrenalin, testing out your sandboarding skills in some epic dunes.

In the afternoon, pull into our home base at Coodlie Park where company owner Hassie will cook up an authentic Aussie BBQ feast. Share campfire stories with travellers from our other tour before rolling out your swag in a unique swag hut for the night.

Today we drive approximately 450km (5 hours) in total, with stops along the way.  

Please note that tomorrow you will be swapping buses and joining the other group travelling from Perth to Adelaide.

Day 3 – Baird Bay & Mikkira Station 

This morning you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and splash about with playful sea lions and magical dolphins on a 3-hour cruise in the calm and sheltered waters of Baird Bay. This tour is operated by Baird Bay Eco Tours and is an optional experience. At only $180, it will be a memory you’ll treasure forever. 

Those who choose to stay on land will travel to Point Labatt Conservation Park, the only place on the mainland where Australian seal pups can be seen learning to swim, play and rest on the beach.

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. How Aussie is that! 

Day 4 – Port Lincoln & Mikkira Station 

Today you are offered two very different itineraries. Those who love aquatic wildlife and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. There are two operators offering different types of experiences. From staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub, to the more extreme option of entering the cage. Prices range from $350 to $564 depending on your choice. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ for more information. 

If you choose to stay on land, then you will be exploring the Eyre Peninsula’s amazing coastal scenery. From the wild and rugged Whalers Way to the white sandy beaches of Coffin Bay National Park. After lunch on the foreshore at Coffin Bay, we’ll head into Port Lincoln, also known as ‘Australia’s Seafood Capital’. Explore and enjoy some free time before picking up the rest of the group and heading back to the friendly koalas at Mikkira Station, where we camp for a second night. 

Drive time today is about 2.5 hours unless you are doing the sharks experience in which case it is only 1 hour.

Day 5 – Port Lincoln to Mt. Remarkable

Surfing is a way of life in Australia, so today you’ll pull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson with Xtreme Kite & Paddle. The turquoise and calm waters of Fisheries Bay in Port Lincoln is the perfect place to Hang 10! 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 calls this region home.

Drive time today is 4.5 and we camp at Mt. Remarkable National Park, which has showers and toilets.

Day 6 – Mt Remarkable to Adelaide

This morning we’ll embark on our last hike of the tour through Davey’s Gully. Back on the bus we’ll head towards Adelaide but not before travelling through some quaint country towns. South Australia is well known for its world-class wine and our last stop of the tour will be for lunch and wine tasting in the picturesque Clare Valley. Cheers to that. 

Drive time today is about 5 hours and this overland adventure ends upon arrival in Adelaide. Although there are no formal activities planned, it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on our 9-day adventure over a few drinks and meal (at own expense).

There’s no accommodation provided tonight so please make sure you have booked your accommodation prior to departure. 


OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

While everything on our tours is included in the price, there are two optional extra activities on this tour that we leave up to you to decide if you would like to do. These are both very popular activities, so we highly recommend securing your place at the time of booking. 

Please keep in mind; These tours are operated by third parties and separate to Nullarbor Traveller. Therefore, the terms and conditions of each of these companies apply. Weather can play an important part in the operations of these tours and occasionally a tour may be cancelled which is beyond our control. If that is the case, you will be provided with a full refund.


Swim with sea lions and dolphins ($180pp)

This is an amazing experience and highlight of the tour. The interaction that you will have with the sea lions and dolphins at the beautiful and sheltered Baird Bay on the Eyre Peninsula will leave you breathless. Board the 14-seater boat for a short ride to our first stop, where you’ll swim with sea lions. This takes place in approximately two metres of water. It is a natural experience and the sea lions come into the sheltered lagoon to interact with us. 

After this, head further out into the bay to swim with the majestic bottlenose dolphins. This happens in four metres of water but is still within the sheltered bay. The tour is 3-4 hours and a wetsuit and snorkel equipment are included.


Great White Shark Experiences in Port Lincoln

Adventure Bay Charters From $389pp - $564pp

This is Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour. Sustainable and responsible, Adventure Bay Charters use rock music to attract the sharks, which also makes for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, a dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks and the cage divers whilst staying dry! If you are feeling brave you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks, from within the safety of the cage.

This full-day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30am and returns at 6.30pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images which they will email to you within a couple of days. 

Cost structure 

  • Full Day Tour/Aqua Sub Access - $350pp (at time of booking)
  • Cage Dive - $175pp (paid onboard)
  • $39 ‘Department of Environment Fee’ is payable on the day regardless of which option you choose (paid at reception)

If you opt to enter the cage but do not see any Great White Sharks you will not pay the $150 Cage Entry fee, just the $350 + $39. 


Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving $532pp 

Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only one-day Shark Cage Diving South Australian tour operator who is permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practise provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience!

The full day’s charter boards at 6.30am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment is supplied and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.

Please note the $532 rate is inclusive of a $37 Department of Environment Fee. 

On days of nil sightings of White Sharks, all guests will be refunded $100 and provided a $200 voucher off a future tour.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Meals: Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. We offer plenty of variety and do our best to provide fresh products. Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are not included.

Camping: Our tours are camping adventures and participation and involvement is required from our passengers. People do need to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and be able to cope with extreme weather conditions if travelling in the peak of summer. Camping on this tour is a mixture of national parks, campgrounds and bush camps (no facilities).

Swags: When camping, we use individual swags. Swags are ‘Aussie Bed Rolls’ made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. Passengers need to provide their own sleeping bag and pillow to insert into the swag.

Our wet weather option is a 3-person dome tent which is shared by 2 people, but these are only provided in the case of heavy rain.

Fitness: A good level of fitness is required, and you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 kilometres on some days. This may involve rough ground and perhaps getting wet.

Changes to Itinerary: Our experienced guides will tailor activities on seasonal conditions throughout the year to maximise your experience and enjoyment. Any deviation from this itinerary will be made with serious consideration and passengers’ best interest and safety as our number one priority.

What to bring: Personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel pillow, torch or head torch, rainproof jacket, walking shoes, swimmers and towel, water bottle, insect repellent, hat, and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to bring snacks for the bus in your day bag.

Luggage Restrictions: Bags are restricted to 1 × 15kg backpack/soft travel bag per person, plus one small piece of hand luggage.