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Coffin Bay: 1-Day Seafood, Wine and Nature Tour

1. Coffin Bay: 1-Day Seafood, Wine and Nature Tour

Be picked up directly from your Port Lincoln accommodation and start the day heading to Coffin Bay National Park and walking on the footprint free Almonta Beach. Spot lots lot native wildlife such as kangaroo's and emus. Have morning tea overlooking Coffin Bay National Park before the tour highlight, the Coffin Bay Oysters Lease Tour. Travel out to their oyster lease, learning about the industry, how to shuck your own oysters and then taste them. Take a town tour from the boat before sitting down for lunch at iconic seafood restaurant, 1802 Oyster Bay to sample more fresh Coffin Bay seafood.  On the way back into Port Lincoln visit Boston Bay Wines to taste their signature wines.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

2. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Coorong Discovery Cruise

3. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

4. Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

Head to the sand dunes in Lincoln National Park to watch night fall. Feel the thrill of riding in a modified off-roading vehicle. Explore Stanford beach and take in the sunset at the Wanna Sand Dunes. Be picked up from your accommodation in Port Lincoln. Relax on the drive to Lincoln National Park. Get off the beaten track as your guide uses the 4-wheel-drive to venture off-road. Admire the long stretch of sand at Stanford beach. See how the light plays across the wind-sculpted sand dunes at sunset. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like the Rosenberg's goanna lizard, echidnas, western whipbirds, malleefowls and hooded plovers. 

Port Lincoln: Wildlife and Sightseeing Full-Day 4WD Tour

5. Port Lincoln: Wildlife and Sightseeing Full-Day 4WD Tour

Explore Lincoln National Park on a 4WD adventure and have a great chance of seeing local wildlife. Savor a seafood lunch, then visit Whalers Way in the afternoon and enjoy the scenic views. After pickup from your accommodation in Port Lincoln, make your way first to Winter Hill Lookout for a bird’s-eye view of Port Lincoln and Boston Bay. After that, head toward Lincoln National Park. Once there, discover a few quiet beaches and sand dunes. Keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful local wildlife, such as kangaroos, wedge-tail eagles, emus, and blue-tongued lizards. Next, travel to the Wanna sand dunes and undertake the Sleaford to Wanna 4WD off-road experience. Enjoy one of the best sand dune tracks on offer in South Australia before returning to Port Lincoln for a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, head to Whalers Way, a private property with exclusive views that even top those in the national parks. Marvel at the curved limestone coastline, magnificent caves, and long-nosed fur seals. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.

Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

6. Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

Discover one of South Australia's most popular yet exclusive national parks, Coffin Bay National Park, on a 4WD Jeep tour. Head off-road, roaring up sand dunes, see dramatic limestone cliffs and pristine bays, and keep an eye out for local wildlife, including emus and kangaroos. Take out the stress of organizing a rental car and enjoy a hotel pickup from Port Lincoln township. Kick-start your adventure with a relaxing 30-minute drive to Coffin Bay, enjoying the typical Australian country view along your route. Once at Coffin Bay National Park, head down the sealed road to marvel at the remarkable limestone coastline. Fine white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and pristine water are the highlights in this park. As you drive along, keep a sharp eye out for the local wildlife commonly sighted during the trip, such as emus, kangaroos, and blue-tongue lizards. Then, kick up the adrenaline with a drive down Gunyah Beach's sand dunes. The beach is one of the best beaches in all of Eyre Peninsula but isn't easily reached by car because of the soft sand. Luckily for you, your 4WD allows you to visit this untouched piece of paradise.

Adelaide: Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Adventure Trip

7. Adelaide: Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Adventure Trip

Travel to Eyre Peninsula, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Arno Bay, and more on this guided trip from Adelaide with accommodation, entry fees, and meals. Walk the Arkaroo Rock Trail, camp amongst koalas at Mikkira Station, and cruise across the gulf.  Day 1: Adelaide to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkHike Alligator Gorge, enjoy a picnic lunch, then travel further north to Flinders Ranges. Get welcomed at the Wilpena Pound campsite and enjoy dinner by the campfire. Roll out your swag for your first night under the billions of stars of the Milky Way. Day 2: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkAfter breakfast, set out on the Hills Homestead Walk. Wander through the tranquil Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound and follow Wilpena Creek through the trees. Head up to Wangara Lookout for panoramic views. Return to camp for lunch and a dip in the resort swimming pool to cool off. In the afternoon, set out on the Arkaroo Rock Trail with impressive views over the Chace Range. Day 3: Flinders Ranges to Port LincolnVisit the Jeff Morgan Gallery in Hawker. Travel to Port Augusta for lunch and see some impressive silo art at Cowell. Arrive in the seafood capital of Australia, Port Lincoln. Set up camp for three nights at Mikkira Station, which has shower and toilet facilities. Day 4: Port Lincoln and surroundsPull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson. After a bite to eat, take a 14-kilometer coastal drive along Whalers Way. Later, contribute to koala conservation work at Mikkira Station. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon removing weeds, or collecting, propagating, or planting manna gum tree seeds. Sleep under koala-filled gum trees at Mikkira. Day 5: Aquatic adventures or Coffin BayChoose between two different itineraries (both are optional and not included in the cost of the tour and must be paid on-site). For option 1, see a great white shark on a cage dive and swim with the ever-playful Australian Sea Lions. For option 2, spend the day unearthing Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay: visit the Boffin Bay National Park and join an oyster tour and tasting. Day 6: Port Lincoln to AdelaideAfter breakfast, pack up camp and head to Port Lincoln for a must-do walk up Stamford Hill. Take a final look at Port Lincoln from Winters Hill Lookout and stop for a barbecue lunch at Arno Bay as you make your way to Lucky Bay. Hop on a ferry and set sail across the Spencer Gulf towards Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula. Grab a coffee on board and relax as you cruise across the gulf. On disembarking in Wallaroo, jump back on the bus for a final ride to Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

8. Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

This is a private tour for 2-5 people in a luxury 4WD Van. The itinerary is very flexible and is tailored to suit your needs. Visit the Flinders Chase National Park, with landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral Arch, Hanson Bay Koala Walk and Vivonne Bay. Observe many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, fur seals and sometimes the elusive echidna. You can also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. Morning/afternoon coffee with biscuits will be organized during the day, and you can stop at the Flinders Chase Cafe for lunch (included). Due to the ongoing fires in Australia, as of January 2020 this will be the activity’s itinerary until further notice: • Pennington Bay: view over the popular surf and fishing spot  • Seal Bay: guided visit to the beach and sea lion colony • Raptor Domain: bird sanctuary show  • Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park • Photo: holding a Koala

Limestone Oceans to Mountains: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

9. Limestone Oceans to Mountains: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to The 12 Apostles Start your 3-day adventure by departing from the cosmopolitan Melbourne. First up is one of the world’s great drives - the Great Ocean Road. You will pass by legendary surf spots and stop to check out some Koalas in the wild. Stop in the quaint seaside village to explore and wander through an ancient rainforest. During your trip, you will also get the chance to stop for a bite to eat for lunch. In the afternoon you will see the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles limestone formation and Loch Ard Gorge. Rest in the evening in your apartment accommodation in the seaside town of Warrnambool included.  Day 2: Warrnambool to the Grampians National Park Start your day by exploring Tower Hill at an extinct volcano crater teaming with native wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk and spot Emu's and Kangaroos, you'll also have time to enjoy a delicious spot of breakfast. Next, travel deep into the Grampians National Park and visit Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the history of this ancient land and its people. You will then tour on to some of the Grampians spectacular lookouts and check Mackenzie Falls (Sliverband falls will be used when Mackenzie Falls is closed). To end your adventurous day you will get to enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ dinner plus comfortable accommodation in the town of Halls Gap. Day 3: Grampians National Park to Melbourne or Adelaide Start your day with a delicious breakfast, plenty of fuel for the action ahead! On the final day of your tour, you will get to spend some more time in the Grampians and will head out on a spectacular walk through the region where you will see some stunning views of the National Park. Later that day you will travel on to Melbourne or Adelaide where you will arrive in the early evening.

Kangaroo Island: Full Day Guided Island Life Tour

10. Kangaroo Island: Full Day Guided Island Life Tour

This tour takes in a variety of landscapes across Kangaroo Island from the Cygnet River valley to the north coast, across the central plateau and down to the rugged South Coast. Get an introduction to Island life, where things take time. Drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with home-made cakes before a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. See some of the Island’s most productive and diverse farming country, including sheep growing some of the world’s finest wool. Walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, who’s track are those, who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island, and learn about some of the unique Island plants. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a private bush setting featuring some of the Island’s fresh produce including local fish, salads and fine wines before continuing to the South Coast. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see bulls bearing scars from territorial fights, and learn of their unique breeding biology.

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Wow what a brilliant tour! Ben, our tour guide, was a lovely young man and so knowledgeable. He had gone to a lot of effort preparing afternoon tea and even some wine for the amazing sunset shots on the top of the sand dune. The other places he took us to in the National Park were also incredible. Absolutely loved his 4X4 driving on the dunes themselves!! Highly recommended!!

Thanks Alex for a wonderful afternoon on the water! It was a lot of fun, we enjoyed learning about the history of the shipwrecks. Highly recommend!

The tour was great! We saw a lot and tour guide Ben has a lot of knowledge to provide. Definitely recommend!

Very fun afternoon, saw dolphins, shipwrecks and paddled through the mangroves.

Knowledgeable guide and an easy, gentle experience. Recommended.