Eyre Peninsula Overland Tour

Hit the road on this 6 day camping adventure across Southern Australia!

Adelaide, Australia
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Highlights

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport: Minibus
  • Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights). Basix accommodation on this trip consists of swag camping (Aussie bed rolls). We also carry 3 person dome tents which are shared by 2 people. 
  • 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. 

What's excluded

  • Swimming with sea lions and dolphins operated by Baird Bay eco tours (optional activity at additional cost). 
  • Cage diving with Great White Sharks (optional activity at additional cost) 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

 

The Eyre Peninsula is a place of stunning red-rock landscapes and amazing native wildlife. This camping trip starts from Adelaide, to then drop by the Flinders Ranges, and continue south to the Eyre Peninsula. The breathtaking wildlife experiences are awaiting you. Swim with sea lions or even cage dive with Great White Sharks (optional). We will be camping in the great Australian bush and explore a part of the country filled with native animals. It will feel like your own piece of paradise.

 

Highlights 

Flinders Range National Park 
Warren Gorge 
Coodlie Park
Baird Bay
Mikkira Station 
Port Lincoln & Lincoln National Park
Port Neill
Port Augusta
Wadlata Cultural Centre
 

 

What to bring?

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • hat and sunscreen
  • towel and toiletries
  • swimming gear
  • warm clothing in winter
  • water bottle
  • torch
  • insect repellent
  • camera
  • pillow and sleeping bag (not available for hire or purchase on the tour, so please bring your own). 

 

Important notes

  1. Tour starts in Adelaide on day 1 at 6.45 am (default pick up at YHA Adelaide, 135 Waymouth Street and finishes on day 6 at YHA Adelaide, at approximately 7.30 pm
  2. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies excess luggage can be stored at Adelaide accommodation
  3. Optional extra activities can be reserved in advance to secure your place, and paid locally
  4. This trip is Basix swag camping. Please bring your own sleeping bag. 
  5. Min age: 12 years old.

ITINERARY
Start Point:
Adventure Tours YHA, 135 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000
End Point:
Adventure Tours YHA, 135 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000

On day 1 we will leave the city pretty early. We have a quick coffee stop in Clare (another great wine region), and then continue our journey to the southern Flinders Ranges National Park. There we will have time to stretch our legs at Alligator Gorge. We will have lunch in Quorn – home of the Pichi Richi Railway. A guided walk will bring us to the top of the ranges at Dutchman’s Stern. We will set up camp in Warren Gorge and spend the night there. Keep your eyes open for yellow-footed rock wallabies. These hopping friends have managed to bounce back from near-extinction.

 

Note: Driving time is approximately 4.5 hours; walking time approximately 2 hours. (L/D) 

Get ready to explore one of the best-kept secrets of Australia today: the Eyre Peninsula. This place is composed of amazing red-rock landscapes, a huge diversity of wildlife and - the best part - very few travellers! This part of the world will feel like your own private piece of paradise. We will head through Port Augusta and stop for lunch at the tiny town of Kimba – the mid-way point between coasts east and west. Kimba is also home to the 7-metre tall statue of the Big Galah. We will continue the drive across the peninsula and arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat in the afternoon.


Note: Driving time is approximately 4 hours; walking time is approximately 1.5 hours. (B/L/D)
Please note that tomorrow we will be swapping buses and joining the other group coming from Perth.

This morning we will head out with the group coming from Perth and going to Adelaide. We will have the unique chance to swim with cheeky sea lions and playful dolphins at Baird Bay. The Bay is a pristine coastline and sanctuary for several land and sea animals. This adventure is operated by Baird Bay eco tours and is an optional experience. It is a 3-4 hour tour and will remain a beautiful memory for the rest of your life.
We will have lunch at the picnic spot at Bairds. Then we will head onto Murphy’s Haystacks. These are incredible granite rock formations sculptured into unusual and weird shapes over millions of years. We will then continue to Talia Caves and the Lake Newland Sand dunes where we will go sandboarding.


Note: Driving time is approximately 3 hours; and there is an optional 4 hours of swimming. (B/L/D)

Enjoy the scenic drive along the Great Ocean Tourist Drive towards Elliston. Check out the amazing cliffs of Locks Well en route. Then we will continue to Port Lincoln for lunch. Time to stretch our legs with a stroll around the town. We have put aside an hour here for you to wander along the foreshore. Survey the scenery from Winters Hill Lookout or relax and enjoy a cool drink in a cafe. Tonight we will set up camp at Mikkira Station, a private campground surrounded by eucalyptus trees and cute koalas.


Note: Driving time is approximately 4 hours today; and walking time is about 1.5 hours. (B/L/D)

For some, day 5 will be a day of extreme adrenalin! Daredevils will come face to face with the Great White Shark on a day tour. This experience is optional and includes video highlights of your experience. You will be up at 5.30 am to jump on board of the vessel by 6.30 am.
Those who do not want to be so extreme will head out to Whalers Way Conservation Park to admire spectacular coastlines. We might get lucky and spot some emus and kangaroos in this Flora and Fauna Reserve. The drive is followed by a walk in the Lincoln National Park. We will also have lunch and maybe enjoy a quick swim. Then we will visit Glen Forest Wildlife Park and get up close with amazing wildlife. We will even get the chance to hand feed some of the animals.


Note: Driving time is approximately 4 hours today; walking time is about 2 hours. (B/L/D)

We will be passing  Whyalla and continue to Port Augusta and the Wadlata Cultural Centre. The cultural centre provides answers to the many questions about how the Nullarbor, Flinders Rangers, and the Australian continent were formed. It will also take you on an interpretative walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers. After lunch, we will hit the road and head back South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide.


Note: Driving time back to Adelaide is about 3.5 hours. (B/L) 

TOUR AVAILABILITY
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There will be a minimum of 1 participant and a maximum of 21 participants.

  • This trip is swag camping only, and whilst we think this adds to the experience, we want you to be aware that you're sleeping 'Aussie style'

  • There are quite basic facilities on this trip, and two nights with no showers available. National Parks are generally quite minimal with facilities offered

  • We will travel through some quite remote regions of the South West, most of the time we won't have prone reception or internet access

To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March in the Red Centre, West Coast, and South of Australia you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. In the Top End of Australia (Kimberley and Kakadu) temperatures in the shoulder months of April, May and September, October humidity levels can be high and sometimes slightly uncomfortable.

These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist in keeping well hydrated.

Tour starts in Adelaide on day 1 at 6.45 am (default pick up at YHA Adelaide, 135 Waymouth Street and finishes on day 6 at YHA Adelaide, at approximately 7.30 pm

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

 

Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights)

 

PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:
To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
This trip is BASIX swag camping. Swags are 'Aussie Bed Rolls' made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. We also carry 3 person dome tents which are shared by 2 people. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Camping locations may vary depending on weather and conditions. Due to the remote regions travelled, there will be no phone reception during sections of this trip.

Night 1: Warren Gorge - swag camping. Toilet facilities, no showers
Night 2: Coodlie Park Bush camp - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers
Night 3: Coodlie Park Bush camp - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers
Night 4: Mikkira Station - swag camping. Toilet facilities, no showers
Night 5: Port Neill - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers

FINISH TIMES:
Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp or kitchen cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) and recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.

CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures in the Red Centre and South of the country can reach below zero. Please ensure you pack appropriately. Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Depending on the region you are visiting, particularly the South, you may also need to pack waterproof trousers and a jacket. Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. In the Top End Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.

Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however the extreme sunshine can cause sunburn- particularly in summer. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.

From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated.

Please come prepared for all extremes.

 

LUGGAGE RESTRICTION:
Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strict road laws limiting gross weight of vehicles, you are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack (max 15 kg, strictly enforced) and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

 

This trip uses swag camping, this is an 'Aussie Bed Roll' made from canvas. It has a mattress built into the swag, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

Your tour includes meals as indicated in the tour description. You will be provided with delicious, healthy meals featuring fresh ingredients, gourmet salads and local flavours. Please make sure you advise us of any special dietary requirements via the message box in the booking field and we will endeavour to do our best to cater to them.Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
No Dairy (soy milk provided)
Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)


*Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Small print
Terms & Conditions:

  •  A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle. 
  • The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. 

 


Cancellation Policy:

  • 0 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;
  • between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost
  • 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.


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Adventure Tours
YHA, 135 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000

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