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  • Australian Sea-lion

  • Coffin Bay

  • Osprey

  • Great White Shark

  • Koala

Australian Coastal Safaris

Eyre Peninsula Wildlife & Ocean Encounters

  • Available from: October 01 2018 - May 31 2019

Duration: 3 days/3 nights

Type: Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: On Request

Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.

This three-day adventure combines the best terrestrial and marine protected areas across the region including Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park and Baird Bay. Being one of the only places to swim with wild Sea-Lions and Bottlenose Dolphins, visitors will be mesmerised by the agility, curiosity and playful interaction from these ‘puppy dogs of the sea’. 

On shore, there is an abundance of seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, parrots (including the beautiful Port Lincoln Parrot) and raptors including Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagles, with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas and Rosenberg’s Goannas a delight for visitors.

For an adrenaline rush, guests can choose an optional extra day, to venture out to the Neptune Islands to try and observe the Great White Shark via a cage or 360-degree underwater viewing pod, to witness the ocean’s most formidable predator.

About Australian Coastal Safaris: Australian Coastal Safaris started operations in 2005 when David Doudle, a fourth-generation local farmer, started showcasing many of the activities that he and his family grew up doing across the Eyre Peninsula’s stunning landscapes; from amazing deserted beaches, pristine colours of the ocean, the abundance of fresh seafood, the friendliness of the local people, the vast open spaces and the interaction with native wildlife. 

The team is very emotional about preserving the region and are ambassadors in keeping the environments pure, pristine and sparsely populated, to ensure that guests are able to enjoy the unique experiences and habitats well into the future.

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1: Coffin Bay National Park

    On arrival into Port Lincoln, guests will be greeted by their personal Australian Coastal Safaris guide and take a short drive through spectacular Sugar Gums and agricultural land to Big Swamp. Big Swamp Wetland is composed of three seasonal fresh water lakes, that form a water dependant ecosystem, fringed with a large and ancient Red Gum forest.

    These wetlands are the last true fresh water wetlands on the Eyre Peninsula and contain many waterfowl, raptors and the endangered Emu Wren & Western Whipbird. A bird hide is available for viewing these species as well as Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks, Black Winged Stilts and Banded Plovers.

    Guests will then then enter beautiful Coffin Bay, an area is of outstanding beauty, world famous Oysters and is home to a variety of important species of flora and fauna. There are no other comparable systems of bays and inlets in such compact form anywhere on the coast, which is why this area is classified as a maritime wilderness area.

    Guests will venture out on a cruise joining a local oyster farmer to see two islands named 'The Brothers', known for its concentration of seabirds, seals and dolphins. Whilst on cruise, guests will learn about the humble oyster, the process of farming these oysters, shuck your own oysters and of course oyster tasting. The larger island of The Brothers in the Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park is of palaeontological significance because of the presence of sub-fossil bones of six species, including an extinct kangaroo and a giant flightless bird. 

    After a delicious lunch of gourmet seafood platters in the heart of picturesque Coffin Bay, the tour will move to Coffin Bay National Park, providing the opportunity to spot some of the 150 species of birds, 11 species of terrestrial mammals, 12 species of marine mammals, 20 species of lizards, six species of snakes and several (mostly unidentified) species of amphibians have been recorded in the parks.

    White-bellied Sea-eagle and Osprey are both moderately common in the parks, with the availability of undisturbed coastal cliff habitats and rocky offshore islands makes the Coffin Bay area a significant breeding refuge for these species. Other bird species of particular interest include the Eastern Reef Egret, Pied Cormorants, Australasian Shoveler, Cape Barren Goose, Eastern Curlew, Wood Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, Buff-banded Rail, Swamp Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Scarlet Robin, Diamond Firetail, White-winged Chough, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Weebill, Southern Emu-wren and Western Whipbird.

    Other marine species of significance include the Australian Sea-lion, Long-nosed Fur Seal and Bottlenose Dolphins.

    Overnight Accommodation: Port Lincoln Hotel (4 star) or South Point Private Beach House. 

     

  • Day 2: Baird Bay

    Guests will depart Port Lincoln for the magical destination of Baird Bay, on the northwest region of the Eyre Peninsula. The guide will stop along the way at some secret locations with amazing coastal views, including Elliston and Venus Bay.

    Today’s headline act is only a very short steam off shore aboard the 14-seater ‘Neo-phocus’, where you will be swimming with the Australian Sea-lions off Jones Island. The island is home to just over 120 Australian Sea-lions, as well as a variety of native birds including White-faced Herons, Sooty Oystercatchers, Australian Pelicans (uses the island as a breeding colony between Dec- Feb), terns, cormorants and White-bellied Sea Eagles.

    Here you have the opportunity to experience sea lions in their natural environment; fast, agile & playful- they thrive on the interaction of humans. The sea-lions experience is full of wonder & charm, and swimming with them is often rated in the Top 10 things to do in Australia. Following the sea lion encounter, ‘Neo’ pulls out into deeper waters where you now have the chance to swim with the resident Bottlenose dolphins. Powerful & lightening fast- these animals often come so close to you that you can hear the high pitch chatter.

    On return to the beach of Baird Bay we have lunch before we depart on our journey down to Port Lincoln, with stop at the Talia caves. Nature’s elements of the sea & wind have etched patterns through time on its limestone roof, whilst the surf washes the rocks, edging the caves offering another spectacular scene of colour & the wonderful force of the Southern Ocean.

    Last on the agenda is one of the very best vantage spots on the 2,000km long stretch of the Great Australian Bight. The Cummings Monument provides this and more as the view gives you spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rugged cliff tops that make up the Bight. 

    Overnight Accommodation: Port Lincoln Hotel (4 star) or South Point Private Beach House.

  • Day 3: Lincoln National Park

    The day starts with morning viewing at the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders, Black Swans and seabirds can be seen from the Bird Hide. This is another known location for Southern Emu Wrens, near a well first dug by Captain Matthew Flinders when he explored the area in 1802.

    From here, guests will experience the diversity of the Lincoln National Park, where rugged cliffs provide an opportunity to view Osprey, White Bellied Sea-Eagles, Whistling Kites and Swamp Harriers. In beautiful Memory Cove birds encountered include Purple-gaped Honeyeaters, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-cheeked Honeyeaters, Dusky Woodswallows, Australian Pipits, Western Yellow Robins, Blue Breasted Wrens, and White-browed Scrub Wren.

    Of the 29,000ha National Park, guests can elect to walk or beachcomb along Surfleet Cove or take a 45 minute hike to see spectacular views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and the Port Lincoln National Park at the Stamford Hill Lookout. Other wildlife that can be spotted include Australian Sea-lions, Long-nosed Fur Seals off the rocks of Donnington Point, Bottlenose Dolphins Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, and numerous skinks, Rosenberg’s Goanna and dragon lizards. Migrant Southern Right Whales can also be seen occasionally from the coast from May through August.

    In the afternoon, guests will venture out to beautiful Mikkira Station to see a colony of wild Koalas. Whilst strolling under the beautiful old Eucalypt trees, guests will be in awe as they come face to face with the cuddly icon of Australia as they laze in the Manna gums. Wild but placid kangaroos casually hop around in this beautiful historical setting, where in 1842 Scotsman Adam Borthwick and his family made their home as one of the very first settlers of the region. Emus roam around amongst mobs of sheep and there is astounding birdlife here, many of which are rare and native to this area.

    As the sun settles for the evening, we will relax with a platter of local produce, wine and listen to the sounds of nature.

    Overnight Accommodation: There are various levels of accommodation available including the Port Lincoln Hotel (4 star) or South Point Private Beach House.

  • Day 4: Optional (Neptune Islands)

    An early morning departure will see guests boarding the Great White Shark cage dive vessel, the Shark Warrior. After a safety briefing and an induction to the boat, guests will depart the Marina at 7am and head for the Neptune Islands.

    This cruise takes 2.5 hours, cruising along the edge of the Port Lincoln National Park, through the Thorny Passage and then out into the Southern Ocean. During a light breakfast, a keen eye will spot pods of dolphins that come to play at the bow of the boat, White-bellied Sea Eagles nesting in the National Park, and occasionally Pilot, Blue or Humpback Whales (May-October).

    Once arriving at the Neptunes, the skipper will find a sheltered area to moor, and the group will gather on the back deck to discuss dive safety and procedures. Because this is a surface dive, there is no prior experience or qualifications required. Over the course of the next 5-6 hours, all passengers will have the chance to enter both our Aqua Sub (a glass underwater viewing area) and experience the underwater action in the cage.

    With a maximum of 27 passengers, guests will have multiple opportunities to enter the cage and sub. To ensure we are protecting the natural environment, only audio sound vibrations are used to attract the sharks to the boat, rather than berley. The benefits of using sound vibration is that it is omnidirectional, it’s instantaneous and completely eco friendly.

    The Neptune Island Marine Park is also home to breeding and feeding sites for many local and migratory birds, Australian Sea-lions and Long-nosed Fur Seals, all of which can be viewed from the boat. Throughout the day all passengers will be welcome to tea, coffee, soft drinks and water, along with cake and fruit for morning tea, hot soup, a buffet style lunch, and in the afternoon a barbecue to keep you satisfied until your return to the marina at approximately 6:30pm.

    Key Details (3 day/3 night)

    Shared Touring Pricing: from $1,615 per person (twin share including touring, meals & accommodation).
    Group Size: Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 6 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Port Lincoln Airport or Port Lincoln accommodations 
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Upon arrival or 9:00am - Upon departure or 5:00pm.
    Inclusions - touring with professional, local and experienced guides, airport transfer and all transport in luxury 4WD Land-Cruiser, Oyster Tour & Tasting, all National Park & other entry fees, daily continental breakfast, daily lunches, beverages, local wines & beer.
    Private Touring: Available at additional cost - please contact us directly with your group size & interests.
    Languages: Translation services for private tours available in Mandarin.

    Bookings & Enquiries

    The Eyre Peninsula Wildlife & Ocean Encounters tour is not currently available to be booked online, as our team customises the itinerary according to your interests, accommodation preferences and transport/logistics to Port Lincoln. Please contact our friendly team via the Enquire Now button below - there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method.

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    Recent Testimonials

    "The owners David and Mandy are only too happy to oblige if there is something special you would like to do while on tour. Peter Clutterbuck our guide was friendly, had a great local knowledge and great sense of humour and only too happy to throw in a little added extra during the day if he thinks you will enjoy it.  From the lookouts, to the port to watch the fresh local catch being unloaded... then onto the National Parks and the magnificent local beaches, and finish the day off at Mikkira Station for some Koala spotting, locally grown food, wine and even a cold beer." - John

    "If you get to Port Lincoln and don't book a tour or two with Lunch you're missing the boat. Lunch grew up in the area he knows where all the must do and photos are at. He is a wealth of knowledge and information not just Port Lincoln but the whole area. Lunch hits all the highlights and a lot you would not get from any other tour operator" - Joe, Spokane, Washington

    "Lunch and Mandy took our senses on an incredible journey. From amazing coastline to spine-tingling interaction with the wildlife topped off with cuisine that would be the envy of any top restaurant." - Ian & Cheryl, Texas

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