6 Day Kangaroo Island, Lake Eyre, and Coober Pedy

Day One

We depart Adelaide at approximately 6:45 am for Kangaroo Island, travelling along some of South Australia's magnificent coastline to Cape Jervis, where we board the Kangaroo Island Sealink Ferry to Penneshaw.


On arrival we take some time discovering Penneshaw, which is situated on the north east coast of Kangaroo Island, and offers a commanding view of the mainland (just 18 kilometres away across Backstairs Passage).


We then follow the coast towards Kingscote, stopping at Mount Thisby (Prospect Hill), which is the highest point in the area and provides a marvellous view of Pelican Lagoon, the rolling hills, and the Southern Ocean at Pennington Bay, a wonderful surf beach. Looking north on a clear day you can see Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.


We then go to Seal Bay on the south coast of the island. Seal Bay is a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian sea lions bask in the sun and nurse their young. With the guidance of a National Parks Ranger, we walk within just a few metres of the resting sea lions.


Then we go to Little Sahara, an area of spectacular white sand dunes surrounded by bush vegetation. When you climb over the first ridge you are confronted by a second, much higher dune that, when scaled, reveals more dunes that are flanked by bushland.

We also visit Vivonne Bay, which can only be described as stunningly beautiful. Vivonne Bay is the only safe harbour on the south coast of the island, and is the base of cray fishing and game fishing boats.


We stay at Flinders Chase farmstay.


Day Two


On this day we visit Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia's largest (covering 74,000 hectares), where you will see many types of animals and birds. At Rocky River it is possible to see koalas in the nearby trees.


At Cape du Couedic we see a lighthouse that was constructed in 1906, and considered to be the island's finest structure. We then proceed down a walkway to Admirals Arch, which is home to a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals.


We travel east to Remarkable Rocks, a cluster of huge, weather-sculptured granite boulders perched on a granite dome that swoops 75 metres to the sea.


We then visit Parndana Wildlife Park for an optional tour, where we can see Kangaroo Island's largest privately-owned collection of native animals and birds.


Take in the sights around Kingscote, including Cygnet River, Duck Lagoon and Emu Bay. This long beach is one of the most popular areas on the island, with safe, clear water for swimming.


We go back to Penneshaw and board the Kangaroo Island Sealink Ferry for the trip back to Cape Jervis, and arrive in McLaren Vale at approximately 10:00 pm.



Day Three

We depart McLaren Vale at approximately 7:00 am for the opal mining town of Andamooka, travelling via Port Augusta where we explore the Flinders Ranges and Outback in the Wadlata Outback Centre's 'Tunnel of Time'. Discover the origins of the Flinders Ranges, the Aboriginal Dreaming, European settlement, and much more.

After morning tea we visit Woomera. This outback town was established in 1947 as a site for the launching of experimental rockets. Attractions include Woomera Heritage Centre and Missile Park, which displays examples of rockets, aircraft and weapons associated with the testing range.

We stay at Andamooka or Roxby Downs
overnight.


Day Four

After breakfast we travel to William Creek Hotel, which is on the Oodnadatta Track. At William Creek, the world's most isolated pub, you can indulge in a well deserved Australian beer. The most important claim for fame for William Creek is that it is the smallest town in Australia and that it is located on the world's largest cattle station (Anna Creek Station), which is 32,500 square kilometres.

We can walk along the remnants of the old Ghan railway line to the bridge at Breakfast Time Creek. This is a land of contrasts. There are red gibber plains stretching to the horizon, mound springs (we visit Bubbler Springs and Blanche Cup Springs), which create bush oases and wetlands, red gum lined creeks and vast areas of grey salt bush and spiky spinifex.

You have the option to take a flight over Lake Eyre at your own expense. Lake Eyre North, which covers 8430 square kilometres, is 144 kilometres long and 77 kilometres wide. It is by far the larger of the two lakes. The creek-like Goyder Channel joins Lake Eyre South to Lake Eyre North. At its narrowest it is only 150 metres wide. At the lake's lowest point it is 15.2 metres below sea level, and drains more than one sixth of the continent. We stay overnight at William Creek Hotel.


Day Five

On this day we head to Coober Pedy, an opal wonderland in the heart of South Australia's vast outback. We spend some time visiting mines and interpretive centres, which offer great insight into the town and it's mining operations. If you would like to purchase some opal, there are more than 30 opal shops to choose from in the town. Coober Pedy takes it's name from the Aboriginal word Kupa (meaning 'uninitiated man' or white man), and Piti (hole).

We also visit the Breakaway's Reserve and Moon Plain before we head to underground accommodation for our overnight stop.


Day Six


We follow the Stuart Highway south, revisiting Port Augusta on our return to Adelaide, where you arrive at your accommodation at approximately 6:00 pm.

 COST PER PERSON; AU$3175:00 INCLUDING GST

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Operates: On demand, approximately 6:45 am day one to 6:00 pm day six.


Includes:
  • Pick up/drop off at your accommodation,
  • Twin share Accommodation,
  • Breakfast on days two, three, four, five and six,
  • Dinner on days one, two, three, four and five,
  • Morning & afternoon teas.
Excluded:
  • Lunches,
  • All other meals, unless specified in itinerary,
  • Admission to attractions, unless specified in itinerary,
  • Mobile phone calls, souvenirs, optional tours and personal items.

* It is suggested that appropriate sickness, accident & personal liability insurance be taken out. *

TOUR CONDITIONS: "JUST CRUISIN” reserve the right to alter or modify itinerary if prevailing weather, road conditions or adverse conditions require such change. Tour costs do not include additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses incurred from flooding, natural delays, unavailable connections or other unforseen circumstances. It is suggested travel insurance is purchased to cover additional accommodation, meals and incidental expenses resulting from flooding, natural delays unavailable connections or other unforeseen expenses prior to departure



BOOKING CONDITIONS: A deposit of 20% is required to confirm your reservation. Balance is payable 21 days prior to departure. There is a $50 non-refundable portion of the deposit (per person) to cover ferry cancellations.

CANCELLATIONS :More than 14 days prior to departure will incur $100.00 Admin. Fee. Between 14 days and 48 hours cancellation incurs a 20% fee of full payment. Between 48 hours and 24 hours 50% fee of full payment. Less than 24 hours or fail to board - no refund.

Kangaroo Island tours will incur additional fees of:

In the event that a booking, or part thereof is cancelled, cancellation fees apply to the booking value as follows:

 

Due to the complexity, staff time and communication costs of the booking process, a charge of $22 (incl GST) may apply to each modification made after the original bookingCancellation more than 30 days before departure - $75 per person  

Cancellation between 7 & 30 days before departure - 55% of total cost of ferry fare

Cancellation less than 7 days before departure -  85% of total cost of ferry fare

Cancellation within 24 hours of departure - 100% of total cost of ferry fare

No refunds will be made for services not availed once travel has commenced.

 



DON'T FORGET: Your camera, good walking shoes and hats. Please limit luggage to a small bag.

MOST OF ALL: Don't forget your sense of adventure!!!