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Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, lunch at the Prairie Hotel, Gawler Ranges, Streaky Bay, Ceduna, , sea lion viewing at Point Labatt, Murphy’s Hay stack, Port Lincoln marina walking tour including seafood tasting, Sightseeing cruise across the beautiful waters of Boston Bay, ferry across to Wallaroo, Yorke Peninsula
Adelaide to Hawker – (lunch, dinner)
Pick up from your Adelaide CBD accommodation at approx 7.00 am and head north to the Clare Valley which is well renowned for its excellent wines, with time to visit the Seven Hill cellars, the oldest winery in the region established by the Jesuits in 1851.
We travel to Melrose, a lovely little town nestled in the foothills of the Flinders Ranges. Driving further north we arrive at Quorn for lunch which became the junction of the Sydney-Perth and Adelaide-Darwin railway systems in 1917.
After visiting Jeff Morgan’s Wilpena panorama, we arrive at Hawker late afternoon in time to see the sunset over the Flinders Ranges as kangaroos and wallabies come out to feed. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing meal, o/n en-suite accommodation Outback Chapmanton Hotel.
Rawsley park to Port Augusta – (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After breakfast we drive to Wilpena pound, framed by huge river red gums, optional flight available (at own cost), where you can see the mystical heart of the Flinders Ranges with stunning views over Wilpena Pound.
Continuing our journey, we explore Brachina gorge, where we discover priceless geological treasures, crystal clear water holes and an abundance of flora and fauna including the rare yellow footed rock wallaby.
We will have lunch at the Prairie Hotel restaurant renowned for innovative dishes, with Australian native and ‘Flinders Feral Food’ twists, and a focus on local and South Australian produce.
We travel to Port Augusta via the spectacular Moralana Scenic track following the south western wall of Wilpena Pound.
Overnight en suite accommodation at Augusta West Side in Port Augusta
Port Augusta to Ceduna- (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We leave Port Augusta, a seaport and railway junction known as the cross roads of Australia, and travel along the Eyre Highway via Kimba, Minnipa to Ceduna.
On our way, we will travel through the Gawler Ranges: these scenic ranges consist of volcanic rock hills over 1500 million years old and are well known as a haven for wildlife and birds.
We continue our travel to Ceduna situated in the northwest corner of Eyre Peninsula, facing the islands of the Nuyts Archipelago. The name Ceduna comes from the local Aboriginal word Chedoona and is said to mean a place to sit down and rest.
Overnight en-suite accommodation at the Best Western, deluxe rooms, Ceduna.
Ceduna to Streaky Bay – (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After breakfast we take a town tour with one of the locals, including a visit of the Old Schoolhouse. Within the museum are a number of historical displays covering the area’s pioneering past.
A unique feature of the museum is the Maralinga Room where visitors can view a number of radioactively inert objects souvenired from the British Government’s atomic tests of the 1940s and 50s. These tests were carried out at Maralinga and Emu – north of present-day Yalata.
Nearby Denial Bay is the site of several Oyster Growing Farms. Fresh Oysters are usually available between April and January. After a visit of one of the farms we will drive to the Oyster Bar for lunch which obtains fresh Pacific Oysters direct from local oyster growers every day.
We make our way to Streaky Bay this afternoon along the coastline this is a significant breeding habitat for raptors such as the Southern osprey, White Bellied Sea Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.
Overnight en-suite accommodation at the Streaky Bay Motel and Villas
Streaky Bay to Port Lincoln- (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
We continue our journey south to Point Labatt Located on the rugged coastline south of Streaky Bay, this park is fantastic for viewing Australian Sea-lions. See these fascinating animals in their natural habitat from a cliff top viewing platform. The reefs provide a resting place for the sea-lions, which have often spent several weeks at sea catching fish.
Some 40 km away we stop at Murphy’s Hay stack they are ancient, wind-worn pillars and boulders of pink granite estimated to be over 1,500 million years old. Set in the middle of a wheat field and surrounded by mallee scrub, they are one of the most popular and photographed attractions on the Eyre Peninsula.
We travel Flinders Highway to Coffin Bay. British naval explorer Matthew Flinders named the bay on 16 February 1802 in honour of his friend Sir Isaac Coffin. Time permitting, we will visit the area before arriving in Port Lincoln late afternoon.
Overnight ensuite accommodation Port Lincoln Hotel
Port Lincoln and surrounds- (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Port Lincoln, located on the banks of Boston Bay, was originally considered a site worthy of becoming the state’s capital. It is thought that only the lack of a reliable nearby water supply prevented this happening.
Port Lincoln’s economy is based on the huge grain-handling facilities, the canning and fish processing works, lambs, wool and beef, and tuna farming for the Japanese market. It is home to Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet.
This morning we will discover the seafood frontier on the ultimate interpretive walking tour, located in the heart of Port Lincoln’s Marina.
See working fishing boats, watch seafood harvest being unloaded, and hear about the different fish species and the effort that goes into bringing premium quality seafood to the table!
We will view these many fish species in the aquarium and taste some of the delicious seafood. After lunch we enjoy a sightseeing cruise across the beautiful waters of Boston Bay, and learn about the Tuna and Aquaculture Industries with expert local commentary.
Overnight en suite accommodation Port Lincoln Hotel town-view-room.
Port Lincoln to Wallaroo – (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After breakfast, we head off to view some of the most spectacular coastal scenery the world has to offer. White sand beaches that stretch forever, rolling surf where pods of dolphins can be seen frolicking amongst the waves, and rugged cliffs that protect the unspoiled beauty of this pristine environment.
We arrive at Lucky Bay, from where we will catch the ferry and cross the Spencer Gulf (approx 2 hours).
Upon arrival in Wallaroo, we will explore one of the beautiful beaches in the area, before we check in at our comfortable accommodation.
Overnight en suite accommodation Wallaroo apartments.
Wallaroo to Adelaide- (Breakfast, lunch,)
After a relaxed breakfast we will explore Yorke Peninsula. Heading south towards Minlaton and Yorketown we will make our way to Edinburgh.
Along the St. Vincent Highway travelling north, passing Pine Point, Ardrossan and Port Clinton before we get back to Adelaide for the end of our journey.