Take a Great Australian Bight out of this tour to the Eyre Peninsula staying in Port Lincoln and Streaky Bay and tasting freshly shucked Coffin Bay Oysters. Discover maritime history, learn about aquaculture industries, unveil the secrets of Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa, and soar above Wilpena Pound on a scenic flight as we dive into South Australia.
10th November 2020
Flights arrive in Adelaide where we board the coach and make our way to the Mount Lofty Ranges for spectacular views of the city from Mount Lofty Summit. Re-boarding we make our way to the German village of Hahndorf to spend time exploring the town independently discovering nic nac shops with arts and crafts. We then make our way to Adelaide to check-in to our accommodation for the night
1 Night Stay: Rydges Adelaide
Our adventure today begins by heading north breaking for lunch in Port Broughton before continuing on through Port Pirie arriving at Port Augusta where we visit the Wadlata Outback Centre’s ‘Tunnel of Time’. Learn about the origins of the outback; hear Aboriginal stories, tales of pioneer explorers and settlers. We then make our way to our accommodation for an overnight stay.
1 Night Stay: Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta
Today we head to Whyalla on the Spencer Gulf taking a a guided tour of the ‘One Steel’ Steelworks operations, followed by a local sight-seeing tour. See ‘The Loaded Dog’ of Henry Lawson fame and visit ‘Hummock Hill’ for panoramic views of Whyalla, Spencer Gulf, Southern Flinders Ranges and Middleback Ranges. This afternoon we listen to an informative talk and see a collection of local Jade. We finish our afternoon at Port Lincoln where we check-in to our accommodation.
3 Night Stay: Ocean View Balcony Rooms, Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln
Today we join Adventure Bay Cruises for a 2 hour seafood bay cruise, learning about tuna farming and aquaculture industries, along with witnessing the sealion population on Donnington Island. Next we visit Boston Bay Wines for lunch and a presentation from the comical chef. This afternoon we visit the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum celebrating the lives of Finnish boat builders Axel Stenross and Frank Laskso.
Enjoy a morning travelling the scenic route along Whalers Way, where we travel to the tip of the Eyre Peninsula which showcases sensational coastal views. After lunch we venture to Coffin Bay taking the ‘Short and Sweet Oyster Farm Tour’ experience. Learn the history of oyster farming from the farmer himself along the way. 6 freshly shucked oysters are included in the tour price, and for true oyster lovers who want to indulge in a few more fresh morsels extra oysters will also be available for purchase during the tour. **Please note: For those who do not eat oysters, there is no alternative offered. This is part of the tour experience.
Today we visit The Old Mill and take a drive along foreshore of Port Lincoln, and viewing the statue of Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. Next we head to Elliston, known for its rugged coastline and pristine beaches. A local guide will join us to give commentary whilst we drive along the Great Ocean View, a section of cliff top roadway with remarkable views of the Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay. We continue on to Murphy’s Haystacks, an unusually shaped set of granite outcrops estimated to be nearly 1500 million years old. Next we visit Point Labatt, home to the only permanent colony of sea lions on the Australian mainland. We venture on to Streaky Bay on the Great Australian Bight.
1 Night Stay: Streaky Bay Hotel
Heading east we pass through Poochera, then on to Minnipa, gateway to the Gawler Ranges and home to Pildappa Rock, an impressive granite outcrop that rivals the famous ‘Wave Rock’ in Western Australia. Next stop is Mt Wudinna, Australia’s largest monolith after Uluru, before making our way to Kimba, the halfway point across Australia. We visit the ‘Big Galah’ before finishing our day at The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden at Port Augusta.
1 Night Stay: Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta
Today we head into the Flinders Ranges travelling via Quorn arriving at Wilpena Pound Resort, in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. It is a natural amphitheatre of mountains and is a true representation of real Australian Outback. The best way to see Ikara and the grandeur of the Flinders Ranges is from the air. We take to the skies on a 20-minute scenic flight where you will truly appreciate the vastness of this formation.
1 Night Stay: Wilpena Pound Resort
**Accommodation at Wilpena Pound is en-suited, comfortable and basic.
Departing Wilpena Pound we make our way to Hawker to visit the gallery of local artist Jeff Morgan to witness the ‘Wilpena Panorama’. From here we make our way via Jamestown, to Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley. We take a guided tour joining one of the wine educators for a behind the scenes look through the estate’s treasure trove of historical buildings. Learn of the Seppelt family history and their profound influence on the Australian wine industry. Tour starts on the Homestead veranda and takes in the distillery and underground cellar.
1 Night Stay: Novotel, Barossa Valley
Discover the amazing Whispering Wall, over 110 years old and unique because of its musical abilities. From here we visit The Herbig Family Tree, a large hollow red gum which was home of Friedrich Herbig 1855 -1858. We then make our way to Adelaide airport for our respective flights home. **Lunch is at own expense today.
Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot guarantee direct flights or book individual preferences.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
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