The view from a lookout in Flinders Ranges National Park South Australia
5-Day Flinders Ranges & Eyre Peninsula Tour
Flinders Ranges and Eyre Peninsula Explorer —
This five-day small group tour combines two of South Australia’s most pristine and iconic regions, each offering their own diverse experiences and landscapes. Spend two days exploring one of Australia’s ‘National Landscapes’ the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges. Feeling inspired and reconnected with nature then head to Australia’s Seafood Frontier – The Eyre Peninsula. Here you’ll be delighted by once-in-a-lifetime wildlife and foodie experiences. This all-inclusive tour from Adelaide has it all with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, Indigenous culture and accommodation at two award-winning properties.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeNature & Wildlife, Outback
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
So unique are the fossils found in the Flinders Ranges, geologists had to revise the geologic time-line of the Earth’s history, identifying a new era called the Ediacaran period! Two days exploring this magical landscape, the more secrets you reveal, providing a glimpse into the history of time. Experience rich Indigenous culture, breathtaking gorges, abundant wildlife the incredible natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, which you can also take a scenic flight over.
From the ancient Flinders Ranges to the seafood capital of Australia, Port Lincoln. The Eyre Peninsula region is known as ‘Australia’s Seafood Frontier’ and lovers of seafood will be right in their element with some incredible once in a lifetime, foodie experiences on offer. The scenery is diverse and spectacular. From the pristine beaches of the Coffin Bay National Park to the rugged coastlines of Whalers Way.
Lovers of wildlife will be thrilled by the koalas at Mikkira Station but it is the aquatic wildlife the Eyre Peninsula is world renowned for. Swimming with wild sea lions on a half-day cruise is guaranteed to be one of the best days of your life and for those looking for the ultimate adrenalin rush you can choose the optional experience of shark cage diving with great whites.
- Explore the 540-million-year-old Flinders Ranges and its pristine gorges
- Engage with Indigenous culture at the Port Augusta Wadlatta Cultural Centre
- Get a little adventurous during some four-wheel drive experiences
- Tantalise your taste buds at ‘Australia’s Seafood Frontier’ – the Eyre Peninsula
- Feast on the world’s most delectable oysters on the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour
- Relax on an Electric Boat Cruise around Port Lincoln Marina
- Be wowed by the rugged beauty of Whalers Way & Lincoln National Park
- Swim with Australian sea lions on a half day cruise to Seal Cove (OE)
- Come face to face with the majestic Great White Shark (OE)
- Flights are operated by Rex and depart Port Lincoln on day five at 5.05pm arriving Adelaide 6.10pm.
- We recommend storing some luggage at your return accommodation in Adelaide as Rex have a 15kg luggage restriction per person plus one 7kg carry on. For more details on Rex Baggage Allowance please visit their website.
- Any Optional Extra Experiences are outsourced and therefore the terms and conditions of each operators apply.
- Dietary requirements can be catered for but must be advised at time of booking.
- Please read our full Booking Terms & Conditions prior to booking your tour.
- The sea lions tour doesn’t operate between June and August so there is an alternative itinerary for this day during these months.
Included in this tour
- Flight – Port Lincoln to Adelaide
- Accommodation – 1 night Rawnsley Park Eco Villas Flinders Ranges and 3 nights at the Port Lincoln Hotel
- All entry fees, National Park fees and activities unless stated as an optional extra experience
- All meals
- Airport transfers
- Transport – executive 4WD
- Local guide and expert knowledge
While everything on our tours is included in the price such as transport, accommodation, food, entry fees and national park fees, there are some optional extra experiences not included in the price, that we leave up to you to decide if you’d like to do or not.
- Sunset on the Chase – Flinders Ranges
- Flinders Ranges Scenic Flight
- Swim with Sea Lions
- Shark Cage Diving
Departs Adelaide every second Thursday all year round.
This tour is also available as a private tour.
Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
Head out of the city through the picturesque Clare Valley wine region. You’ll soon be struck by the spectacular beauty of the landscape as we head into the Southern Flinders Ranges for an amazing bush-walk through Alligator Gorge.
After lunch, it’s onto Warren Gorge for a walk and if you are lucky, to spot the endangered ‘yellow-footed rock wallaby’. Then it’s onto Rawnsley Park Station to check into your unique Eco-Villa. These villas offer the ultimate Flinders Ranges accommodation experience with their retractable ceiling offering night-sky viewing from the comfort of your bed. Enjoy an evening meal with wonderful views at the Woolshed Restaurant.
Today we travel approximately 440km.
Flinders Ranges to Port Lincoln
After your night of stargazing the stunning southern skies, it will be up for breakfast followed by a guided walk in the awe-inspiring Wilpena Pound. Take a four-wheel drive tour to explore more than 600 million years of geological history in the “Corridor Through Time”. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges.
For another perspective of this national landscape, you can take to the skies on a 45-minute scenic flight. This optional extra is $275pp and one we highly recommend. It’s time to farewell the Flinders Ranges and journey towards the ‘Seafood Capital of Australia’ – Port Lincoln. On the way stop off at the Port Augusta Wadlatta Cultural Centre. Here learn about Indigenous culture and the history of this 600-million-year-old region.
After checking in at the Port Lincoln Hotel where you will spend the next three nights, you’ll enjoy your first “taste” of the Eyre Peninsula during our evening meal at an acclaimed restaurant.
Today we travel about 480km.
After breakfast, it’s time to do some exploring around Port Lincoln. This will include a visit to Winters Hill and to fully understand what you will discover in the region over the coming days. You will enjoy a tantalising lunch of local seafood harvest at the Marina Hotel Restaurant.
With a full tummy, board the ‘Tesla’, a unique electric canal cruiser. Enjoy a tranquil cruise around Port Lincoln’s Marina and learn about Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Explore some stunning coastline at Sleaford Bay and Whalers Way, before visiting Mikkira Station, home of a wild koala population where you can get some great photos. After a full day of exploring it’s time to relax and enjoy dinner at another fabulous restaurant.
Port Lincoln & Surrounds (or Optional Sea Lions Experience)
This morning you have the choice between two quite different itineraries. Wildlife lovers are going to jump at the chance to twist, twirl and splash around with playful Australian sea lions at Seal Cove. This half-day cruise is an optional extra experience at $215pp.
If you prefer to stay on dry land this morning, you’ll start the day exploring the breathtakingly beautiful Lincoln National Park. After an invigorating climb up Stamford Hill, take your shoes off to walk on a footprint-free white sandy beach. Then it’s back to Port Lincoln for lunch at the Fresh Fish Place, for the best fresh fish and chips you might ever taste!
No matter which option you choose in the morning, the afternoon looks like this: visit Boston Bay Wines for tastings, followed by a visit to Glen Forest Tourist Park for some up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters. Pop into the unique Koppio Smithy Museum for a touch of history that is sure to impress. After another full day, it’s time to settle in for a great evening meal and local wine.
Please note the Sea Lions tour does not operate in winter from June to August.
Coffin Bay (or optional Great White Shark experiences)
Today is a foodies dream day. Explore the pristine Coffin Bay National Park famed for its white sandy beaches and abundant emus and kangaroos. Then it’s time for a tour highlight enjoying the unique harvest experience on the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour. The only one of its kind in Australia, you’ll pull on some waders and sit down at a semi-submerged ‘Salt Water Pavilion’ located at their working commercial Oyster Lease. Feast on the world’s most sought after oysters plucked straight out of the ocean.
Lunch will follow with a mouthwatering seafood platter at the 1802 Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Heading back towards Port Lincoln, visit the Boston Bean Coffee Company for a caffeine hit. Take a stroll along the foreshore before a visit to the Eyre Peninsula’s very own boutique brewery, Beer Garden Brewing. Get ready for your final taste sensation enjoying some locally brewed beers and wood-fired pizza.
As we come to the end of your journey your guide will drop you back to the airport for your 7.40 pm flight to Adelaide. Your airport transfer back to your Adelaide accommodation will be organised and will have you arriving back to your hotel at approximately 9 pm.
Alternative Day 5 Itinerary – Great White Experiences (Optional Extra)
Alternatively, those who love aquatic wildlife, and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush, can choose the full-day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. There are two operators offering different types of experiences: choose from staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub, or the more extreme option of entering the cage. Prices range from $350 to $564 depending on your choice. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ for more information.