Eyre Peninsula Overland
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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.
Day 1 Adelaide – Flinders Ranges National Park
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, before lunch in Quorn – home of the Pichi Richi Railway. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to the top of the ranges at Dutchman’s Stern. 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.
Day 2 Venus Bay
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, and 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. After heading through Port Augusta, stop for lunch 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. Continue the drive across the peninsula, arriving at the coast and Coodlie Park Farm Retreat in the 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.
Day 3 Baird Bay
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. Stop for lunch at the picnic stop at Bairds, then continue on to Murphy’s Haystacks, incredible, ancient pink granite boulders sculptured into wondrous and weird shapes over millions of years. Then it’s on to Talia Caves, great granite tubes carved by the sea, and the Lake Newland sand dunes, where you’ll have the chance to go sandboarding. After a full day you’ll return to Coodlie Park Bush camp for the night.
Driving time is approximately 3 hours, walking time is approximately 1 hour
Day 4 Port Lincoln
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.
Driving is about 3 hours and walking time is about 2 hours.
Day 5 Lincoln National Park – Mt Remarkable
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
Driving time today is approximately 4 hours
Day 6 Mt Remarkable – Adelaide
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.