Experience South Australia’s stunning Eyre Peninsula. Swim with sea lions and cage dive with Great White Sharks, Indulge in Australia’s best seafood and get up close and personal to the wildlife in the Gawler Ranges.
At a glance:
- Adelaide to Port Lincoln (50 min flight, 8 hour drive)
- Port Lincoln to Wudinna (2 hours, 27 mins)
- Wudinna to Baird Bay (1 hour, 35 mins)
- Baird Bay to Port Lincoln (3 hours)
Day One & Two
Port Lincoln Port Lincoln offers many opportunities to get into the water and interact with wildlife. Dive into the clear waters off Seal Cove and spend some time playing with Australian sea lions – the puppy dogs of the sea. These inquisitive sea mammals love to show off for humans with somersaults, back flips, and graceful swirls. For something slightly scarier, take a day tour to Neptune Islands. Here you can go cage diving and get up close to the legendary Great White shark. No diving experience necessary.
A little less fearsome, Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay National Park feature cliffs, sand dunes, sheltered bays and sandy beaches, both a short drive from Port Lincoln. Much of these parks can be accessed in a standard vehicle, but if you have a four-wheel drive, even better. Or tour the waterways of the Lincoln Cove Marina, home to Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet, and learn about this interesting industry on board an electric canal cruiser with Fred’s Marina Cruises. Soak up the surroundings of this millionaire’s paradise.
Pick up some factory direct seafood at The Fresh Fish Place. Fresh fillets and oysters are available every day, guaranteeing the best local seafood. Feast your eyes on the range – King George whiting, snapper, crayfish, prawns, succulent Coffin Bay oysters, Boston Bay mussels and much more. If you love oysters you can’t leave Port Lincoln without taking on the one kilogram King oyster challenge at the Port Lincoln Hotel (make sure you pre-book). It’s also worth getting to Coffin Bay for a tour and tasting at Pure Coffin Bay Oysters.
- Swimming with the sea lions at Hopkins Island
- Cage diving with Great White Sharks
- Marina tour
- Fresh Seafood
- Oysters at Coffin Bay
- Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks
Port Lincoln – Wudinna – Kangaluna Camp
Depart Port Lincoln and travel to the Gawler Ranges National Park with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Tours. Stop at Mikkira Station to see the colony of wild koalas before travelling to Kangaluna Camp in time for a late afternoon wildlife tour and sunset drinks.
- Koala spotting at Mikkira Station
- Kangaluna Camp
- Wildlife spotting
Kangaluna Camp – Lake Gairdner – Kangaluna Camp
Visit the spectacular Lake Gairdner, a photographer’s dream, with the stark white salt contrasted against the red earth of the outback and stunning blue skies.
In the afternoon return to Kangaluna Camp through a constantly changing landscape or volcanic rock formations. Wildlife spotting opportunities abound, with the area home to emus, red, western grey and euro kangaroos, reptiles and birds.
- Lake Gairdner salt lake
- Wildlife spotting
- Outback landscapes
Kangaluna Camp – Baird Bay – Port Lincoln
Travel to Baird Bay for another opportunity to swim with sea lions and dolphins. After lunch on the beach, travel along the western coastline of the Eyre Peninsula, known for its pristine beaches, spectacular cliffs and big surf, as you return to Port Lincoln and a return flight to Adelaide.
- Swimming with sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay
- Venus Bay, Elliston
- Coastal Scenery